Good Vibrations?

If hope and crossed paws can bring Jaxon home, he’ll be reunited with Shannon soon.  Thank you.

Edit:  Jaxon was happily reunited with his owner on Saturday.  I’m SURE all the good vibrations made the difference.  Thank you.  You can read more here

And evidently, we’re keeping those good vibrations happenin’.   We had a very, very good day today.

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Gretchen sat much like that for both trips!

First, the easy report.  Wee Gretchen Greer had two fabulous rides (up and back).  She got one Gravol tablet about 30 minutes prior to departure, and then one of these calming chews as we were heading out the door.  (They’re from PetCo, and that’s really about all I know about them.)  I gave another 30 minutes into our trip, and another roughly 2 hours later when we left the eye clinic.  No groggy doggy, but a nearly content rider.    Don’t know if she’s outgrowing her anxiety or if we stumbled upon the right combination.  Don’t care; we’re just happy to have her not totally stressed out in the car.

Now, the Sissy report.  It’s very good news.  Firstly, we’ve had yet another vet go on maternity leave on us.  Congrats, VisionVet!  Maybe we’ll see you for our next quarterly check-up?  So, we met another nice member of the eye clinic team, and she confirmed that I am a worry-wort and Sissy’s glaucoma is well under control.

I’ve never been so happy to be wrong.  I’ve known most of my adult life that my intuition and I aren’t in sync, so it’s all good.  For those keeping score at home, we have a new (good thing) low pressure reading for Sis; THREE.  (The goal is to keep her at 15 or below.) 

Obviously, we’re continuing with the Demecarium; it’s working like a champ.  However, there are two changes to our arsenal.  Firstly, we’ve added Pred Acetate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday to control the redness I saw and fretted over.  Hem.  Might just be her seasonal allergies.  Might be the rather typical irritation some dogs experience with Demecarium.  In fact, the eye vet we saw today prescribes Pred Acetate along with Demecarium as a preventative, so…

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Do I look like I have 'roid rage?!

For the very astute, yes… Sissy has a Prednisone problem.  She has ‘roid rage.  However, I’ve been assured that topical pred and oral pred don’t impact the body the same way, but just the same, I was reminded that they are on call 24 hours, 7 days a week…

Last, but hardly least is some very exciting news in the world of emergency glaucoma treatment.  Latanoprost is now only $14 a bottle!  (Don’t ask what it cost previously.  Let’s just say we kept the bottle in the fridge and petted it until it expired, okay?  I think the Knight might have buried it in the boys’ garden or something…)  So, I no longer have to carry the horse-syringe of glycerin with me.  I just have to drop a little box with a little bottle in my purse and keep it at room temperature.

Perhaps even bigger cause for the sigh of relief is Latanoprost requires one simple drop to control the sudden pressure spike, whereas glycerin required a very complex, careful administration, along with some milk, and then there would still be vomiting most likely.  (Sorry.  Hope you weren’t having a snack.) 

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Sissy's glycerin tote

Anyone need a big, insulated, purple medication bag?  Just kidding… we’re keeping it.  Sissy’s grown accustomed to having her own bag.

Wee!!  While the emergent care plan seems almost silly with sustained single-digit pressures in the remaining eye, we don’t have a spare.  That beautiful right eyeball and its eyesight mean almost everything to this pack.  Making it easy enough that we don’t need to pack administering instructions with the drug is a tremendous blessing.  Making it a single drop, not a long, slow-push syringe also means that if the Knight is busy being the Chief, I don’t have to stress over how to get on the road to the eye clinic AND be the nurse all at the same time.  Whew.

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13 Responses to “Good Vibrations?”

  1. Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara Says:

    What a wonderful report!!! You must be just over the top with joy. Good for Gretchen doing well on the road. But the eye report is magnificent. Single digit readings are superb. Our dad (who has glaucoma) also has to take prednisone for chronic inflammation in the eye. That in turn has an impact on his glaucoma because he is what they call a pred responder. It can cause his pressure to increase. We sure hope the new regimen of meds keep Sissy in good shape with her eye.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  2. Anita Says:

    Awesome vet report! I’m thrilled. 🙂

  3. Mango Says:

    Lots of really good news today for sure. I am especially happy about the continued work and new remedies for doggie ailments.

    Slobbers,
    Mango

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  5. scrabblequeen Says:

    Very pawsome news…indeed!

  6. kathy b Says:

    Great great news all the way round~

  7. Mary Says:

    Awesome news! Good eye pressure and relatively calm GG…Saturday was definitely a bonus day in your pack. Very happy for you all.

  8. Sue Says:

    Three!!! That’s wonderful! Morgan had to use Pred Acetate for awhile when she was having an eye problem and had no trouble with it. Samba, of course, has some serious roid rage, but then she’s on a super high dosage. We have cut her back to pre flare up levels and so far the new diet seems to be working. There is one down side to a high Omega 3 diet. Poor Samba smells like a fish. No amount of bathing or tooth brushing changes the odor. She exudes fish smell from her pores. At times it’s a bit hard to take.

  9. Nichole Says:

    Wonderful news!!! Esp that you don’t have to carry the syringe around… yay!

    Did Gretchie wear her calming collar as well?

  10. KittyplusCoco Says:

    Awesome Sissy! Man oh man, three is a great pressure. I am so glad to hear about the new single drop stuff. Might need to ask about that our next visit.. Modern medicine rocks.

    Pee. S. Kitty had her first eye specialist visit. One eye is 15 and the other is 16, but they vet says as long as it is under 18 we are ok and to keep on with drops and careful observing.

  11. Barbara S. Says:

    Excellent news on all fronts!

  12. gMarie Says:

    First – so very glad that Jaxson is back home with his momma. I’m sure they are both relieved.

    Second – glad you have found a combo that works for wee gg. I’ll still try to remember to grab more Gravol to send you next time we cross the border. Save international shipping.

    Finally – what wonderful news on all fronts about Sissy’s eye. (see, I remembered – singular!) And seriously? You needed validation that you are a worry wart? And yes, I’m often out of sync with my intuition too. g

  13. Jed & Abby in MerryLand USA Says:

    With so much sad news recently in Blogville, it is wonderful to read THREE very wonderful pieces of news on your blog! Yay for Gretchen! Yay for Sissy’s eye! And YAY for Jaxson! Things are looking up!

    Jed & Abby

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