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Back from the vets with the pets and medicines.

Xena had a burst abscess (the same thing gabby had last year) and the vet cleaned it. She's getting antibiotics and soggy jelly meat for the next few days.  I just fed her, and if she's hungry that's a good sign. It seems Bobby's issue is with circulation and his heart problems. He's getting a stronger dose of medicine fore the next few days, which I shall probably have to syringe in via his mouth.

So, all good, as much as can be expected. Many thanks to Kylie, who drove us all there, waited, and drove us all home as well.
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Xena now has an appetite (she meowed for food just now) and is moving about. more.  In fact I met her in the hallway last night looking when I was looking for Bobs. Her right eye still has some pus and is looking a bit glassy. She may have been in a fight a few nights back.

Bobby seems to be having some trouble with his rear right leg, as I've seen him gingerly lifting it off the floor. Last night when I went to sleep I left him asleep in the lounge on a cushion with a towel over him for warmth. But about 2am I woke up and could hear his cries. He was in the lino floored kitchen and was falling over on his right side. I uprighted him and he still fell over. Eventually moved him to the bedroom and propped him up on a couple of pillows.

He was OK then, and seemed to be asleep. This morning I heard him whimpering in the lounge and he was on his right side. Maybe Bobs has a bit of arthritis in that leg, and the cold snap brought it on. I uprighted him and then went to prepare food for the pets. When I came back he'd fallen backwards between a fan and a shopping trolley. However, he had an appetite and ate all his food from that position. Later he was able to upright himself. He's outside just now and I don't hear any whimpering so I think he's doing OK.  

But I still have a dilemma here. Should I take Xena to the vets this morning or should I take Bobby? Xena seems to be healing, but Bobby seems to be doing marginally better as well.

Pet issues

Mar. 20th, 2016 10:30 am
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Two pet scares.

Last night Bobby kept falling down, on his side, and on his back legs. He does this occasionally anyway, but last night it happened a LOT. In particular, he fell back into his own poo, and later in the kitchen, he fell back on his bum due to lack of traction. This morning he had a bit of this but has mostly been able to ramble about. He's been outside and back in (via the front steps) several times. But, I dread the time coming when he can't get back up again.

The second scare was with Xena. She's been in the Studio for the last few weeks, but has been eating less and less, for the last two days. This morning I had a good look at her. The fur on her right side of her head below the the mouth seems matted and pressed down, and the eye on that side has pus. Also, she's barely opening her mouth, other than to eat a little bit and drink water.

Both pets are about 16 years old. Bobby seems in better condition than Xena so she's off to the Vets tomorrow first thing in the morning.

Updates

Jul. 20th, 2015 01:48 pm
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I've been off social media partly because on my anxiety disorder which has been acting up just lately. Social Media tends to set me off (I get dragged into trivial arguments and lose perspective on things) so I've stayed clear from posting. Also, last week my 16 yr old short haired Jack Russell, Bobby, was attacked by a horse. I couldn't get to his regular vets and they sedated him for a day. Since then it's been "hit and miss" on his recovery. This has fed into my anxiety issues as well and brought any work on the Masters to a stand still.

Today I took Bobs to see his regular vet - my friend Helen gave us a lift there, to the shops (where I bought Bobs some cat food and pee pads) and home again. Anyway we saw the vet, and he agreed with me that the horse probably grazed his left ribs, so he's extremely sore recovering. The vet gave Bobs an anti-inflammatory injection, and the usual course of heart and fluid buildup tablets, and some antibiotic tabbies as well. I'll need to crush all of those up into his food. I also got Nutrigel to add to his food, as Bobs has lost weight from the last visit.

It's a lot, but it should help. The main thing is that he has a better chance of recovering now. I'll still be nervous, but there's a course of action now and that makes a difference. Maybe, I might be able to get back to the Masters, since at the moment that involves reading lots of texts and integrating them into my exegesis.

I might come back on social media but perhaps only checking the Communities I'm in, at first.
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Bobs has improved a bit from yesterday. He's getting around a little more, and can climb the steps without out help (going down's another matter). You can barely see him but Mystery's on to of the green bin, watching on. He off to the regular vet tomorrow for some heart medication (maybe). My friend Helen's driving us there.



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Bobs is still very "lost". He didn't have much vision before, but the way he's moving now it's like he's fully blind, pausing for very long periods before moving around, especially at the changes in level inside the house - the bathroom/laundry/toilet are slightly higher than elsewhere. To help with that I've put some boards on either side, so that the gap (barely a few centimeters) is slightly less and more visible. I've also put a ramp on the back door step, though he seems to be able to get up via the front door steps OK.

He's still shaking a lot, and lifting him the wrong way brings a whimper, but much less than before. I've let him outside several times today to do pees/poos, and he has a much better appetite as well (including hunting down cat food). But he takes so long to move around, as if he doesn't know where he is, exactly, and he's also hunched. I phoned that Vet back to tell them how he was and they wanted me to take him back in, but it's freezing outside and at $200 a consultation I can't afford that, but I will take him into to see the regular vet on Monday.

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I had to take my dog Bobby to the Vet. He's blind in one eye and we were walking down the back alley way and I thought he was right behind me but he veered into a horse paddock. The horse came over and tried to trample him. He was rolled on his back and hit with a hoof and let out a terrible scream. I was in a state and next door drove us to the new Vet in Edgeworth. He was examined and there were no broken bones or busted organs, but he was in pain so he was sedated and kept for observation at the Vets. I'm pickling him up later.

Not my usual vet, and the consultation fee was a lot more expensive, but my usual vet didn't open for another hour and I couldn't take the risk. And a weird thing was that he let out much the same scream last night while asleep. Who knows?

Groomed

Sep. 5th, 2014 10:57 am
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The dogs are back from the groomer's. I wasn't expecting them so soon, and the first I knew of it was when Theo came running into the house looking very happy.


Pet Stuff

Sep. 1st, 2014 04:25 pm
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ook Gabby to the vet. He cut off the dead skin and gave her an antibiotic shot. I also have pills which I cut up into quarters and crush into her food (enough for six days). Because I was already there, I got heart tablets and fuid tablets for both Bobby and Theo - Theo's been coughing a lot lately and so has Bobs.

I also came home for lunch and then then went back out to Edgeworth where I bought necessary supplies, like cat litter. Gabs needs to be kept in at night for a while, so I'm setting up another litter in the studio.

Bobs

Aug. 21st, 2014 07:48 am
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Bobby seems mostly recovered now. He's still a bit shaky, but that's just his age. Am relieved at this.
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I walked Bobby and Theo late this morning. It was a very slow walk, but he completed it. I think it added some enjoyment for him. Otherwise he's still mostly very quiet. At times when he walks around it looks like he doesn't know where he is or what he wants to do. It's a bit like when he first came here, but that was more that he was a bit afraid of Hallie and Peggy until he got to know them.

I clipped his front claws as well, as he was drinking out of a water bowl and then just yelped in pain! They're long and I've seen that reaction before.

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Bobs has always been a dfog that likes to get up on things, like the back of sofas, beds, or desks and tables. I had comfy bed rigged for him on top of my drawing table in the Studio. By a cunning arrangement of steps build from storage boxes, and a ramp between a desk and a table, he was able to that bed. This was a good thing overall because I was in sight and if he wanted a cuddle he could approach me directly via a spare PC table. It sounds complicated but I've always had arrangements where he can sleep up off the ground if he wants, and he seems to like that. Anyway he woke up this afternoon and started scratching on the drawing table. He's partly blind in one eye and was too close to the edge, and fell off - straight onto the edge of a 20 litres plastic container! If he'd just fallen on the floor he'd be fine, but this hit him in the chest and he let out a shriek! I immediately went to pick him up and he let out va howl, so I put him down. He staggered outside and I realised I needed to follow him to see if he was OK (I let him out because he might have wanted to pee or poo after that).  Then he disappeared.

I found him around the back of the house slowly trying to make a break for it, I knew he was trying to get through a small cap in the fence. I grabbed him, and he seemed in shock, so I took him inside and we laid on the sofa together with a blanket over us. But he didn't want to stay like that for long so I let him out, and found him trying to do the same thing. Then he went up the back and seemed to be confused, looking for holes under the fences that had been plugged up a while back. And the a Muscovy from next door got into my back yard and that confused everything. Brook came over with one of her sons and got it back, but it was all over the place. I was finally able to feed the pets though neither Bobs nor Theo ate what I put out. After some chopped uo coctail franks they settled down and, to my surprise, Bobs climbed back up to his bed!

I don't think he's actaully broken anything, otherwise he wouldn't be moving about, but I think he's bruised something badly. No walkies tomorrow, as he's barely walking at the moment. And I shall have to watch over him carefully.
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Bobby has rotten teeth and a heart murmur. I have antibiotics for the first, some pills to help him breath easier (apparent sometimes the blood flows into the lungs in such case) and a trial set of heart pills.

We'll see how it goes. I'll give him his first set of pills with dinner tonight.

Bobs again

Oct. 10th, 2013 07:15 am
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Well Bobby's still alive. He seems slightly better this morning.

But he still started when I touched him and still has trouble getting down off things. I think I still do need to take him to the vet this morning however.Not going to fall into the mistake I made with Pegasus, of waiting until payday to take him to the vet. I have the money, and it's best to know one way or another.

Bobs

Oct. 9th, 2013 07:45 pm
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My dog Bobby seems sick, and I suspect he's dying. He's off his food, walking seems a struggle, and he's very warm and shakes. Also at time he lets out a scream, even though nothing appears to be wrong. He's a 16-18 year old Long haired Jack Russell and has a cataract in one eye, and another developing. If he's alive in the morning I will take him to the vet (I have no car and the buses stopped running tonight).
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Theo looking out the Studio window into the backyard. If he's not barking at birds he's checking out what's happening - lazy dog! ;)

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Mystery Cat has become a lot friendlier - to Theo. It's still a bit scared of me, but has got to the point where it doesn't run off if Theo's around. Even a bit of barking doesn't scare Mystery off.

Still don't know if Mystery's a male or female, but this cat gets fed to the left of the steps in the above photo. On Sunday I cleared out the weeds there and replaced a dying sofa with a better on. Much more convenient for both of us.

Sick Dogs

Jul. 26th, 2013 03:15 pm
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A couple of days ago Theo was , well, not well. Wasn't sure what was wrong but he wasn't hungry and constantly needed patting and a hug. That night he slept right next to me.  In the morning I found he'd pooed on a mat which is unusual for him. I though maybe he had constipation from me feeding him cheese (not too much). Then this morning after the the walk Bobby had no appitite and was shivering and shaking. I hadn't seen him do a poo either, on the walk (though he tried).

I had him rugged up and on my lap for a couple of hours. I was going to catch the 9:05am  bus to the Uni and attend the 3 minute Thesis presentation that was one this morning. Missed that. I read a graphic novel with two dogs cuddled up to me. Then when I went into the other room for something, I found Bobby asleep on a pet bed in the sun. He wasn't shaking so I took a gamble.

I had to go out for food shopping so left Bobby sunning himself on the front sofa. All the time I was shopping I was worried I'd get home and find him dead. I got home and he was asleep on a pet bed in the studio. Seemed much better and had an appetite. Then I took the dogs for a walk but they were both huffing and puffing by the middle of it. Had to carry Theo for a bit - it's a "warm day" for Winter and he has a thick coat. They drank a lot when we got home, after navigating through a back alleyway with a few sheep.


Gah, I worry so much about my pets.
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Bobby with an ACF resident.


Bobby with Ron

Usually these trips take a lot out of me. However yesterday There seemed to be only half the people that that usually in the common room. Also, the semiblind woman who'd always call out for Bobby had been transferred to Morrisett. It was a good day, and I'm glad I took Bobby to the Facility.

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Have been debating whether or not to take Bobby to see Ron at the Aged Care Unit or not. There are two conditions about going:
  1. should be good weather; and
  2. i need to be clear of any colds, flu, or coughs.
Don't want to go in and kill off half the residents with the flu, do I? Also as much as I feel doing this, it's always a drain to do so, which is why good weather is needed. Anyway it's been pouring down with rain here for the last week. I was going to take Bobs in today, but then I looked at the forecast below:

 
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Wet Dogs

Jun. 27th, 2013 08:23 am
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Tried to take the dogs for a bush walk. Cunning Theo wouldn't come out the back because it was wet and looked out the window of the studio to see what we were doing. I went back and collected him, and we eventually got going, and Xena followed us up a track for a bit..

And then it poured down with rain. We all went home and I think I saw Bobby and Theo playing together for the first time, prancing along in the wet grass and overlapping each other (in that "happy dog run" style). We got back in and I blow dried Theo dry. It was actually fun!

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