The information below was written by my husband and sent to all our boating friends on Tuesday. Here is part three, written by hubby, on this continuing saga.

The Saga of Old Dogs – Part III

So back from the Vet Tuesday. Little Bit’s liver function continues to improve with her numbers being down a little bit from last month. Good news there.

She continues to lose weight however. She was 64.4 pounds last month and is 62.4 this month. So in perspective she was about 82 pounds just this time last year.

We asked today about what we can do to increase weight. The Doctor has been concerned about the allergies and the food has been specific to that problem. But now we are focusing on liver issues. So she now also gets canned wet liver function (I think it is called hepatic) dog food. She had that can gone in record time.

This reminds me of a couple of guys we had at Willow Berm when we first starting having this boating addiction. Doug and Dave took in and rescued standard poodles. In fact the license plate on their car was “STUDPL” or something close. I always thought it referred to various manly parts since they were a gay couple.

Anyway, Dave was talking about cooking chicken and rice for their rescue dog and Doug asked me what we fed Little Bit. I said, “Dog food.” “What a concept!,” he said. Doug was the frugal member. If he asked me now I’d have to say something entirely different.

Our boating buddy Duffy did a cartoon of their dog riding a surf board and Dave liked it so much he had it professionally framed and they had it in their boat.

So the news continues to improve on the Little Bit front. Now if we can just get a few pounds on her.

46 thoughts on “Fragments

  1. Barb says:

    We do love our babies, don't we? I think even more so when they get older. They become even more precious.

    Except for Gracie, who is almost 5 and a half now (how did THAT happen?), my kitties are all geriatric patients in the eyes of my Vet. Geriatric blood work, etc. Gandalf's littermate Sarah is now on Thyroid medication twice a day as she has developed hyperthyroidism. *sigh*

    Big hugs to you, Zane and LB. xoxo

  2. Marg says:

    Wow, that is such good news about Little Bit. So glad she is doing better. Very exciting. Keep up the good work Little Bit and all of you have a super day.

  3. Traveling Bells says:

    So good to get a LB update, especially one that brings a smile. Yes, we do love our furbabies and will do whatever it takes to keep them healthy and happy. They bring much joy to our lives. Always good to hear from Zane, BTW.

    Big hugs, honey…

  4. Paul Pietrangelo says:

    I like that cartoon about the dog. Maybe you could get a photo about Little Bit on the front of your ship, standing proud in the front, riding high in the waves.
    Have a great Thursday Sandee and say hi to Zane and especially to Little Bit. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

    Empress Bee should be under the knife as of now. Think great thoughts for our friend Bee. See ya.

  5. Jean R. says:

    Glad the vet gave you some good news. I wish I could help you figure out how to get some weight on your dog. I've always had the opposite issue with Levi, who eats and begs like a pig.

  6. BeadedTail says:

    That's wonderful news that Little Bit's numbers are improving! Yay! Sadie lost a lot of weight as she got older and especially when she had liver issues too. She didn't want to eat though so it was extra hard to put weight on her. Is there a safe puppy food that has higher calories that might help? Of course not if it's bad for her liver. Our vet also suggested chicken and rice or other homemade food combinations. It's just so tough. I have the opposite problem myself! 🙂 Anyway, great news Sandee! Give her extra smooches today!

  7. Stephanie Faris says:

    Fingers crossed that his weight starts going back up. Glad to hear those numbers are down, though. I think you're supposed to give dog food to dogs, right? It's specially formulated for a dog's needs. I'm not sure chicken and rice would be good for them long term unless they had food allergies. I did switch to expensive "all natural" dog food, though, after I heard Beneful was killing dogs.

  8. cube says:

    Glad to hear about Little Bit's improved liver function. The weight loss may improve with time and tinkering with her food. Pets can be as finicky as people when it comes to food.

  9. messymimi says:

    While i'm glad liver function is better, i agree that getting a bit of weight back on her may be very important — it gives her some reserve on which to draw if needed.

  10. LAC says:

    I didn't have any idea Little Bit was in ill health! Sending prayers and hoping for the best always. Guess I need to go back and find the first parts of the "saga".

  11. Ann Thompson says:

    Great news about Little Bit. I know of a lot of people who cook for their dogs, I'm not one of them. I know if it was a necessity I would do it but otherwise it's regular old dog food being served here 🙂

    • Comedy Plus says:

      We don't cook for Little Bit either. She eats only food that her vet allows her to eat and all her treats are organic and low in protein. Probably why she's lost so much weight. 🙂

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