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Beamer’s Update – Week 5

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Happy St. Patrick's Day from Beamer!

In last week’s update we mentioned that Beamer had stop eating and drinking and had lost a lot of weight.  We made several trips back and forth to the University of Georgia Veterinary Hospital trying to understand why Beamer was refusing food.  We sought medications to stimulate his appetite because we knew that if Beamer didn’t start eating we would lose him as his strength was failing fast.

Last week we made a decision to try appetite stimulant drugs but they did nothing.  We were down to the Hail Mary pass and put Beamer on Prednisone.  Initially, we gave him 20 mg twice a day.  The second day we tapered it to 10 mg twice a day.  We were beginning to see results.  Beamer’s appetite came back and he was eating roasted chicken, seared bison and cooked salmon.  That brings us to this week’s update.

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Beamer’s Update – Week 4

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I want to thank all of you for your comments, well wishes and prayers.  I apologize for not being able to respond to comments and putting out an update sooner.  I hope you will understand once you read the following update.  It has been an incredibly stressful time at our home over the past week and a half.

Beamer was in a fight with a raccoon in our backyard on January 21, 2012.  He was given a rabies booster the same day.  Nineteen days later his hind end collapsed and showed partial paralysis.  This is Beamer’s story.

This is the update from week four since first showing signs of paralysis.  You can read the prior weekly updates on this website as well as an overview in the About page.

This has been a roller coaster week for Beamer and an incredibly emotional one for us.  Two weekends ago, (February 25 and 26), Beamer seemed to be making some real progress.  His strength in walking seemed to improve.  He almost had a little bounce in his step.  Though he could not walk far, maybe 400 feet before he was too tired to go on, he moved with purpose.  His back legs somewhat out of sync with his front legs but still moving forward.

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