Evening walk. Tried using just the Ginger Lead he has limited patience with it. Got half a block and he wouldn't walk any further with it.
Mon Jul 31Yoshi PT. 10 min hydro session which gives him good exercise, but doesn't thrash him like 14 min did. He seems happy this morning. Was walking around enthusiastically before his session.
Yoshi has PT at 9:30 this morning. this time they shortened his hydro from 14 min to 10 min and we'll see if that thrashes him.
I took him on his evening walk and he was happy enough to walk so I think less worked well.
Fri Jul 20
Yoshi walk. I used his cart right at the beginning and it seems to help.
Much later he was panting really hard and would settle only if I put my hands on him. I woke Terri who suggested I feed him a little. I did give him 4 bites of string cheese and he settled down. He did have Tylenol not too long ago so I was worried that it wasn't helping.
On his walk, Amy H and her daughter Audrey came out to talk to Evelyn and I about the Cooper's Hawks who seem to be especially active this year. They are certainly having a good time. They're learning to hunt and they can't help but call out before they go chasing after a bird who just flies away. They're terrible hunters right now. They eventually learn.
Yoshi is pacing and panting. He's obviously in pain and it's killing me. It's 2pm and I called his rehab vet asking what to do because his Tylenol doses are supposed to be spaced 12 hours apart. He had been only getting it at night because it's just not very practical to time 12 hour spacing if you're waiting until he needs the medication. The person (Cynthia) I spoke to said she'd talk to Dr. Troy, but suggested I just give it to him now and then stay up if necessary which works for me. She's going to check to see if the doses can be closer than every 12 hours. [later] Dr. Troy says yes it has to be every 12 hours. So we will be doing it at 9:30am/pm starting tomorrow.
Dr Applegate (his regular vet) will call us on Tues about pain control. i want to ask about Amantadine.
Controlling Yoshi's pain level is our line in the sand above everything else. If we can't control it then we should say goodbye. I think we are going to give him some in the morning now as well as the evening and not wait for incidental need.
In the afternoon I took him on a short cart walk. He wanders off the sidewalk and gets stuck which means that we probably should be in a park or on a bike path. i probably should shift into going to the park mode like I did with Trek.
Wed Jul 18
Yoshi acupuncture at 8:30am
He did ok. He never likes it, but it's not invasive and doesn't hurt him.
Later in the afternoon. Yoshi walk in his cart. He's having a hard enough time walking now that for longer walks, he should use a cart or a ginger lead.
Though I sometimes start him out on his own four feet like I did later in the evening, but I did eventually put him in his cart.
Heard back from Canine Rehab about Yoshi's restless night. They offered to skip the hydro, but because he's already improving I asked that we just have a shorter hydrosession. They said ok.
or course right now he's pacing around. I need to do his nails. Done.
Mon Jul 16
What a difference. Managing Yoshi's pain is paying off. He's not stress panting and sleeping at night. He still gets up in the middle of the night and paces, but he's not doing that "ouch, ouch" panting. His stool is still a little loose, but not watery. We are adding a spoonful of plain Greek yogurt to see if that helps. I accidentally fed him twice this morning, but he let us pick it up before he completely finished.
Yoshi PT went well. He is less stable so Dana added an inch of water to make it 9". He goes for
just under 15 min.
Evening. He's completely passed out in his crate and needs to take his evening meds. He was in pain earlier and I gave him his evening Rimadyl which helped.
This may have been too much for him. He did wake up and I gave him his evening meds but it didn't stop his stress panting or packing.
Ordered more food for Yoshi via Chewy.
Last night Yoshi work up and 3am and paced till 4:30am Terri took him out I didn't notice. they he settled down and slept till 10am.
He was in good spirits all day but didn't seem to want to go on a walk.
Yoshi evening walk. He didn't need his cart. Home->Court->Gibbons->Home. He lists off the sidewalk, but not too terrible. I carry his cart in case he needs it, though he walked well tonight.
I did order more Senilife which is cheaper via Chewy.
Yoshi kept me up for part of the night pacing and panting. Then he went into the living room and got stuck on a bare path of floor. He couldn't stand up and was biting at his knee. I helped him back to the carpet but we should keep him out of the living room at night.
Took him to the vet for a blood pressure test (normal!), and another Adaquan shot.
They suggested calling Dr Cheryl Schwartz about his chronic pain but are also forwarding to Dr. Applegate my request about Amantadine.
Yoshi Krusi Park
Sort of back to what I did with Trek.
Grass was a little long but we worked our way to the center of the park but Yoshi isn't the fetch fiend that Trek was so we just walked around and played recalls to my hand (nose touch - reward). He had fun and the park was nearly empty at 7pm. He is tired and crashed for the evening and didn't seem to need to go out for another walk at 9:30pm though Terri took him out to pee at 10:30pm.
At 11:45pm he was panting so, I gave him 4ml of children's Tylenol in hopes that it reduces his pain. 30 minutes later he was still panting, but 1 hour later he wasn't. Now we also moved his Rimadyl dosage to later as well.
Yoshi walk. Terri came and helped with using the Ginger Lead which I used the leash. We got all the way to Fountain and turned around. The Ginger Lead helps him get more exercise.
Tue Jul 10
Yoshi kept me up part of the night with his pacing. I crated him and then he just kept panting. I finally kicked him out of the bedroom. Terri is back from vacation and she can deal with him now. His Prairie Salmon came in and he eats it readily. Today he weighs 23.4 pounds and we have to figure out how much to feed him to keep him from losing muscle, but without gaining fat. He is already feeling much better than he was when he was on the K/D.
Mon Jul 9
Yoshi did well during his PT though he got tired easy. He is having more trouble with his right leg which was his good leg.
The trip back had a side adventure.
Can't shoot 'em dept. (I don't like guns anyway.)
Coming back from Yoshi's physical therapy trip (it's a 45 min trip), We were getting closer to home and were stuck in a traffic slowdown. Yoshi started whining, and then he started ratcheting it up in obvious distress. I took the next exit I could and pulled over and let him out. Nothing. No pee. No poop. Able to walk. "Are you ok?" He looks around in that "Where are we?" sense. "Do you need water? Two sips. He gives me that "Can we go now?" look.
I was so relieved that I didn't call him an impatient dwarf twit even though he deserved it.
He had misinterpreted the car slowing down as meaning we were nearly home. Sigh.
Sun Jul 8
Yoshi woke me up at 2am, and then at 6am, then he let me sleep to nearly 10am where I fed him. I gave him 1/4 c of Prairie Salmon and 1/4c of Wellness Chicken. I don't have enough Salmon to last till Tues, but lots of the Wellness. I gave it to him separately to test his appetite. After an initial hesitation, he readily ate both dry. I didn't put in water in case he wouldn't eat it but he usually gets water. The fat in the salmon will have to be cut with pumpkin, but for now I just want him eating. He is 23.2 pounds right now.
I let him pace around the yard. He will come to the base of the stairs, hesitate and then pace around again. He could get a fair amount of exercise this way.
Later on during his evening walk he was moving well. He hasn't needed a cart in a couple of days. He ate his dinner of 1/2 salmon and 1/2 chicken without issue. It's only been two days back on full salmon and chicken and he's already walking much better. Right now he's doing a lot of pacing. He was just out, but he could go out again.
Sat Jul 7
Yoshi is having trouble standing this morning after pacing and pacing last night. I gave him some more food and he settled down last night but he is losing a lot of muscle mass in his hips. The obvious suspect in this is the reduced protein in the Hills K/D. I wrote to his vets saying that I'd like to switch him back to Prairie Salmon and just do his blood retest in 2-3 weeks.
I've ordered a small bag of Prairie Salmon ($21 out the door). Too bad there isn't a canned version, but the form factor of it is small and he has no trouble eating it. I gave him a 1/4 cup of it this morning along with some K/D. I only have about 3/4 c left of the salmon and the bag won't get here till next Tue so I'm going to have to cut it with the wellness chicken (also has 25% protein).
Yoshi walk at 7pm. Went down to Fountain. Put him in his cart at Court.
Walk at 9pm. Just to Court and back on his feet.
Wed Jul 4
Yoshi woke me up at 3am with his panting and kept me awake till 4:30am. I took him outside, then fed him some cheese,and moved him on to bed in the office. He wouldn't go into his crate by the bed. He'd start to walk towards it and then suddenly turn around as best as he could like there was a forcefield around it. I hate that Terri is out of cell range right now though she did call me around noon. so I told her all about Yoshi's X-Ray dental evaluation.
I did his nails. He's more panicky about it because I put him in a position that hurt his leg. I repositioned him and just fed him for a while and then he let me dremel his nails.
Then I took him on a short walk at 7pm. I usually walk him at 9pm but it's going to be noisy tonight, so I'm hoping we can just go in the backyard. At 9:30 I tried to give him his medication but he wouldn't eat. He did have a big dinner
Tue Jul 3
Yoshi Crab Cove walk. The Rimadyl appears to be helping him he was able to walk almost all the way to the duck pond before I put him in his cart. Went over the bridge and then looped back. We mostly stayed on the grass except when we were over at the pond.
Dr Applegate called. She said the dentist saw indications of bone loss in Yoshi's X-Rays and would take out several of his teeth. Given that he didn't really need any immediate extractions during his dental, doesn't have any abscesses, doesn't appear to be in terrible pain, and that he's nearly 15, Dr. Applegate and I have decided to pass on that. We will switch him to mostly canned food. I'm going to try a few flavors to see which one doesn't give him such nasty breath.
He was tired from Crab Cove so he shortened his evening walk all on his own.
Mon Jul 2
This morning "I chase dogs away" Yoshi couldn't stand up on his own. Once we figured out that's what his thrashing around in his open door crate meant, we got him on his feet and he struggled around the house. After a phone call and some consideration, I took him to his regularly scheduled acupuncture appt where Jorge got him walking decently. Then we went over to his physical therapy appt. They decided to skip the hydro treadmill and just do joint manipulation and cold laser treatment and they counseled he see his regular vet who he had just seen. (Yoshi is pacing all around the office in his usual slightly broken wind-up toy manner.
After talking with Park Centre they decided we would just go ahead with a Rimadyl trial that we were talking about anyway. I pick those up at 3pm
Sun Jul 1
Last night, my idiot dog (who is fine) and who is partially disabled, before I got his leash on, took off and ran all the way across his front lawn (30'-35') and 5' into the street before I could catch him (and I'm not slow.) Yes, there was a dog across the street that neither of us had seen at first. I now carry his cart with us and I was juggling him, leash, and cart and I had just put him on the lawn. Poor other dog's owner had to listen to me yelling "STOP!!" to Yoshi. We are fine and I just have to get used to working the cart into our routine. Argh.
Yoshi walk. I've started having him walk using the cart. He can poop in it and he gets more exercise though I worry if his gait isn't thrown off from it.
Yoshi's kidney values are elevated so we're trying to switch him to Hill's K/D dry and he won't eat it with out some Prairie Salmon mixed in and hand feeding it to him. He likes the canned K/D better, but it gives him terrible breath and nearly black stools.
Tue Jun 26Yoshi had his teeth cleaned today. He has gingival hyperplasia, but fortunately didn't need any teeth extracted. Dr. Applegate is consulting with Katrina Hall-Essoe who is a canine dentist in Walnut Creek.
I'm so short-sighted sometimes. I've been putting off getting Yoshi's teeth cleaned for a few years because I don't like putting under anesthesia even though he's never had a problem with it. (One of his brothers passed away during a dental resulting in some significant adjustments in how Yoshi's drugs are handled.)
He just had his teeth cleaned today because he's been having trouble eating and I/we were worried about his teeth. The good news is that no teeth needed to be extracted. The bad news is he has gingival hyperplasia, which is where the tissue in the gums starts to grow and swell in reaction to gingivitis. Cleaning his teeth and antibiotics might not be enough. He might need gum surgery. Our vet is consulting with a nearby canine dentist.
I wrote Trupanion asking if a medically necessary dental cleaning was covered under his policy. Didn't hear back.
We also picked up some dry Hills K/D.
Evening walk at 9:30pm. Didn't want to walk. Then he did. No poop. He's back and panting a lot.
Mon Jun 25
We took Yoshi into therapy early so we could walk around on the Canal Trail so he would poop. He poops a lot on the K/D cans as he pooped even before we drove over.
I'm hoping to buy some dry K/D tomorrow when I pick him up from his dental.
Evening walk. Took a while to get him on his feet. I might want to check into getting a boy Ginger Lead for him.
Sun Jun 24
Yoshi walk at 6:30pm. We got part of the way to Fountain, but he turned around. He was pretty exhausted from yesterday. Terri has him mostly eating the K/D. His breath is terrible, so we need to get the dried kind which should come in a Tuesday.
9:45pm walk. Evelyn and I met up with Judy for a little bit. She was walking back from Christina's where she is taking care of her dog. (He spends the day with her but seems to prefer to sleep in his house.)
Yoshi walk. I walked him over to Jill's house just to see if he could get there. He did and then kept going all the way to the end of that block and we then came all the way around the block and returned via Court. He's pretty exhausted and I had to prod him to wake up enough to eat later on.
Walk with Yoshi. i put him in a cart and booties to get some exercise and he got around the block fine. Officer Jill and her 14-year-old daughter were out walking. Her daughter is recovering from ACL surgery, so is on crutches. Her and Yoshi made a pair.
Yoshi to see Dr Applegate. He has some serious gingivitis, so he's going to get a dental next week and I got a lot of assurances that most of their dentals are on senior dogs. He's going to have her do it on Tues next week.
He has the beginnings of kidney disease though he passes the most accurate test. We are going to give him some Hills K/D (which he loves). She also prescribed some Senilife which is intended to help his brain function.
She also suggested that he see Dr. Cheryl Schwartz.
7:00pm I put him in the cart and walked him down the street and part of the way up Court until he wanted to turn around.
At 9:30pm when it was cooler he, Evelyn, and I walked down the street without a cart. He was moving right along and we ended up going up and down twice.
Yoshi is eating very slowly, so Tues next week at 3pm Dr. Applegate is going to have a look at his teeth. I based it up some with a mallet to make it easier on him.
Wed Jun 13
Yoshi acupuncture with Jorge. He got through it ok and he seems to be moving around better new. Can't really tell, but it can't hurt and definitely seems to help.
Yoshi's booties are late, but at least they are in San Francisco. We will definitely keep an eye out for them and I hope they don't come in the middle of my interview.
He walked around the block at 4pm fairly slow.
He had to wear a different bootie since he's really thrashed his older one. This one is stiffer and he doesn't think he can walk in it. Until he saw a cat. Then he was suddenly fine.
Yoshi slept much of the day in his crate he has to stay out in the office with us. Our standing instructions are to pet him every so often to keep him awake.
Cathy loaned us a furminator. He doesn't like it because unlike a comb, the tines are fine enough that they are always pulling on his fur regardless if there is a tangle or not. I groomed him with one of our regular combs and got rid of a lot of his extra fur which is now all over the backyard for the birds.
Yoshi slept all night and has been doing so for a few days now. The Wellness supplements might be helping his sleep better.
Yoshi PT. He did well and he seems to still be moving around better.
While he hasn't gained weight past the 2 pounds overweight, I'd like to see him lose that weight it possible. Terri will make his breakfast 1/4 c Wellness and 1/4 c Nature's Logic Sardine. Then his early dinner can be 1/4 c Wellness and then in the evening a 1/4 c of either Nature's Logic or our leftover Prairie Salmon.
Yoshi walk. Got around the block slowly. No doggles this time. No dog drama either.
Took him back out at 1015pm. He lost a bootie, so we had to repeat the entire walk and he didn't seem to mind at all. I think the joint supplements in the Wellness Complete Health are making a difference.
I wrote this to his vets.
Hi Park Centre,
I was supposed to let you know how Yoshi did on his NuLo Trout food. He didn't like it and was always ravenous.
We've switched him to Wellness Complete Health Chicken which has a bunch of joint supplements and he seems to like it, and is acting a little more spry (which is why Canine Rehab is cc'ed). It's 14% fat which is lower that the Prairie Salmon (16% fat), but still a little high, so I'm trying to cut it with some Nature's Logic Sardine (8% fat).
It that doesn't work then we'll cut it with pumpkin. He is still 2 pounds overweight at 24 pounds.
Yoshi walk at 4pm. We went slowly around the block. He's less steady and losing some muscle but Ziji says his hamstrings are in excellent shape.
At 10:30pm we went up and down the full block.
I have yet another food for him to try Wellness Chicken. This is also with the Nature Logic and a little bit left of the Prairie Salmon.
Yoshi saw Ziji. His back end is getting weaker. She encouraged us to hold up one of his rear feet and then let it go to exercise his fast twitch response. She also showed us how to uncompress his spine by running our hands down his back in opposite directions.
Tue Jun 5
On our evening walk, Yoshi, Evelyn and I came across Jim (of Christina and Jim) working on Stephanie's car. Apparently her alarm is going off all by itself.
Walked Yoshi around the block at 4pm. It was hot today so he moved slowly but we got all the way through it.
Later on at 10:30pm it was much cooler and he walked the full length of the block, but it took him a while to warm up.
Yoshi evening walk. Took some effort to get him to wake up enough to walk but once he got out into the night air he was fine. Went down to Fountain and back.
Yoshi walk. Went around the block. Allison and a friend said hello to him.
Evening walk. He went down to Court, turned around and went all the way down to Gibbons.
He seems to have more energy these days.
Wed May 30
Yoshi acupuncture with Jorge.
I had a hair appt with Veronica today. She and her twin sister America just had a 40th birthday surprise party in San Francisco, which is admirable that her husband pulled off.
Yoshi walk - all the way around the block with no cart though he did have a boot on his back left foot. That boot is wearing out, so I hope his new ones show up soon.
Walked Yoshi down the block and back just before our dinner of fajitas and other goodies.
He's going back out again around 9:40pm.
We all went down to Fountain and back this time.
Yoshi bath. He was smelling pretty rank. The trouble with bathing him is he stays wet for hours even with blow drying, so we have to wait for warmer weather. I actually blew him dry again hours later because he was still damp.
I'm on a campaign to not let him sleep much in the early evenings as he keeps me awake late at night with his pacing. So I keep him out of the bedroom them and let him doze near me where he doesn't sleep as deeply I hope. Of course he's passed out right beside me right now so i'm not sure I'm winning this game. I gave him some extra bits of cheese too hoping that would stay in his tummy longer.
Yoshi walk. At 6pm after a hilarious few moments of trying to put booties on him while he was in a cart we went down Lincoln to Fountain. I didn't think he would get all the way around the block which is why we didn't try it.
This is all ironic as at 10:30pm he was rarin' to go sans cart and with only a boot on his rear back foot. We got down to Court and back and he still wanted to go so we went all the way to Gibbons and then back to Evelyn's house and then back home. He was still bouncing. Maybe he doesn't need the cart so much but it seems to be heavily temperature dependent. The night air agrees with him.
I ordered more Ultra Paws. The boot with traction is listed as a "close out" so I'm glad I did it.
Order number: 12667 ($18.46)
Yoshi's sister Ashi has passed away. She was probably past her time. Now there is just Dylan and Yoshi left.
Yoshi is basically okish, but sleeping a bunch. I am concerned about him, but he's not a young man anymore. He is due for a senior blood test in June. We probably should go ahead and do that. When I get him out into the night air, he perks up, so it is partially a temperature thing. he was moving right along at 10pm.
His food claims he can have 1 1/2 cups of food a day which is an insane amount given that he was fine on 2/3 c of food a day of his higher fat food. He will probably be ok with 1 c a day, so tonight he's going to get a full third for his evening snack and then we'll try 1/2 c each meal for a little while. The only issue with the new food is it has more fiber, so he's going to be pooping more. Hope he makes it through the night.
Yoshi Adequan shot this morning. His calming cap worked great in the vets office. Walked right by another dog.
We are switching Yoshi's food to Nulo Freestyle Senior which is trout and sweet potato with turkey and some chicken and a lot of pea flour. 12% fat as compared to Prairie Salmon's 16%.
Wed May 16
Yoshi acupuncture. We tried the calming cap to see if it would make him less nervous but I didn't see any change and took it off. He's generally ok just figity. The calming cap helps with his reactivity when he sees other dogs but probably isn't necessary in this case.
Yoshi PT. Just me and Tech Jenn working with Yoshi. He actually did quite well.
I recorded it to show Dr. Troy who he's going to see next week. also made on on land one pacing around the therapy room.
Yoshi evening walk. After sleeping all afternoon and through a 3.6 earthquake, we went on a brisk walk up and down the block twice with Evelyn. the only trouble is I forgot his boot.
Just before that he was hanging his head over the side of the snuggler and started gacking and then threw up some. Then got up and peed (my fault as he hadn't been out in a while.) Yoga mat is outside after being hosed off.
Yoshi walk 5pm. We walked down to Fountain and back. He was moving a little slow, but ok.
Then at his 10:30pm short walk he was moving right along. He knows he gets a treat at the end of that one (it has his medication in it).
Yoshi peed and pooped in the house because I wasn't paying attention to his pacing with intention. He kept me up part of the night with his pacing which is different, so I was deliberately ignoring him which wasn't a wise choice.
Yoshi walk. At 5pm we were on our way to Bay Farm Seaview park, but I decided to just try walking from Veterans court. The tide was really low so we were able to walk a little bit on the bit of sand that was briefly uncovered which gave him a nice chance to get some good smells in.
Evelyn has been sometimes joining us for our evening walk down the block which makes it much less of a chore at 10pm.
Wed May 2
Yoshi to Jorge for acupuncture. Terri gave him Pet Calm which may have taken the edge off his stress but he still nervously panted the entire 20 minutes with the needles inserted. It doesn't hurt him, but every so often one will zing and how do you explain that to a dog that it's ok and it's not going to get any worse?
Yoshi Krusi Park. The park was very busy, so we didn't walk in the field area at all but walked past the kids play area and then walked all the way around the tennis courts. He's dragging his left rear foot and has a sort spot on one of his pads so he needs to either wear a boot or walk on grass. I carried him around the asphalt pathways. Walking across on the fields is preferable. For his evening walks, he'll have to wear a boot.
Yoshi PT Appt today at 10:30am.
There is a drag sore on his rear left foot so he needs to wear a boot when on pavement. He can also wear a Pawz bootie.
Of course during his night short walk I completely forgot about the bootie so we only went part of the way and I carried him on the driveway.
Walked Yoshi around the block on Johnson.
Sat Apr 28
We are dropping Yoshi off at Park Centre for the day and evening and racing off to catch a 11am SouthWest flight and then we'll drive to Jack Peterson's stopping at Whole Foods.
Yoshi PT. It was too close to his hydrotherapy last week so we just did cold laser only this time (There weren't any available appts later this week.)
We actually missed our 11am appt thinking it was 1:45pm (wrote down the wrong time.) so we rescheduled for 2:30 and went over to Sprouts to get some food and headed over to Lakely park which is a really nice park to just sit near and walk Yoshi around some. I tried to take a few photos, but he mostly wouldn't hold still, but I did get one finally.
Yoshi and I went to Crab Cove and had a fabulous time. It was windy and we walked all the duck pond and then we circled back.
Yoshi acupuncture. Tried not holding his head and he didn't shake his head.
Sun Mar 17Finally, finally went back to Guerro's Taqueria in Pacifica off Reina del Mar to get a veggie burrito. I took Terri, and Yoshi went along and we went down to the state beach and walked Yoshi a while there letting him enjoy it, and bark at everything and nothing. The burrito was every bit as good as I remember it. There's nothing exotic about it, just great ingredients.
Yoshi barked and barked again at Rudy the heater guy, then got better when we just put him on the floor.
Yoshi's eye look swollen and reddish. He skipped his water treadmill at Canine Rehab and just did cold laser and went to Park Centre to see Dr. Levin. We now have eye antibiotics to put in his eye each day.
We went over to Crab Cove and it was really nice. Almost no dogs around. Some people came by to say hello to him. We went on to the beach bluff for a bit. Maneuvered around some of the local water fowl - mostly geese. Yoshi really isn't a fan of geese, so he doesn't bother them at all.
Feb 12Yoshi PT. He did fine, but he gets tired about 10 minutes in. They have him doing 15 minutes.
Yoshi treadmill. He does very well in the water. His walking looks much better when he's in it. He went to 14 minutes. Jenn was the tech with Sherrie there doing paperwork.
Yoshi walk. We went to Washington Park but this time we parked closer to the water and not at the dog park. We had a lot of space around us so we slowly wandered around that field and then crossed the path to go over to the next one. I tried to film him walking, but he just looked at me which is what he's trained to do. His walking is very unstable to begin with and then improves with time and usage.
Yoshi walk. I'm off work for a little while, so I get to do a lot of Yoshi's walks again. He is 14 1/2 so his walk are very leisurely but at 4pm we did manage to get all the way out to Santa Clara and around. I also give him a short evening walk around 9:30/10pm for him to poop. He also gets his meds then so he always wants to come home for his treat and evening snack.
The evening snack is that he's been walking Terri up in the middle of the night around 2:30am because he's hungry (she takes him out to pee also.)
Last night I feed him most of his midnight snack at 10pm and he slept till 5:30am.
Tonight I gave him all of his midnight snack at 10pm. His meds also include 6mg of melatonin which stops his night pacing and helps him sleep better at night.
Asked Dr Joan Coates for Trek's DM pathology report results. She sent them.
24 Jan 18:
The spinal cord has severe thickening and fibrosis of the arachnoid, with proliferation of arachnoid cells The entire spinal cord stains poorly with LFB. The white matter appears condensed with a few interspersed dilated axon sheaths. Motor neurons contain scant lipofuscin. Neurofilament stains demonstrate a drastic reduction of axon diameter in all funiculi. There are numerous tiny axons present, even in the ventral white matter, and interspersed axons are enlarged in caliber. There are blank spots in the dorsolateral white matter. There is strongly increased GFAP staining circumferentially in the white matter, particularly the peripheral white matter. Gemistocytes are locally evident.
Yoshi walk. We wandered around Krusi Park which he seemed to enjoy.
We put him on Melatonin yesterday to hopefully help with his night pacing which is common for senior dogs to do.
His days look pretty similar except for when he goes to Physical Therapy or Acupuncture or to the vet to get an adequan shot (once a month). Terri walks him mid-day.
He is walking Terri up in the middle of the night because he's hungry. She makes him go outside to pee also.
I asked about Yoshi's night pacing and Kathy Carlsen suggests Melatonin and Dr. Applegate agrees suggesting 3-6 mg dosage, so I ran off to Walgreens and after some Prius arguments I have some 3 mg tablets.