Not writing regularly about Frankie feels odd, especially since I’ve been having continuing problems with his insulin and I’ve been crazy worried. But without real solutions except tweaking the dose continually — it needs to be low enough so as not to cause hypoglycemia, but high enough so Frankie will feel well enough to eat — and trying to achieve a balance of food and exercise, there’s nothing helpful to report. My vet doesn’t know whether the Vetsulin is the problem — after all, it was taken off the market in the U.S., which is why I have to get it from Canada, where it’s the same formula that was taken off the market… — or if Frankie’s metabolism has changed with age. He’s nearly 13. No question, his sense of smell seems to be failing and his eyes are getting cloudier.
To add to my worries, I’ve planned a trip to New York in early March relating to my Freud project. I have a lot of great contacts — including the director of Vienna’s Freud Museum — to meet with and I can’t cancel.
I’ve considered boarding Frankie at the vet’s office while I’m away, but that will make neither of us happy. The better solution: a retired nurse who is now a dog sitter will stay with him and — for an extra fee — even sleep on the mattress on the floor that he allows me to share with him, the better to monitor his symptoms.
Too bad I can’t get Frankie his own diabetes-alert dog.
I feel better. I hate dwelling on medical issues, canine or human, but now at least Frankie is back in the public eye, where he belongs.
In a not-unrelated report…
Three products I love
Like all reasonably successful bloggers, I am often offered free stuff. If it’s something I’m interested in, I say sure — with the caveat that there are no guarantees I’ll write about what I am sent, no matter what.
Sometimes I’m indifferent about a product and don’t bother. What good does it do anyone to read a blah review? If I got something that I thought was dangerous, I would issue a warning about it, but that’s never happened.
Sometimes I write really excited reviews, as with my William Wegman patterned super Crypton throw.
And sometimes I’m a bit of slacker because, even when I’m enthusiastic about product, I didn’t have an entire post worth of things to say about it. That’s the case here. Without further ado, I wholeheartedly endorse:
NOse Offense for Pets Luckily, Frankie is generally nose-offense free, but he’s had a few intestinal incidents that have required mop ups. Odors under those circumstances have been known to linger, but not when this magic potion is sprayed in the vicinity. Best of all, it doesn’t cover up the odor with another odor; I’m allergic to perfumes and that would be (almost) worse than the original smell.
Castor & Pollux, Organix dry and canned food. Frankie has always been a picky dog and when he isn’t feeling well because of high blood sugar the problem is exacerbated. And if he doesn’t eat, he can’t get insulin. I always keep a can of Organix food on hand to tempt him if he refuses his food, which tends to be home cooked these days; it almost invariably works. Yes, sometimes Frankie prefers Organix to even fresh chicken or hamburger!
I don’t like to feed only canned soft food; it’s not good for the teeth and it’s expensive. And I’d given up kibble because Frankie has had several bouts of stomach problems with different high-quality brands. But I never kept him on Organix after I finished the first sample bag, which he seemed to love, unlike most kibble. So, in order to make things easy for my pet sitter, I just bought a bag of Organix weight control kibble, because it’s lower in fat and higher in fiber, and several cans of soft food. I am hoping that, by the time I leave, he will be fine with a combination of the two.
Nature’s Variety, Instinct Raw Daily Boost Powder and Instinct Raw Boost Bites. As I discussed in a post about traveling with Frankie, I’ve become a fan of Stella & Chewy’s freeze-dried dehydrated raw food for the road and as a supplement to home cooked food when I’m at home — a supplement, because it’s expensive. I can’t speak to the rest of the Nature’s Variety line, but Frankie liked the Raw Boost lamb bites very much and he didn’t mind the Daily Boost Powder being added to his home cooked food — which is saying a lot. So I would definitely try the food if I saw it at the store where I get the Stella & Chewy’s patties if it was comparably unit priced.
Whew. Talked about Frankie, praised products that deserve to be praised. My universe is a little better adjusted.
Update: Two bits of exciting news —
- The nice folks at NOse Offense for PETS have offered a 20% discount to readers of this blog on any purchase at NoseOffense.com for the next two weeks. There are two steps: 1) You have to ‘Like’ them on Facebook (NOse Offense for PETS) and 2) use the code willmy20 when checking out your purchase. Easy peasy! The offer ends on 3/12/12.
- By nice coincidence, I just saw that Life with Dogs was doing a giveaway for a Crypton throver. Check it out here.