The past 18 months have been a challenge for Harry, who has been battling health issues which bordered for a brief time on the life-threatening.
In the last year he has made a good recovery, although he has never quite regained his former energy levels.
The problems began in 2015, when he began to suffer with a series of digestive complaints. He was losing weight rapidly, unable to tolerate food and plagued by chronic diarrhoea.
After a long journey of biopsies, blood tests, scans and eventually exploratory surgery, Harry was finally diagnosed with irritable bowel disease (IBD).
A dog with IBD is no fun for anyone. It’s been heartbreaking to watch our gentle boy suffer and his activity has been very limited.
We are managing the condition through a combination of immune suppressants and experimentation with novel protein and carbohydrate diets. Kangaroo and vegetables was dish of the day for a while, until Harry built up a resistance. White fish and sweet potato (yes, we do spend more time cooking for the dog than ourselves) is the current diet but I don’t like to think what will happen if he starts to reject that. If anyone can recommend a stockist for winged unicorn meat, please let me know…
Harry has displayed remarkable resilience throughout and, with the exception of an occasional flare-up, is back to his old self. And Him Indoors may have a future career as veterinary nurse given the amount of time he has devoted to researching small animal health.
So here’s hoping for a happy and healthy 2017 with more dog-friendly adventures. We have managed some recent trips together and we’ll be posting about them shortly.