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Fatboy is doing great!

I know it's been a while since I've posted an update. But I'm happy to say he is doing just great! After the initial problems of skin issues (nose fold, under eye, and patch of skin on his lower back), bladder stones, and possible cancer scare, he is now cleared of all three. The nose fold and eyes are infection free, and he passed his bladder stones within two weeks. The skin issue on his lower back is still "healing", but there is definitely no more chunks of hair and skin sloughing away. Fatboy had been given a strong round of antibiotics, Ums medicated shampoo, and eye ointment. I don't know how/why the infection was so bad, but it was very hard to keep it in check. The second checkup prompted the vet to put him on another round of antibiotics to see if we were dealing with an enlarged prostrate or possible cancer. It turns out the inflammation went down so a specialist is not needed.

After all of this, my husband and I decided (yet again) to change his food. I hated doing this, but it seemed that no matter what prior cleaning/treatment he had been given, the issues never went away. Fatboy is SO picky, but he was either going to starve from not wanting his new kibble, or eat it to sustain himself. We are now feeding him Nature's Variety Instinct Grain Free Turkey. And it turns out he actually likes it (hooray!) The change occurred in the midst of his treatment. And now that the major portion of his medical treatment is over, the skin issues seem to be staying gone. Could it be his former food, his all-time favorite, was the culprit? I hope so, because he's doing so much better now that he's not eating it.

Aside from this ordeal, we had a lot of fun on our road trip during Christmas. The 17 hour drive from CA to WA had us nervous for the Fats because he didn't like the first road trip we took during the summer last year. However this time he did so much better. He didn't whine, he didn't bark, and he even slept laying down this time too. We arrived at mom's house at 7 in the morning. Mom has 2 dogs, so when we got inside, our tired Fatboy became so animated. He was so excited, you'd think he thought we did all of that just for him. He was running up and down the rooms, jumping up at us, and just being silly in general. It was cute.

Sorry this has been such a long post; guess I'm just making up for lost time. Thanks for all the well wishers and thinking of the Fats. We are both happy to be back on track :)

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Fatboy aka Stinky

Typical Fatboy....eats then falls right to sleep :)

 

Kathy Ollie Chester and Newman's picture

So glad to hear he's doing better!

It certainly could have been the old food, what did you have him on before the grain free turkey?  I love it when they run around like puppies!

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We had him on Honest Kitchen. It's dehydrated raw. I'm more

inclined to think he has developed allergies against chicken protein, but the whole brand in general may not have been good for him. Either way Fatboy is not going to be eating it anymore.

I wish I hadn't been so tired when we first got there. I should have taken video, or at least pictures, of the whole ordeal. He was so happy :)

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Fatboy aka Stinky

Typical Fatboy....eats then falls right to sleep :)

 

Great news...

I'm glad you found a food that is working.

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Me too. I hope it continues to work. He's only been on it for

a month now. So far so good! :)

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Fatboy aka Stinky

Typical Fatboy....eats then falls right to sleep :)

 

Carol and Kofi's picture

Suggestion

Are you giving him probiotics? Whenever Kofi is given antibiotics, her nose rope looks great, but soon following she gets very yeasty. This last time I gave her the probiotics during and continued after her treatment.

Glad to hear your boy is doing better!

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No probiotics. I know he should have it when taking antibiotics

but this completely slipped my mind with the holiday season.  Bad mama! I'm actually picking some up today at the health food store.  

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Fatboy aka Stinky

Typical Fatboy....eats then falls right to sleep :)

 

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glad the cutiepatootie is

glad the cutiepatootie is doing better!

smoochies the scrunchy face

Stephanie and David's picture

So glad to hear. Thanks for the update. NM

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Glad to hear!

I've been thinking about you two. Always happy to hear good news & I hope the new food continues improvements. Thanks for updating us & give that handsome boy a kiss.

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Cathy & Zimmer

www.midatlanticbulldogrescue.com

 

 

karonelaine's picture

I'm so happy to hear this.

Please don't keep that sweetie from us. I would of thought he love to go for rides. I adored the picture of him in your car. I happy you got him on the right track now.

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Yippee for Fatboy!

I love your little man and I'm happy that he's doing so much better and that he enjoyed his road trip. Way to go FB!

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ArchimedesMommy's picture

awww.......GOOD news!!! And don't ever apologize for long

posts.....it's nice to hear all the deets!  :-)   I also love how you called him "The Fats".....CUTE!!
((( hugs ))) to cutie pie and pray he keeps getting betterrrr!!!!!!! 

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Our sweet Archimedes "MEATY" Bones (or as we say...boneSHHH!)    ---born 11/28/08---- our first bullllyyyy!!!

And  SOPHIE  Bubbles *Rapscallion*   (LOL!) ---born 4/3/11----our second bulllllyyyy!!!!  

Sophie's very first day home with us....awwww........May 2011.......tooo sweet for words!!!