Khaki is a 12-year-old Cocker Spaniel, adopted 6 years ago from the Dallas Ft. Worth Cocker Rescue by PetPlus community member, Karen. Khaki is a spirited and protective dog. He barks at trucks and motorcycles during his walks, as well as goes nuts anytime he hears a doorbell or another dog -- even on TV!
Khaki’s favorite thing in the world is to eat, which is probably why he was overweight when Karen adopted him. Now that he is on a healthy diet of Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul, and exercise regimen, Khaki is back within a healthy weight range.
But that doesn’t mean he lost his lust for food. “When time for breakfast or dinner, he gets very excited, runs to his bowl, barks and pats his front paws on the floor. We ask him to sit and we count to 5 before he lunges for the bowl...very funny.”
As much as Khaki loves food and attention, he inversely loathes having his ears cleaned and nails trimmed. And being the strong, self-assured dog that he is, getting him to cooperate can be a challenge.
Khaki also suffers from Cushing’s disease.
Karen initially suspected that something was wrong when Khaki, who had been well housebroken before he was adopted, started urinating uncontrollably around the house. Coupled with his near insatiable thirst, Karen knew that it was time to see the vet.
She told the vet about Khaki’s behavior, as well as the fact that he seemed to be lethargic, and after a panel of blood tests it was confirmed that Khaki had Cushing’s.
To combat the condition, Khaki was prescribed Vetoryl. After only a few weeks, Karen noted a marked improvement in Khaki’s behavior. “He was just overall better, more like himself. After 3 months and more blood tests, the correct daily doseage was correcting the problem,” Karen said.
For pet owners dealing with unexpected urination, Karen noted that doggie diapers, along with wee wee pads, are quite effective.
How PetPlus Helped
Karen learned about PetPlus from her veterinarian. Her vet felt that, to keep Khaki feeling like himself, getting him Vetoryl was of the utmost importance. But, as is the case with many prescription treatments, the cost of the medication was daunting. To help manage the cost of Khaki’s Vetoryl and other medication needs, Karen’s vet recommended she sign up for PetPlus. In just nine months, PetPlus has managed to save Karen over $540 in medication costs.
Take it from Karen - “I would highly recommend Pet Plus for any prescription med or other items, such as flea and tick medication.”