Monday, October 18, 2010

I'm Fine and Thank You All

While you're up, get me a Bud?
I really didn't mean to raise concern for my immediate health, although your good thoughts and well wishes mean the world no matter what. I haven't been sickies in a while, but I do have to have my blood checked twice a year because of being on the medication. Now, this does worry the Moms a little, because if the day comes when my white cells or red cells or some cells or other aren't right then they'll want to take me off colchicine and that would be very bad indeed.  Anyhoo, we got the results of the blood tests already and they were all good. So, no worries for another half year. 

Now a few people asked about Shar Pei Fever which is really called Familial Shar Pei Fever, so I figure I should talk about it a little. Basically, it's a major occupational hazard of being a Shar Pei. It's congenital and I should never have been bred, but I was - before I moved here, of course. Responsible breeders are trying to breed it out, but an awful lot of breeders are not so very responsible.

Dr. Vidt, Shar Pei vet, does explain it very well. It's also called Swollen Hock Syndrome and it HURTS! When I've had an outbreak I get feverish, and have no appetite, I'm lethargic and I hold my back leg up because it hurts. Hero has this, too, and has a picture of how we both look when it flares up. Some Pei go to the Rainbow Bridge way, way early because of this. Obviously neither Hero or I have done that.  The complications that could come later and result in kidney failure - well, none of us are guaranteed tomorrow. I pawsonally plan to be around until I'm 13 or 14 at least. Gotta think pawsitive.

I'm editing this post because I forgot to mention the most traumatic moment of the whole Vet experience. The doctor said I have cankles! I do not. I have a well turned ankle that I choose to decorate with attractive folds is all.  


  1. Wow that is crazy We never heard of this...we have all our feets crossed you will be ok
    Benny & Lily

  2. Lola, thanks for sharing. Your positive attitude is inspiring as always. By the way, I had never heard about Shar Pei fever. I am sure glad your blood results came back healthy!

    Your pal, Pip

  3. Glad all is okay! Prayers that they remain that way forever!

  4. That sounds very painful, Lola. We are so glad your bloodwork results are good. We are expecting you to be around for a long time, so keep taking those meds and we will keep our paws crossed for you to be doing well for a very long time.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  5. Who knew there was a special sickie just for sharpie dogs? I am so relieved to hear that you are OK.


  6. Hi, Lola!
    I am happy to know your bloodwork results said you are fine!
    Take care
    Kisses and hugs

  7. OoH Lola,

    I am so very happy dat you is OK and I will start sending even MORE puppy prayers to you so dat you will stay dat way! :)

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  8. Lola that is gooooood news indeed. I am sooo sorry that you have this thingy, butt I'm thinkin' your mom is On Top Of It so you should be fine.

  9. Oh Lola,
    I am sooooo happy to hears that your VET visit went all okie-dokie!

    I'm with Mango...I didn't know that SharPeis have a sickies all their own. It sounds terribles, butt I'm glad that have da medicines fur you!


  10. Glad to hear you are doing well.
    Thanks for sharing the info on Shar Pei fever, I never heard this before.

  11. So glad to hear you're ok Lola! I had to go to the vet lately too...NO fun!

  12. I for one am glad to understand it better and to know that you'll be okay for quite some time. I know when Treat was diagnosed with epilepsy, Mom worried at first about her going on phenobarbitol, but decided the same thing -- that it would be better to not have seizures now and worry about side effects of the medicine if they ever came to that bridge. Fortunately, they never did! I'm so glad you'll be okay!


  13. I didn't know about this either. Glad to hear you're doing well.

  14. ... and I plan to be around long enough too, Lola. My last attack was a week ago and it lasted two days *boo*... it really hurts, and my hoomans get all worried as well :(

    I always feel that you and I connect in more ways than one, Lola... we could so relate to each other, in health or in sickness. I just hope Franklin does not suffer from FSF. Please take good care, my furiend.

    Licks, hero

    Pei ess: Sorry for not blogging that often lately... I blame it on the hoomans for not prioritizing they life well :)... but I do read all my furiends blog posts.

  15. We are very glad that the results were all good, Lola, and will keep our paws crossed that they will always be that way!

    Tommy (and The Chans and #1 too!)

  16. Hi Lola
    So glad that you're OK and that nasty disease is being kept at bay, And yes, we understand what you mean about that you should not have been bred, but anyway, we're kind of glad that you're here anyway!
    Cheers, Gail and Bertie.

  17. We're so glad that your bloodwork was okay and the vet visit went well. Thanks for telling us about Shar Pei Fever, it sounds so ouchie when it attacks. Please do take care of yourself and we keep our paws crossed all the time.

    Thinking pawsitive is always good!!! Live long, live strong and be happy : )

  18. Lola, how awful that yous gott take medicine that makes you have to go to the Vet so often. I gotta go every 3 months to to make sure my cancer hasn't come back.

    Yesterday me and Mommy voted on our favorite butts and you and Franklin gots my first vote.

    I'm so happy you WAS born.


  19. I'm glad your Moms and Dad are taking such good care of you Lola. I've been lucky and only had one case of something we think was Swollen Hock. My Brother Who Came Before had several cases of it and later crossed the bridge due to liver and kidney failure caused by the amoyloydosis. I don't think I spelt that right.

    Nose kisses

    Pei-Ess, How's Franklin doing?

  20. Oh good! I'm glad you can get my feed now. It's nice to know I'm not the only one being taken over by the fwee world. Those nasty buggers.- Hope you're having a splendid day Lola... Wags from --Chester

  21. It's tough to have that specter of illness hanging over your head. Glad you are okay. Bulldogs have a host of ills too! Your parents take good care of you and your vet sounds like he is on top of things. Stay healthy ( Franklin too!)

  22. Yay! Good bloodwork! Time to celebrate with icecream!! :)

    Cankles! I'll put the bitey on your vet! You have very defined, unique ankels!

  23., I can't believe this fever thing can be bred out but bad people just don't care! That's crazy.

    Lincoln and I are sending well wishes your way.


    Minnie Moo

  24. CANKLES!? You do NOT have CANKLES! Nope, nope. I mean, having Shar Pei fever is one thing but CANKLES? I hope you set your V.E.T. straight abouts that.

    Anyways, I wish peoples who breed doggies would just be better peoples, you know? It makes me very sad to know that all some humans care about is making green papers.

    Wiggles & Wags,

    PeeS. Guess what? I voted for you and Franklin before I even knew you voted for me! I just luvs your cute little mirror-image Pei tails. But like you said, the rest of the votes are super double top secret!

  25. Hi Lola,
    Oh my goodness thank you for the very good information. We are so glad everything checked out for you. Take care pretty girl.
    Hugs Madi

  26. Hi Lola and Franklin,
    Thank you so much for your visit to the blog.
    I fell out in the back yard last Friday and at first I didn't think I hurt anything but yesterday I was so sore that I could hardly move!!! Today I am better. Maybe I'll get something done today. I didn't brake anything just black and blue and sore!!
    So glad to hear your blood work came back clean and you are good for another 6 months!!!! Stay strong!
    Love you guys, Bambi & Fern

  27. I be so glad yu are fine Miss Lola, my ma had looked up what yor complaint was as she had never heards ov it eivver but she knows now. We is both so glads yor blood was hunky dory ! !
    xx xx

  28. ummm, miss lola, you so do not have cankles!! whatevs!! i'm really glad your blood work came back the way it was supposed to be. oh, and thankies for the informational on shar pei fever cuz me and asa and mama didn't really know hardly anythingie about it. we want you to live to be 50 gazillion years old! okie dokie, nobuddy can live that long, but at least 13 or 14 like you woofed!

    the booker man

  29. Hi Lola, it has been a while and we're sorry to hear that you've not been well. We didn't know anything about shar pei fever, and it sounds scary, but we're glad you're OK.
    Purrs, Keiko, Kenji, Pricilla & Yuji

  30. Lola - Glad to hear your vet visit turned out good! It probably wasn't fun for you, but hopefully you got some treats for all you had to put up with!
    The Road Dogs

  31. Hi Lola, Glad your bloodwork was good. Sounds like you are in really good hands with your family & vet. We don't know about or why those bad people don't work to get rid of the bad traits when breeding. Must be just plain greedy & they make beautiful pups like you have to suffer like you do. Great pawsitive attitude you have!!!

  32. Oh Lola dear, it is terrible to imagine u not being bred, you are such a great friend. But then we are also very sorry that u had to be born with Pei fever.
    But now that u are here and are on medication, we certainly wish and hope and pray your blood cells will remain exactly the number they ought to be and u never have to worry about being off colchicine and it's side-effects.
    we are very glad that everything is right at this point of time.
    and yeah...we want you to be around for a long long time and hope to grow gracefully old together...:)
    much love,
    Ginger n Buddy

  33. You are in our thoughts and prayers....we hope you are feeling better soon....

  34. Cankles, really? How could anyone say that to you? How horrid!

    Yesh, we know that some dogs should not have been bred. Goldens and German Shepherds can have a whole bucket full of genetic problems but once those pups are on the ground they need someone to l♥ve them and, happily, you hit the jackpot with your PAWrents!

  35. We are glad you are fine Miss Lola. P.S. You DON'T have cankles - you are perfect and beautiful.

  36. I'm glad that your medicines helps you feel better. I do think that it is quite rude for someone to tell a lady that they have cankles. Did you pee on their floor for payback?

    Nubbin wiggles,

  37. It's good to know, and I always appreciate learning a little more.

    Tee-hee... cankles...


  38. Good to know you are ok !! Hopefully the pain will never have to come back.. Cankles??BOL.. never knew what it means until just !!


  39. Happy Saturday Lola!!!
    MOL you might not want to show my scary food face to your Feline Siblings...I have to use this face sometimes when Mom appears to be coveting my Fancy Feast...she says some of it smells quite delicious.
    Hugs Madi

  40. Thanks for providing us all with this information, Lola!
    We didn't know anything about it, and now we feel well-informed.

    And a hearty congrats on your normal blood tests!


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