We had our first snow/ice storm in Oklahoma City Friday a week ago. We got off work early and came home to stairs leading upstairs to our apartment completely iced over.
Because the maintenance staff did not salt, I sprinkled the only thing I had (cat litter). It was better than nothing; but unfortunately, Casey still slipped once going upstairs and then on the same patch of sidewalk I almost fell on.
Casey started limping a little but was not favoring his leg nor did he act like he was in pain. I called our Vet the following Monday, and they advised me to give him 1 children’s aspirin twice a day. Two days later when we got home from work was a different story though. Casey was now favoring his leg, and he flinched when my husband touched his shoulder.
The Vet’s diagnosis: pulled shoulder muscle. Our Vet prescribed Rimadyl as needed. We have to keep him from jumping and playing too much, which will be hard for an overactive puppy. But if we don’t and Casey does not improve in 7-10 days, then he will need an x-ray. Surgery would be a rare case.
This got me thinking that maybe I should buy pet insurance. Here are some helpful links:
Read this first: A Vet’s Perspective on Pet Insurance
Compare Pet Insurance – FindTheBest
Compare Up to 2 Insurers w/VPI Pet Insurance
12 Best Pet Insurance Companies (2013) – Get Free Pet Insurance Quotes
Compare Rates & Benefits + Free Quotes – Pet Insurance Reviews
- My Dish TV Receiver
- What you gonna do about it?
– I’m just gonna take a short catnap.
We now know Casey is allergic to chicken and duck thru re-introducing common proteins and introducing new unique proteins. We’ll know if his allergies are environmental-related next spring, but our Vet thinks he will outgrow them. If not, that could mean allergy testing and prescription allergy medication.
So, we’re back to square one. Our Vet put Casey on 30 days of antibiotics and 10 days of Prednisone. Then, he sent me to a local feed store, Britton Feed & Seed, for a Venison diet (grains ok). I chose Prairie New Zealand Venison & Barley by Nature’s Variety. It does not have the bad grains (corn, wheat, & soy), and Casey has to be on his new food for 2 months.
It’s been frustrating and expensive with many trips to the Vet, trying a holistic approach, natural supplements, and all the prescription meds. I know our baby boy has been miserable at times, so I want to share some things that I’ve been told and read.
▪ Listen to your Vet, not the pet store
▪ An elimination diet will last a minimum of 4-6 weeks or longer
▪ It is good to rotate proteins but not during an elimination diet nor more often than once a month
▪ The kibble and the treats should be the same protein
▪ Try freeze-dried treats – pinch off a little as a treat or crumble on kibble
▪ NO TABLE SCRAPS
▪ Read the list of ingredients (especially if allergic to chicken)
▪ Beware of any products made in China
▪ Some good supplements include Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (make sure it says Unrefined) and Omega 3′s
▪ Guercetin (“Nature’s Benadryl”) taken with Bromelain & Papain helps with pain and inflammation
▪ Tea Tree Oil Shampoo is safe but not other forms of this oil
Here are some helpful links:
Hypoallergenic Dog Food Reviews – Dog Food Advisor
Freeze Dried Treats – Stella & Chewy’s
Supplements for Allergies – Dr. Karen Becker
Tea Tree Oil – Pet Poison Helpline
Is it Thanksgiving yet? I’m ready for turkey and all the fixin’s!
You know those emails that get passed around with the cute images that everyone oohs and aahs over? Well, here’s a saying I found while pinning some of those same images to Pinterest.
LESSONS I LEARNED FROM MY DOG
NEVER stop playing
WAG more, BARK less
Be LOYAL and FAITHFUL
Be QUICK to FORGIVE
and LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY