I will have to come straight out and tell you good readership that I have had my hands more then full these past 2 months. Our little puppy has taken more of my time then I have expect it to. I really LOVE having this blog and putting entries in it, but my energy has been focused on the health of our little one!
After we picked her out of the litter and brought her home with us, she seemed to be a normal rambunctious, little ball of endless energy! Then shortly after that our priceless addition to our family started to show cracks in her health.
She kept passing what seemed to be these strange fibrous objects in her stool. Her appetite was not bad and her unbridled enthusiasm to eat and gnaw at anything in front of her started to fade. So we took her to our neighbourhood vet to see what the problem could be.
He viewed a present that she/we gave to him and he thought that there was wood chips present in her stool. We both thought that that was it as well, but we couldn’t be sure. Remember, we are first time puppy/dog owners. The bedding in the stall that she was held in was indeed pine shavings and as anyone who has had a Labrador Retriever knows, they WILL EAT ANYTHING THAT IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM!
We also had advance blood work done on her and it revealed that she had round worms and bacterial infection in her blood stream. She also had eye and ear infections to boot. The round worms in concert with her bacterial infections slowed down her eating. The round worms also used the food in her stomach as a source of their own nourishment.
The eye infection made her look like she had some neurological issues (similar to one who has just had a stroke, we seem them all the time at work) and her ear issues made her ears smell off, to say the least!
Now fast forward to today and things are looking a lot better. The only problems that we have with her from time to time are loose bowel movements (that we are treating with some Pepto Bisomal in her food) and for her eyes we use topical antibiotics.
As she gets better so does our increased time for blogging! Her walks around the neighbourhood are getting wider in area and the obedience classes that we all attend seem to be paying off. So wish us all luck and you WILL see more of this page in the near distant future!
Keep on Jammin’ and watch your step outside on our front lawn!