Client Pet of the Month
If Lois Shaffer were to describe her 3 year old dog, Maisie, in one word, she would choose the word "prize". Maisie is one of several lovely blue belton English Setters that Lois has doted on throughout the years and Lois says her "eager beaver" attitude and "smile" make her special. Maisie has excelled in classes at Gayle Persons School of Dog Obedience, but shows the greatest enthusiasm for running agility courses and chasing tennis balls.
Despite her high energy , Lois noticed that Maisie is an "easy keeper"; she does not eat a lot but gains weight easily. She also has a small patch of light fuzzy hair on her chest instead of the long silky hair overall described in the breed standard. A simple blood test ordered by Dr. Balonek detected Maisie's low functioning thyroid.
Dr. Balonek - Low thyroid function is a common disease in dogs, testing should be done if your dog gains weight without eating much, starts losing hair, has poor hair quality, or constantly has ear and/or skin infections. Treatment is easy and inexpensive.
Lois has four setters and they are all nice pets. Maisie stands out because of her friendly, outgoing personality. She is a fun dog to take care of.
Not the end of the world, Maisie gets her T-4 checked twice a year and takes one levothroxine pill morning and night and continues to be one happy dog.
Photos by Kathy Embury (www.kreativeendeavors.com)