Thursday, September 22, 2005

Shiloh Gives Us A Scare

Little Shiloh gave us quite a scare ~ his urethra plugged, making it impossible for him to urinate. We were able get his system working again, fortunately without an anesthetic procedure and urinary catheter. He will be on antibiotics long-term to clear up the associated bladder infection. He saw our internist today to confirm that his bladder, kidneys, and other organs are normal ~ which they are. He will be receiving daily fiber supplementation to keep his colon working well in addition to daily bladder checks.
I'm happy to report that he's now feeling much better and back to playing with his catnip mice (and Scooter) again!

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Working Hard...

At napping! While the rest of us are working, the boys are supervising ~ at least when they're awake! As the weekend projects progress, Rocky, Leonard, and Hot Rod (under the bench) are all making sure they're done correctly!

Friday, September 09, 2005

Vet Visits For Buddy & Melody

The last 2 days have been filled with vet visits. Yesterday, Buddy had his final recheck with the veterinary orthopedist. Since he walked into his appointment with no bandage (he removed it!) Buddy was released with a stern lecture to behave for the next 6 weeks. While strict confinement is in his future, he'll be back to his feeding chores in no time!
Melody had a very in-depth exam today, as well as bloodwork, and she was very brave! The most revealing part of her exam was in her eyes. Her pupils don't react equally ~ her left being slower to respond. And, when she finally sits still, you can feel a difference in the muscling above her eyes. The diagnosis ~ a severe blow to the head at some point in her life, which is more than likely the cause of her seizures. What a sad story this girl would have to tell, if she had time ~ she's too busy playing with squeaky toys now!

Friday, September 02, 2005

Melody Encounters Another Setback

Sweet Melody, who has overcome starvation, is now growing hair, and has rediscovered how to play now has another obstacle to overcome. She has started having "petit mal" seizures. We'll be working with our wonderful veterinarians to find a good management strategy, as there are so many potential causes for epilepsy. Melody knows when she's about to have a seizure as she goes to the closest human for reassurance. When it's over, she goes back to playing like nothing ever happened! We will keep you updated as we know more about her condition.