Saturday, March 23, 2013

Zelda Doesn't Feel Good

Zelda the Gopher Hunter
Zelda has never caught a gopher. She smells them. She digs for them. She stares at the gopher hole.

But never a gopher.

She is very patient. She will sit there for hours. Through rain, snow and heat. Waiting.

But in the last two weeks or so she hasn't much wanted to go gopher hunting. Odd behavior for our Zelda.

In the last month or so, she has moved off our bed to sleep on the cold floor. Odd behavior for our Zelda.

In the last few weeks she doesn't want to go outside or go for walks. Odd behavior for our Zelda.

In the last few weeks she has had a ravenous appetite. She will eat anything. Odd behavior for our Zelda.

Then yesterday one of her warts (she is prone to them) swelled and burst.


Off to the vet.

We were a little apprehensive about this vet hospital. We had taken Mohawk there once a year ago for an emergency.  We did not know how they would be with Zelda over just a swollen wart.

Well, we needn't have worried about that.

We should have been worried about her little pot belly, her lethargy, her appetite, her disinterest in exercise.

They found a growth on her gum that we are hoping is benign. They say the warts have to be excised and, oh, by the way, Zelda has Cushing's Disease. Usually caused by a microscopic tumor on the pituitary gland it causes an over production of steroid hormones.

It is literally poisoning her.

And, as a side effect, she has a urinary tract infection.

If you want to know more about Canine Cushing's Disease go to .

So on Monday, Zelda has a date with the dog surgeon to remove and test the growth on her gums and remove all her warts. After that she will get antibiotics and then we decide how to treat the Cushing's Disease.

It is so hard to think of her as an older dog. But she is 10 now and she has experienced a lot of change this last year.

I hope she feels better soon.

She needs to catch a gopher.

1 comment:

  1. Aww...mucho mojo for Zelda. If her Cushings is caused by a pituitary tumor, those are pretty treatable; heck, over a quarter of the human population is walking around with one but they never know it. And it usually doesn't require surgery, just drugs to control it.

    Paws and fingers will be crossed that the growth on her gums is just a thing and not A THING, and that the Cushings is easily treatable.