Zoey’s current harness (an EzyDog Quick Fit) has started rubbing these past few days, leaving her with a rash on her tummy – poor girl!
Today after our appointments we nipped into town and picked her a new harness up from Cosy Dogs. The woman in the shop was great and very helpful. We picked what style we wanted, and went for an ‘X’ shaped one with a band running between her front legs instead of another one similar to the EzyDog Quick Fit.
The great thing about these harnesses is that every part that comes into contact with the dogs’ skin is fleece padded = awesome! 😀
There was also a huge range of colours to choose from, and I was torn between the blue, red, purple, pink and green. In the end I opted for pink mainly because, although I used to despise the colour pink, as soon as we adopted Zoey I wanted her dressed in everything pink!
We did some counter-conditioning with Zoey and the harness (just marking her for sniffing it, then rewarding her for putting her head through the hole the tiniest bit) but I knew we couldn’t have her fully happy with it before she needed to wear it…
Sure enough she was utterly miserable when we put it on her. She refused treats and wouldn’t walk, not even when we got outside…even my partner thought this was a little pathetic 😛
Thankfully then an awesome thing happened: a cat appeared!
Zoey was so focused on the cat she completely forgot about her harness and, even after the cat was long gone, she walked perfectly normally. Yay! 🙂
We saw lots of ‘friends’ on our walk, and were rushed by an overly friendly cow that wanted to say hello (unfortunately I had to scare it into stopping otherwise Zoey would have been overwhelmed), a horse, and we got to see the fast-growing goslings too.
I’d like to say Zoey is pooped after her walk, but…well, she is, but she’s like an overly-tired toddler and is wandering around the living room, panting, looking for things she’s not supposed to have! So far she has found a sock and a Pringles tube, and is highly pleased with herself 😉
I also had my med review today, which went really, really well 🙂 I’m dropping two of my meds that aren’t working, and reducing the one that gives me problematic side effects from 15mg to 12.5mg. I’ve also been sent away with ‘homework’, and have to have a look at the meds used to treat Bipolar in the UK, and decide which I’d next be willing to try.
This is a very difficult decision!
I’m leaning towards Lamotrigine / Lamictal. The one major scary side effect with this med is a possibly fatal rash called Steven Johnson Syndrome…it affects less than 1 in 1000 people, but it’s still pretty scary and something I need to have a big think about…Hmmm.
Depakote, which the last Dr I saw mentioned, is apparently out because it’s apparently not supposed to be used in women of child-bearing age. It also has some pretty sinister side effects of liver failure, hair loss, tooth loss, weight gain etc. You need regular blood tests on this med.
There’s Carbamazepine / Tegretol, there’s also a chance of ‘THE RASH’ with that too. You need regular blood tests on this med.
Lithium…yeah, I really don’t want to try Lithium. You have to watch the amount of liquids you drink everyday and I would suck at that 😛 You need regular blood tests (and others I think) on this med.
And Olanzapine / Zyprexa which carries a risk of serious weight gain and diabetes.
So yeah…it’s not an easy choice XD If anyone has experience with any of these meds I would love to hear it, good or bad 🙂