So, we have dogs now. Did I mention that we have dogs? I thought I did. Anyway, we have dogs. (And dang, they're cute, aren't they? Click to see them bigger, if you dare!) And I’ve learned quite a few things about dogs in the last year and a half. Please take a moment to benefit from my experience.
- Not all puppies outgrow that whole “eating anything that doesn’t move” thing when they’re a year old.
- Crepe myrtle and butterfly bush are apparently very tasty shrubs. Young redbuds are a nice snack as well. When these aren’t available, any bit of plastic will do. Or a deck. Decks are good.
- Juvenile cellulitis, aka “puppy strangles,” can be difficult to diagnose, and there are stories online of dogs who were euthanized because their vets just couldn’t figure out what was wrong with them. Some symptoms are lethargy, loss of appetite, and sores on the mucous membranes. Treatment is steroids.
- If your vet fears your puppy’s case of juvenile cellulitis is an autoimmune reaction to routine vaccinations, and wants to delay future vaccinations, and you have two puppies? Go ahead and get the other one vaccinated on schedule. I know it’s more convenient wait a month or so until the sick dog is ready, so you can take them both at the same time, but really, don’t.
- Parvo is no longer the death sentence is used to be. Most dogs who are treated in time will recover. Of course, a dog on steroids is immunosuppressed, and that’s not good. But they can recover too.
- If your dogs eat grapes or raisins, even if you had an entire conversation about how they can’t have grapes or raisins and yet they were fed those same grapes or raisins less than 30 minutes later? Two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide will make a 50-60 lb dog vomit within five minutes. Be sure to scoop up the vomit and dispose of it where they can’t get to it. Because letting them go back and eat it again totally defeats the purpose.
More to come, I’m sure.