for Mary Anne and Susie
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Zoe Bear and I send love to Mary Anne (latenightowl), whose birthday was yesterday, and to Susie (Say-Cheese), who celebrates her birthday today. I send an extra big hug, and Zoe Bear, of course, sends a bunch of licky-lick kisses.
The above photos were taken yesterday afternoon. You wouldn't know my spunky little pup has two new ailments, would you?
You can't really tell from these photos, but there's some brown in the white of Zoe Bear's left eye. That's caused by a condition called pigmentary keratitis. Some of the pigment is even impinging onto the surface of her cornea, but the veterinary ophthalmologist who saw her this past week confirms that it's not interfering with her vision. I've just started using eye drops twice a day that may retard the spread of the pigmentation or make it recede or even disappear.
Zoe Bear also somehow has developed bronchitis and has a horribly hacking cough. She's on antibiotics and Hycodan, in the hopes the latter will stop the coughing. It's got codeine in it, so she's a bit off her feed, but as long as she's drinking water, I'm not worried, although if she doesn't eat her breakfast she's not getting her anti-arthritis Dasuquin and Metacam (of which she gets only one unit instead of the normal dose of eight units based on her weight, so it's less likely to affect her kidneys). I may have to turn to another way to get those into her.
UPDATE, 9/10--Her cough is much better (not completely gone, but less hacking and less protracted), and she's back to eating almost normally. I am so lucky to have such a spunky little dog!
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