Ten, 10…

March 2011 002

Who goes there?!

Thanks to everyone who crossed paws, prayed and sent good vibes.  Sissy’s visit today with VisionVet (thanks, Terrie!) was a 10, which also happens to be the pressure reading in her eye this afternoon.  WHEW! 

The goal is to keep the pressure at or below 15.  Did I say WHEW?! 

Both the vet and the tech we’ve seen the most spent a lot of time with us, even though they were running behind schedule.  I’d found an article online that suggested bilberry and/or ginko to help lower the eye pressure, and VisionVet confirmed she’d heard of it, but had never tried it.  She wasn’t opposed to supplements in theory, but she pointed out that there were two reasons to hold off…

  1. What we’re doing is working, and we don’t want to waste options we’ll likely need later.
  2. Allergies.   VV might be a specialist, but she’s thorough enough to know that our girl is a walking, breathing allergy fit.  Therefore, any oral supplements have to originate with Wondervet.  How beautiful is that!?  I think I’m going to start using vets for my personal health care…
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Just a few weeks old and already miserable in the car 10-08

That’s just half our of fur-party though.  I’m sorry to report that Gretchen Greer is still a lousy travel companion.  I gave the recommended 1/2 tablet of Gravol one hour before departure, and less than ten miles from home, the panic attack flared.   I had to stop for gas (boy, that was painful!), and when I did, I found the sad little Thundershirt wadded in the floorboard.  Score!  I swaddled her in, and while Sissy would bite me if I said we had a good ride, Psycho – as we call Gg’s miserable rider alter-ego – did have a seated panic attack, rather than trying to bounce of the walls.  The ride home was more of the seated same.

I have two more tricks up my sleeve for Gretchen, before we have to give in and try Wondervet’s prescriptions yet again.  There’s also much bounty from an after-dinner pet store spree, but I’ll save that for another day.

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13 Responses to “Ten, 10…”

  1. Khyra Says:

    Pawesome news!

    We are SO glad to SEE that!

    As for Gretchen, have you tried something called COMPOSURE? I saw friends on FB suggesting it for anxiety issues –

  2. queerteach Says:

    So glad the vet visit went well!! Sorry Gretchen doesn’t handle car rides so well- hope everyone has lots of great suggestions, because maybe fortunately for me, I’ve never had to deal with a dog upset in the car yet. Hope you find something that does help!

    Jen and the Black Dog Crew

  3. Mango Says:

    I am so happy to hear that Sissy’s eye is doing OK. Keep up the good work. Oh the travel anxiety is the worst. I only have good thoughts to offer.

    Mango Momma

  4. The OP Pack Says:

    Great news on the eye pressure report. Do you know what is normal for dogs? Our Dad ‘s eye specialists try to keep his in the low teens, a real challenge even with multiple drops.

    We are thinking about trying the thundershirt for Ciara with her reaction to t-storms. It won’t work for Phantom because he freaked out when he had to wear a t-shirt after his big surgery two summers ago.

    Hmmm, lots of goodies from the pet store?

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  5. Nichole Says:

    I was in the car when I read your FB post and literally COL – cheered out loud! 🙂

  6. KnittingItOut Says:

    Hooray for Sissy! And poor Gretchen and her travel troubles.

    Looking forward to hearing about the visit to the pet store 😉

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  8. Sue Says:

    What good news and I’m glad she’s think about the future possible options. You must be feeling relieved tonight.

  9. gMarie Says:

    I can think of many, many reasons to use the vet for your personal health care – pretty sure they won’t go for it though. I was so hoping the Gravol would work. Maybe you gave it too early? g

  10. scrabblequeen Says:

    Yeah for Sissy’s 10! And oh pooh! For GG’s travel troubles. Misty is never really happy in the car either…tho happily she doesn’t bounce off the doors or anything…

    Woofs. Sahsa (who’s mom gets an F for failing to blog my b-day) and Misty

  11. Dianne Says:

    Great news!!! Way to go Sissy!!!

  12. Mary Says:

    Love that low eye pressure. Yay, Sissy! As for Gretchen…well, I sympathize. Sorry riding in the car is so freaky for you. Your buddy, Jake, is none too happy about riding in cars either. But we think in his case, he is afraid he will be left somewhere. He has good reasons for this fear as he was abandoned when he was about 1; chained to a post outside a gas station, when DS rescued him. So hope Mom finds something to help you deal with your fears. Tis no fun to be afraid.

  13. Terrie Says:

    Yay!! I’m so happy that Sissy’s eye pressure is so low 🙂 VisionVet sounds like a wonderful doctor-very glad you have such a great team working with the girls. Poor Gretchen! I sure hope her new collar and chews work better for her on car rides!!

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