Sunday, August 30, 2015

Ty And Zoey Recovered

These two dogs scared the crap out of me. Ty got sick in what I thought was a short period of time, and had to be taken to the doggy ER during daylight hours. But Zoey went from first showing symptoms to being rushed to the doggy ER in the middle of the night in just a few hours.

Raising kids already gave me grey hair, but if I had any brown hair left, Zoey finished the last of it off. They had to keep her overnight for two nights in the doggy hospital. She has a pink collar and a little pink crate, so I thought it was fitting that she was released from the hospital with a little pink bandage on her paw where she had the IV.

Fast forward a week and both dogs are better, and I'm currently making my own dog food, which I'll post a recipe for. My sister is convinced it was a bad batch of food or treats. I'm not so sure, but I'm not taking any chances. I was already giving them more expensive, grain-free dog food, so it turns out to actually be cheaper to give them a diet mostly consisting of Winco boneless chicken breast. I'm using a vitamin supplement I bought from Amazon. What I am doing is putting in just a drop into each dog's nightly dinner.

My precious Zoey just back from the hospital, back to her outgoing self

Monday, August 24, 2015

Doggy Emergencies

Ty was having some severe intestinal issues, so I ended up rushing him to the doggy ER last week. It was day time, they gave him a shot and did some tests, and we were in and out in a couple hours. About 3 days at home on the medication, he decided at 4 AM that he was all better and it was time to play.

About a day after that, his sister, Zoey, started showing the same symptoms. Except she was much worse. She was pooping pure blood. She couldn't keep food down. She couldn't even keep water down. Now, she's a small dog, and her little system doesn't have much blood.

So ... this time it was rushing a dog to the ER in the middle of the night.

She was really sick.They had to keep her a couple days as they had her on an IV getting her hydrated and getting the meds in her. Because she's a princess, it took them a long time to get her to eat. They couldn't get her to go for a walk.

Finally, they got her to eat a little, but she was still listless. Then it dawned on them that she could be back to normal and just scared without her daddy. They had me hold Zoey and she perked right up. So, they let me take her home.

She's still having some issues, but she's eating and taking the meds. Years ago a vet told me that if my dog is eating and wagging his tail, then he's probably OK. So, Zoey is eating and wagging her tail.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Dog Won't Take A Pill

We've all been there as animal lovers. Our furry friend is sick and needs medication, but resists all attempts to take its pill. There are many tricks passed down through the years, and none of them work on Ty or his brother Bear.

Yesterday morning I woke up to little brown and red spots all over the piddle pads. He must have got up at least a dozen times during the night to use the piddle pads like the good boy he is. He was looking listless and my sister said "well, you know he was my dog, I'd be on my way to the doggy ER" and that's what I did.

It's funny that a couple people have remarked to me that Ty does not seem very smart. Granted, he's not as intelligent as his sister, but every puppy in the litter got their mommy Spot's intelligence. Ty is smarter than most dogs, the problem is that he's also more stubborn.

People talk down to me and say things like "oh, well you just need to put it in some food." Thanks, it's all so clear now. But seriously, his sense of smell is such that once he thinks I'm trying to give him a pill, he will not take any food or treats with pills inside because he can smell the medication. His nose is way too good to fool him. Even foods he really likes and the treats he really likes are rejected if he gets even a whiff of the pill. For some treats he likes enough, he will eat around the pill and then spit the pill out. But it's rare he'll even open his mouth if he smells any kind of medication.

So, last night I spent an hour traumatizing him, trying to work a pill down his throat and do the old trick where I gently stroke his neck to get him to swallow. Except, he won't swallow when there's a pill in his mouth. It was awful, and I kept thinking that we need to do this three times a day!

This morning I went back to the food puzzle. The other problem is that he's not very hungry, so I'm having a hard time getting any food in him.

I went through the fridge, item by item asking myself if Ty would eat it. Until I came to the bacon. Duh. Bacon is extremely expensive, and I'm not supposed to eat it with my high blood pressure. So I cooked some up.

The problem was that I got the bacon too crispy, and it wouldn't hide the pill very well. But it seemed worth a shot, and I wrapped a pill in some crunchy bacon shards. And sure enough, he chomped the whole thing, and crunched the pill as if it were bacon.

They don't get bacon much at all, and when they do, they are greedy little monsters. After a whole day of putting different food in front of him and saying "do you like .... this?" I finally found something he would eat in his sick state.

Food is the Chihuahua's Achilles' heel, but they are smart. For the stubborn non-pill-takers like Ty, it's just a matter of something that invokes his greed. His hyper-intelligent sister on the other hand would eat a piece of glass if you covered it in peanut butter. And Ty's daddy, Lenny, even dying would take any pill in peanut butter.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Review: DogCollars Embroidered Dog Collars With ID Tag


For a while now, I've wanted my 4 Chihuahuas to have embroidered collars with a phone number on them in case one of my doggies gets lost. I've always had the engraved ID tags like most people, but I want them to wear their collars around the clock without hearing something jingle around while I'm trying to sleep. 4 dogs is a lot of jingling!

Poking around on Amazon one day, I noticed there were a few companies that sell dog collars with your pet's name and phone number--perfect! I also noticed that you could buy the engraved ID tags as a combo. I may be broke, but the doggies are like my children, so I decided to get this collar and ID tag combo. That way I could put the name tag on all their harnesses and that would make it easier to tell which dog wears which harness. It's like having quadruplets or something.

But, I was constantly moving around and I changed areas and phones a couple times, and sometimes had spotty service. I'm no fan of AT&T, but it was the only carrier that had something resembling a signal everywhere I was at. And it took me a while to settle on a phone.

Review: First Impressions

Now that I have a stable phone and a few bucks in my pocket, I've ordered them all, I am very pleased with these collars. The ID tags are good quality, but it's the collars that I am really digging on. The lettering really pops. The boys' collars are black with white lettering, and the girls' collars are pink with black lettering, and both look surprisingly good.

I do wish they had a size in between small and medium because Ty is right between Smokey and Spot size-wise, and the medium is just a hair too big for him. Heck, it's just barely the right size for Smokey, and he's huge for a Chihuahua.

The tags are good quality as I've said, and pretty much comparable to most engraved tags you'll find. Note that the size of the tag is proportional to the size of the collar, meaning the larger the collar, the larger the tag. I almost wish I would've made a special note to them to give me the small tag with the medium collar, but it's not that big of a deal.

All things considered, I am happy with the collars, tags, shipping and service. I did 4 separate orders with them just to make sure I was getting the colors, sizes and everything else right, and it's worked out well. Embroidered dog and cat collars are a great idea which give you piece of mind without hearing all the jingle sounds from all of your pet's ID tags. That lets me leave all the tags on their harnesses for when we go for walks.