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!

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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