Wednesday, July 13, 2016

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday



Pup Astrid has good reason for looking suspicious of me. She was whisked away to the V-E-T (gasp!) yesterday, primarily for her annual exam and vaccines. At the same time, though, she was there for a fecal check, as her finicky bowels have been acting especially unhappy lately, as well as for a recheck of the benign tumor on her foot.

Astrid's fecal exam came back showing no bacterial overgrowth or anything else abnormal. This means that she's simply having one of her usual flareups, likely due to eating something not so agreeable. (Let's be honest, it has been deduced that Astrid's flareups often stem from consuming more than her canine share of cat food. Sometimes, this little thief can't help but take advantage of the fact that having a paralyzed kitty in the house means all cat food is kept at floor level.) Don't worry, though, as just a few more days on the probiotics she's been receiving for a couple of days already should do the trick.

As for the benign tumor on Astrid's foot, which I've mentioned a couple of times since it first appeared last fall, is very slowly yet surely getting smaller. It is taking far longer to resolve itself than her veterinarian anticipated. However, since it is healing on its own, albeit at a snail's pace, we're simply going to continue monitoring it and putting a booty on Astrid's foot when she leaves the house. I would show all of our furiends out there an updated picture of the tumor, but the thing really isn't all that photogenic.

We hope all of our furiends are doing well and steering clear of that V-E-T!



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Our Tip of the Day:
As unpleasant at is sounds, it is important to always monitor your furbaby's feces. No one likes to stare at the stuff, but doing so may allow you to pick up on if your furry one has loose stool or diarrhea, blood in their stool, worms or worm segments, or foreign objects in their stool. The status of your furbaby's stool can give indications for any number of potential ailments or diseases, such as a case of "garbage gut", inflammatory bowel disease, and lymphoma or other cancers. So, while you certainly don't have to make friends with it, be sure to at least become mildly acquainted with your furbaby's stool.

17 comments:

  1. Oh no Astrid, not the vet. Sounds like are are healing and glad there isn't anything horrible going on. Doggies do love that cat food. You all have a great day.

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  2. Thank goodness you are healing Astrid and the tumour is getting smaller.

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  3. Oh, Astrid, the V-E-T? I'm glad the fecal test came back OK, and I hope your tummy feels better very soon. And I hope the tumor speeds up its healing process. That's good that it's healing on its own.

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  4. Poor Astrid! We're sorry you had to go to the vet, but it sounds like everything went okay...and it's over now!

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  5. I am glad Astrid's tumor is healing, I have been wondering about that. I forgot you have to leave the food at floor level for Evan, I am sure Astrid can't resist. I hope her tummy feels better soon. Good tip too.

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  6. Good to hear Astrid is on the mend and her vet check went well.

    Mindy & Mike

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  7. astrid......sorree ya had two go two de place oh eeeeeeeeeevil, but we iz happee yur a point mint wented sew well......we think for that, mom should give ewe sum steak !!! ~~~~ ☺☺☺♥♥♥

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  8. We are very glad Astrid's tumour is healing, and that the tummy issues are just from eating too much cat food!

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  9. Hi Astrid...dear girl I surely am glad to hear your tummy was checked out and you are feeling better. I have my senior wellness vet visit on Saturday.
    Hugs madi your new kitty friend

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  10. Astrid, parece que a comida dos gatos é mais gostosa, certo? hihi

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  11. Poor baby, that's really great news but I hope you got some extra treats to make up for the trauma!

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  12. I am happy your sweet girl is doing well. She is absolutely adorable. Hugs.

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  13. Poor Astrid, visiting the vet! Glad things seem to be doing well though. And hopefully her tummy feels better soon!

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  14. We don't blame you for being suspicious, Astrid. The V-E-T is no fun at all. It does sound like you're doing pretty well. We keep on purring and praying about your foot, and we'll do so for your tummy, too. Hugs!

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  15. We sometimes put some Rx Clay in the food. It firms up their poo and reduces the diarrhea. Ask your vet about it. We got ours from the vet.

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  16. Glad she is healing.....did you ever try putting a baby gate up where the cat food is kept? I do that with Dakota. Dakota is not permitted in the kitchen because Cody is fed there. We have a baby gate in the hallway and one by the kitchen door. It also keeps him away from the cat litter in the back. xoxo DakotasDen

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