Barely two weeks shy of his 6th birthday, and we have to get Wolfie started on heart medication. 😢 I knew soon after we got him that he had a weak heart, which would require lifelong medication at some point. He wasn’t showing any symptoms yet, so I was hopeful we’d be able to go without meds for many years. But alas, the first signs appeared last week.
At first, I wasn’t actually sure what was going on. It seemed like he had choked on a piece of carrot (his favorite treat) and was trying to cough it up. This happened in the morning, and by the evening it still hadn’t gotten better, so I was already suspecting something else. Solid tears were flowing down his face. I was wondering if it could be some kind of pollen allergy, since everything is in bloom at the moment. But on the second day, we decided to have it checked out.
The vet said right away that it was most probably his heart. I felt really bummed, although not entirely surprised. They took an x-ray of his chest, and we could clearly see that his heart was significantly enlarged, pushing against his windpipe and basically causing the whole air passage to his longs to be crooked. Needless to say his breathing is affected by this; which explains the constant coughing.
He’s now on two different types of pills. One to soothe his crooked trachea; which is only temporary. And Fortekor, for his heart, which I’ll have to give him every single day for the rest of his life. We’ll be going back to the vet in a month to see whether his heart has improved. We’re hoping that for now, the Fortekor pills will be enough. But the vet already said that we may very well end up giving him several different heart pills. He’s practically not allowed to go on walks anymore, unless it’s a short distance at a slow pace, and only if the temperature is ideal (around 20°C); not too hot and not too cold. That really sucks. 😞
Right now, he seems okay though. If it wasn’t for the occasional cough, you wouldn’t even know there’s anything wrong with him. His eyes no longer tear, so I’m hopeful the medication is slowly doing its job. Fingers crossed for better news at our next appointment. 🙏
Here are some random pictures we snapped earlier with the compact camera. The picture quality is not as pristine as with my good camera with a heavy lens, but it’s so handy to carry around in my purse on days like these. I wish the weather could be this sunny all year long!
I’m so glad I didn’t attend that family event on Gert’s side of the family this past weekend. He left at 5PM and got back home at almost midnight! I was already in bed by then, almost asleep. It would have physically drained me to get through such a long evening, with people talking all over the place and food being served until the end. We went out for a quick lunch the next day, and that was already tiring enough! This belly is becoming so big and uncomfortable. My back hurts, my hips hurt, my stomach is being pushed up high. I’m glad there are no more parties planned in the next few months because I would decline them all! I’m not going anywhere until those heavy kilos in my belly can be pushed around in a stroller. Haha!
Finally! The Sun is shining, the temperature is slowly rising, and I feel like I’m coming back to life. We didn’t even have much of a Winter here, to be honest. But it’s the lack of daylight that gets me every year. At the worst point in December, there was even a day when it was finally bright enough outside for me to be able to switch off the lights indoors at 11AM, only to switch them back on 4 hours later at 3PM! That’s how dark it was that day. I’m looking forward to July when the sun comes up at 5AM and sets past 10PM. So much better.
Meanwhile, our coffee table in the living room has switched from Easter theme to Spring theme …
Half of it is totally improvised, as I realized the other day that I don’t actually own much Spring decoration. I can’t be bothered to go shopping as I’m now into the third trimester of this pregnancy. But I’m planning to buy some Spring extras next year for sure. For now, this will have to do. We purchased the little white sheep during our vacation in Croatia last year. The main reason why we bought it is because we thought it kind of looked like Shaun The Sheep, and Gert and I are huge Shaun The Sheep fans! – very mature 😂
Wolf has become so attached to me lately. He’s even managed to squeeze himself underneath the Ikea laptop tray lol I’m so thankful for this awesome little dog. What a great companion he is. ❤️
I realized a while ago that I haven’t posted about our cat in forever. I assure you he’s still alive and well. Haha! I’ll take some more pictures of him soon to counter-balance the overflow of dog pictures.
We have noticed that Wolfie loves to watch TV lately! I have no idea why this started all of a sudden. It’s mainly when there are random animals coming up, but also alarm sounds or bells can trigger this lol It’s quite entertaining, haha! We watched a whole boring documentary about seals and crabs for 40 minutes the other day, just for the sake of entertaining him. 😂