Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Pongo Update

Pongo is home! He ended up spending the day at the vet's office so they could work on getting his sodium levels back down within normal range. Because he's shown no improvement movement-wise, they started him on a treatment plan for vestibular disease...they're still not exactly sure that's the issue, but for now it seems like a good possibility. We'll see...

Tomorrow Pongo is heading back in for an acupuncture treatment with Dr. Funk. I've had good luck with acupuncture, so I'm hoping it might be able to help him. While none of my spotties have had acupuncture before, I did have a horse back in Indiana that had treatments done on occasion, also with good results.

Pongo is currently resting in...a swimming pool! I've had one sitting in my garage for years unused (the spotties are not fans) so I'm glad to finally have a use for it. I'm hoping that it helps keep him comfortable and secure.

Peyton is obsessing over Pongo at the moment. Normally, he won't give Pongo the time of day (he thinks he's bor-ing), but he's been trying to sniff and lick him all over since we got home. Poor Pongo is less than amused...I finally had to put Peyton in my room so he'd leave him alone. And Indy - well, she's just annoyed that no one is paying attention to her.



Speaking of Indy and Peyton - they also got to see the vet today. My primary vet, Dr. Funk, stopped by to do their annual heartworm tests and also adjusted both of them (chiropractic - not attitude - in case you were wondering). They both actually did pretty good. Peyton has a love-hate relationship with Dr. Funk...he really likes him, but is less than enthusiastic about getting worked on. Today he tried his best to convince Dr. Funk with lots of big toothy smiles that he was in perfect health. :) And Indy, well let's just say she didn't bark as much as usual.

Pongo would like to thank all of his friends for the good wishes...they really mean a lot! He'd also like to thank Dr. Capuano and the staff at Sarasota Animal Hospital for taking such good care of him.

11 comments:

Jenn said...

Oh Kim - I am just catching up and somehow missed that Pongo was having trouble! I am glad to hear he is home and feeling a bit better! I hope he continues to improve!

WOW 15!!! Belly rubs to the crew and cyber hugs to you!

Owner of Storm and Jackal said...

Poor Pongo. How long will it take to start seeing improvement if it's vestibular disease?

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful picture, and glad to see the love there!!

Kim said...

You know, I've heard that many dogs can recover from vestibular in a week or two (or less), while others can take longer. Some never fully recover. Hard to tell...

Paula said...

Oh, Kim. :( I'm just now catching up. I'm sorry to hear the news. I hope that Pongo can pull through this. 15 years is wonderful, but I know we always want a little more time with them.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all, especially Pongo.

Kim said...

Thank you, Paula. :) He's a tough old spotty, so I'm hoping he'll pull through too. He's really trying!

The Thundering Herd said...

Lots of paws crossed here for you Pongo. Keep getting better!

Anonymous said...

You are a wonderful mom, Pongo is very grateful for your love and care throughout the years!

Lisa said...

Kim -

Been out of town this weekend and am just catching up with the news on Pongo. So glad to hear he's home...and he sure looks comfy in the swimming pool! How sweet that Peyton is so concerned for Pongo.

Our first Dal lived 15-1/2 years and 15-1/2 more still wouldn't have been enough. How lucky we are to have shared years of love and companionship with great dogs like Pongo.

Best wishes for a quick recovery for the "Original Spotty" from the spotty girls in PA!!

Kim said...

Thank you again for all the good thoughts. And no amount of time is ever enough with these guys, that's for sure!!

Junior and Orion said...

That picture of Pongo in the pool is absolutely adorable. We are still purring for him.