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Wonderful Wednesday: Lulu Update

We went back to visit the nice lady Veterinary specialist and she said that I am doing a lot better. She says that I have Inflammatory Bowel Disease* (IBD) of the upper and lower GI tract and Pancreatitis. Mom has been giving me B12 shots once a week for the last 6 weeks (I am not very happy about that) but they are now going to start to be once a month. They are decreasing my prednisone little by little, though I am going to be taking this for a long time. At my checkup appointment, I hid under the chair that Mom was sitting in so that the Dr would not see me (if I can’t see them, they can’t see me – right?).

Going to the Vet makes me scared and excited. I don’t like it very much. Thankfully, if I keep improving, I won’t have to go to often.

This prednisone stuff makes me super hungry. Mom finds me begging and scavenging for food, which I never did before. That was always Sofie and Charles’ deal. I have put back on some weight, which doesn’t bother me, but Mom is afraid the Dr is going to yell. And, I drink water all the time. All 3 dogs bowls and Charles’ little bowl are empty constantly. Mom is feeding me this expensive Royal Canin Hydrolyzed Protein (wet and dry), which the Dr says is the best for me, with an occasional hypoallergic dog treat. So far, it seems to be working.

I guess that is all for now. I am happy to be feeling better. Thank you all for the healing energy.

– Louise

*Canine Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a condition that results when cells involved in inflammation and immune response infiltrate the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This makes the wall of the GI tract thick and interferes with the bowels ability to move and absorb food. The World Small Animal Veterinary Association defines IBD as an inflammatory infiltration for which no specific cause can be found. This means they try to stop the inflammation and relieve the problem without ever really knowing why it happens. Approximately 50-70% of affected dogs have good long-term outcomes from initial treatment. IBD is not curable and flare-ups can happen throughout the dog’s life. (This is just for your information. I am not a vet or any kind of doctor. I am just a DogMom.)

 

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Posted by on January 16, 2019 in Dogs

 

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Wordless Wednesday: She’s The Best!

I always seem to have too many words on Wordless Wednesday, sorry, but did I tell you that Louise is the best dog in the universe (don’t tell Sofie and Charles)? She had a cyst removed from the top of her head. Seven stitches later, she hardly complained at all. I did try to put a cone on her because she was starting to scratch them, but the cone freaked her out terribly. So, my alternative was an aloe vera spray (because I didn’t want to touch the incision). That worked great to keep the area moist and I guess it didn’t itch too much. 14 days for stitches to be removed. That dog is just the best patient in the house. The other two would be whining and carrying on endlessly.

Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo.

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Posted by on September 12, 2018 in Dogs

 

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Monday Mischief: Trio @ the Vet

It was one of those days. I had planned to take Charles to the vet to get his annual shots (his birthday was last week and that is when they are due). Then I decided to take Louise too (because the vet is 30 miles away and I wanted to not have to make another trip). Louise needed her teeth looked at and this thing growing on her head.
As fate had it, the day before the visit, Sofie went lame in her front right leg. OK, now I was taking 3 dogs to the vet. When you have 1 anxious dog and 1 fearful dog and 1 small dog it can become a complicated trip. They all have different needs around the adventure.

Being the zookeeper of course, I had a plan.

1. Stay cool. It is just too hard to take all 3 into the office at the same time so someone needs to stay in the car. That wouldn’t be a problem if the temperature was moderate but, it was too hot out to leave anyone in the car (96 degrees). I brought my extra key so that I could lock the car while it was running. I turned the air conditioning on high, put on some classical music and locked Sofie in the car with all the comforts of the world. I watched the car from inside the waiting room. It was funny to see people’s faces when they looked in and heard the classical music and a happy dog. I worried the whole time though that someone might break the window if they thought she was locked in a hot car, so maybe next time I’ll make a sign.

2. Empty the waiting room. When I take Louise to the vet, I always need to make sure that there are no other dogs in the waiting room before I bring her in. She can get aggressive with strange dogs and people, especially if she is scared. Sometimes I bring her in and out the back door of the vet’s office so we avoid everything. (You know me, avoidence is one of my favorite dog management practices.) Luckily, there were only cats in carriers today.

3. Keep Charles safe from Sofie. Sofie is grumpy and Charles is pigheaded. They can get into a big snit, so I never leave them unattended in a stressful situation and I especially wouldn’t leave Charles in the car with Sofie because I don’t trust that she won’t attack him which would be goodbye little boy. Keeping all 15 lbs of Charles safe is a major concern always.

4. Switcharoo. Once Louise and Charles were done inside, it was time to switch dogs and take Sofie in. But Sofie, being Sofie, makes that action not so easy. She knows where she is and refuses to get out of the car. I am not lifting 55 lbs of anxious dog. A push and a pull and finally I get the stubborn ‘donkey’ to move along without the other 2 dogs running loose.


5. Safe drive home. Somehow Sofie, who is normally in the back seat with Louise, switched spots with Charles, who is usually tethered to the seat belt. I don’t like loose dogs in the car, but in this case, I gave up and let them all just be where they wanted to be.

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

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Posted by on July 30, 2018 in Dogs

 

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Monday Mischief: Another Vet Visit for Sofie

29Sofie vet anxiety

The spray and the Composure Pro and the herbs aren’t working.  Now we are going to try Xanax.  Maybe a combination of the spray the Composure and the pills will help her get through the daily storms and the fact that sometimes, Mom just can’t take her with her when she leaves. At least the Vet has tasty meatballs for treats.

Oh Sofie Bear!  The mischief you get into.

What mischief did you get into today?

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Posted by on June 29, 2015 in Dogs

 

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