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See You Later Chrissy

chrissyThe adorable little dog right next to our cutie Alex is her cousin, Chrissy.  My cousin, Jessenia, and her husband were the proud parents of this beautiful girl and we were able to spend the past holidays with them.  What we did not know was that she had an advanced type of lymphoma.  She had surgery, but she passed away a few days later.

Will we miss her?  Yes, we’ll miss her very much, and like I said before I always cry for the dogs that die whether they have been with me for a short time or a long time.  My heart does not seem to understand the concept of time when it comes to dogs, therefore I will cry for that is what I truly feel.

I can only imagine what my cousin and her family are feeling and going through.  The best to all of them during this difficult time.  And for you pet parents, please give your furry children a big hug and kiss.

Alex’s ACL Injury

brace1I thought that Alex sprained her leg like she has done a few times in the past, but after taking her to the vet for a consult, x-rays, blood work, etc., she was diagnosed with having an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament, ACL, also known as cranial cruciate ligament.  According to what the vet told me and what I read, this is one of the most common injuries in dogs.  I had no idea since Alex, although a senior dog, never had such an injury.

brace2I asked Cynthia to go with us to the vet because honestly I was really worried about Alex.  The vet referred us to a surgeon, and the next day I made an appointment for them to see her and schedule her for surgery.  Unlike other times when she starts eating in about 1/2  a day, this time she did not want to eat at all for 3 days.  We went back to the vet for an upset stomach, but I asked for them not to sedate her anymore.  With the medication given to her for her tummy, she finally ate, but I was really frantic and was ready to take her to have surgery, but Cynthia said, “Let her recuperate first and then we’ll do whatever is best for her.”

brace3We thought about it and considered all possibilities and we decided, ok., Cynthia convinced me, that it was best to start with the least intrusive way to address her injury.  With that in mind, we did some research and ordered an A Track Dynamic Brace.  We got it within 3 working days and it took us longer to measure Alex for the brace than it took Cynthia to put it on her.  Before the brace, she walked on 3 legs, but as soon as she had the brace on she started to put weight on her injured leg, hind left leg, and I was amazed. She has a long, long way to go, but this is, at least for Alex, a good start.  In a couple of weeks, when the knee gets better and stronger I’ll be looking into hydrotherapy and acupuncture.

brace4For the next couple of weeks, I have to get her to walk inside the house for no longer than 5 minutes at a time about 4 to 5 times a day, and increase time little by little.  She wears the brace during the day, but when is time to go to sleep, the brace is removed and Alex sleeps inside her kennel which she loves, but rarely ever uses in order to limit her movements.

IMG_6434Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and now more than ever, specially after this crazy and worrisome last week with Alex, what I am most thankful for happens to be my girlfriend, Cynthia, for getting me to see things clear when I am panicking, and my Alex, ok. fine I’ll share, our Alex, for making me appreciate the things that many times I overlook.  Doesn’t Alex looks like a cute dominatrix?  I know, I know, that is probably an oxymoron, but that is just my opinion.  Anyway, I’ll continue writing about Alex’s progress, but for now let us wish you and your family a wonderful, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving.

Joint Problems And Walter

The last time Walter stayed with us, May of this year, Cynthia mentioned to me that Walter went up the stairs using his hind legs in unison and I agreed with her since I had seen it myself, therefore I did a bit of research and I found out that some dogs do that when they start having trouble with their joints and that to be on the safe side, since it may just be a dog’s quirk, is best to talk to the vet.  When Walter’s mom came to pick him up, I mentioned this to her and she said that she’ll take him to the vet.

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Walter’s mom told me that the vet advised them to watch him since he is only a little over 2 years old.  Two months later, Walter came back to stay with us, and his mom told me that the vet after seeing that Walter started to have more difficulty with his hind legs suggested to either start with supplements or surgery.  She said that the vet wanted to run some tests first before deciding what treatment would be best for Walter.  Because of that our walks that used to be from 40 to 60 minutes long twice a day were reduced to 15 minutes twice a day.

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Every time a dog stays with us, Cynthia and I talk about their behavior, quirks, likes, dislikes, etc., and if there is anything that seems out of the ordinary, I talk to the pet parent about it.  That is why when a pet parent is coming to pick up her dog, I do ask her to have a couple of minutes so we can talk.

Whether you pet sit, like I do, or have your own dog, please watch him and you’ll be surprised what you can find out about a dog.  One time I did go overboard with Alex though because, no I was not drunk, I noticed a “lump” on her rump so I took her to the vet and to my horror she told me that she had two “lumps” on her rump and they are called Muscles.  I was so embarrassed, my face was red like a tomato, but the vet was so amazing and understanding and she told me not to worry about it with a big smile on her face.  Between you and me, I think she was laughing at me.

Anyway, please send well wishes and positive energy and thoughts to Walter.  He is one of a kind.

Fatty Tissue Tumors On Older dogs

A couple of days ago, while brushing Alex’s hair after one of our daily walks, I noticed two small lumps.  One on her undercarriage and another one on the right side of her ribs.  Since I had to take her for a booster shot, I asked the vet about it and I was told that most senior dogs develop fatty tissue tumors, and that they are not malignant, but to make sure the vet recommended doing a needle aspiration, which involves taking a sample of cells from the tumors and looking at them under a microscope.  As you can probably guess, Alex was not pleased with the possibility of having this procedure done, but I want to make sure that she is fine, therefore as she was walking away from me, she threw me a glance that told me, “Mom, I don’t like this”, and the brave person that I am turned around and let the vet take her while I had guilt written all over my face.

Anyway, I’ll find out in a couple of days if these are only fatty tissue tumors or not.  Alex is a very healthy dog, therefore I am counting on her amazing genes, her diet of premium food and food I cook, yes, I don’t cook for myself, but I do cook for Alex, and all the exercise she gets on a daily basis to see her through what I hope is something related to old age and nothing else.

I am going to try and live in the moment and enjoy my girl, sleeping on the couch right next to me without a care in the world while I finish writing this post.  Carpe diem.