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

wrinklecream

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…

Mickey

mickey

Hi all,

I try not to do this too often, but this situation hits close to home so I thought I would share. If you have a few dollars kicking around and you’re looking to give to a good cause, please consider donating to my sister’s roommate’s dog. Mickey is suffering from a ruptured Cranial Cruciate Ligament  that requires emergency surgery to repair.

It’s a pricey surgery at $3,600 CDN, and the recovery/healing process will be long. However, Mickey is a sweet boy, with a very dear heart and deserves a second chance. His loving owners are willing to do whatever they can to get this boy back up on his feet, but they need help with the cost of surgery to make it possible.

You can donate HERE. Or, if you would prefer, you can call Mickey’s Vet’s office directly to leave payment with them. You can find all the Vet office info below. Every dollar helps.

You can also follow Mickey’s journey on Facebook HERE.❤

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