I just wanted to stop by today to share the story of Genet the Pug. Genet is the fur-baby of a lovely friend of mine in Vancouver, BC. Genet has had a very rough go of things these last few months and is quite ill. Her story is quite long and complicated, so you’re best to read about it here for yourself.
After reading, please consider donating or just writing her owners a few words of support. Even small donations of a few dollars can add up to go a long way! Genet’s Mommies need all the help that they can get both financially and emotionally. This has been such a hard time for them, and of course for sweet Genet too. My heart breaks as I imagine all the stress that they must be under as they struggle to pay these bills and do what is best for their wee girl.
Please also consider having your pet insured. Genet’s bills are approaching the $20,000 mark (yes, that’s twenty THOUSAND). As you can imagine, this has been a crushing, unimaginable blow to my darling friend & her wife. It serves as a tragic reminder that there are no guarantees in life and we will never know what is around the corner. If you aren’t able to keep a very beefy ‘rainy day’ savings account for such expenses, please please please do the next best thing and get your pet insured while they are still healthy and eligible for coverage. It could literally be the difference between life or death for your pet, or bankruptcy &/or financial stability for you if anything like this should ever happen.
It’s been 3 days since Jersey’s surgery, and I am happy to report that he is feeling great! The first evening that he was home he was pretty out of it, but by the next morning he was pretty much his usual self. He’s on pain meds for the time being (I think tomorrow is his last dosage) and antibiotics to keep him on the straight & narrow… but other than that, you’d never guess that he had surgery just a few days ago.
It’s such an ENOURMOUS relief to have his surgery done with, and I am so so so pleased with how well he has recovered. I could have never guessed that it would all go so smoothly.
I’m happy to report that this sweetheart came through his surgery with flying colours and is recovering peacefully at home. His vet said that the anesthesia was no problem at all. I am so relieved, I could dance in the streets!!
Jersey goes in for surgery tomorrow to have his cracked molar pulled (finally!). I am completely sick with worry, but also super anxious to put this whole things behind us and get it over with.
As many of you know, Jersey has a heart murmur so anesthesia with him is not as straight forward as it is for a normal, healthy dog. Earlier this year, however, I took him to see a Cardiac-Specialist to have a full cardiac-exam done. The exam took a closer look at his heart & gave us a better idea of what exactly we are dealing with. I was very pleased to find out that his heart, while he does have a murmur, actually compensates for his defect quite well.. and to make a long story short, the Specialist said Jersey should be able to under-go anesthesia just fine. Not only that, but his prognosis for a happy, healthy, pretty-normal life is (so far) quite good. Awesome!
With all that said, being a Brachycephalic (flat-faced) dog itself presents it’s own list of surgical complications. Brachycephalic dogs have different airways than a ‘normal dog’ and thus tend to require a lot of extra attention and care when being intubated prior to surgery, and when ‘waking up’ from anesthesia. It’s simply the nature of how their bodies & airways are shaped. It weighs heavily on my mind that something could ‘go wrong’. Of course, to combat the risks I made sure to choose the best, most experienced veterinarian available to us. I went the extra mile to make sure that Jersey is stable enough for surgery (hence his expensive cadiac-exam), and I will be home with him for the next 4 days straight as he recovers. I’ve definitely done my due-diligence here. But still, I worry.
I am trying not to think about all the TERRIBLE ‘worst case scenarios’ (because they are endless and heart-wrenching)… Instead, I am just really trying to just think positive, affirming thoughts. I’m visualizing the call from the vet telling me that the surgery was quick and easy and Jersey’s recovering just fine. I’m visualizing picking him up from the clinic and patting his sleepy head as I drive home. I’m visualizing many more years of happy snorts and ear-snuffles from my sweet, gentle boy.
I probably sound like such a drama queen! As far as surgeries go, a tooth extraction is really such a simple one. I’ve just had so long to dread this damn procedure that my mind has had far too much time to get carried away.
He will be fine.
If you could send us your happy thoughts, that would be great though :) please & thank you.
Oslo and Jersey got these fabulous treats in their August bark box and they are too good not to tell you about.
At first I was unsure about them because they come in a ‘Jerky’ form.. and well my fellas don’t do well with ‘jerky’. They tend to chew jerkies only until soft & pliable enough to swallow whole, and then they choke and vomit & have near death experiences. It’s extremely unpleasant.
However, upon further inspection of Bixbi’s ‘jerky’ (namely, me molesting the bag and squeezing the jerky strips aggressively) I realized that this ‘jerky’ is actually quite delicate and comes apart pretty easily. It could definitely be cut into small, bite sized & chewable pieces. So that’s exactly what we did– cut the strips up into much smaller pieces and now these are completely edible & safe for Oslo & Jersey. Win!
The most impressive thing about Bixbi’s product here is the list of ingredients. It’s all of 5 (five!!) ingredients long and has absolutely no grains, fillers or preservatives. With wholesome ingredients like that, it’s no surprise that the dogs love them.
It retails for about $10 a bag which is certainly not cheap for a dog treat.. but this is a situation where you really are getting what you pay for.
**Please note that in early 2013 some Bixbi products were involved in an FDA recall. While no Bixbi products themselves had tested positive for it, samonella had been found in a facility where some Bixbi products had been made. Even though Bixbi products were tested to find that they did *not* contain this scary bacteria, products were still recalled because they produced in a contaminated facility. Please read Bixbi’s 2013 Press Release on the matter. With it now being late 2014, it’s safe to say that this should no longer be a concern.