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Quick blog, Loki to the vet again.

Thursday, August 9, 2012 by  
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August
9
2012

This is going to have to be a brief blog–it’s been on of those mornings.

Loki!

Loki!

We got the blood test results for Loki back, and it looks like his Addison’s disease has progressed. He’s still remarkably healthy for a large 17 year old dog, but his electrolytes are out of whack. His potassium levels are quite high, and that’s pretty typical for dogs with Addison’s. In addition to Prednisone (which he’s been taking for years) Loki is going to have to start having monthly injections of something called Percorten-V; this should restore proper electrolyte balance. I think I’m going to have to learn how to give him the shots, as trips to the vet really stress him out.

Anyway, I have to wrap up a few things at work and get Loki to the vet. They need to start him on the Percorten-V right away, as the risk of heart failure is quite high with his potassum levels this elevated.

I’m just glad there is a safe an effective solution for the problem. Go Loki! 🙂

John Stone Fitness Comments

4 Responses to “Quick blog, Loki to the vet again.”
  1. 17 years is already a remarkable lifespan for a large dog. Neither of our German Shepherds made it past the age of ten, which the vet tells me is not unusual for breeds that size. It’s one of nature’s perversities that those furry rats women seem to love (I don’t consider them dogs) seem to live twice as long.

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    • I agree Andrew. I am not a fan of those “furry rats” as you call them. I always say if they’re “puntable” I don’t want one! Luckily my wife agrees! Have had Shepherds and Dane’s most my life.

      Hoping everything works out well for Loki and he sees 20!

      I’ll be lucky to get 8 with Raja. I knew that going in when I got my first Dane though.

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  2. Thanks everyone. 🙂 Loki had his first shot and is home now. He’ll have his blood checked again in two weeks. We expect his electrolytes will be in a normal, healthy range at that time. After that, it’s just a matter of determining proper dose by backing off the amount by 10% each month until his potassium level shows a slight gain. This drug has an almost 100% success rate, so that’s great news. 🙂

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