“Is Buster still with us?” asked the vet when mum enquired earlier this week as to why I had not received my quarterly worming tablet reminder.
So to dispel any rumours, yes I am very much alive, and as such I think I can now join the elite group of individuals who have been pronounced prematurely deceased.
Every 3 months we get a card from the vet reminding us to take our worming tablets…yuk! Milbemax have brought out a flavoured chewy one and whilst I am not fooled when mum says it’s a treat, it’s better than the alternative.
However, only Charlie was reminded this time, so I felt a bit miffed.
It may be that since my last checkup they had closed my file assuming that given my age and failing infrastructure I would, by now, be pushing up the daisies so to speak.
Well done mum
So one year later and I am still here. This has to be thanks to my mum who has done loads of research and lateral thinking to keep me bouncing.
I still do have problems with my kidneys and tummy but I am not on any real medication because this made me very wobbly and sick. I am still as grumpy as ever, mum says I am the Victor Meldrew of the dog world.
Sardines in sauce
Some foods smell really weird to me now, apparently this is due to my failing kidneys and I got so picky with my food I was starting to be sick every day with acid building up in my stomach. So, mum decided to go with food of my choosing… I seem to binge on some foods for five to seven days then stay away from it for a month or so.
This week it is sardines but only in tomato sauce. Last week it was raw cauliflower greens and florets. Other delicacies include budget sausages from supermarkets lightly cooked in the microwave, hearts and liver from the local butcher and scrambled eggs.
Mum thinks that my body may be craving certain essential food components, all of which are not available in high enough doses from routine dog foods and rightly or wrongly it has been working for me.
Breaking the food stuff down it looks like essential oils and proteins are high on the agenda alongside ample supplies of fresh water to drink. Mum does mix some dog food, both dried and meaty, into my diet. This leads to some really weird smells and colours in my dog bowl.
My only concession to medication is quarter of a tablet of calcium carbonate (like Settlers) a week to keep any stomach acids and tummy fluids in check. The books say this could be bad and given my dodgy kidneys is not something I should really be doing but it seems to work for me and it is such a small dose halved and crushed into my food twice a week.
I am old, over 90 in human years, and I do need to rest quite a bit, but I still can give a good woof at the postman and cause chaos every evening when the two leggers will not go to bed and leave me to enjoy the settee by myself.
Until next time
Buster and Charlie