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April 14, 2017

Hell of a week…

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This past week has been a roller-coaster at the very minimum. After our last appointment for Macleod, the consult with the Vet and up coming holiday scheduling, we set a tentative appointment for for the following Tuesday for amputation of his front left forearm.That, giving us the weekend to absorb this one and speak with our family Vet. He had been limping a bit more lately and we have had to double up on his pain meds on occasion. That weekend was hell, we both changed our minds a couple of times going opposite directions and have decided to go ahead with the surgery. He is still running around on it so well and just sometimes, probably when he has played hard, it gets sore again. We cancelled the appointment for Tuesday, Too soon…

Mya has had it pretty rough last week, really struggling with constipation. She finally got hip to the pill pockets or just got sick of them, and was turning away from the pumpkin as well as her morning meal that had a laxative powder mixed in it. we would have to hand feed the kibbles to her just so she would get at least some of the stuff. I found that I could slip a pill (capsule only) and a kibble together, and as she ate the kibble(s) I left my fingers in her mouth for a second so she would swallow as she tried to check for another kibble in my fingers. She eats slowly now and test what we feed her specially when we change things up. We started mixing in wet canned food and now she is strictly canned. We started using Performatrin Ultra Grain Free, Looks like a can of stew, and doesn’t taste bad… { yup!} … She likes them, (all we’ve tried anyway) but we like the pate style over the chunky for med delivery and now she has had two days of relatively calm bathroom events. She’s back to every 12 hours instead of once every 48. We can see that her sitting on her honches to pee has faded away but still does the army crawl away from her resting spot. She still will get vocal in the morning little bit after breakfast, were starting to think the Meticam or laxative was upsetting her stomach. This morning when she was crying We noticed she was trying to roll over but the rear left leg { X-Ray showed a lesion in the hip } is a little stiff and she can’t tuck it under her belly enough to roll over. We grabbed her magic carpet and got her laying on it then just raised her off the ground, rolled the carpet a bit and shifted her to the other side, then laid her back down. BAM!! out like a light she hasn’t moved or made a squeak in hours, don’t think she even raised her head when we put her back down. Al’ just fired up the vacuum in the front of the house and I noticed Mya kinda look up for a second and shifted her position a bit, then has a deep breath sigh, and fell back to sleep. Going to try and teach her to roll over on her back would think she would just do that anyway but I think there is likely pain associated with a bump on her spine, we can do it for her. We have had some volley with the decision for Mya as well, twice we had her booked for a home visit to put her down. The first time Mya made a 360* turn in appearance as soon as the Vet showed up, kissing and wiggling around to say hi. She had a lot of trouble last few days this week and we were horrified to think if we wait out the weekend we could have the same thing happen as with our Previous Boy Cy. His last days fell on a long weekend and we had tried one last medication to ease the progression of a spinal disease he was fighting. it did not work and his last days were not good at all. We decided to go for it, there’s always the Hospital that did her surgery, 24hrs., if things go sideways on us. She has made a few sounds as I’ve been writing but its because the sun came out a bit {FINALLY} and she was getting to warm. I went out and did the roll over and brought her back under the shade. She rested until Allison and her Mom came home, she heard them laughing and perked right up, squawking away. Mom always has a treat 🙂

So far this weekend we are sailing on smooth waters. If the weather stays nice maybe we can take the kids down to the water and chill with an ice cream.

We hope everyone has a good Easter weekend.


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2 Comments »

  1. Glad you are all still enjoying your time together!

    Comment by otisandtess — April 15, 2017 @ 12:00 am

  2. I tell ya’ what! As hard as these “challenges” are right now with Mya and Macleod, they are two very lucky dogs to have you as their humans!!

    The instinctual understanding you have about every little single nuance is just beautiful. You can anticipate their needs and address them as they come up.

    You’ve become a Master of the Magic Carpet Ride !! It was just spectacular reading how you used the carpet to turn her and hiw that what all she needed to be nice and comfy and fpget a good nap!

    And you had SUNSHINE!! ,I think that’s a good sign!

    You have such a Soul deep connection with these two fabulous pups. And goodness knows, they feel the same about you!! 🙂

    Have tonlaugh at how Miss Mya has learned all the tricks to avoiding pills! She’s a very smart gal!!

    Paws crossed for for a smooth days ahead….And smooth and calm bathroom events!

    Lots of love and hugs to all

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

    PS. I saw where you offered some great insight on a couole of the forum posts. You took time to share some very valuable information. It was appreciated and very kind, especially while you are going through your own challenges.

    Comment by benny55 — April 15, 2017 @ 5:13 am

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