Summer nears its end

29198003531_89ca2be489_bWe have had a fairly uneventful summer this year, and for that I am glad. There have been no horrible medical emergencies, no expensive vet visits, no stress, and no worries. Even the weather has been a few degrees cooler than usual, which is just enough to take the edge off the oppressive heat of our summers. I’m hesitant to say because I don’t want to jinx anything… but things are really good.

Happy Birthday Oslo

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Today is Oslo’s 8th birthday! Every year on his birthday I come here and talk about what a great dog he is, and how much we love him, and how thankful I am for him. If you want to read that stuff again, you are more than welcome to scroll back over the last 5 years and read all my other birthday posts for himūüôā

Today, I’ll just say Wow. 8 years. So very much has happened in the past 8 years–living in Vancouver, living in San Francisco, living in Vancouver again, now living in the Kootenays, one marriage, one divorce, another marriage, IVDD emergency surgery, IVDD recovery, etc etc etc. SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED!! Yet, some how, it still feels like only yesterday I was seeing him for the very first time and falling immediately in love.

The last 8 years have been a hell of an adventure, but one thing has never changed:: how devoted I am to him, and how devoted he is to me. That will never change.

Happy Birthday, sweet pig!

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the start of summer

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Once again it’s been far too long since I have updated.

Last I wrote, we were dealing with Jersey’s bladder infection. A week or so after that post, I ended up bringing Jersey with me to Vancouver, and having him examined by the Specialist Vet there. Canada West is the ‘big guns’ in terms of pet health care here in BC, and we are all too familiar with them.

Canada West did an ultrasound of his bladder, to have a closer look at the cyst/abscess/lump that my regular vet had been seeing¬†in there on Xray. ¬†Best case scenario, it was nothing to worry about. Worst case scenario, it could have been cancer. I am VERY relieved to report that it was the former— an absolutely benign cyst that likely has slowly been growing over a long time. They assured me that it is nothing to worry about, and it very unlikely to ever be problematic to our boy.

In examining him though, they did discover a couple very small cysts in Jersey’s prostate. Normally is cases like those, they would sedate the dog and aspirate the cysts using a very fine needle. However, because of Jersey’s heart condition, sedating him without prior examination & approval by his cardiologist is something that we try to avoid unless absolutely necessary. We were not able to get him in to see his Cardiologist, so it was suggested that we leave the prostate as is for now and take a ‘wait and see’ approach. At the moment the small cysts in his prostate are completely asymptomatic and not an immediate concern.

I plan to return to Vancouver with Jersey this fall to have that Cardiologist check up, and have his prostate re-examined. We will do whatever needs to be done with the cysts at that time.¬†Until then, it’s business as usual here.

Summer is upon us. These are the months where all of our walks take place before 8am, or after 9pm, and none of the hours in between. The small window A/C unit is set up in our office (which doubles and Oslo & Jersey’s ‘bedroom’) to keep the pigs cool & comfortable at night. Oslo and Jersey use our covered & shady front porch as an extension of the house, and spend hours out there every day¬†relaxing and watching the neighbourhood on-goings. We absolutely love the summer.

 

bladder update

Jersey is fiiiiiinally almost done his month-long round of antibiotics for his bladder infection. His re-check a couple weeks ago went well. He goes back in this Thursday, after his antibiotics have been completed for another urinalysis to make sure the infection is gone.

At this point, his Doctor thinks that the¬†spot that looked like they may be stones may actually be a bacterial cyst or abscess in his bladder wall. We are going to X-ray him again in a month or to see if it has shrunk. It’s possible that he will need another (stronger) round of antibiotics to penetrate & fully eradicate it. What joy. Thank God for Pet Insurance!

Other than that, with Jersey being 5 years old now, and Oslo coming up on his 8th (!!!) birthday, I sure have been spending lots of time remembering the days when they were small. I miss those puppy bodies terribly! It’s hard to believe Jersey (who is now a 32lb giant of a frenchie) ever fit so comfortably in a carry-bag, and came to work with me this way.

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WRINKLELUV

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I just ordered this new wrinkle cream for my fellas, and thought that you all might want to try it out too.

Natural Dog Company¬†makes the most *amazing*, all-natural, healing products for dogs. We have been using their¬†‘snout soother’ nose cream‘ for a little while now, and don’t know how we ever lived without it.¬†I am super duper stoked to try out their new wrinkle balm, and have high hopes that it will be the end of all of our itchy, stinky, wrinkle-woes.

From the Natural Dog Website:

Organic Wrinkle Balm is a patent pending all-natural balm specially formulated to treat and prevent skin fold disease, infection and discomfort. It is fortified with gentle, yet powerful, extracts with anti-fungal properties to eradicate yeast, bacteria and crusty buildup. Wrinkle Balm is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants to improve skin fold condition and prevent future impurity.

Wrinkle Balm is essential for treating and preventing:

  • Skin fold dermatitis
  • Yeast and bacterial infections
  • Redness, chaffing, inflammation
  • Crusty buildup
  • Sores, pimples, scabbing
  • Itchy | flaky skin | hair loss | baldness
  • Unpleasant odor

If symptoms are neglected and left untreated, issues can lead to much more serious conditions such as pyoderma, a severe bacterial infection and skin disease. Pets with rolls are susceptible to many unfortunate conditions; it is our duty as loving owners to make sure we keep them healthy and comfortable.

Goto:¬†www.naturaldogcompany.com¬†to get yours. Use code ‘WRINKLELUV’ to get 25% off until April 30th.

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Bladder Infection #2

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Jersey is in the middle of a round of antibiotics for his 2nd ever bladder infection. The poor guy had been acting a bit lethargic last week. He just wasn’t quite his normal, exuberant self. We thought he might be having some back pain, so we crated him for a couple of days of rest. However, when we noticed that his urine had blood in it, we rushed him off to the emergency vet.

Sure enough, his urinalysis came back with high amounts of e-coli, and his x-ray showed what might be a few small bladder stones. At the moment we are treating the infection, and he will go in for another X-ray of the (possible) stones later next week.

It never ceases to amaze me how stoic these guys are. Bladder infections (and/or stones) are VERY painful! But the only ‘symptoms’ Jersey was showing prior to peeing blood, was just not quiiiiiiite being as wiggly as usual. He also was leaving just a few kibbles in his bowl after eating– when usually he gobbles 100% of his meal up as quickly as possible. Such subtle, tiny differences in behaviour that would go undetected by anyone who didn’t know him like we do… It only goes to show that, as I have said time and time again that when dealing with a stoic breed like French Bulldogs, “An absence of pain does not equal an absence of illness.”

He is about 7 days into his antibiotic treatment now, and back to his usual self. We’ll see what next week’s bladder X-ray says about those potential stones…