Jersey had an exciting appointment at the vet’s today having his stitches removed. Let’s just say he was NOT happy about it and did not at all enjoy it at all. But it’s DONE and his nose has healed is healing beautifully.  His Veterinarian even asked if they could use him as their June ‘Pet of the Month’– which I, of course, was happy to agree to. It’s nice to see Jersey finally getting the notoriety that he so obviously deserves ;)

It’s Day 2 of Jersey’s new nose, and he continues to do wonderfully! He’s his usual self & has his usual appetite.

I would say that his nose looks a bit puffy & swollen, but honestly, it’s SO MUCH BETTER than what I had anticipated. In general, this whole process has gone so much smoother than I could have hoped for.

He has a few stitches in his nose (hard to see in photos) that he will need to have removed in about 2 weeks time. Other than that, it’s more or less business as usual. Go Jersey!

Today was the day! Jersey had his Stenotic Nares corrected.

It’s no secret that I had quite a bit of anxiety and worry going into this surgery. The list of worst-case-scenarios has been flashing through my brain for weeks, and leaving him there at the vet this morning took a real act of bravery on my part. I generally hate to admit when I am wrong, but I am HAPPY to admit that in this case, I was totally wrong and Jersey did GREAT!

There was a tiny little complication— not even a complication, really. When they got Jersey under the anesthesia and had a look in his throat, they discovered that he had everted laryngeal saccules. Essentially, they are bits of soft tissue that protrude from the laryngeal opening into the throat. When present, they inhibit airflow into the throat, lending to snoring, coughing, and generally laboured breathing. Not every dog has them, but they tend to be present in dogs like Jersey with brachycephalic syndrome. Generally you cannot see them until a dog is under anesthesia and you get a good look down into the back of their throats.

Anyway, so mid-way through Jersey’s stenotic nares procedure I got a phone call from Dr. Veenis, explaining the present of the saccules, and asking if he had my permission to remove them. It would simply be a matter of simply snipping them off– very straight forward. Of course I agreed. So, with that, Jersey had his stenotic nares opened, and his everted laryngeal saccules removed, and he was on his way to breathing like a whole new dog!

The vet kept him at the clinic for the rest of the day, to keep him under observation and make sure that he didn’t have any terrible swelling, or breathing issues, etc (he didn’t). I was able to pick him up at 4:30pm and pay the $800 vet bill.

Jersey is now home and doing extremely well. His nose looks so much better than I thought. I was expecting a LOT more swelling, and blood, and general gnarliness… But that (so far?) isn’t the case at all. He’s also in wonderful spirits and seems very alert and ‘himself’. I will be sleeping in the same room as Jersey tonight, just to keep and eye & ear on him to make sure that he doesn’t suddenly have airway troubles, but I am not imagining that there will be a problem.

I am really excited to hear/see how his breathing changes as he heals over the next few days & weeks.

We are one week away from Jersey’s Stenotic Nares Surgery!  I am working hard to stay calm, cool, & collected about it. Rather than worry too much about the risks & dangers of anesthesia (eeeep!), and I am trying to focus on the positive changes being able to breathe will make in JB’s life. The affects of being able to breathe easily & sufficiently will be pretty far reaching, and I am stoked to be able to do this for him!! All we have to do is get through the surgery & recovery (which I am told by everyone with experience is generally very quick.)

Tomorrow he goes in for his pre-surgery health check. He will have some bloodwork done, and a series of digital x-rays. We want to make sure that he is in tip-top shape (as tip-top as a dog with a grade 4/5 heart murmur can be!) prior to anesthesia. Assuming all his results come back normal & with no ugly surprises, we will move forward with surgery as planned on the 22nd.

Keep our fella in your thoughts!!

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With the weather warming up, I think it’s time for a reminder about dogs (or any living being, really) being left in hot cars.

Let’s face it, people who leave their dogs in cars are generally not evil, dog-hating, people. After all, dog-haters rarely pack up their beloved family dog and take it in the car to run errands with them. People who leave their dogs in hot cars are people who make mistakes– they simply do not know. So let’s educate them.

– Perhaps they don’t realize that dogs do not sweat, & therefore rely on panting/breathing in cool air around them in order to lower their core body temp. Being trapped in a warm car, with warm, stagnant air makes it physically impossible for them to cool themselves. So their body temperatures rise as every second passes.

– Perhaps they don’t realize that even just 20 minutes in a car on a hot day (70 degrees F+) is long enough to kill, or seriously injure their companion.

– Perhaps they expected their errand to be really quick (I just ran into the post office to buy stamps!) but they didn’t bank on a long line, and then running into their 3rd grade teacher and needing to stop and chat for 10 extra minutes.

– Perhaps they cracked a window, and thought that since Fido could poke his/her nose out, things would be fine (wrong!)

– Perhaps they really were only gone for 10 minutes, but they didn’t realize that when they leave their dog in the car alone, the dog tends to get a bit stressed out. As the dog pants, paces, and barks due to this anxiety, his body temperature skyrockets at an alarming fast rate.

– Perhaps they thought that since they “parked in the shade” it would be okay.

– Perhaps they think that as long as it’s not crazy-hot out (let’s say, 90+ degrees, or 27+ degrees) that it’s okay to leave the dog in the car.

– Perhaps they didn’t realize that the even though it is “only” 70 degrees F (21 celsius) outside, the temperature INSIDE the car climbs drastically as each minute passes.

  • 75 degrees outside = 118 degrees in your car
  • 77 degrees outside = 123 degrees in your car
  • 81 degrees outside = 138 degrees in your car
  • 90 degrees outside = 143 degrees in your car
  • 94 degrees outside = 145 degrees in your car

Talk to the people in your life about the dangers of hot vehicles. Don’t assume that everyone understands and knows all that there is to know. And if you ever see a dog in a car, call 911. If you feel silly about calling 911 about a dog in a car (you shouldn’t!) then look up and call your local Police Non-Emergency line. Stay with the dog/car if you can until help arrives.

And above all, if it’s warm out (not ‘hot’, just warm) leave your dog at home. It’s not worth risking it. Leave the dog at home.

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