Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Once a month a call is made to the local pharmacy for a refill of a medicine called Colchicine. This is to help in our ongoing battle with the disease of kings, also known as gout. During this call is when I learned that the manufacture has stopped making the generic form and the price will go from eight bucks a refill to two-hundred a refill. This daily pill is life sustaining for Harley the Shar-pei as any flare-ups of fever may shut down his kidneys.

This is when the rush of phone calls stated calling every pharmacy in the area. As Harley slept soundly completely unaware of the situation, we located a Wal-Marts across town that had eight-hundred pills left at the lower price/generic form. Then calls to the vet to get a prescription for eight-hundred Harley treats.

After a long drive and investment in some meds, the dog with “the disease of kings” has to find something else to complain about other than his gout.

Even though only I would get stuck with the only Chinese dog that has gout, I wouldn’t trade him for the world. If I had the choice of keeping any pet in the world I’d still choose the high-maintenance bag of wrinkles.

Impressed with other bloggers taking up the writing challenge, I have decided to take the blog writing challenge. See all sixty-four challenges here. This was question forty-two.


Gooster said...

Maybe try to see if he will drink black cherry juice. You can usually get it in a concentrate at your health food store. Much like humans, gout is the accumulation of uric acid that crystallizes. The black cherry juice helps break up those crystals and keep the urinary tract in healthy working order. Beware though, it's still cherries and can cause increased bowel movements. Happy Friday Eve!!!

Dale W. said...

It is very sweet, and entirely understandable that you're so devoted to Harley. Bless 'im!!

Buddy Bear said...

Wow! That's shocking... eight dollars to 200 dollars!! The pharmaceutical industry is the biggest rip-off there is.