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DogDaz Zoo: Not Good News for Charles


We thought Charles had a UTI so off to the vet we went. When he starts licking himself more than usual, that tends to be a sign.

As you can see in the picture above, Charlie was not too happy when the vet said she had to take him in the back and look at his privates.

Because Charles has a known heart murmur, she wanted to do an x-ray to see how his heart was doing. Well, we were surprised at what the x-ray told us.

First – Charles’ heart is enlarged. An ENLARGED HEART (dilated cardiomyopathy) is more common in large dogs (our luck). Not knowing the underlying cause we can’t say if it was because of an infection or some structural problem. Right now, we are just in watch mode due to other issues. From the x-ray, his lungs are clear (all that nice dark area around the heart in the ribs is the lungs), which means that they are not currently seeing congestive heart failure (which would be very bad). The vet said that you should be able to fit 3 hearts in that cavity.

Second – When they took the heart x-ray she notice that he has KIDNEY STONES (arrow above but see closer image below). This was an ‘incidental finding’ since she was actually x-raying his heart. According to, metabolic kidney stones, those that form due to some blood or urinary imbalance, are a bit more common than those from infection. The most common type is calcium oxalate. There are several different types of stones (we are learning). Stones tend to be a small dog thing but usually females. We are hoping they are not calcium oxalate but actually something called Struvite. That is a composite of magnesium, ammonium, and phosphate and can be dissolved, where the calcium oxalate can’t.

Third – and most critical at the moment – was the finding of BLADDER STONES, and a ton of them. Again we have no idea what caused all these stones, but the poor man has a ton in his bladder. Some theories are that the stones are caused by bacterial infection, body metabolism, previous disease, or dietary factors, like a lack of certain vitamins. Like kidney stones, there are several types: struvite, urate, xanthine, cystine, and calcium oxalate. Our hope is that these are struvite stones because they are the easiest to deal with.

I know your next question is how does one deal with the stones. There are several options.

  1. Dietary Dissolution
  2. Surgical Removal
  3. Non-surgical urohydopropulsion
  4. Ultrasonic dissolution

First, we are trying dietary dissolution. He is on a special Royal Canin Urinary SO diet and absolutely nothing else. The hope is that this food will begin to dissolve the stones. If nothing else, the vet hopes that it will at least make no new ones grow. He is also on an antibiotic (because he probably does have a UTI which is what we thought). Luckily, so far, he likes the food. I mix both wet and dry. We are making sure that he is passing urine every time he goes to the bathroom because the biggest concern, especially with a male, is a urinary blockage because of the stones. The vet said we need to take him to ER immediately if that happens. We are blessed that there is an Animal ER in town.

We go back on June 24th for another x-ray to see what is going on. He seems less lethargic and happier the last week, so maybe the food is working. Beat your drums for him. He is going to need all your prayers.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on June 6, 2022 in Dogs


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Black and White Sunday: Minus A Molar


Hello. Charles here. Did I tell you that Mom took me to the vet for a dental cleaning and that they pulled out my left top molar tooth? It hurt. Now Mom and the vet know why my head always shuck when I bit down hard on things.

I have dissolvable stitches. This picture is on the drive home. I was happy to go home you can see that I was still on the ‘happy’ juice they gave me when they knocked me out to do the procedure.

I still am having some trouble eating hard kibble, so Mom soaks it in a little water and it blows up to be big and fluffy (and soft). Now instead of my usual pizzle or hard treat at night, she gives me this, sometimes yummy, licky mat, with yogurt and soft kibble and soft dog food smashed into it.

It had been 2 weeks but one of the stitches still doesn’t want to dissolve. Mom is watching it for me. Brush your teeth and make sure to keep them clean so this never happens to you.

Have an awesome Black and White Sunday!

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on May 1, 2022 in Dogs


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Monday Mischief: The Annual

Every year is that crazy annual vet visit to get shots and exams and all that stuff. (Scroll over pictures to see what we are thinking.) Mom takes us all together for multiple reasons: (1) to get it over with, (2) because maybe we will support each other, and (3) because she gets a 10% discount on the tremendous bill when she brings in all 3 of us.

Peanut helped Mom this year because we are getting stubborn as we get older and are a lot to handle.

We are 10, 11, and 13, so there is more to check on. Lulu is going to have some surgery tomorrow to take those cysts off her head, ears, and face. Mom thinks it is best because they bleed a lot.

Charles has developed a tremor with this head which we think could be coming from his neck. Sofie continues to have massive anxiety and digestive issues. And Lulu is doing OK with her IBD, arrhythmia, and pancreatitis. Mom says that feeding time for us and the cats is like working in a hospital ward with all the different pills and powders. She is proud of us and says we take our medicine much better than the cats do (but we are not sure that is saying much).

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on August 23, 2021 in Dogs


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Wonderful Wednesday: Vaccinate Your Pets

Charles here. The other day, Mom took me to the Pet Doctor to get my yearly checkup and vaccinations. I was scared at first but it really didn’t hurt and there are so many good reasons why I need to have vaccines. Mom is very conservative when it comes to putting stuff in our system, so she does a thing called a TITER, if possible, to see if I still have immunity from the last shot. If so, we wait. There are a lot of things that can protect me from getting horrible diseases. I get 4 core vaccines: distemper, infectious hepatitis, parvovirus, and rabies. 

  • Vaccinations protect me from getting diseases like rabies, which I can get from other animals.
  • Vaccines protect me from airborne viruses like distemper, parvovirus, coronavirus (yes we get a Corona too), infectious canine hepatitis, bordetella, parainfluenza.
  • There are also vaccines for things like Lyme disease (which I had when Mom first rescued me), which comes from ticks, and leptospirosis, from wild animals.

To determine what vaccines I need, Mom and the Vet, base it on 3 things:

  • My Age – puppies need a lot of stuff to help their bodies build up resistance to certain bugs, but adults, like me, only need an occasional booster shot.
  • Where we live – our luck is that the mid-Atlantic is rampant with ticks. This could mean Lyme disease and a whole host of other tick-borne diseases.
  • Lifestyle: I am never boarded, I don’t go to day-care or the dog park, so my exposure to things like ‘kennel cough (bordetella), is low.

Don’t forget the Cats who should get some core vaccines too. They are different than us dogs. The need at a minimum: Feline herpesvirus-1/feline viral rhinotracheitis (Which Noel has. When Mom rescued her she was seriously ill), Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia. If they go outside, they need more things like Rabies and FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus).

Baby Noel rescued Dec 2007

Many Vets and Clinics offer low-cost, sometimes even free, vaccinations.

Take care of me and I will live a long, healthy, life.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on August 5, 2020 in Cats, Dogs


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Caturday: An Exhausting Day

It appears that Noel pulled out a whole claw and now has a fungal infection going on. She did not like going to the doctor, but she was as good as gold. She even let them take her in the backroom and cut her nails. The pinky claw grew back thick and dark and I was worried it was going to turn into her pad. They cut it really short. Let’s see how it comes back in. She was happy to get home and go directly to sleep in Louise’s office bed.

I cannot imagine a life without cats!

Just another CATDogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on March 7, 2020 in Cats


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DogDaz Zoo: Lulu’s Doing Great!

If the Vet does not see me then she won’t know that I am here and then she can’t take any more tests, right?

Oh no! The vet tech found me. Now I have to go in the back to that scary place.

Mom, you were supposed to save me from all the scary needles. But it is over now.


Yeah!!! The Vet said that my pancreatitis is all gone! My enzymes are back to normal.

Let’s go home, Mom, and have a steak*!

*Note: Since Mom hasn’t eaten anything with 4 legs in 45 years, a steak is doubtful.

We are all jumping for joy that Louise is feeling better. 

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on October 2, 2017 in Dogs


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Monday Mischief: Treating Pancreatitis

It all started 2 weeks ago Wednesday night with Louise throwing up, twice. Then the smelly gas started. It was so bad all night that I had to move her to another room. Louise rarely throws up. Her tummy was grumbling and making weird noises, which it does sometimes with her colitis. But this was different. She was refusing to eat, which she just doesn’t do. She was mopey and blue. I made her favorite chicken and rice. No luck. The other dogs were sniffing her behind a lot, which they do when her Perianal Fistula Disease is acting up.

When she refused her breakfast Saturday morning, I called my usual vet. But it was Saturday morning and he was packed, so he said to go to the emergency vet. Before doing that, I called the cats vet (it’s a long story why I have 2 different vets) and luckily they were able to fit her in.

After waiting almost 2 hours (Louise was a doll, as usual), they did blood work and gave her fluids and some other stuff. They put her on Metronidazole (Flagyl), which is really hard on the system. She was not herself.

On Tuesday the vet called (while I was in the middle of grocery shopping, so you know I only heard half of what she said). She is a new vet to the practice, I had not met her before, and she is really nice and spent a lot of time explaining her diagnosis to me (while my ice cream was melting). She ran this special blood test (SPEC cPL) that showed significant pancreatic inflammation (high normal is 200 ug/L and Louise is 1,369). All the other blood work was normal. The Vet added Clavamox (Oh My Dog that is expensive) and some Spleen Support Formula on top of the Metronidazole.

In the last 2 weeks, I have researched the heck out of Pancreatitis in dogs. High-fat diets are one of the main things that they blame pancreatitis on. Since Louise has been on Z/D ultra (19% protein/14% fat) exclusively for years and never gets table scraps or garbage, it is hard for me to believe this is diet based. Certain conditions may predispose dogs to pancreatitis and I am thinking that it is just a mix of genetics and her other health issues.

Getting 5 pills into Louise at every meal has been a challenge. When she first got sick I ground them with some white meat chicken and wet food in the blender. I usually use Peanut Butter to give the dogs pills, but that is off limits because of the fat issue. After a few meals Louise started to refuse the mash. So now I wrap each pill in some cooked chicken breast and gooble gooble gooble. She is happy to eat again. Louise loves chicken.

We go back to the vet today to redo the test, so hopefully this bout has passed.

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on September 25, 2017 in Dogs


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DogDaz Zoo: Catch Me If You Can

goldencl: how the heck yall takin me to the vet now aahahaha


Posted by on November 11, 2013 in Dogs


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