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31 Jan 2017

Kodi says “it’s my turn”

Author: dobemom | Filed under: Uncategorized

Kodi says it’s his turn to take over Nitro’s blog….

Last week Kodi underwent testing for Cushing’s Disease. He’d been drinking a lot of water lately, which  translates into peeing a lot;  he also had an increased appetite, which for him, was a huge red flag. You’d never know by looking at him, but this dog was THE worst eater his whole life. I practically had to stand on my head to get him to eat, so when he started pitching a fit to be fed, I knew something was up.

I wasn’t surprised when my vet called and said he did indeed have Cushing’s; and oddly enough, I’m not too upset by this. After all, it could be SO much worse. This disease is pretty common in terriers, especially as they age (he will be 13 in May). It will entail him taking a daily pill for the rest of his life; while it’s not a cure, it will help alleviate his symptoms of thirst and urination. The tricky thing is to watch him closely so diabetes doesn’t develop – which can (and does) happen. I posted his story in a Westie group on Facebook to hear what other people’s input was. Some had poor experiences, and some had up to 4 years of living with the disease.

So, that is where we are….he is still the same old Kodi – stubborn, playful, demanding, as terrier’s usually  are. We will take this one day at a time, as that is all we can do. Wishing you peace from the Ehlers’ ranch.

P.S. If anyone is in need of a kidney or other body  parts, I’m looking to sell mine to pay for my vet bills. 🙂

6 Responses to “Kodi says “it’s my turn””

  1. takoda Says:

    Keep on rockin’ it Kodi!

  2. mysweetted Says:

    First – Kodi is adorable. I know this is hard, maybe harder for you than him. But, despite the fact that he has FOUR paws, he is still part of this family and we are all here to support you. Sending both of you hugs.

  3. mom2shelby Says:

    Oh Paula…. poor Kodi!!!

    You are doing great with your spunk, optimism and “this is life ” attitude. This journey does make us stronger and more aware for sure.

    And i feel ya on vet bills … Shelby plowed through her college fund so I just hope and pray Jasper stays extra healthy, extra long!


  4. Michelle Says:

    We have talked about this 🙂 You got it. You are handling it so well. You have that new mantra and are practicing it. I think with all you have been through with Nitro you have relaxed a little about this with Kodi.

    Kodi has this under control.

    Love all the pictures and I love the picture of the two together.

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

  5. benny55 Says:

    PAULA!!!! Got down to your PS and started LMAO!!! Not sure you have enough organs to cover all the bet bills!!

    And yeah, most people woukd be, “Oh, how awful for a dog to have Cushings!” But anyone this journey, “Nah, no big deal!”

    And good for you for knowing ADORABLE KODI so well that you saw EATING HEARTILY as a red flag!! Anyone on this journey would normally be ecstatic to see thst “sympton “!

    I know it’s upsetting to jave ro be dealing with this, but it does seem like you got a real good head start on getting this treatment and in knowing what to look for should any other issues arise.

    These pictures…OMD….SOOOOO CUTE!!! Kodi really is ADORABLE!! I would think she was a cute stuffed toy if I didn’t know better! 🙂 Speaking of toys…..You could open up a toy store!!

    I love the photo of Niro and Kodi together just enjoying all the scents and scenes of nature.

    Lots of love!!

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

    BTW! Give yourself a vig hug!! Yep! Do it!! You deserve it! You are doing a spectacular job of ….hmmm….going with the flow!!

  6. jeanetteg Says:

    Oh my goodness! Sending lots of healing wishes and prayers Kodi’s way.

    Jeanette & Boone

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