Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Timmins Ontario
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Merry Christmas everyone! I'm sitting in the sunporch looking out on the lake and watching Seger sleep on the mat beside me. As you may know we lost Oakley suddenly and unexpectedly on November 23rd. I continue to have more bad days than good. We have had Oakley cremated and I want nothing more than to have him back here with us - we hope to get a call soon that we can pick him up.
We recently had Seger's thyroid rechecked as was suggested in Guelph in October, and the results have gone from borderline low to high normal. I couldn't believe how this could be - such a drastic change in just a month. Our vet consulted with OVC in Guelph and they feel Seger may have sensed Oakley was ill and many of his symptoms were stress related. I totally believe that! Seger's panting has all but disappeared, he has gained weight (he had lost so much I was sure he was ill, never suspecting Oakley was sick), his eyes have gone from being sunken to bright, and he is more relaxed. However the one thing that is really bothering me is that he lost ALL of his undercoat. I mean all. He is laying here on his side and all you can see is pink skin from about mid torso all the way around and under his belly. When you part his fur it is so sparse you are at pink skin. His beautiful feathers have now become a rat tail. I was sure this was thyroid related but his levels are normal. When he was in Guelph they said his adrenal glands were slightly enlarged and that this was a stress response. Perhaps to Oakley's illness I now think. If the hair loss is also a stress reaction does anyone have any idea how long it will take to grow back? Does anyone have any suggestions on what else might be causing this if not his thyroid? We have not changed his food or treats, we added Actistatin as a joint supplement in the summer before the hair loss, but otherwise everything else is the same except the immense stress we have all been under with losing Oakley. Any ideas or suggestions greatly appreciated. Carol
Forever in our hearts - Oakley 21/10/03 - 23/11/12 and Seger 21/10/03 - 23/03/14 - Our hearts and home are empty.