Hi, my name is KATY and I'm about eight years old. My foster family says I'm as sweet as can be!
I came in with a multitude of issues - eyesight and hearing aren't the best in the world, ear infection, poor skin and coat condition, arthritis, overweight, and so forth.
Testing so far shows low Free T4, so I am on Thryoid meds for the time being. The Dog-ter wants to rerun the test after I have been on quality food for a while, as she feels that the poor nutrition from the substandard food/treats may have my body out of whack due to the unbalanced food.
Bloodwork and SuperChem panel has several things in the high range. Once again, the food may be the cause, or the OTC flea/tick products containing permethrin may have poisoned me. I hate that I have to wait to find out, beyond running the panels again, whether additional testing is needed.
I am on Dasuquin and Vetprofen for the arthritis, and am significantly better already. I can even do stairs! That makes me very happy! Since I am scared to be alone (separation anxiety), I stick to my humans like velcro!!
My previous owner had me on Clomicalm and later, Amitriptyline. Excerted from the link provided above: "Inappropriate use of CLOMICALM Tablets, i.e., in the absence of a diagnosis or without concurrent behavioral modification, may expose the animal to unnecessary adverse effects and may not provide any lasting benefit of therapy."
Anyway, I am happy with all the attention I am getting in my foster home. My favoritest hooman is the three year old. He makes lots of loud noises, so I know when he leaves the room, and I follow. I can't be crated, cuz it is too stressful for me.
I have shown no bad behavior whatsoever, but did have one accident in the house. My foster dad and I went outside, but he didn't give me enough time, so it was his fault!!
Fostered by Cheryl & Doug in WI.
Save Our Setters, Inc.
Guestbook Entry: "I just wanted to comment on the OTC flea stuff used on Katy. We used one of those flea collars which can be purchased at any pet store on our first Irish Setter. We had used them on other dogs we had with no problem. Within hours of putting on our redhead, he was losing control of his motor functions. To see him, one would think he was paralyzed. When we figured out what the issue was, we immediately removed it. Within about twelve hours, he was back to his normal self. It really was a horrible experience. Would never do an OTC deal like that again."
Norman was running along the beach with his owner Annette. Unexpectedly, Norman ran into the ocean and started swimming straight into deep water. Annette was frantic. She didn't know what Norman was doing, where he was going, or even, if he could swim! She called his name repeatedly, but he continued to swim away from her.
Annette became aware of something else. What she thought had been the joyful noises of children at play were really cries for help. Lisa, a teenage girl, had been playing in the water with her younger brother, both of whom were capable swimmers. Lisa could no longer manage the deep and swift waters. Her brother was able to swim to shore but Lisa needed help.
Annette realized what was happening. Norman must have recognized the urgent pitch in Lisa's voice, and was swimming to help her. Annette called out to the girl..."HIS NAME IS NORMAN, CALL HIS NAME"! And so she did.
Norman swam to her. She held on to his thick fur as they made their way to shore. Lisa lost her grip. Annette again hollered, “CALL HIS NAME, HIS NAME IS NORMAN". Again, the two caught up with each other and headed to shore.
This would be a wonderful story had it ended right there. What makes it truly touching is that Annette and her husband had adopted Norman from the local animal shelter on the day before he was scheduled to be euthanized. Even more amazing was that Norman had been suffering from Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) for the two years prior to this incident. He was completely blind when he saved Lisa.
When Norman's vision started deteriorating, friends told Annette and her husband to have the dog euthanized. They were so very happy that they didn't. The same was true for Lisa and her family. Blind dogs can live happy and productive lives.
Levin, Caroline. Living With Blind Dogs. Lantern Publications,18709 S. Grasle Road, Oregon City, OR 97045 ISBN 0-9672253-0-2.