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Do You Have Your Emergency Numbers Handy?

August 16, 2011 12:47 pm

I ask this as I received a scare the other day after I returned home from golfing and my girlfriend let me know that there was an ‘incident’ with my beagles where they got on top of the counter and pulled off a plate smashing it to bits (the plate of course has bacon on it!).

Anyhow, one of them must have cut their tongue or something as although I hadn’t seen it – apparently there was blood everywhere. Panicking, my girlfriend got our neighbour and called the vet. Off they went.

Once there, the vet simply checked them out, there was no visible signs of bleeding – the dogs looked fine – she was told that even though there was a piece of plate missing – that it wouldn’t show up in an x-ray?? And sent home. ($100 + later).

All the while I’m out playing around at a cottage spinning my friends ATV Tires and golfing as well.. having fun. She told me later that since there didn’t appear to be anything wrong per the vet – there was no need to let me know… I’m not sure if I agree or not – but I guess she did think it through.

Right now I’m monitoring the dogs stool and feeding to make sure nothing irregular shows up, and investigating the reasons as to why they wouldn’t x-ray my hounds when asked. But I just wanted to advise people out there to make sure you have those emergency numbers on hand and a game plan in place in case of emergency.. remember, you only need one.. when you need one!

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Thank God – Hunter Seems To Be Alright..

August 10, 2010 4:12 pm

After a lot of rest, relaxation and some anxious times – Hunter seems to be doing alright on his hind leg. In fact he’s doing so well that he’s almost ready to go on a small walk again I think. Definitely not going to be taking him in the field the rest of the summer, but at least it’s a start.

As usual when things like this happen I start to think about insurances to avoid any big vet bills – so I’m going to talk to Liz tonight about getting a bigger package for the guys with my current health insurance provider PC Financial, but if you’re anywhere in the world reading this I suggest that you look it up for sure, in the UK, check out here, in New York check out here, in North Carolina check out bcbsnc and around here I still like PC Financial.

Praying My Hunter Is Ok.. (Again..)

August 4, 2010 4:00 pm

Big scare again for me with regards to Hunters legs, more specifically his knees. If you don’t follow the blog normally I will tell you that he had to have surgery on BOTH his knees earlier this year as he tore both his cruciate ligaments. It was a pricey beginning to the year for me for sure. One which I hope I never have to go through again.

Well, yesterday I was off and Liz was gone deep sea fishing so I took the hounds out for a really good run, we went through the fields and through some really long grass and everything was great – it was only about a 20 minute run to be honest. Came back, they were tired and I was content as it was just after dinner.

I then started to clean out the refrigerator (god knows the last time I did that) and was cleaning out the refrigerator filter when I noticed Hunter favoring his left leg.. not like before when he would put a little bit of pressure on it, but he wasn’t putting ANY pressure on it. This isn’t good.

This morning I helped him in and out to pee as I don’t want him doing anything that could hurt it more – and at lunch today it was pretty much the same, he’s feeling pretty droopy and of course I’m worried. So we’ll give it a few days and see where he stands after that… say a little prayer that my boy is ok for me will ya?

When I Go For A Run Without My Dogs…

April 27, 2010 8:09 pm

IMG_5504 If I get a few moments, I may put some of the footage online – but my girlfriend put her camera on video mode and captured my two hounds while I went for a run (without them). I have to admit that it’s pretty cute watching them in the window watching me walking down the street (warming up of course) and then the howling of Bella after I’m out of sight!!

You know, you hear about them and the fact that they go crazy when their owners leave, but you never really experience it or know what it looks (or sounds) like until you’re out there and the video camera is running.

Yes.. you read that right, I’m running.. don’t ask me how long it’s going to last.. and don’t be judgemental on not taking my dogs either! Cuz as soon as I get back, they’re the first ones I grab and we head for a nice long walk. I’m hoping that the combination of the running, eating right, perhaps a diet pill (adipex no prescription necessary) or two to assist while I got the heart rate up – and I’m on the way to getting fit for the summer!

I’ve actually been running for a few weeks now, so I hope I can keep it up. In the meantime, I’ll have to start walking the dogs perhaps BEFORE I go for my runs :-)

Recovery Time For a Dog – Things That I’ve Learned

March 4, 2010 12:06 pm

Well, it's been over a month since Hunters first surgery and over 3 weeks since his last. He's coming along great and starting to walk on both feet again and I'm so grateful that my boy is going to be just fine.

Seeing that this was my first time that I've ever had to really care for an animal while he recovered, I thought I'd mention a few things that I thought helpful during the time.

The Invisible Fence

Although I've had wireless security systems for my animals before the surgery, I am extremely thankful for it now. The reason that is? Well, I have more than one dog. So while I'm trying to carry Hunter up and down the stairs every time he goes out, poor Bella wants to get ahead of me and run around just as much while we're waiting for Hunter to finish his business. This has been a lifesaver for me as I haven't had to worry about Bella at all during the entire time. You can get wireless portable ones as well, I just have an invisible fence around my back yard (under the ground).

Cones

As much as the dog hates them, it is crucial that the cones stay on while stitches and cuts heal. Otherwise, they'll lick them, and lick them, and lick them. This slows down the healing process and increases the chances of infection. I found this out the hard way - not that my boy's stiched up knees got infected - but he would lick and lick and it turned them red.. and then they'd have to heal again.. just long and painful.

Kennel or Cage

I guess I would consider this the most important piece of equipment that I'm thankful for. While myself and Liz were at work every day, my boy would stay in his cage (albiet the largest kennel I could find) which I've had for quite some time since they were both puppies actually. It's come in handy and even though I know I could sell it for $100 likely and reclaim the bit of space it takes up while folded up.. it's not worth it to me as it's so big that both can fit in and sleep, and when Hunter was alone while we were at work.. it was great to put my mind at ease that he wasn't going to try to jump up on anything.

Healthy Treats

Obviously my boy was down in the dumps the entire time he was recovering. He'd not move, just lay either in his cage or on his bed that he had in front of the fireplace. One thing that beagles know how to do however, is eat. He never lost his appetite once during the entire ordeal, so I kept feeding them to him! I realized rather quickly however, that since he wasn't moving much.. he would have a hard time burning any fat or anything that the treats would include - so best to keep him with the healthy ones.. fortunately they love them! So that's what I did.

These were just a few things that I am thankful for - I'm sure there are more that I'm missing, but I figure I'd post it anyhow.