Juana reports ... Transcription Summary and posting by Bill
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Straydog Audio Report
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covering events from 8 a.m. Tuesday (4/17/12) through 8 a.m. Wednesday (4/18/12)
Morning Audio Report, April 18, 2012 (15
min, 23 sec)
Juana and Bill talk about what happened Tuesday at Straydog.
TRANSCRIPTION SUMMARY WITH PHOTOS:
1. Yesterday was a very busy day (as usual) and a difficult day, because we have a few older fellas (including Bobby and Scottie) who have been at Straydog for 15 or more years who are approaching the time when we will have to make the decision as to whether to help them cross the Rainbow Bridge. This can become very depressing as we get closer to making that final decision. We observe and evaluate these older doggies every day: Are they eating? Are they happy? Do they want to continue? Or is it that time?
2. Bobby's life has been getting more and more difficult with each passing day.
3. Scottie and Lisa-Lisa seem also to be slowing down more and more. But it's not time yet. Sometimes they seem to be approaching the end, and then they make comebacks and they seem okay for a while. Even though these two can't be tricked into taking their meds in food or meatballs, we can crush their meds and mix them with water and get them to take the meds using an oral syringe. They don't refuse this or try to bite you as Bobby did before we started giving Bobby his meds by injection.
(4) Champ we thought was nearing the end, but now that he goes into H2 for the afternoon and evening and comes back out to his original kennel from early morning till about noon, he seems to be doing okay for such an old fellow with the problem he's having urinating sometimes due to the tumor having been removed from his penis. Champ also experiences pain due to his torn Achilles Tendon, but for now he's hanging in there.
(5) Belle is feeling better now that we are treating her mastitis by putting warm cloths on her breasts and actually milking her and saving the milk to bottle feed to her pups. After treating her for a while, her milk started coming out easier and she went and lay down and started feeding her puppies again so it gave her relief. All the babies are fat and happy and are opening their eyes, and they are very, very cute.
(6) Anthony continues to hang in there strong. Once we get him on his feet, he goes to the park by himself, spends a few minutes sniffing around and pottying, and then on his own he walks back to H1, goes inside, walks straight to his kennel and waits for his treat. He's one of our strongest dogs ever, and he just does not want to give up. He still eats very well, though he's very skinny now in his old age.
(7) Noble has an eye ulcer and two ear infections. We made a second trip to the vet yesterday, and Dr. Terry confirmed he does have an eye ulcer, and the poor fellow has infections in both ears. They put BNT in his ears and sent him home with eye drops to hopefully cure the ulcer. The only good thing with this is that Noble is a very good patient and will take his eye drops and ear meds without putting up a fuss.
(8) Terry-dog went to the clinic early this morning for an ear infection. Terry was treated with BNT and both she and Noble are to go back to the clinic for a follow-up in 10 days or two weeks from now.
(9) Poppy has a bad cough and is limping. The cough is due to a cold, and the limp is due to arthritis as she's an older dog. The doctor sent meds for Poppy's cold but no Rimadyl because of her age, not wanting to hurt her liver. The doctor did prescribe Dasuquin, which is a mild pain reliever along with supplements for joint care. Though expensive a lot of our dogs take Dasuquin, and it does a good job.
(10) Morton Clinic Account: $12,800 at 4/18/12.