Poppy Doesn’t Like Being Monitored

Nell: This is a bit early. You haven’t got an appointment today, have you?

Me: No. I couldn’t sleep and then Poppy came upstairs to have a grumble so I thought I’d just start writing.

Nell: What’s Poppy grumbling about? David didn’t mean to eat the ham. It was a mistake. He thought it was part of the continental breakfast.

Me: What continental breakfast?

Nell: Exactly. There wasn’t one.

Me: Oh dear. Darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy. It wasn’t the ham. It was Harriet.

Nell: Harriet?

Me: Yes, she’s watching Poppy through the bannisters again.

Nell: I see.

Me: Ever since Poppy’s diagnosis Harriet’s been awfully concerned about her.

Nell: I think now might be the time to let people know about Poppy’s illness.

Me: Yes.

Nell: Recently we’ve all noticed Poppy’s been far more agitated than usual.

Me: And that’s saying a lot because Poppy is not the calmest of animals.

Nell: She’s also had a few minor accidents in the house.

Me: We thought it was wilfulness at first.

Nell: Anyway, at her annual checkup Kev mentioned all this to the vet and after several blood tests and a scan it was confirmed that Poppy has Cushing’s Disease.

Me: Yes.

Nell: Cushing’s Disease (hyperadrenocorticism) is a serious health condition in dogs that occurs when the adrenal glands overproduce cortisol (cortisone) in the animal’s body.

Me: Which is why Poppy was so agitated.

Nell: And eating and drinking a lot.

Me: The good news is that she’s reacted really well to her medication and the levels have come right down.

Nell: Our vet Joe is extremely pleased as it normally takes a while to sort this out.

Me: She’s still not exactly calm though.

Nell: We’re talking about Poppy here. Poppy doesn’t do calm.

Me: No. You’re right. Sorry.

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