Bridget the Scottish Terrier deals with health issues as ninth birthday approaches

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Bridget, the Scottie who inspired the Scottish Terrier and Dog News, turns nine years old later this month. Apart from one or two bouts with allergies, she has always enjoyed robust good health. But, as of late, alas, that has changed. In the past two months, Bridget has faced a number of health problems.

It began with a cyst-like bump that’s a few years old but recently started growing. The vet doesn’t think it’s dangerous, but recommended nevertheless that it come off, and we’re going to get it done. Before she could go in for her surgery (just a local anesthetic), however, Bridget developed a sore front paw.

It flared up one afternoon and she couldn’t put any weight at all on it. I heard her crying during the night and nothing had improved by morning so off she went to the vet, rolling along like a Queen in a medically equipped grocery stroller.

The vet saw nothing more than the swollen left paw pads we had noticed. He trimmed back some of her paw fur and gave us an anti-inflammatory spray and told us to keep her quiet. He said if she wasn’t better in a few days, he’d do an X-ray.

Within 24 hours, Bridget was greatly improved. And within 48, she seemed almost completely better.

But that’s not all. On her cyst visit, the vet grabbed Bridget and put her on the scale where she weighed in at a whopping 29 lbs, more than four lbs heavier than her last weigh-in. She was ordered to go on a diet. For the next month, I monitored her food consumption carefully and cut back on meal portions and snacks. I was convinced she had dropped a pound or two.

Well, I was wrong. While she was at the clinic for her paw treatment, she was whisked on to the scale where it was noted she had, in fact, gained several ounces.

I protested. It couldn’t be. She was eating much less.

The vet suggested she might have thyroid problems and said he’d get back to me. For now, I’m still waiting.


11 thoughts on “Bridget the Scottish Terrier deals with health issues as ninth birthday approaches

  1. It’s really not fair our dogs have to get old so fast and get problems, is it?! 🙁

    I hope the cyst is nothing serious and good luck with the thyroid situation! Look after yourself and stop worrying your Mum, Bridget! Good girl!

  2. So sorry that Bridget is having health issues. Hope she gets better soon and her thyroid issue is resolved quickly. She is a doll.

  3. Our Annie has thyroid problems. She is 7 years old. Hers started around the end of last year. She takes one pill a day and is doing well. She is much more pleasant to be around since we have gotten her thyroid in range. For awhile she was getting very moody and snippy!! I hope Bridgets thyroid is OK..but if it’s not it will be better to know for her and you. Good luck with her cyst also..I hope it all goes well for her!! Will be watching for updates from you. Bridget is beautiful, she reminds me of Annie. 🙂

  4. Dear Ann: Wow, where do I start? First, put Bridget on a BARF diet. You can find Raw and BARF groups to give you guidance on Facebook. Also join the group “Raising Dogs Naturally”. For Bridget’s cancer, give her a baby aspirin twice a day, in the morning and evening (Google “aspirin prevents cancer”). I experimented on my Scottie, my daughter’s Brussel Griffon and my mom’s Peke. Aspirin dissolved the mole on my Scottie’s forehead, the fatty lump at the base of the Brussels’ tail and a raw sore on the Peke’s paw. If you don’t want to try that, join the FB group, “Tumeric User Group”, and try Golden Paste. DON’T allow any more vaccines for Bridget; only young, healthy dogs should get them, not older pets. Do titering instead. Try to find a holistic vet. Do not give heartworm preventative anymore. Instead, give raw pumpkin seeds, one teaspoon per 10 pounds of dog. Do not give any more flea ingestables. Try natural sprays instead. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to get your dog off kibble, as grains like corn, wheat, soy and rice can harbor aflatoxins, and carbs like peas and potatoes feed infections and cancer. Bridget is old now, and you must be proactive about preventing her from getting cancer. Please keep us apprised on her condition! Hugs, . B

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  6. Your vet doesn’t sound top notch. All unclassified bumps that start to get bigger should be removed and biopsies. Weight gain can mean an internal mass, and if there is a thyroid problem there should be other symptoms present such as poor hair coat or itchy skin, not just weight gain. Sorry but you need a vet who actually does bloodwork, thyroid testing and urine testing to account for any infections, endocrine disorders, cancer markers, cause of weight gain (casings Disease? Diabetes? Tumor mass, such as bladder cancer? Veterinary insurance is a cost-effective way to do right by your dog. I’m not rich but my Scotties’ health is managed very well. One of my Scotties was 14+!years old and had numerous bouts with cancer but enjoyed excellent quality of life. Your vet shouldn’t be guessing — veterinary medicine is supposed to include medical testing when necessary. If you can’t find an excellent vet in your area, I will help you. Don’t use s BARF diet, or aspirin, or anything else without first getting a diagnosis. Otherwise you can make the problem worse.

  7. As soon as I saw “thyroid” … I realized I’d forgotten to send my own update (on Sherlock’s x-ray, the radiologist’s report, Sherlock’s deteoration and … when he went to sleep. We say dogs (and especially Scotties) live shorter lives – one calendar year for a Scottie is equivalent for seven years of a human’s life … well, it’s because Scotties love us so much … they jam seven years of loving into a twelve-month calendar … RIP, Sherlock – we’ll see you soon enough …

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