December 1st 2012 6:38 am
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I appear to be one of the Diary picks of the day today. Thanks you so much Dogster for this honor and thank you to the pups that have sent rosettes and pawmails! This has really made my day!
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!
November 27th 2012 3:57 pm
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Well pups, last Thursday I finished my last round of antibiotics and everything was looking good. Good until last night when I became very agitated and needed to go outside to pee every 30-45 minutes. Mom and I had a bad night.
Mom made a vet appointment for me first thing in the morning. She discussed a lot of things with the vet and then left me there to have the tests done. I will spare you the gory details of what I had done, but I had samples taken from my bladder and prostate and blood drawn and these were sent for cytology, culture and sensitivity and a complete blood panel done.
The cytology and blood panel came back this afternoon and the blood panel showed that I do not have any major systemic infection or a problem with my liver or kidneys. The cytology of my prostate gland showed lots and lots of mucus and lots and lots of bacteria rods. This points to a bad infection in my prostate, which is surprising as I am so young and neutered!
I will be spending the night at the vet's. I refused to eat, drink, pee or poop all day at the vet's and this was a concern to them. Otherwise, I was giving all the ladies kisses and was being adored by everyone. I will be started on another round of antibiotics tonight and mom will pick me up sometime tomorrow.
November 14th 2012 8:54 am
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For the last few weeks I have been looking after mom as my daddy is away on a business trip. I hope he gets back soon so he can play with me in the snow.
Today mom took me down to the river. I love sniffing all over down there. Today I didn't want to do much sniffing at all. I stopped, sniffed, growled and then turned to go back up the riverbank. Mom had to look for a while, but she finally spotted what I was growling about.
She finally saw the fisher that was watching us. Fishers are not very nice creatures. They are the only thing that will actively seek out and eat porcupines and then they have no problem passing those quills! That is one creature you do not want to mess with.
We came back to our yard and mom chased me around in the snow.
November 7th 2012 5:54 am
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I did it again pups! I snuck another frozen salamander into the house and left it for mom to find. I am not sure why she doesn't like these gifts I bring for her! She just gets some Kleenex to wrap it in and throws it in the trash. Oh, I can't forget I also snuck in part of a frozen garter snake. Tee Hee, I love finding these treasures outside.
Mom picked up my antibiotic refill and we are sure hoping that this will finally wipe out that infection.
We have been getting really weird weather. First we got lots of freezing rain, then we got snow. That day was bad as mom took me outside first thing in the morning and she was slipping and sliding on all the snow and the freezing rain that was under the snow. Then, when we came into the house, mom's snow covered boots slipped on the ceramic tile floor and down she went. She bashed herself in the eye with the flashlight she was carrying and she has quite the shiner right now.
Not much else going on here. Hope all you pups have an awesome day!
November 1st 2012 11:01 am
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The vet just phoned mom with the results of the Culture and Sensitivity test that was done on the urine sample they got from me last Thursday. Apparently I have a very prolific E. coli infection.
It appears this strain of E. coli is very sensitive to the antibiotic that I got started on last Thursday, so I will be on this drug for another 4 weeks.
Hopefully this will be the end of that nasty infection once and for all!
November 1st 2012 9:00 am
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Yesterday I was happily digging in the compost pile by the garden. Mom decided it was time to go in and unbeknownst to her I brought a surprise for her from the compost pile into the house. I got in the house and went into the peeps bedroom and left my surprise by her slippers.
Mom did some puttering in the house and then decided to get her slippers. Was she happy when she found my surprise? Not so much! Pups, don't you think leaving a frozen salamander by your momma's slipper is a sign you love them?
Gee, I feel so unappreciated!
October 25th 2012 3:46 pm
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Well, mom was right, she did in fact see blood on the snow yesterday when I was peeing. She got several samples from me and she took them to the vet appointment. Whereas my urine was clear just last Friday, today they found blood, and elevated nitrates and pH in all of them. That still points to an infection somewhere.
First off the vet checked my prostate. I did not like that one little bit. Oh the dogmanity of it all! Then I got sedated and had my bladder x-rayed and then I was catheterized and a sample was taken. Oh, I also had my anal glands expressed! The horror!!
Luckily the x-rayed showed that I didn't have any kidney or bladder stones, but my bladder does look swollen so I still have an infection in there. Everything else look good on the x-ray. Tee hee, even the mouse I ate this morning showed up on the x-ray! Yeah me!!
The urine sample will be sent for a culture and sensitivity and hopefully then we can get to bottom of things. It might just mean I need to be on antibiotics longer, or I need a different antibiotic all together or I might even have a fungal infection.
Tonight I start yet another round of antibiotics, but we feel we are finally getting a handle on this infection.
October 24th 2012 1:04 pm
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So there I am having a pee outside and mom notices something while I am peeing. She puts my leash on me and takes me for a walk into a clean patch of snow and tells me to pee. I do and she notices blood droplets on the snow. I have a vet appointment tomorrow and mom once again gets to collect some samples from me.
I just wish I could get over this infection. Mom thinks it might be time to do an x-ray and see what is going on in there.
October 19th 2012 11:29 am
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We are hopeful my bladder infection is gone forever. I had my vet appointment this morning and I cooperated nicely and mom got a good sample from me before we went. The initial analysis showed, no white or red blood cells, no excess protein and no excess mucous. Ewww, that sounds gross! But that is actually good. They are now doing further tests to see if there might be crystals, but we really hope we don't hear back from the vet and everything is fine. I finish my last round of antibiotics on Monday and then we hope I am done those for a long time. I was also able to get my last puppy vaccination today.
I was 57 pounds today, so have slowed down a bit, that mom was assured I will probably have another growth spurt in the next few months.
For good measure today, I chewed throw my harness and the seat belt attachment that belongs to it. The comforter mom had in the back of the cab of the truck was also tempting so I started to shred that. Tee Hee! She had even given me my deer antler and another toy to chew on, but I decided to be destructive instead.
Wishing everyone a great weekend!
October 17th 2012 10:43 am
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Mom and dad got a DNA kit and a few weeks ago they swabbed my cheek and sent the swab off to get tested.
This morning mom got the results and she really wasn't surprised by them.
Would anyone like to guess what my DNA is?