Yesterday I had to have a bit of oral surgery done. When I got home, the dogs immediately knew something wasn’t “right” and went into “gentle” mode. I was graced with super doggie snuggles and gentle kisses for the rest of the day. I am so lucky to have dogs who are sympathetic and know just what I need to make me feel better!
Not sure Wally picked the best spot to lay in…. lol
Snuggling with my Sweet Lu
Yesterday was a rough day. At 4am, The Boy woke up with severe abdominal pain in the lower right side of his abdomen. At 5:30am, he started vomiting and still had pain. I decided to take him to the pediatrician to rule out appendicitis, just to be safe. The pediatrician sent us directly to the ER, where they ran all sorts of tests, gave him an ultrasound, then a CT scan.
After being at the hospital allllll day, it was finally determined that he has something called “mesenteric adenitis” – an inflammation of the lymph nodes in his abdomen which is commonly mistaken for appendicitis. It resolves on its own and there’s no treatment necessary. PHEW! Crisis averted! :)
We’re so glad you’re ok, Boy!
This dog will be the death of me, I swear.
On Saturday morning, we noticed that Wally wasn’t acting quite like his goofy self. His tongue was hanging out, he was shivering and he wouldn’t fetch a ball. (That right there is a major indicator that something is NOT right!) I gave him a thorough once-over and couldn’t pinpoint the cause of his distress, so off to the vet we went.
The vet determined that he had a 1.5″ sac of fluid on his bad hip. He said it was most likely a hematoma (bruise) and that it was probably the source of Wally’s pain. No clue what he did, or how he did it, but the poor guy was definitely not a happy camper. Oh, and he had to rub in that he usually only sees legs “this bad” in a 12 year old dog, not a 1 year old. *sigh* We left with carprofen and tramadol, which made Wally sleep the day away and forget his troubles. By Monday, he was a new man.
Then Tuesday came. In the afternoon, I noticed a large bump above Wally’s eye that was starting swell. Great. It looked like he got stung by something. Wouldn’t surprise me – the boy seems to think bees are tasty little snacks. So I gave him a benadryl and again, he slept the day away.
He is feeling back to his normal self today and I do have some good news to report! Last month, when Wally went in for his yearly shots, he weighed in at a measly 13.6 lbs. We were told he should gain at LEAST 1 lb, preferably 2. To start adding weight fast, I began adding 1/4 cup of kibble to each of his meals. I’m happy to say that when I brought him to the vet on Saturday, he weighed in at a perfect 15.6lbs. He looks mahhhvelous. Now I just have to figure out how to KEEP the weight on him! Oh what a problem to have, huh?
We woke up to about 2″ of snow this morning. No one in this house, man or beast, is pleased. As of this morning, they are predicting we’ll be hit with another 5″-8″ tomorrow night. Am.Not.Happy. (Updated to add: I just heard that the forecast was lowered to 3″-6″. Still a thumbs down from me!)
To start the weekend with a smile, here’s a video of baby Lu’s very first time playing in the snow. Wasn’t she the cutest little thing?!
Thursday was an eventful day! First, Wally went in for his yearly checkup. The vet said he’s underweight and needs to gain at least a pound. I was already pretty sure of that – last week I had started feeding him extra at each meal. The crazy thing is that he was already eating the same as or more than Lu does and she’s maintaining her weight of 19 lbs. All that energy he has must burn those calories ultra-fast! (Don’t I wish I had that problem!?)
Then Lu and I went off to Freestyle class. As class was starting, I noticed what looked like bug bites swelling up on Lu’s front legs. Then, I saw they were popping up on her hindquarters and I started to get nervous. I interrupted class and asked if anyone had any Benadryl, but unfortunately no one did. I had to run to the nearest grocery store for benadryl and cheese slices. By the time I got back to class 10 minutes later, Lu looked like this:
Thankfully, she had no respiratory issues and within an hour of taking the benadryl, the swelling had subsided substantially. I can’t say for certain what caused this reaction, but a friend did some looking and found that a plant called stinging nettles could cause this type of reaction, especially in small, thin-furred dogs, like Lu. I’ve definitely seen this stuff around our training center, but I’m not sure whether she walked through it last night or not. I had no idea it could be toxic to dogs.
I wanted to give you all a heads up, in case you happen to see it anywhere near where you live! This is what it looks like:
I can tell you one thing – I’m never taking her anywhere without benadryl!