Hello friends, caring for a senior dog comes with many challenges. We do everything we can to create a happy healthy quality of life for our boy, Izzy. But ageing for animals ( just like us) can bring with it a myriad of illnesses. He is such a blessing in our lives. We love him very much and we will do everything possible to give him the best quality of life.
Our sweet boy Izzy had a birthday recently, you can see the post HERE. Unfortunately over time he has developed illnesses/diseases that must be cared for. He has arthritis, cherry eye, severe dry eye syndrome, bladder crystals, and digestive issues. Spontaneous moles ( you can see it in the photo) too. I took Izzy to see our Vet Dr. Toniolli at the Antelope Animal Hospital last summer because I thought he might have a tick. It was the size of a grain of rice. Now it’s enormous. It was biopsied when it was much smaller and is benign. But it can be a nuisance when he is wearing his harness. When he is healthier we plan to have it removed.
Ever since he was a pup he’s had tummy issues, so he eats foods prepared at home using healthy ingredients ( and he has a few treats.) You can see the list below.
- Greenie petite with multi vitamins and minerals and chicken jerky. This is the same thing he has had for breakfast since he was 6 months old (smile)
- He may also have oatmeal-4 Tbsp.
- Scrambled eggs, or egg whites – ½ cup
- Tuna ½ can 2.5 ounces
- Boiled Chicken, ¼ Cup
- Carrots- 4 mini carrots
- Chicken Biscuits -2
- He has dry medicated food that helps prevent bladder crystals or bladder stones (Royal Canin® Urinary SO)
- boiled chicken with a vegetable and rice, potato or pasta
- Medicated dry dog food 1/4 Cup
- Boiled chicken 1/3 of a boneless skinless chicken breast
- White rice or brown rice 1 rounded Tbsp.
- Zucchini- 4-6 slices
- Green beans- approximately 8 pieces
- Peas- 1 rounded Tbsp.
- Pasta approximately 6-8 noodles cut up
- Potato- 1 rounded Tbsp.
- French Fries 8 fries
- Spinach- 1 rounded Tbsp.
- Lettuce- hard white, not loose leaf -if he’s acting hungry while we prepare dinner, or carrots or a small piece of chicken
- Cheerios- 1 cup-a few at a time, these are usually rewards when playing, etc.
- Popcorn approximately ½ Cup (white air popped, no salt, no butter)
- Chicken Pot Pie Cookies –Chicken, Potatoes, Vegetable Glycerin, Peas, Carrots, Sugar, Vinegar, Salt, Natural Flavor, Paprika (for color)
- Jerky Dogs- chicken, Rice, Barley, Vegetable Glycerin, Tapioca Starch, Malted Barley, Dried Orange Pulp, Salt, Vinegar, Natural Flavor, Natural Smoke Flavor, Paprika (for color)
For his arthritis he is being treated with Prednisone. He is taking a Minuscule amount of Prednisone daily. Prednisone can be hard on the body. Even though he only has a teeny tiny amount he still needs to be checked every three months to make sure it is doing no harm. Our vet, Dr. Toniolli, works closely with an endocrinologist to keep Izzy healthy too.
Because Izzy is half Miniature Schnauzer, half Lhash Apso (his breed is Schapso) unfortunately that means he may have commonly diagnosed medical condition from both dog breeds.
He also has a severe dry eye disease that is treated with special eye drops and an eye cream. He has cherry eye you can see it in the photo. I can massage it a bit and the swelling will go down, but only temporarily.
His newest diagnosis, is diabetes type 1, this new diagnosis is a scary one. It brings with it new challenges for us, and for Izzy. I literally gave him his first insulin injection a couple of hours ago. Now I must watch closely to assure he doesn’t have any adverse reactions. A senior dogs lifespan with diabetes will vary greatly from dog to dog, but the “average” time frame, estimated by our vet is two to three years.
He will have a device used by humans called Freestyle Libre 2 implanted next week. This is scanned using your phone! It keeps track of his glucose levels and sends them to our vet, Dr Toniolli at the Syracuse Animal Hospital as well.
So I ask you to please say a little prayer for our boy Izzy, that he will respond well to treatment and start feeling like playing again very soon.
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