Friday, January 26, 2018

So far so good!!!

2018 is starting off better than 2017 ended, but just by a hair

Sweetie is doing better- she will always walk like a drunken sailor but she is walking!  Her food allergies have returned to a degree.  The expense of her kibble outweighs the fact that no one will eat it so we are looking into less expensive options.

Anna Rose fell out of bed a week ago to our shock- she sleeps at the foot of the bed on top of several pillows, between us so this something that we never thought could or would happen.  WHN took her outside and she appeared fine, but when we officially started our day an hour later, she screamed bloody murder.  Of course crate rest began and we got her to the vet for X-rays.  These revealed that she has several fused vertebrae in her upper spine, probably genetic, and several disc issues in her lower back.  The X-rays also revealed that her heart is twice its normal size and that she is in he early stages of CHF.  When the vet used his stethoscope, he heard a great deal more liquid gurgling than the X-rays revealed. So we now are experiencing the joys of crate rest, a severely reduced diet as the vet wants her to lose four pounds, and lots of medicines!!!

To top everything off, the Dachshund twincesses have been making Sweetie’s life uncomfortable- laying claim to her beds and peeing or pooing on them so WHN has even more laundry to do.  Snoopys has been doing well and is very clingy.  Shockingly both Anna and Tasha want WHN to wear them in the sling- they have never liked this before!

So please keep them in your thoughts and prayers!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

2018- a New Year and new leaf for us

Seems like ages since we posted!  2017 was a year , an annis horribilis, if you will for both the two leggers and four leggers in the pack.

After Dad's mom died, he and WHN became quite ill with recurring infections- Dad battled e Coli while WHN battled various female issues.  On top of that, Tasha was diagnosed with a lump on her liver that needs an MRI (still) and Sweetie lost the use of her rear legs.  Snoopy now has what appears to be a cataract on his left eye, and Anna Rose is still her roly poly self and the light of her Daddy's life. 

In late October, Sweetie had what appeared to be a large lump on her right rear butt, and off to the vet we went!  Until today, that has been quite a roller coaster ride- the lump was removed, and a week later she tore out the stitches!  More surgery needed.  Then when those stitches were removed, it was discovered that the lump had come back and was larger than before.  More surgery again!  Now we had the fun of watching her heal- slowly and with constant leaking that the vet could not control.  We took her in to have her stitches removed and found that she had a gaping hole in its place.  Instead of stitching it up, we were sent home by the vet with a spray to use.  The following Monday the other vet in the practice called and had us come in- he removed some of the excess skin and stitched her up and we went home again

Today, her stitches finally came out!  On top of that, Sweetie is able to walk!  She looks like a drunken kangaroo, but she can get up and walk