Thursday, March 16, 2017

Urinary tract issues

Today we say a dog that had been seen months ago for some bladder stones and also a calcified renal pelvis (the central part of the kidney).  The dog never came back for any follow up.  Today she presented very ill.  Repeat rads showed several issues-the left kidney was about 3 times the size of normal, there was still calcification of the right renal pelvis, and the bladder stones were huge, possibly even causing a urinary obstruction. 


The blood work indicated the dog was also in renal failure.  Some of this could be acute from a possible obstruction, but there could also be a chronic component because she had weight loss and we knew some of these issues had been going on awhile.   The owners declined referral to a specialty center so we did what we could.

We performed surgery to remove the stones, started the dog on a high rate of IV fluids and appropriate medications.  Now we are just waiting to see what kind of response we get.  

Here are the stones post op.  FYI this was a small breed dog. 


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Puppies, running and more

Riot got adopted! I'm a little sad but happy too. His new family was so excited to get him. They drove all they way from Arizona with two kids and a cat to pick him up. He will be very much loved and spoiled. I hear a new name is pending. Here are a few pics from after his about to be adopted bath. He's so handsome. 


And one of the two buddies. 

Legend and I joined Lindsay and company for the payin for the spayin run to benefit the local shelter. She was 2nd runner with a dog and 1st female. I was 3rd runner with a dog and 2nd female. It was a hilly run and I think a little more than Legend bargained for. 

It's been storming today. Made for a long drive home. Here is the hail we had at work. 

And here is Legend's Easter card!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

All horses, all the time

Slick is doing well. I've been working on figuring out what combination of senior feed and soaked alfalfa cubes works to maintain a good weight. 

Socks is on a diet. He does not like it because he gets stalled at night. He's going to like it less when he grass starts growing and he has to stay up in the dry lot most of the time. 

Squirt is the easy one. He just needs his feet cleaned. 

When I'm not taking care of puppies, im just feeding and rearranging horses to the right spot. Lollipop helps. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

All puppies, all the time

They boys are doing well. They have decided that playing together, wrestling, and sharing toys is more fun than being possessive and selfish and now they are the best of friends. 

We have some pretty cute video too. They are good free entertainment. 

Riot is getting adopted though. The family is driving all the way from Arizona on their vacation time to get him. They are very excited and I'm happy he will have such a good home. 

Oh, he also passed his kid test, which is good since he will have kids in his new home. 

No apps on Havoc yet. He's cute, but he's also the naughty one. 

But I'm sure they will start rolling in shortly. 

We are also having a MOKAN fundraiser if anyone needs any thirty-one products!

Monday, February 27, 2017

More updates and what's going on

Riot-is a fantastic 3 legged dog. He's so fast and agile. It's amazing. He has an application pending  which makes me happy and sad. He's a really neat dog, and other than the obsessive cat watching very well behaved!

Havoc-got his staples out and is getting stronger all the time. He's sweet, but not as well behaved. He's been spending time in the barn helping me take care of slick. He got bored today. 

Slick is doing so much better. She has been eating everything we put in front of her the last few days. She is finishing a course of probiotics and some very expensive ulcer medication. 

Legend and I ran a 5k last weekend. I let her decide the pace and we got a 25:48 which was not bad for an 11 year old dog! In a few weeks I'm running a non-dog race so we will see how much faster I can be!
This weekend we visited my parents and sister, saw some friends and went to listen to a friend of mine who sings in a band. We got a lot done and had a good time. 

My sister got me this awesome giraffe. 

Also Lollipop and Barney have been helping with Slick's medication. They wanted everyone to know. 

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.