Jersey had a re-check of his anal glands (aka- his butthole) today, and I am happy to report that things are healing well.

Since the gland ruptured yesterday, a lot of the swelling has gone down and a lot of the infection has come out on it’s own. Our vet doesn’t think that any further intervention on our part (other than keeping the area clean, and finishing this round of antibiotics) should be necessary. Jersey should be able to heal up on his own.

We have an appointment a week from today just to check it again before he’s been given a clean bill of health. Other than that, we should be a-okay.

I’ll tell ya, owning a french bulldog is pretty glamorous.

*sigh* I spoke too soon. I was back at the vet yesterday. This time with Jersey.

Over the weekend, I noticed that one of his anal glands seemed to be quite full & bulging. With everything that had been going on with Oslo these past few months, I had totally forgotten to have Jersey’s glands emptied and apparently it came back to haunt me.

So, first thing Monday/Yesterday morning (my vet is closed over the weekend) I made an appointment to bring Jersey in and get those glands emptied. They made space for us that same afternoon. Unfortunately, it wasn’t soon enough. When the doctor attempted to empty the glands, she & the technicians were only able to fully empty one of them. The other was too swollen & inflamed to empty completely. It had become ‘impacted‘.

We were sent home with antibiotics, some pain meds, an appointment in 2 days time to try again to empty it, and crossed fingers that we’d be able to at least avoid the gland rupturing… Buuuuuut— No such luck. The gland accessed/ruptured this morning despite our best efforts. It seems that my intervention came just just a wee bit too late.

Poor Jersey. I feel terrible!! I should have been more on top of this. I just truly had been so busy thinking about Oslo’s back, and then his dental surgery & recovery, that Jersey’s anal glands totally slipped my mind. Arggggg!

Fortunately, Jersey is already on antibiotics & pain meds, so we are ahead of the curve in that regard. I’ve made a call to his doctor to see if she wants me to rush him in today so that she can have a look, or if we should just keep our appointment that we have made for tomorrow. He doesn’t seem to be terribly bothered by what’s going on with his rear end. The only discomfort he shows is when I look at/clean things, and he seems to be otherwise in very good spirits.. so that’s a good thing, I suppose.

These dogs!!

It’s been 3 weeks since Oslo’s surgery, and he has been doing well. The first week after the procedure was actually a bit rough– he was in a lot of discomfort, and I wasn’t entirely sure if it was mouth related or if he was experiencing some back pain (I wish we could just ASK our pets where they are hurting!!) I made a couple frenzied calls to our vets, and as-per their advice, we increased Ossie’s pain meds to get things under better control… and by day 5/6 post surgery he seemed much better.

Mid-last week we had his post-surgery recheck, and everything looked great. His mouth is healing perfectly, and we’ve also been able to cut back on his pain meds to his normal amounts.

I’m VERY glad to have that whole ordeal behind us. I hope it’s a long, long time before either of my boys need to have surgery for anything at all. I feel like we’ve been in the clinic having something or another done every 3 months for the last while, and I am worn all the way out. Fingers crossed for healthy pups!

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Oslo is doing much better today than he was yesterday afternoon. I think much of the panting was just the effects of coming out of anesthesia and also having dealt with a day of stress sitting at the vet, waiting to go into surgery. Poor guy had a very hard day yesterday! I’m glad to see him doing better.

And it’s good timing because today is Oslo’s 7th birthday!!

I am so in love with this little guy, and have been since the very first time I saw him. He is a silly little guy with a ton of funny quirks. He is frustratingly stubborn, bold, and silly… but has such an endearing side to him as well. He loves to be near me, and is happiest when snuggled up against my legs, under covers, in bed.

He started out as a bouncy little puppy, and now at 7 years old, grey hairs are slowly starting to sprinkle across his eyebrows, muzzle, & feet. One day, when I look at his face I’ll see more grey than anything– a marker of years that have passed too quickly. I would go to the ends of the earth for this little being and can’t imagine my life without him. In honour of his birthday, here are some of my favourite photos taken of him over the years. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of these, but they’re worth sharing again. Happy Birthday, Oslo!!

Oslo is home from his day at the dentist Vet. All went well with the anesthesia & extractions. The cracked molar was pulled, and a few other (smaller, more insignificant) teeth were pulled as well due to wear & tear.

He’s definitely not doing quite as well post oral-surgery as Jersey did, though. Lots of panting & general discomfort :(

The good news is that he had a voracious appetite for dinner (which makes sense, since he wasn’t allowed any breakfast before surgery!) and he gobbled up all the wet food that he was allowed. I’m really hoping that the pain meds that he got with his dinner kick in soon and he’s able to chill out and rest a bit. Seeing him all topsy-turvy like this stresses me out to the max.

I have tomorrow off work, which means that I can be home keeping an eye on him. If his discomfort doesn’t level out, we’ll make a call to his vet in the morning. Fingers crossed that it doesn’t come to that though.

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Earlier last week, Oslo went in for his pre-surgery check up. He had some bloodwork & a chest x-ray done. Everything came back tip-top & he has been cleared for surgery. He goes in bright & early tomorrow morning.

Oslo isn’t nearly as ‘high risk’ as Jersey is (because Oslo doesn’t have the heart condition that Jersey has), but of course I still worry. Mostly, I worry because Oslo suffers from quite a bit of vet-office anxiety, and gets pretty stressed out and worked up when brought to the clinic. I hate thinking about my boy afraid, panting, and quivering in the kennel while he waits for his turn in the operating room. ::sob::

I can’t wait for it to be over, and him to be home safe & sound tomorrow afternoon! Keep my boy in your thoughts tomorrow.

I hope everyone’s summer is off to a good start! It’s been wonderful over here.

My husband & I spent the last half of May in Italy, on vacation. We left the boys with our very dear friends who occasionally moonlight as dog sitters for us. AJ & Stamata are truly one of a kind, and we are so, so, so grateful to have them in our lives– for many reasons, not just their amazing relationship with our dogs. Knowing that Oslo & Jersey were in such capable hands, meant that my husband & I could enjoy our time in Italy.

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We of course missed the dogs (and our cat, Xyla, who was home with our house-sitter/friend) terribly and were VERY happy to return to them after the 2 weeks. Vacations are wonderful, but there really is no place like home!

Since getting back, we’ve been busy with all the typical life things; work, errands, keeping the house clean, and so forth. We have had some fabulously hot weather which is lovely for me, but always warrants a bit of extra caution with Oslo & Jersey. I’ve really been trying to walk them for at least 10-15 minutes every.day to keep their muscle tone & strength up. With the heat I’ve had to make sure those walks happen early early morning, or after the sun has gone down.

The biggest news is that during the second week of July, Oslo will be going in to have a tooth extracted. I am not sure if I mentioned it here or not, but earlier this year when he was dealing with all that scary chronic pain stuff, our vet discovered that he had cracked the same molar as Jersey. (Jersey had the same molar pulled last fall due to the same crack/damage) The spinal pain that Oslo was dealing with was more of a pressing issue than his cracked tooth, but we made a mental note to address the tooth issue once we had his back pain under control.

Well, he has been doing wonderful on the ‘pain management’ medication regime that he’s been on. So now it’s time to address that tooth before it becomes infected or causes him too much discomfort. As always with my fellas, I am not at all looking forward to the procedure and will be an anxious, nervous wreck until the doctor calls me to say that it all went smoothly & Oslo is ready to go home.

Oh! Also! Oslo turns 7 on July 7th…. which, I literally just-this-moment realized is 7 years on 07/07…….. Craaaaazy!

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