Monday, February 20, 2017

Puppies for adoption!

The boys are doing super-Riot is back to a fully functional dog-and so we worked on some "get me adopted" photos this weekend and they turned out well!  So they wanted to share how cute they.                                           










How can anyone resist?

Friday, February 17, 2017

Updates, updates, updates

Riot-this boy is back to being a wild child. You would never know he had been so sick. Yesterday he finally got his amputation, and I was able to find both testicles externally so he also got neutered.  He was already walking around last night and even using the stairs. He's pretty good at down but sometimes needs carried up. I didn't figure it would be a huge adjustment for him since he didn't use the leg much anyway. 

Havoc-is about 10 days out of surgery and is healing great. He's getting around well, learned how to climb out of the ex-pen, run around, fetch and is using some stairs. Both are super sweet and hopefully will be easy place. And we have so far kept Havoc safe Parvo!

Slick- had a mild episode of colic a few weeks ago. She did well but has seemed a little not herself lately. Monday she started not eating well and Tuesday started having diarrhea. We send some blood out which looked ok. We also have a fecal panel pending. Meanwhile we have started symptomatic and non-specific treatment after consulting with an equine internist at the university. Over the past 24 hours her appetite is some improved but still having diarrhea.  But we haven't started all the meds yet. Had to order them. We are hoping for the best but know that these issues can be pretty serious in older horses. 

Everyone else seems fine. The house cats shared an episode of sneezing excessively. Each did so for about a week. Legend has gotten into a few NW trials for the spring so we will continue our quest to get to the elite division. 

I've been enjoying the unseasonable February weather since I have been washing puppies and doctoring horses. But I'm sure I'll enjoy the weather in Aruba in May even more!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Academy award winner

The video for the Legend's dog food bag is finally available! It's on the Diamond Care website and also on YouTube. It's fun to see the footage all out together and also have seen how it was all shot. 

I think it should win all the awards!  But maybe I'm biased. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

When it rains

Apparently it pours. This puppy was presented to the clinic Monday after being run over in the driveway and getting his femur shattered. Owners were not interested in spending a lot so he was surrendered to rescue. Everyone, meet "Havoc."

He's about four months old had surgery yesterday to amputate his back right leg as it was broken in multiple places. He's been a trooper-wagging his tail and getting everyone to give him treats and rub his belly. He's not getting around much yet, but his surgery was pretty intense as I wanted to get out as much bone as possible. 

Today we bleach mopped the garage floor as a precaution and he will be staying there and walking only in the front yard until he is protected from parvo. Since Riot had contaminated everything else!

One day post op...


Friday, February 3, 2017

Step one

Well I think we have the parvo beat. Riot is doing much better after a very long week of ups and downs. But he's off all his meds, eating and drinking well and playing again. He lost a few pounds while he was sick so we are going to let him get his strength back for a few weeks and then do his leg surgery. 


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Riot update

The little guy has been a fighter and has had a tough time of it.  Yesterday his temperature was normal and he was feeling fairly spry and started drinking water so I thought maybe he was turning the corner.  But by afternoon he was vomiting a lot and acting painful.  We took some radiographs but didn't see anything too exciting.  This morning his fever was back so we added in a third antibiotic and increased his fluid rate.  He has responded pretty well to that and looks a little better this afternoon.  On the plus side, he's only vomited once today and is tolerating the syringe feeding of a liquid diet very well. 

And I have been doing a lot of laundry.  I have a whole new respect for all my techs who have ever had to take care of a parvo pup now!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Riot's road

Just got longer. Remember when I said he wasn't feeling well?  He took a turn for the worse this morning with diarrhea, drooling and fever. Plus he was much more lethargic. Suspecting parvo I dropped him off at the full service clinic my friend works and continued on to work. He tested positive and was started on treatment. I have him home with me now, getting his fluids and mess like a good little sick boy. Please wish him well. Poor kid can't catch a break. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

MVMA 2016

Since it didn't work out to join Kelly at a conference this year I took the cheapest option and went to the state CE conference. Although there are a limited number of lectures to choose from I did get some pretty decent CE. Sometimes you never know how useful the info will be but this wasn't bad. I saw a few classmates and friends and was able to spend both evenings having dinner with some of the students that worked with me st the spay/neuter clinic. We had a good time and I actually stayed with one of them as she generously offered to put me up so I didn't even have to pay for a hotel. 

The most exciting thing was walking into the exhibit hall and seeing this!

 Really, can she get more famous? Better yet-they are probably setting up this display at conferences all over the country!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Welcome Riot

This little guy is our new foster. He got a rough start in life but hopefully things are going to get better for him soon.

Riot is about 6-8 months old and maybe 3 months ago his owner's girlfriend ran over him with the car and broke him femur (through his growth plate, while he was still growing). They did not seek medical care and it underwent a disastrous "healing" process. A few days ago someone (I'm still not sure we know who) took the dogs (this one and one other) drove them into town where they were witnesses being pushed out of a moving vehicle. This landed them in the local shelter. Initially the shelter staff thought his injury was from being tossed. But a trip to the vet and tracking down the original owner brought the truth about his injury to light. Faced with negligence charges or surrendering the dog, the owner released him to the shelter who transferred him to rescue. Consultation with the orthopedic surgeon concluded that a possible procedure to "correct" his leg would be expensive, lengthy, and carry only a guarded prognosis for reasonable function. Sadly, this leaves his best alternative amputation, which I will be doing later this week. He's quite the little pistol though and will do great on three legs.

He hasn't been feeling very well today though-has some tummy troubles. But hopefully he will be feeling well enough by Thursday to still have surgery. Also he's an abdominal cryptorchid so once he heals from the amputation he will have a more invasive neuter surgery. Poor kid can't catch a break!



Sunday, January 15, 2017

Winter stuff

We had a few days of extra warm weather between the monotony of a SW MO winter. Which is mostly cloudy, cold and wet. Not really cold enough to freeze the mud but not warm or sunny enough to be pleasant. We were supposed to have ice this week but luckily it all stayed just far enough north for Jerry to keep his appointment to her his hernia fixed on Friday. 
Since then we have been hanging out at home while he recovers and planning vacations somewhere warmer and sunnier. 

I've also been playing with photo apps on my phone.