It is with tears of gladness that I report Slugger’s Valley Fever titers are nearly negative!
When first diagnosed, his titers were 1:32. In more than a year on Fluconozole, every titer has been lower, or the same (at a lower level).
Based on Slugger’s history, the vet has directed me to reduce his Fluconozole dosage to half, and if his titers remain very low next titer check, he can be taken off his meds completely! Emmi and Sarah on the other hand… whole other blog entry…
The thing about Slugger is, even back when he was so sick, emaciated, bald and bloodied, he had no clue. Some people are glass half full, some half empty. In Slugger’s case, his glass runneth over. Nothing bad can happen in Slugger world, therefore he chooses not to be bothered by such things as illness, injury, etc. They say attitude helps to heal. I think it accurate to assume Slugger’s attitude has helped him through his Valley Fever.
Fingers crossed that the number of Special Needs kids at Run A Muck Ranch will be reduced by 1 soon!
As an aside to this announcement, I need to share some events that occurred the day Slug went to the vet:
Slugger, despite his mental deficiencies, is a very well-behaved traveller. He sits in the exact center of the passenger seat, eyes forward the whole time. There is absolutely no interference with the driver whatsoever, and he is visible from the outside.
We were stopped at a red light when I noticed the driver and passenger of the vehicle to our left staring at us. When he saw me looking back, the driver shouted over “That (Slugger) is the nicest looking dog I have ever seen!”. Like I have said over and over, between Slugger and Emmi, Slugger got the pretty genes.
Later, as we were checking out at the vet, someone was standing outside the door. Slugger decided he REALLY wanted to say hello and darted over, slamming face first into the glass door. As I more particularly have said, over and over, between Slugger and Emmi, Slugger ONLY got the pretty genes.