Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Isabelle's good news and bad news

Hey there, Isabelle at the keyboard.

Saturday I got to spend some quality time with mom, away from the bratty girls. Good!
First, we went to the vet. Now that wasn't fabulous but I had my first chiropractic adjustment! Dr. Pozniak thinks I am an excellent candidate for adjustments and acupuncture AND hydrotherapy. See, I've got the arthritis, and it's been aching my old bones this summer. Usually, it's just achy in the winter but this summer, I've been gimping quite a bit. So mom decided to start my treatment before the cold sets in. 
Unfortunately, mom decided to trim my nails before we left which got me riled up. That, plus the excitement of the car ride and the vet made me breathe pretty hard. Well, Dr. Pozniak took a listen to my lungs and thought I had some fluid on them. I know I have a collapsing trachea, have had that for a bit. With all the wildfire smoke then the humidity this summer, I guess I've been having a hard time breathing, too. She put me on a medicine to make it easier to breathe. 
That did not go well at all. It made me really anxious and pant even harder. Mom called the vet and we decided that I would not take that anymore. Unfortunately, I kept panting and coughing like I was a cat with a giant hairball!
I'm pouting under the chair after being poked and prodded!

So off we went to the vet today again. This time, I had x-rays. Turns out, my heart is pretty enlarged and I've got scarring on my lungs. That's the bad news. But we are going to see a doggy cardiologist as soon as we can. She will check me out and see what can be done.  There's been a lot of advances in doggy cardiology so our hopes are high that there's a medicine that will help me out. 

I almost forgot the best part! After the vet Saturday, mom took me to Carealot. I got a brand new bed! It's heated and cushy. Can't wait for it to cool down so I can turn it on! This will be wonderful for my old aching bones.

I'm not going to let this slow me down. Mom will take care of me. I'm just going to live life like a pug. Eat, sleep, poop. Repeat. 
This Saturday, I'm going to the Buddy Walk for Down's Syndrome! Well, mom's walking. I'm strolling. 


  1. oh, sweet girl. thank goodness you have such a doting mama to take good care of you. your positive attitude is an inspiration -- that's the spirit, little pug, you get older but you keep your mama on her toes!

  2. Oh Isabelle - we are hoping you get to feeling better soon! That heated doggie bed will do wonders for you! I'm so jealous! Bring on the cold weather! (Only for heated doggie bed purposes)


  3. Hi Isabelle! You are so right, your mom will take care of you and I have no doubt she'll find the right vets for you too! We will keep you in our prayers though cause everyone can use a little extra support. Glad you had a nice day with your mom and I can't wait to hear about the walk/stroll this weekend.

  4. Hi Isabelle!

    I'm concentrating really hard and sending good Juju your way. You're bed looks super comfy. Just have your Mom turned down the A/C to a chilly temperature so you can use your spiffy bed.

    I'm proud of you strolling for Down's Syndrome. If it's cool enough, I'm planning on walking for Alzheimer's.


  5. we are going to keep all our paws crossed for the bad news and be happee about that cool bed for the good news
    Benny & Lily

  6. Oh, my dear Issabelle, this aging business is not for wimps is it? I am going to take a page from your book and stay positive. Think of all that me time with your mom for your vet visits! Hope you are breathing free and easy soon!

  7. Hola Issabella!!
    We are sendin good Juju Vibes and Prayers!
    Hugs and Bechos
    Spongy,Licky & Patrick

  8. I am so sorry for the aging problems, Winnie is right not for Wimps! That walk sound great though, i wish we had one here. That would be pretty great for us since mom is special educaiton teacher, many of her students have Downs Syndrome.

    Back to the heart, have you considered a Hawthrone supplement. It is good for the heart, maybe you can discuss it with the vet

  9. Hi! You have such a good outlook at life! We will keep our paws crossed and hope the doggy cardiologist can keep you comfy.

    Love your new bed! Mack is soooo jealous.

    Drools and licks,
    Minnie and Mack

  10. Isabelle - many pug hugs and kisses to you. Tell your mum to keep us all updated!

  11. Hey Isabelle, cutie pie! We'll be thinking of you. :) You're on the right track, getting mama to buy you that awesome bed... Keep up the good work! ;)

  12. Don't worry sweet Isabelly we bet the cardio dr will help your loving heart out. You do look really cute pouting under the chair though!!!

    The girls