Tuesday, August 27, 2013

On My What Pretty Teeth You Have

While in Nantucket staying with Chuck and Carol, and Bella, their Black Lab I sit for,

she wanted to play...

I'm home from camp to pick up Maddie, the Bichon I dog sit for...

she'll be coming back to camp with us while her parents are off sitting on a sunny beach somewhere sipping cocktails.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Oreo Sugar High

I was in Nantucket all last week, home for a couple days, then off to camp. Grocery shopping needed to be done. These were on the end of the aisle screaming my name. I usually only have them in Nantucket, Chuck likes to snack on them, too, but he doesn't buy Double Stuf, which makes for a very sad story. I made up for it, I ate around 9 in the car on the way to my house, which is about 7 minutes from the store. I think I'll be having a sugar crash in about a minute. I've not really been eating this type of stuff (Ha! no pun intended!) but they were on sale. 

Screaming at me to buy them. 

So I did. 

They were yummy. 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Bye Bye Louie

Sweety boy Louie left tonight to go to his new home in New Hampshire. He'll be hanging out with about 150 goats...oh, and his human companions, too.

Louie learned to walk on wood floors while here, learned to walk on tile floors at a friend's house, and was getting a tiny bit more comfortable on car rides. He wasn't interested in wandering too far from my sight, and returned with a call. He's one of those dogs that is just JOY.

He greeted women like they were his long lost loves. He will love being with his new main companion, a gentle and kind woman that will take such good care of him and when she's not available, her sweet daughter will fill in.

Bye bye Louie, you are an awesome boy that it was a pleasure taking care of. 

Friday, August 2, 2013


About tick borne diseases?

Yesterday while at the vet with Little Bug I learned a few things about tick borne diseases. They can be in the dogs body for two months, but more likely a few days before manifesting itself. Most of the time, it's in the body and if the dog has a really healthy immune system, it will go away over a course of a few months and one would never know it was there.

My vet told me that she's had dogs come in for Lyme testing and it came back negative. Two weeks later the dog comes back and they test because of the systems and it's positive. It probably had the disease at the initial testing, but it was not seen. BUT, during that time an increased amount of activity, like ball throwing, had occurred. Because tick borne diseases are in the joints, the increased running and jumping will, for lack of better words, "open itself up to show itself."

When she said that, a bell went off in my head. Little Bug LOVES to retrieve a tennis ball. Monday night R. had thrown it for her to chase... A LOT. He actually made the comment Tuesday after seeing her left leg lifted that "maybe she pulled something because of how much ball we played last night." Add to it that she came to camp with us this past weekend and traipses around in the wooded areas.

I'm not saying that's what triggered the Lyme and Anaplasmosis to show themselves...but it could have is a bit coincidental that she started showing signs early afternoon on Tuesday.

I also learned that the first couple of days of it showing itself, the hocks are swollen and fever rises, which when it starts to come down, the dogs are a little more mobile because it's not quite as painful.

Little Bug was hungry during these couple of days (a true Schnauzer through and through) and was pooping and peeing, which to me are good signs, as I was worried it was something kidney related. She wasn't interested in drinking, though. It was important to keep her hydrated, and although I didn't feed her all day Thursday in case the vet wanted to do a blood panel (which she did--liver and kidney are in excellent condition) The vet mentioned tuna juice as a trick to get her to drink, I thought about the tuna juice trick since I had some in the fridge but I hadn't actively put it to use. I did try apple juice, which normally she would lap up, but she didn't want it.

When we got home I fed her (her dry food is always soaked in liquid until very soft) and gave her tuna juice flavored water. She was happy to have both, and wanted more.

She is on Doxycycline for 4 weeks, and is restricted to low activity so that her joints can heal. I was also reminded of the importance of B vitamins to add to my dogs' diets, like Nutritional Yeast, to keep a healthy system that will knock out tick illnesses. And, to apply a preventative. I'm opposed to chemicals like Frontline and Advantix, but will start to use Eucalyptus oil mixed with water, as I have in the past. There are also herbal remedies that you can pick up pre-made to use in place of the chemical laden ones.

Buggy will miss her ball. We will have to hide it. It's the first thing she brings to R. when he gets home from work. We'll find some fun for her in other ways. 

Little Bug and Lyme

Tuesday afternoon Bug had been holding up her left leg while walking around. Wednesday morning, more of the same, and very little activity. Wednesday afternoon, I carried her outside to do her duties, she did try to walk a little, but it was using her front legs, both legs were now not working. She'd end up just plopping down as her legs gave out. She'd look at me with that cute little face as if to say, "Mommy, I can't do it." I carried her inside and made her comfortable. Yesterday morning, she wouldn't even pee, even with my help of holding her up. I called the vet for an appointment. 

This was her in the morning until about noon...

then I took her out again and she did her duties and walked a few steps, wobbling and using mostly her front legs -- and she plopped down again. 

Around here I give a two day 'let's wait and see' before calling the vet, but she was getting worse not better. Since it started in the legs, I thought "maybe it's Lyme." I called, Angela, she said, "maybe it's Lyme" (after we decided it wasn't a luxating patella, a pulled muscle, or an upset belly.) I texted Shelly, "sounds like Lyme." The vet appointment was for 3:15. 

Lyme and Anaplasmosis, two tick borne diseases. 

I learned a few things, too, in talking to the vet, which I'll put in a 'Did You Know' post, because I didn't know. 

She's on meds for 4 weeks...and very little activity. 

This is her today...immobile but alert.

She walked a little last night, but this morning, it wasn't happening. Her spirit is better and her face is brighter. My Little Bug will be OK...and, now, so will my heart.