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Saturday, January 29, 2011


We were hoping that our new year would be a happier one, but poor Wispa is not looking good now.
She has been unwell since about October, she had a very slight cough from time to time and had had a couple of episodes where she went all wobbly on her back legs. She was originally treated for the cough with antibiotics , and when she had the rear end problem she went into the vets for the day. At first they thought she had had a stroke but she recovered so quickly they ruled that out, so she was put on a drip and given steroids.

She was kept on a low dose steroids for a while which also stopped her cough ??

However about 2 weeks ago, she started to cough badly again especially when she first got up from sleep, or got excited in any way. It was decided that Wispa really should have Blood tests, Xrays and Scans to see what was going on . She isn't insured so quite an expensive time !!

Well it appears she has quite a bad heart with fluid on the lungs as a result, a weak larynx, an under active thyroid and worse still kidney disease.

Tablets are helping the heart and thyroid, not much can be done for the larynx especially at her age, and she was put on a special diet for the Kidney disease.

Well after originally tucking into the food she stopped eating it. So I spent hours trawling the internet for various diets both processed, home cooked and raw suitable for kidney disease. The food MUST be low phosphorus and amazingly there are loads of food that are far too high in phosphorus.
It turned out that raw tripe is one of the best foods that can be fed to kidney patients.Raw tripe is very low in phosphorus and is very nutritious . She could also have a little high fat minced Beef and Lamb with it occasionally, Also pasta, short grained rice and fruit and veg.
So off we go and stock up on all the above, and originally as with the prescription food she tucked into it, however within 2 days she was refusing this as well. We have persevered but she is literally starving herself now, she can't be tempted with anything that she is supposed to have. Having said this she is still fairly bright.

We have since spoken with our vet, and although not ideal it looks like she is going to have to just eat whatever she wants, even though potentially it will damage her kidneys further. After all she HAS to eat.
Last night she wet herself over night, another worrying sign.

The prognosis looks bleak at this present time. Fingers crossed once again for dear Wispa. She is 14 and half now so at least we are more prepared than we were with Jake, but it doesn't make it any easier.


  1. Oh Rosie. That is such bad news. Poor little girlie. Only you will know how to move forward as only you really knows Wispa best. I had to let my first boy Mutley go just eleven years ago, and he told me when it was time. I still feel the pain of that decision. Since then with Rosie, Henry and Pop, I had no choice. It is not easy however the decision is made. Just listen to Wispa and when she tells you, you will know. Meanwhile, keep bright and happy for her. Thinking of you all xx

  2. Thanks Helen.
    We don't think she is at this point yet. She is still lively and apart from the eating she is doing reasonably well (considering !) However if she doesn't start to eat properly then thats a different matter. She's a good body weight at the moment so thats in her favour.

  3. Bloody hell Rosie, when it rains it pours. Please let Laura know I am thinking of her.