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All about Louie

Louie (Lughnasa) was an eight year old Irish Wolfhound born on May, 27th, 2000; he died on December 13th, 2008.  He had many health issues.  He was a kind, gentle, patient, loving dog.  This category focuses on Louie.



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Monday, 13 October 2008 23:55
October 13, 2008:  Louie paid a visit to Rose City Veterinary Hospital today for fluids and an Adequan shot.  His weight is 148 pounds.
 
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Friday, 10 October 2008 21:42

October 8, 2008:  Louie paid his regular visit to Rose City Veterinary Hospital for his fluids and Adequan injection.  His weight was 151 pounds.

 
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Saturday, 20 September 2008 21:11

September 20, 2008: Louie paid a visit to the Rose City Veterinary Hospital today and had a blood sample taken for a health check-up.  His Tramadol prescription was renewed as was the Tylan Powder.  Louie also got new needles and lines.  His weight was 155 pounds.

The blood work consisted of CBC, Electrolytes and 12 chemistries: BUN, creatinine, ALT, Alk. phosphorous, glucose, total protein, albumin, amylase, calcium, cholesterol, phosphate and total bilirubin.

 
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Wednesday, 03 September 2008 11:30

Petrodex Finger Toothbrush for dogsFollowing his visit to get a teeth cleaning yesterday, Louie now gets his teeth brushed at home.  The product that's used is a Petrodex Finger Toothbrush.  There's a picture of the package on the left.

Normally, Louie would be given raw bones on which to chew.  Raw bones are good for keeping the teeth of an Irish Wolfhound clean.  However, since he's in advanced renal failure, Louie is on a low protein diet, so no bones for him.  He's also never been a big fan of Nylabones: those inert bones that take ages to grind down.  Lír was content to chew on the things for hours.  Rowdy had an old worn out Nylabone that she loved; she'd chew on that one for about thirty minues a day.  Louie couldn't be bothered with the things.  He's a bit of a lazy dog; Nylabones probably seemed like too much work with no immediate reward.  An alternate solution to teeth cleaning was needed.

In the past, attempts were made to use a normal canine toothbrush with Louie.  It's tough.  It takes a while to get the dog used to the thing.  It's also difficult to get into the back teeth, particularly on the lingual surfaces.

The Petrodex Finger Toothbrush is much better.  You simply put the Toothbrush over the forefinger, apply canine toothpaste, then gently clean the teeth.  I can't speak for other breeds, but it's really very easy to use this product on an Irish Wolfhound.  Canine toothpaste is specially flavored; dogs like it.  I wouldn't try to use regular, human toothpaste.

By the way, the Petrodex Finger Toothbrushes is available at PetsMart.  I also found them, at a more competitive price, on www.amazon.com.  The Amazon price was about half of what PetsMart charged.  The only drawback to using Amazon is that, even if you have signed up for free shipping, the company does tack on a $5.00 fee to shipments of the Finger Toothbrush.  So, if you're going to use a lot of the, I'd order them all at once!

 
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Tuesday, 02 September 2008 14:21

Louie went for his first teeth cleaning today; he was overdue, but other health issues took priority.  He has gingival hyperplasia, so the teeth cleaning took longer than the usual 20 to 30 minutes: Louie's session took an hour and a half.  His teeth now look good.  The technicians remove a lot of plaque.  His teeth are now clean and pearly white once again.  His next cleaning appointment is in December.

Louie's weight today was 159.6 pounds.

 
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Saturday, 30 August 2008 08:51

Louie paid a visit to Rose City Veterinary Hospital in Pasadena on August 29 for an afternoon appointment with Dr. Bonney.  He has another appointment on Tuesday, September 2 for non-anesthetic teeth cleaning.  In anticipation of that visit, he was put on antibiotics to counteract any problems that the scaling of plaque might trigger.

Louie suffered from a mild ear infection, most likely due to yeast in the canal.  His ear was flushed and Mometamax drops were prescribed; these will be administered once daily, with six to eight drops per administration.

Louie also needed to have his posterior shaved!  He doesn't keep himself clean there any more, so shaving was required.  He had developed a slight infection, so Amoxicillin was prescribed.  This antibiotic is for his raw butt and also to clear up any problems with plaque when he is treated on Monday.

Louie's degenerative myelopathy is improved.  Dr. Bonney commented that he was holding his hind legs up in a way that she had never seen before; he didn't slouch.  His heart rate also sound much better than before.

A decision was made to take Louie off Ascriptin.  TLC Pet Hospital suggested that Louie take one tablet of Ascriptiin each day to help fight blood clots.  Louie apparently suffered clotting on the lungs on December 26 as evidenced by, among other things, cyanosis when admitted to the emergency room.  Ascriptin, a buffered Aspirin, can be harsh on dogs particularly Wolfhounds.  Given that Louie appears to be stable, it was decided that he no longer needs this drug.

A sample of blood was drawn to measure Louie's creatinine level.  It was stable.  So his once daily flush of 500 mil of Ringer's Lactate Solution will continue.

Louie is a pharmacist's dream dog in that he now receives 19 tablets each day.  His weight on Friday was stable at 161.4 pounds (73.4 kg) and his temperature was 101.5 °F.  For a Wolfhound of eight years and three months, he continues to be in good health.

 
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Irish Wolfhound - All About Louie
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Wednesday, 13 August 2008 07:42

Louie has enrolled in the at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology for an important research program in Degenerative Myelopathy (DM).  Well, not quite.  He will have a blood sample drawn which will be sent in for study.  The research goal is to determine a possible genetic link with the disease.  Louie was diagosed with DM in early 2007.  The ailment is more closely associated with breeds like the German Shepherd and isn't that common in the Irish Wolfhound, so having a sample from an Irish Wolfhound is a help to the study.

You can read more about the study for Degenerative Myelopathy and a host of other genetic diseases at www.dogDNA.org.

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