03/01/14: Wow! I didn't realize it has been so long since I updated my profile so I thought I'd better get busy. Let's see where should I start?? Well, I have been with my foster family for a little over a year now so I am a year older - I'm 5 now! I love to take walks with my foster mom; oh -she also lets me go with her in the car sometimes, I loovve that - especially on warm days, she will crack the window and I can feel the breeze. Mom doesn't put the window down far; she said, 'it's too dangerous'.
I'm what I would consider low maintenance; see, I have foster brothers and a sister, but I think humans are far better so I don't mingle with them much. I do my own thing; I am my own dog! I do love to be close to my foster mom though; she is my best friend. She helps me out a lot…. She keeps my hair short - I have allergies - and they make me itch a lot if not groomed on regular basis - so I go and get my hair cut and then mom usually lets me walk around Petsmart and buy something new. I can't have treats though; I am on special food (also due to allergies) and treats would be counterproductive to the special food - let's see, what does mom call it? Oh, yeah, 'hypoallergenic'. You can get it from your vet; or if they don't have it, they can write you a prescription for it - either way - you need a prescription to purchase hypoallergenic food. I currently just buy my food at the vet. Speaking of my vet, she tells me that I am completely blind but mom says I don't 'act' blind, I go up and down the steps, I don't bump into things, I am easy to walk on a leash.
When mom tells people that I am blind, they don't always believe her. Ahh - sight - it's overrated. I can do anything a sighted dog can do! Let's see what else can I tell you? I don't really play with toys anymore, once in a blue moon, but truth be told, I would rather curl up on my chair and take a little nap. I am dreaming of warmer days - what is up with this snow - ugh. I am a little guy, I don't have a whole lot to keep me warm - how about some sunshine down here?? Well, better sign off for now, promise to update again soon - I won't wait so long next time:)
04/02/13: Kisses was seen at the vet today. The vet thinks Kisses suffers from allergies. Kisses will now be on Hypoallergenic Royal Canin and a lifelong med to control his itchiness. Kisses is currently on a steroid to get his discomfort under control; however, the vet does not want to put him on steroids long term. But Kisses will be on something lifetime to control itchiness. Also, the vet recommends keeping his hair shorter than normal will help with him chewing and also the itchiness. It is our hope with these changes, he can lose the cone of shame:)))
03/22/13: There was some confusion around the med that Kisses will be on for the rest of his life. This med is $42 for a bottle from Diamond Back drugs out of Arizona; the bottle lasts 2.5 months, but can last 3 if you are really good applying them. If you hold Kisses like a baby on his back, he loves this, and you can get the drops in fairly easy. Again, please DISREGARD previous mention of $100 for a med that lasts 6 weeks; it was a miscommunication by the vet.
02/25/13: Kisses was seen by Ophthalmologist today and these were the findings:
Kisses is blind; his diagnoses is Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (dry eye) and Pigmentary Keratitis. Both eyes full of pigmentation. Kisses was put on Tacrosporine and will be on this the rest of his life. It is imperative that this med not be stopped, even short term, because if Kisses was to start it again, he may not respond to treatment. This med is $100 for 6 weeks. Kisses will need to be monitored for squinting, discharge and redness of the white of the eye. These are signs of an ulcer and he would need to be seen by vet. The Tacrosporine would be shipped to adopter from Arizona. This med is substituted for two meds and apparently Arizona is the only place producing it. The opthalmologist has seen much success with this med. Also, IF the med were to get tear production close to normal, a surgery to reroute the salivary duct would be an option, which has potential to increase his sight. However, this surgery is only an option if tear production gets close to normal (right now, it is not), and this surgery is not long term. Kisses gets around extremely well for being blind, so surgery would not benefit him as much. This surgery is recommended for dogs who have a hard time adjusting to being blind, etc.