Tx thanks for asking about Snoop. Well we had him on a round of Prednisone starting with a high dose of 4 20 mg pills a Day over a month and slowly weening him down to 1/2 a pill every other day and well.........he is doing fantastic! In fact today was his follow up visit to the vet. They were floored to see him doing as well as he is. During the time whe he was real sick he went from 87 lbs to 67 lbs and is now at a healthy 83 lbs once again! I could cry just thinking of how far he came. I mean this poor dog was knocking on deaths doorstep. I am sure you are aware of my despiration because every vet I spoke with, wrote to, sent his reports to seemed to think that he wasn't going to make it! Well I am proud to report he made it to his 2nd birthday on November 9th! We were told he most likely wouldn't make it until then. If I quote the words of one of the "specialists" I saw she said, "he has PLN and isn't going to improve much from where he is, there's nothing you can do to help him". I refused to listen to them! The way he was holding on told me that this dog was ready to fight whatever it was going on inside of him. I begged my vet to please help us and try something. I had been reading about every dog ailment under the sun and for some odd reason thought Prednisone would help him. At first the vet thought I was crazy but he finally agreed to see us and do one more bloodtest. After that test and a slight improvement in his albumin levels he gave the Prednisone a try. After only 2 doses I pulled up to my house & for the first time saw Snoop waiting at the front door for me when I got home from work! Each day from then on he got better & better! I was taking him for walks and at first he was tired after a block or so but as time progressed he got better & better until the roles reversed and I was the one who was getting tired after 2 miles! It truely was a miricle and I now have a whole new appreciation for him. We are best friends! He hates when I go upstairs to lay down and he lays at the bottom of the steps crying! He's getting spoiled now too! Daddy doesn't like that!
We do eventually want to get him a playmate because he deserves to have a buddy around. We think it would be good for him. This time though I want to make sure I go to a reputable breeder who is in it to improve the breed & no to just pump out pilots for profit! Throughout this whole ordeal I learned a wealth of valuable lessons and that was one of them.!