A Simple Running Log

March 24, 2016

Training for 3/24/16

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 5:52 pm

Today, I didn’t run, but I did strength training upstairs — abs, push-ups, invisible chair-sitting and lifting with the adjustable dumbbells. It’s already getting a tiny bit too warm up there, and it was only in the 70s today. Oh well, better than so cold I can’t stand to touch the weights, even while wearing gloves.

I took Pepper to the vet for his annual check-up. Sometime last fall, we thought he looked scrawnier, and we were right. He’s lost 6 lbs. since his last check-up, in January last year. For a 63-lb. dog who didn’t need to lose any weight, that’s a lot. The vet asked a ton of questions about Pepper’s eating, pooping and peeing habits. He took a pee sample to run a urinalysis, which will tell if there’s anything wrong with his kidneys. The other option he talked about was Pepper’s pancreas. Unfortunately, the blood tests to find out if that’s a problem are super expensive, so the vet recommended just giving him a supplement to boost the pancreas’s function. If that is the problem, it’ll help. If it’s not, it won’t hurt him.

And in the meantime, we’re supposed to feed our 7.5-year-old dog large amounts of puppy food, to see if that helps pack back on some weight.

The good news is the vet said Pepper seemed completely healthy otherwise; he had no other symptoms that concerned him. It’s just weird he’d lose nearly 10 percent of his body weight between check-ups like that.

The only other thing worth considering is that he has been running with me a lot more at this point in the year than he had been when he got checked out last January. It was so cold last winter, he didn’t run with me for weeks. I remember we actually joked about him getting fat.

Anyway, we’ll know the results of the urinalysis tomorrow. If that shows nothing, I’ll order the pancreas supplement. And Pepper will get more food every day, so I don’t think he’ll mind his “treatment” too much!

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