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Born July 9
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All have gained about 3 or 4 ounces, with Ms Lavender gaining the most at 5 ounces. They look fat and sleek at the same time, and Tooey is doing a great job keeping them fed and clean.

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Colleen specifically instructed Tooey to have three girls and three boys.

So yesterday (actually starting just before yesterday at 11:00 pm) Tooey delivered three boys and three girls, plus two bonus boys.

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Sadly, she also had another little girl who was born dead after 5-1/2 hours of labor.

But the other eight are healthy and eating well. And Tooey is doing a great job, keeping the pups fed and clean. She’s eating well, too, which knowing Tooey, I’m sure is one of her favourite parts of having pups.

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Last December, almost exactly 7 months ago, Cooper had a really crummy coat and a bad nail break. After that, we changed his medication regime, and after about two months, both his coat and nails really improved.

So, it’s been awhile since the last bad breaks, but I guess SLO never goes away. It may get better, and it may even go into remission, but it’s always there, hiding deep in Cooper’s immune system and under the fold of skin on the toes where the nails start growing.

As you can see in the pictures below, a couple of Cooper’s nails are in bad shape again.

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Right rear foot, “ring” toe, fully split

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Front right foot, “index” toe, cracked but not yet split

His coat is a bit fuzzier and woolier than we’d like, and a touch thinner, but nothing like the horrible shape it was in back last December. And if I were to take a picture of it, you wouldn’t really see the difference between his coat now and how it was when in good shape last February. And fortunately, he still has coat between the pads on the underside of his feet. Back last fall, the coat there was so thin that the skin became raw and abraded from a day of hunting.

We’re still on the same regime as last February, and I don’t plan to change it unless things really get worse. So, here it is again, just for reference if you’re interested:

For the SLO:

  • fish oil capsules, 4-1200 mg in the morning and 3-1200 mg in the evening
  • vitamin E, 400 IU, 2x/day
  • biotin, 2500 mcg, 1x/day
  • vitamin B, super complex, 1x/day

For the low thyroid:

  • Soloxine thyroid supplement, 4 mg, 2x/day

For his coat:

  • Nature’s Farmacy Dogzymes: Ultimate multi-minerals and vitamins, 1 tsp, 2x/day
  • Nature’s Farmacy Dogzymes: Gro-Hair, a source of zinc methionin, 1/2 tsp, 2x/day

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