January 17th 2014 4:03 am
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Dogster will no longer be a place where we can come to talk to people who understand and care. Dogster will be shutting down it's community side of their site and we are very sad to have to leave such a wonderful place. This has been a place where we have found our new family....all of you. We have been able to share our story and get feed back on all sorts of things that we needed to get other perspectives. AND the best thing about Dogster commmunity, none of you thought that we were crazy for the love we shared for our "furkids". Ya'll have helped us so much during our freak outs, our times of worry and our happiness. Ya'll have been there for our ups and down with Buddy and all of our pack. It will be hard to say goodbye to this amazing community and we will miss everyone of you.
But wait, we have a thought...Anyone who is interested in following Buddy's progress to complete continence is welcome to send me your email address through pawmail and I will be sure to include you in mailing of our updates. We were even thinking of starting a blog since two of our precious sweethearts have medical issues that may benefit someone else someday by reading. I have some of your addresses and emails as well so you will be sure to hear from us but those who are interested, please free to contact us before March 3, 2013 when the community site will go down.
Each and every one of you and your furbabies will be truly missed!
Love to you all,
Jennifer & our crazy pack....
January 8th 2014 10:05 am
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I have been so busy with work that i have not had time to catch y'all up on Buddy. On Friday, January 3, we took Buddy to the surgeon's office the day of our "big" snowstorm. Yes, that was a whopping 5" which we had not seen in over four years! Anyway, our surgeon is still on vacation so we were seen by another surgeon at the facility who did not really show the special care that we had been receiving from our original surgeon. When she said, 'ok, let's take a look' instead of letting me coerce Buddy into rolling over and getting a tummy rub so that she could see, she grabbed his back legs and flipped him. I was already not pleased. Our surgeon would have said to me, let's see if we can roll him over. Anyway, we were in a bind so, we didn't have much of a choice. She examined him and saw the nodules that had been popping up and saw the exposed port. She recommended that we pull some of the fluid and test it; which our vet had done about ten days ago and found nothing. Also, she said we need to gather the skin and make a purse like pouch and stitch it up. It was also NOT a good idea to add saline to his occluder to maybe stop him form dribbling at night because with a potential infection, it was best to wait.Poor Buddy... Well, a few hours later, Buddy was as good as new but still mad for having to wear the cone. We would wait to hear from them about the results of the tests.
The next day as I was at the butcher getting a supply of dog food, I decided to go into the pet store right next door to see if I could get another cone since Cooper thinks they are toys and we have already been through quote a few, it would be good to have a spare since he would be wearing it for a few weeks. I found a doughnut like one that blew up and attached to a collar. I though that I would give it a try to see it would be more comfortable for him and he wouldn't be getting caught with the cone.
Well, the doughnut was a success! It made it easier for him to maneuver around but still not be able to get the doggie door to rumble with Cooper. We have to let them out separately because Buddy is not supposed to be rough housing! Cooper makes that very difficult. Well, the doughnut lasted two days before Cooper thought it was just another fancy toy and popped it. We ordered another one online and it should be here this evening when i get home. Maybe we should have gotten two more!
The Doctor called me last night and told me that Buddy's results came back and he has once again that nasty resistant infection but only a touch of it. So, we are back on the medicine that humans have to wear gloves to administer because it messes our bone marrow or something if we touch it. He will be on that for two weeks, three times a day. Oh, our sitter is going to love this when she comes back next week after this Christmas break! I don't make her go through all of the trouble of putting gloves on, I just put it in a small bowl with some meat in the fridge and just ask her to put int in his crate when she leaves. Yes, the two pups are still crated when we are not home. They are trouble when together and need to be supervised because they play so hard and get into mischief! Our sitter comes twice a day to let the out and play while we are gone. Maybe after the spring training sessions we will have with our dog trainer, they will be more well behaved!
So, medication is on it's way, port site looks good and is healing well and the new doughnut will arrive tonight to make Buddy a happy camper. We are scheduled for an appointment with the surgeon again next Friday to remove the stitches! I am glad that during our Christmas vacation, I ended up working most of the days so I will have plenty of leave this year to tackle all of Buddy's needs! Someday he will be infection free, and eventually dribble free at night too. I don't mind washing his bedding every night and setting up a clean one for him. It's a small thing to make him happy in our bed with the rest of the pack! he does take up 1/4 of the bed on his own! Spoiled kids!
I will keep y'all updated.
January 1st 2014 1:38 pm
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Well, we were having such a good day! We helped with an abuse situation with a big organization, we went to the Doggie Park and we had a nice day because we were all together Then...it all took a turn for the worse. I am waiting for a call back from the emergency surgeon on staff at VCA where Buddy had his surgery. We are trying to schedule an appointment for tomorrow to take Buddy back in. His port site where the saline enters and streams up to the occluder, has been raw for a couple weeks and we have seen the vet multiple times but it is still raw and now, we noticed that the port implant is popping out and exposed. Not good! So, if we can get some saline injected which we planned to do in the next two weeks anyway and the port site gets stitched up again, we will be ok. I am just hoping the opening does not widen too much before i get him there and the implant stays in place. They are calling me back shortly. I will keep y'all posted!
one more thing, Buddy is back in the cone of shame...he is NOT a happy camper but I cannot take the chance of him irritating the site!