Charles Avocado’s crazy autumn

Happenings since October

Charles has had a pretty exciting autumn season. Following his front right leg amputation in September, I was able to finally get him to the vet to try and get to the bottom of his itchiness. But first we needed to solve the issues he was having with bad poops. The veterinarians guessed that with all of the other medications he had been on for the mystery issue that was ailing his right front leg, it is possible that they were inadvertently treating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). And since he is no longer on those medications, it was reasonable to try a different diet to help with this suspected IBD. Thus, he was put on a new Rx diet, Hills I/D (for sensitive tummies). I was also directed to get him some probiotics (Proviable). With the combination, he hasn’t had any tummy problems and has had consistently great poops! What a relief.

No more tummy problems and Charles is finally starting to feel better!

Now, with the gastrointestinal situation seemingly under control, we could begin to address his itchy issues. You see, here again the doctors suspect that they were inadvertently treating his skin issues with the medications he had been on for his right front leg. The dermatologist told me about an injection that they have called Cytopoint, which contains monoclonal antibodies that bind to a protein in the itch response biosynthetic pathway. This sounded like it was worth a try and let me tell you, it is like MAGIC. We still needed to treat the superficial bacteria and yeasts that were on his paws/skin, but meanwhile he was SO MUCH LESS ITCHY. And after getting a handle on his skin infection, this boy has been cone-free for some time now. This is a HUGE turnaround for us.

With itchies finally under control, Charles can enjoy being outside in the fall without a care !

Additionally, I got Charles a stroller which has enabled us to go on some longer walks. I don’t know who enjoys the walks more between him or I. And with being able to exercise more and not taking prednisone anymore, he has even lost a couple of pounds! This is great news for the long-term health of this lil short-legged tripawd boy.

This boy loves his stroller
Nothing but smiles for Charles in his stroller. It gives him a chance to take a break on his remaining front leg while we are on walks!

In November, Charles celebrated his 7th birthday. This is a HUGE milestone given all of the health issues that he has had in the last three years. From a liver failure diagnosis and “grim” prognosis in February of 2016, followed by leg amputation in September of 2018, to see his seventh birthday was a great blessing. And since Charles is feeling so well, I took him to PetCo for the first time ever to pick out some birthday gifts. I got him seven things for seven years. He was a very happy pup. πŸ™‚

Seven gifts for seven years. Happy seventh birthday to Charles!

Furthermore, Charles has now gained some real fame by being selected as a top 4 finalist in the Barkchshler, an online series by one of the Try Guys. Charles now has over 50K followers on instagram. I am trying to use his account to be an inspiration to his followers as well as to show people how well tripawd dogs can get along!

Charles posing with his Barkchshler goodies at the start of the competition.

As if that wasn’t enough, as you can see, Charles’s third eyelid was more prominent and red than I knew it should be at the start of last week (and it had been for several weeks at this point). I made the decision to have him seen by an opthamologist, and what they observed was that he had some cloudiness in his vitreous humor (the fluid that fills they eye), indicating that there were inflammatory cells in his eye. He was prescribed some steroid eyedrops for a few weeks to see if the issue resolves itself. After just over a week, the third eyelid has gone back to normal and we need not worry about him having cherry eye and needing an additional surgery! I will wait for official word on this when we go to the vet again in January to get his liver values checked and also let the doctors re-evaluate his eye.

In the meantime, it is about time to start traveling for the holidays. I want to say thank you so much to the tripawd community. You have been so supportive and I don’t know where I would be without the strength and encouragement that I receive from this little family. I wish you and all of your tripawds the happiest of holidays. Travel safely and we will see you next year!

3 Replies to “Charles Avocado’s crazy autumn”

  1. Oh my DOG best thing I’ve read all day! You should see my huge GRIN right now. Could you hear all the “awwwwwws” I said while reading your blog? LOVE IT!

    Thank you for sharing so many details about Charles’ health challenges. It was so educational, and I sent a link to friends of ours whose GSD is constantly battling itchy skin and IBD type issues. I’m so glad the treatments worked for Charles, he looks GREAT!

    And to see him hopping around and wheeling around, it’s just beyond beautiful, it’s inspirational and exactly what we hope that every Tripawd can enjoy. What role models you two are! Thank you for giving him such a great life, you are pawesome too!

    Hoppy pawlidays to you both, we hope your travels are fun and memorable, can’t wait to see the pics. Give that handsome boy of yours some extra lovin’ from us, we are so proud of him and you as well.

  2. These pictures are melting my heart!!! Charlie is so darn cute!!! And he really knows how tomposemformthe camera! He’s a photographer’s dream!! I can’t stip from scrolling back up and look at those photos over and over! Each time I smile bigger and bigger!!

    And this little fighter has had quite a lot of challenges, WOW!! But you NOTH have stayed the course and stayed strong and overcame everything! An inspiration to all starting ,this journey.

    And YAY for being a finalist and YAY for inspiring others through social media! You are a ROCK STAR….AND ADORABLE ROCK STAR!!

    And HAPPY SEVENTH BIRTHDAY!!! You picked out some great presents for your cute self!

    Thanks for making our day! Great way to start the holidays!
    Love and hugs to all❀
    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.