Last week Ping and Tubby had their senior wellness exams. We do them every six months and they get their blood work checked and get looked at for lumps and bumps and any problems. Once a year we also get their thyroid checked.
is looking good and his blood work is perfect. He even withstood the indignities of a prostate exam since the vet said it was an important for an "old man." (I still cant think of Tubby as an old man even though he will be 11 in March.)
did less stellar. Unfortunately her blood work showed slightly elevated liver enzymes. It was only a slight elevalation of about 2 points above normal, but I am a worry wort. Ping's vet recommended we just try some supplements for now (Marin and Denosyl). The supplements are a bit pricey, coming to about seventy dollars a month! (Imagine what it would cost for a large dog, Ping only weights 14 lbs!). The worst part though is that Ping needs to take the Denosyl an hour before eating and on an empty stomach! So now she has to wait an hour for breakfast, as do the other hounds since we have to be fair. This is definitely taking some getting used to and the collective opionions seems to be that by 6:30 am starvation is setting in. As a slight plus, Ping does get to take her Denosyl in peanut butter and she loves her PB.
Ping gets her blood work checked again in 6 months and if nothing has worsened we will just continue with the supplements. If anything gets worse we may do an ultrasound of the liver but I am hoping that wont be necessary. Ping is 8, will be 9 in May, which I don't consider too old. John and I see her as about middle aged. If anyone in blog ville has any tips about a healthy diet for the liver I would love to hear them. Ping eats honest kitchen grain free and grain free kibbles and our vet seems to think that is fine, but Im a nervous nelly!