My Poor (Almost) Running Buddy

If you have read many of my blogs you may remember me writing about Bentley. If not, here is the short version. Bentley is our very handsome collie. I had hopes that he would be a great running buddy but he ate his first harness and tends to sprint and stop a lot. When he was trying though, he was great.

A few weeks ago we noticed that he was acting strange, shaking his head and scratching his ears and such. A trip to the vet showed a pretty nasty ear infection, bad news but not terrible. A few days later and he was nauseated and vomiting and just not doing well. A couple more vet visits and he was starting to perk up. Then earlier this week he got really sick. Last night he laid between Ladonna and me, covered with blankets and shivering. We even got a heating pad out for him.

Today he was back at the vet again. Not the news we were hoping for at all. He has most of the signs of Addison’s Disease: lethargy, lack of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, dehydration and shaking. He has lost 5 pounds in two weeks. For me, that would probably be a good thing but for a 58 pound dog, that’s bad. While we wait on test results poor Bentley had to get antibiotics, steroids and IV fluids tonight at home. Now he is laying here, curled up on the couch beside me under a blanket.