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Dogs, Meds, and Pee

Cocoa went back to the vet to have his bandage changed – which is really good because he peed on it a couple of times – it’s hard being a boy dog and unable to lift your leg.

They also checked the sutures and said it’s all looking good. He came back with two drugs in his system – one sedative and one anti-sedative. Thank goodness I’m an information junkie – I had just looked up one of the meds and a side effect is that they automatically pee about 2 hours after being given the med. Sure enough, he was just standing there – in our den unfortunately – and he peed. Yikes!

This post has a lot of pee in it for some reason.

A hint I thought share about giving your dog medicine that they hate: get wet food/canned food – we like Pedigree chunks – and hide the pill in the chunks of food. Most dogs, especially if they usually eat dry food, are so excited about the wet food they swallow it so quickly they don’t even notice the yucky pill hidden inside. It’s worked like charm the last few days which is great because the first day we had WW3 getting a pill down his throat.

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Cocoa’s Turn

We had a traumatic evening Monday night. Everything was great – cooking spaghetti and green salad for dinner, beautiful evening, and the dogs were running happily around the yard. Our neighbors pulled in their driveway and our dogs went crazy. They love to run along the fence, where their driveway runs, and bark at their car. All of sudden we heard yelping! I thought our neighbors had hit their dog, then a I realized it was one of our dogs – Cocoa. Somehow in the excitement of running, he must have tripped on steps we have connecting the front yard to the back yard. He was laying in the grass with all his legs up, crying. My husband picked him up and immediately said his leg was broken. I was hoping he was wrong, but he wasn’t.

We rushed to the vet hospital that we’ve passed countless times but had yet to visit since we’ve only lived in this town for 3 months now. Thankfully they saw us even though it was 20 minutes before closing. We don’t even know where the ER vet is located, plus it ALWAYS cost more… don’t we know!

Cocoa was in shock, so they bandaged him, gave him pain med injection, and started an iv. They had to wait till the next day for x-rays, but thought the injury would require surgery. The x-rays the next day proved it would. Dogs have two bones – similar to our forearm – that make up their leg. Cocoa had broken both bones and they were totally out of alignment and would definitely require surgery.

We’ve been through a broken leg before with our younger dog Sugar, but she had “one of the best breaks you can have.” Only one bone broken, so the other one held it in place and it wasn’t even dislocated. This time the vet said this was one of the worst.

So the next day the vet operated and put a metal plate on the larger bone with six screws – three above the break and three below. The x-ray of the completed operation was totally different than the scary picture of his broken leg.

Cocoa lounging and resting his broken leg.

Cocoa lounging and resting his broken leg.

So now comes the fun part of recovery! Sugar recovered very quickly from her little break – only 4 weeks with a splint. Even when she had the splint on she was very active. This time, I’m really cautioning Greg that we must keep Cocoa calm for the whole 8 weeks. His break was so bad, it could easily be made worse by too much activity too soon. Thankfully the rainy season is coming and both our dogs get drowsy when it rains.

Sugar's supportive laziness. She doesn't understand why he can't go run with her.

Sugar's supportive laziness. She doesn't understand why he can't go run with her.

So we just have to survive the next 8 weeks – then… we’ll have a newborn baby and have to survive those first 8 weeks! I hope we make it! Our own little version of Survivor, only no one gets the luxury of being voted off!

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Sugar’s First Trip to the Park

Greg and SugarSince Sugar’s puppyhood has been full of trips to the vet, we thought a fun trip in the car was in order. So she had her first walk at Shelby Farms. She did great! She saw a baby buggy, kids on roller skates and bicycles. She only barked at a couple that was just walking – we have no idea why! 

Cocoa was so excited to be there he pulled on his leash till he was gasping for air. Then he convinced Greg to carry him! What a spoiled little dog! We ended up stopping halfway around Patriot Lake so the dogs could rest and Greg went to get the car. We got the little black dog some water and he was fine! Cocoa

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Our Little Sugar Plum

We are still dealing with Sugar’s broken front right leg, but hopefully (and prayerfully) we will get the ok from the vet this Saturday to take the cast off. We go for x-rays on Friday morning. She’s been impossible to keep still lately really showing us that she’s not having any pain in her leg. Here’s a cute picture of her and her cast guarding a favorite ball. 

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Sugar’s Broken Leg

Well, our little Sugar once again had to endure a trip to the pet ER. She jumped from too high of a spot trying to get to her big brother Cocoa. We joke that the reason she survived Parvo was because of her daring and sassy personality. It may have helped her fight off that deadly virus, but this time it caused her pain. When she landed, instead of her feet hitting the ground, she hit on her right leg and shoulder then rolled to her back. It was a scary fall and we are just glad that her neck or back was not injured.

She’s got “the best type of break you can have”, the vet said. It doesn’t need surgery and her leg was still in alignment. So after 2.5 hours at the ER, we took home little Sugar with pretty purple cast and a cone collar. We took off the collar because she’s not bothering it. She just lays around and acts pitiful. The vet said to keep her calm….for the next four weeks! Already she wants to run and play with Cocoa. We need some good chew bones!

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Finally the Snow Came…and Went!

We finally got the snow that I had been waiting for all winter! It came down on Friday afternoon, then was almost completely melted away by Saturday afternoon. But it was beautiful! The most snow I’ve ever seen in Memphis. At our house we measured five inches on the deck. And it was the great type of snow that you can make snowmen with. I tried to make the dogs a snow puppy, but they just thought the mound of snow was great fun to attack.

Cocoa loved the snow! His coat makes him perfect for playing in the snow. It takes quite a while before he actually feels cold. Sugar on the other hand still has a puppy coat, so she would need breaks to warm up. Check out the pictures of her all snuggled up with the blanket. They had a great time in the snow.


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To Snow or Not…

Are they just teasing us with all this talk about a winter storm? Joey on Fox Memphis just said that we might have 3-5 inches!!!! That would be incredible! I would LOVE to have a day of rest with the world covered in fresh, clean snow. How beautiful would that be! And my puppies have never seen real snow, or fake for that matter. They would love it! Well, Cocoa would – he’s got a huge coat that looks like it was made to run through snow pulling sled. (And he demonstrates that pulling skill every morning on our walk.) Sugar’s coat is still puppy so she might want to got out and then come in and cuddle some warm laundry fresh from the dryer – a favorite treat of hers. Ahh, all my dreams of snow…we’ll see.

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