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Apollo Update

July 23rd, 2012 · 8 Comments

Mom asked about Apollo, so here’s a brief update.

He continues to improve from his pancreatitis, and almost seems like his old self. He is eager to take walks, but tires easily. His appetite is back with a vengeance, though he has to eat an extremely low-fat diet for the rest of his life. We have him on some prescription-only dog food. It costs more than Costco dog food, but is much cheaper than a hospital stay.

We have tapered down the pain pills so he is just taking one occasionally, when he seems to be in pain. Not often anymore. And the other pills (appetite stimulant, antibiotic, anti-nausea, stomach-soother) have all run their course. It’s just anti-acid and phenobarbital (to prevent seizures) now.

Notice the shaved ankles (wrists?) where they inserted IVs. They had to use all four during the week he was sick.

On Friday he has to go back for blood analysis and an ultrasound to make sure his pancreas is continuing to improve.

Apollo with shaved ankles

Tags: Family Updates

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Richard // Jul 23, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Cute. Makes it look like he’s wearing socks.

    Glad he’s getting better.

  • 2 Mom // Jul 23, 2012 at 11:30 am

    He’s such a beautiful dog.

  • 3 Donna // Jul 23, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    So glad to hear it.

    Just wondering, how did you make him stick to the wall — upside down, no less – like that? Is he glued or did you use the famous David Letterman Velcro trick?

  • 4 Daryl // Jul 23, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Gorilla glue.

  • 5 Richard // Jul 23, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    You might use some of these next time. Seems they are made for it.

  • 6 Daryl // Jul 24, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    That’s perfect, and it includes Velcro so we can take him down and put him back up whenever we want.

  • 7 Don // Jul 25, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    You guys are sick. Poor Apollo…

  • 8 Daryl // Jul 26, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    He went in for a followup ultrasound and blood work today. The vet said he was progressing excellently. Blood chemistry is all normal, and the pancreas looks completely normal on the ultrasound.

    Great news!