NOVEMBER 22, 2019.

Here I am at just after 6 in the morning. Campbell seems a bit calmer this morning and he appeared to rest better last night.

I usually get up for the bathroom twice. Each time I did I looked in on him and he was sleeping. I was glad to see that.

I’m almost willing to bet a paycheck that he does better today. Today is his full medication regiment day, which means he will get not only his thyroid med that he gets twice daily, but his arthritis and stomach meds as well. I really believe that we need to up these meds to every-day. I think he is in more pain than he was when we first started him on these a year ago, and I think his stomach bothers him more too.

I’m going to have to be more diligent with keeping spills cleaned up and about making certain he doesn’t scavenge at all while we’re out walking.

I don’t know what to think about the way he sometimes simply doesn’t seem to be connected into what’s going on around him. There doesn’t seem to be any pattern to this, and it’s been getting steadily worse over the last few months. At first it was gradual. Now, it seems to be sliding downhill at a faster rate each day.

This all started around the end of 2018 and for a while was really ramped up in the beginning of 2019. After much testing and finding nothing conclusive, we made a food switch, put him on these meds, and as the weather grew warmer though he still had bouts of disconnected behavior and stomach upset for the most part things leveled out. Now, just a week before his 11TH birthday I feel we’ve backslid badly.

I’ve noted during a 7-day period he has on average 3 good days and 4 bad. I don’t like those odds.

I hope Dr. Hyatt will have some ideas of easing these problems when we go in on Monday. Honestly, I wish I could have him seen today, but getting a van out there today and getting him worked into the schedule at the vet’s office would be quite hard. As it is he doesn’t appear to be in any real danger, and he has an actual appointment on Monday which means they’ll have more time to spend with us. I don’t mean to say they rush us but when we go in as a work in sometimes it’s a bit crazy.

I’m very fortunate to have the veterinarian I do. They provide top-notch care, and they love Campbell as if he were their own. I’m just stressing and wanting to fix this right here and now.

I’m supposed to go to the store this morning and I hate leaving him, but it cannot be helped. Since I’m catching a ride with a friend, and I only have a few things to get, I should be home in just a couple hours.

Well, off for now. Got some other things to get done before the alarm to take Campbell out at 7 sounds.

*** Photo from ‘Bubba Tails From the Puppy Nursery At The Seeing Eye:

pups x two snuggling

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