Don’t let the title scare you too much.
I’m talking about an adorable skeleton covered in a light layer of brown, fluffy fur.
I’ve received a few questions regarding how Leroy is doing and some specific questions regarding his weight so I wanted to do a little update post to keep you all in the loop.
Since I share a lot of pictures of both the boys sometimes it’s hard for those on the outside to keep track of their current health status, especially when I’m sharing pictures from many years ago.
One day Leroy will look amazing and in great health and the next, he looks sickly and unkept.
I can assure that he is never unkept but recent pictures and videos will show a dog that might look a bit sickly.
What you’re seeing now is what I’ve been feeling for months.
Leroy is no skinner than he was 2 months ago but he has lost about 80% of his undercoat leaving only a very thin layer of guard hairs which is showing off his skeleton-like figure.
The fur hides a lot and Leroy has always had a thin frame with a lot of hair and muscle covering it. Now he’s lacking both so he’s hiding nothing.
His inside is doing better than his outside right now.
Leroy is doing well, better than well actually.
He’s eating well, he’s having normal, perfectly formed stool.
He’s walking much better. In fact, yesterday he walked farther than he has in months and he didn’t knuckle once so he’s gaining muscle and strength back.
His mind is better too.
He’s been spending more time with us. When he doesn’t feel well he secludes himself downstairs and isn’t very social. He’s distant and doesn’t want to spend time outside listening to the birds and he isn’t on my heels 24/7.
Leroy is very social right now.
He’s waking me up every morning 15 minutes before my alarm is set to go off, he’s bringing me his toys every time I come home from being away, and he’s extremely nagging.
I’ve recently increased his food by 1/4 cup and when I weighed him on our scale the other day, he has gained 3 pounds since his last vet visit which is great because we need a slow and steady weight gain.
I’m working on his outside.
He has some dry skin that we’re tackling but nothing outrageous. Besides using a topical, there’s not much I can do with it because he can’t have anything oral like fish oil or coconut oil.
He’ll be getting a bath here soon with a good moisturizing shampoo.
The outer coat that he has now looks nice and healthy and with the cooler weather, we’re hoping that the undercoat will begin to grow.
So, if you see a little skeleton Leroy floating around in pictures this month, just know that he’s not getting any worse.
I’m quite happy with his progress so remember, don’t judge a book by its cover!
Happy October everyone!