Tue, Jan 27th, 2009

Sick Doggies

Posted in PuppiesII at 1:42 pm by lea

Well, what an eventful couple of months we have had.
A while ago, we noticed a little lump on Rosie’s tummy, right next to a nipple.
It was worrying, but we had an annual check up due in just a few weeks, and she was obviously in no distress (“Rub my tummy! More!”) so I figured it would be ok to let it wait.
The vet saw them and said that it was a tumour (The Big C! Nooooo!) and would I please book the surgery.
At the same visit, our Vet noted that Angus’ teeth were not good on one side. I was shocked. My Angus! He who is only fed raw bones (plus a few bickies) and of whom vets have always praised his teeth! Although in other ways it doesn’t surprise me – he’s such a lousy eater, and I mean this in a literal sense. We gave him neck bones once, and he almost choked. Dumb Boy :) I would guess his gumline got the tiniest bit inflamed, so he avoided that side, so it wasn’t exercised and thus it got worse and… suddenly he has decay. le sigh…

So, both my dogs had a booking for surgery.

Christmas was approaching, with the bi-annual trip south, so we agreed that we didn’t want Rosie recovering from surgery in a kennel and Angus wasn’t urgent, so we left it until after the season – they were booked in the Monday after we got home.
Rosie’s surgery was uneventful, but Angus’ pre-surgery blood workup showed an elevation of enzyme levels in the liver. I think he was so miserable at the kennel (because it did not go well) that his whole little system was out of kilter. He got put on antibiotics for a retest in a fortnight – we’ve now been through that process and he is due in again tomorrow to get those naughty teeth fixed.

And we were very lucky – Rosie’s lump was benign, but we have been cautioned that we need to have any future lumps checked.
It was a very odd lump, so I am surprised (although pleased!) that it was benign. Apparently they are common in girls who are fixed early and never whelped. But our Rosie has had 4 litters – over 20 little puppies have played across those nipples, so it is very odd indeed.

Well, all’s well that ends well – wish us luck tomorrow. I’ll keep you up to date.

(Yes, we are still here – hoping to write more often!)

Fri, Sep 07th, 2007

Rosie gets fixed – when to spay your dog

Posted in PuppiesII at 10:15 pm by Lea

Well, I just had an enquiry about puppies, and realised I hadn’t posted here in a while – we definitely won’t be having anymore puppies, at least until we get another bitch.

Rosie seemed about to go on heat the other week, so a quick phone call to the Vet and she was booked in.

No naughtiness occurred while we were waiting for our appointment, despite Angus trying for it! ;)

Dave took Rosie down on the appointed morning and I got a phonecall in the afternoon that she had come through well.
I picked her up the next morning and she was very pleased to see me, but very quiet.

She wasn’t licking at the wound too much, so we didn’t need a lampshade – just as well, I can’t imagine Rosie putting up with that!

I had to carry her up and down the stairs for a week or so to go outside, and she spent a lot of time resting on a old kids sofa that we have under my desk.

She pulled through beautifully – I’m glad we had it done, we don’t have to worry about her being on heat, and any possible complications of pregnancy anymore, but its sad that we won’t have anymore puppies.

However! We do have a plan to buy a pure bred Westie bitch once we scrape up some money… so who knows, in a few years :)

Wed, Jul 04th, 2007

No Puppies Left

Posted in PuppiesII at 10:54 pm by Lea

Well, our last little boy has left – one of our buyers talked to a friend of hers who called me tonight and made the trek out to visit – and Slidey (honestly that wasn’t his name! I keep telling you we don’t name the puppies!) left us.
The last puppy always seems to leave very suddenly.
I miss them so… but, the next plan is to buy a pure bred Westie girl, so it should only be another couple of years and we should have more babies! (What? Don’t look at me like that – there is no way I am making any more of my own! I breed vicariously through my dogs!)

Now I have to ring the newspaper to try and cancel the ad I had booked for Saturday’s paper!

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