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Update: I postponed Bella's surgery. I probably could have managed caring for her alone next week, but not with Tucker needing attention also. I have to be at the house to help pack up. It has to be empty by the 6th. So I postponed it to the 17th.
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Another update: the doctor called and said that he thinks the prednisone might be the problem. He said he found reference in Tucker's medical record about a similar occurrence (steroid prescribed, great thirst and urination following) about a year ago. I feel terrible--I have no memory of that! He thinks Tucker may have a sensitivity to the steroid. So we'll continue as planned, take him off it, then observe him for a few days. He said he had slightly elevated white blood cells, and slightly low thyroid. The former could be a result of steroid, and he's not willing to prescribe any thyroid meds until he's done a more thorough blood test in a couple weeks. He thinks the thyroid is unlikely because Tucker has no big symptoms for it.

Just got home from gift shopping. We left Tucker in the crate. He wasn't happy about it but it kept him apart from the other dogs, as doctor requested. When he got out, he made a dash for the water bowl and then the back door. Tess did the same thing! I have two hyper thirsty dog's who pee a lot! LOL
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I just searched the side effects of the prednisone and these are on the list:

Sudden aggressiveness
Irritability
Anxiety
Depression

I'm thinking more and more the problem is the steroid.
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Tucker seems much better today. Not his normal playful self yet but definitely not as irritable. One more pill to take tomorrow and then he's off the prednisone completely. His appetite is still high and he's still drinking tons of water. We left him home today while we took Bella to the park for a romp. I walked him in the neighborhood though. He's not a fan of the doctors recommendation to keep him from running... I really hope he's OK, and it was just the medicine that caused his weird behavior. I'm still worried there's something wrong with his shoulders. I guess we'll know more in the next week or so.
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I would wait at least a month after he is off the pred to have his thyroid tested.
Glad he's doing better.



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Sorry to hear Tucker is under-the-weather. The steroid could be the problem. Hope he feels better.
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