Archive for February, 2010

Allergies v1.4

February 26, 2010

Well, here we are, right at two months into the journey.  From January 30th to today, with FIVE trips to the vet, three bags of gold dust kibble, four ear meds, and a seriously restrictive diet…

What were we counting?   Sissy’s steps to a healthy body.  Poor gal.  I don’t think either of us realized how out of sorts she was.   Her tummy still rumbles more than I think it should, but we’re getting there.

The good news?  We’re off the “come back in two weeks for a check-up” schedule.  Wondervet is going to call me (get that?  I don’t have to call her…) to check on the new routine in a couple of weeks, but as long as everything goes as expected, we’ll just ride this out a little while longer, and see if we can’t get rid of all the ear scratching and gas.  They are the remnants of the laundry list of symptoms Sis had two months ago.

Can I eat snow?!

It hasn’t been easy, fun or cheap.  We still have a bunch of biscuits to pack up and share with our friends.   Honestly, there isn’t much out there commercially she can eat.  If it has any meat in it other than rabbit, it’s out.  If it has corn 0f ANY sort in it, she can’t have it.  We found a great spot for gluten-free products today, and I’ll blog about that soon.

In the midst of all of this, Sis was also told to lose weight.  She’s down to 48 lbs. as of today, and that was after eating not long before we left for the vet’s.  She also got her annual shots today, including that Bordetella injection up the nose, and still cuddled with Wondervet before we left.  I’m so proud of her for being sweet and good throughout it all!

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Yum Day!

February 23, 2010

Mark your calendars.  Today is a BIG DAY.  Thanks to our good friend Louise, Mom was alerted that today, February 23rd, is National Dog Biscuit Day.   We’re having trouble tracking down the origins of the day, but who cares?!  I mean… Mom and Gretchen seem to want to waste time with all of that pursuit of knowledge bunk, but I just want to EAT!

Because of this whole diet mess, Mom actually wandered into the kitchen and made me   us some homemade treats.  She was inspired by a recipe on a gluten-free site, but in a rather out of character burst of creativity (she’s a baker and likes fo FOLLOW RECIPES), she just threw stuff together for me.

Cheesy Potato Bites

Ingredients

1 cup mild cheddar cheese

1/4 cup dry Parmeasan cheese

1/4 sour cream

1 cup potato flakes

1/2 cup water

Combine first three ingredients.  (I used a pastry blender.)  Add potato flakes, adding water in small amounts until a dry dough, just moist enough to hold together, is formed. 

Here, you could roll dough and use cute cookie cutters, but I also had to bake brownies for the Knight last night, so I just grabbed my smallest Pampered Chef scoop and dropped the mounds on a cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until golden.  Cool.  Serve.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freeze in small portions if you only have one dog.

Sissy here again.  Mom’s crazy.  They’re awesome as warm as you can stand ’em.   I tried to sneak one right off the cookie sheet while they were cooling, but the little buggers stick just enough on an ungreased sheet that I was busted and sent to the living room empty mouthed.

They’re nice and chewy this way, and Mom just cuts off a “side” for little Gretchie and I get the rest.    Mom is muttering about harder biscuits being better for our teeth, but it’s a holiday, right?!

Whether you NEED gluten free (and red-meat AND chicken AND corn free) or not, these are tasty, quick treats.  Made this way – with the scoop – it took less than five minutes from walking into the kitchen to shoving it in the oven.  As you can see from Sis’s mouthful here, they’re a hit at our house.

Let us know if you try them.  If your dogs like garlic, that would be a great addition, but with Sissy’s tummy issues, we went plain.  Pureed cottage cheese would also work just fine if you don’t have sour cream on hand.

Point, click, save

February 18, 2010

I am the snow queen!  Well, actually, I’m queen of all, but…

Oh.  Sorry.  Sissy, here.  My idiot  overtaxed   Facebook additcted poor Mom isn’t keeping up with things here, so I’m taking matters into my own paws.

Health things: 

Ears.  We’re still doing the icky drops, although they’re hardly drops when Mom just SQUEEZES a great big stream in there.  I’m hoping she’ll make a follow-up appointment soon and the ears will be DONE.

Poop.  If Pedigree can have a commercial with a dog talking about being an “optimal pooper” surely I can tell you that I’m having the best ones of my life.  I still have gas, but it’s more noise than stink.

Food.  That stuff Mom calls gold dust kibble is mighty tasty, but the woman needs to quit being so stingy with it.  I’m a hound.  I follow my nose, especially when there’s a rumbly in my tummy.  A hungry hound is a naughty hound, I’m afraid…

Mom’s all excited because she can order the stuff online, and have it shipped to the front door for about $10 less than what it costs at the vet’s.  It’s available through a pharmacy link on the vet’s website.  Pretty cool, huh?  Clickity, clickity, and the stuff arrives at the door.  I love the internet, and I hope the humans aren’t home when it comes!

photo by Anita 9-09

Now, about that Pink Parade Mom keeps mentioning…  Follow me!

The rules are simple…  but I’ll let Gretchen deal with those, because compliance is her strong suit, not mine.

Gretchen here.  The rules are very simple, and they make expectations clear.  What’s not to like, Sis?

  • Dress up in pink and post a photo on your blog. 
  • Link back here or to Mom’s blog.
  • It doesn’t matter whether the photo is of pet or person… as long as pink is the main color.
  • The whole point is to increase breast cancer awareness, and if it makes Mom smile, all the better.

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Chan – Mom – here.   Thanks girls, but I’m going to take over now.  Actually, the whole point is to make sure that a woman who brightened rooms and lives continues to do so.  Cancer can’t win if we keep fighting the fight, right?

The girls kinda’ jumped the gun, so I don’t have a great plan for prizes or anything, but just making us all a little mindful of breast cancer, and cancer in general, is enough, isn’t it?

My Peeps

February 12, 2010

Sing These Are My People if you know the tune.  If you don’t know it, click HERE.  Sis has ditched Gretchen’s namesake for this as her new theme song.  I’m not at all sure it’s as appropriate as Redneck Woman, but what do I know?!

Actually, all Sis is humming is the part “These are people…”  

If you don’t follow my blog, you’re lost.   That link will take you to today’s post, where Sissy didn’t even pout out loud, and her fans friends responded quickly.  DIVAs don’t wait.

First, the Jazzy award, from Anita and Princess Jasmine.  Again, if you don’t read my blog, you might not know that Auntie ‘Nita caters to “HER Sissymonster” from a whole state away, as much as is humanly possible.  So, Sissy wants an award, Sissy gets an award…

Blogless Mary also dished out “MARY’S FAVORITE BASSET HOUND” award.  (Yeah.  In all caps.  Because…  Sissy is a DIVA, you know?)

And to complete the trifecta, Louise bestowed upon Sis the Cutest Pouty Award.  (Gretchen’s pout ain’t bad either, is it?)

In all sincerity, Sis and I both want to thank everyone for making sure she wasn’t slighted at all.  It’s hard work, being a DIVA.  It’s even harder when you’re on a seriously restrictive diet and have to have your ears messed with constantly.

Allergies v.1.3

February 5, 2010

Sissy gives going to the vet every two weeks a big ol' raspberry

This report is short and sweet.  One ear was yeast-free, one ear wasn’t.  So, two more weeks of winter…

Ooops.  Wrong story.  Two more weeks (5 and 6 if you’re keeping score at home) with the ear meds, and hopefully, both ears will be clear next time.

Now, I also took along a list of questions for wondervet.  No, that’s not quite right either.  THIS is why THIS blog exists; I simply hit the worldwideweb icon on the Blackberry, typed in this address, and then read the list to wondervet and still looked like I had my act together.  Gotta’ love technology.

– Corn syrup?  Well, Gmarie‘s question gets the stump the vet award.  We know from previous incidents that corn meal, flour, etc. set Sissy off, but we don’t know about CORN or CORN SYRUP.  For now, they’ve on the no-no list, but since Sis loves her peppermints, we’ll revist once we are through this initial very restrictive diet phase.

– Those treats with chicken stuff in ’em?  We learned a new word.  Hydrolyzed.  Say it with me… or not.  It is basically a chemical process that reduces the given protein to an amino acid, thus making it safe for allergics like Sissy.   Wondervet isn’t at all optimistic that Sis will even eat them, much less LIKE them.

However, we’ve been given a green light to dehydrate rabbit meat and feed cubes of boiled potato, so the seriously really restrictive phase of Sissy’s diet will begin just as soon as this round of winter of the snow dump ends and we can hop from store to store in search of rabbit.

– Non-meat proteins remain restricted.  No eggs, peanut butter or dairy for now.

One last bit of good news…  There have been no signs of anal gland issues for two weeks now.

Silk Purses and Hounds Ears

February 1, 2010

If you read both blogs, you’ve seen that photo already.  I’m quite taken with it.  It really captures Sissy’s DIVA mode so well. 

So… we’re on week #4 of the gold dust food experiment.  We have ear follow-up #2 tomorrow, and I’m quite hopeful this time that Sis will be told the yeast infections are under control and we can drop into a maintenance plan.  We’ve learned that Sis doesn’t like to have us come at her with the bottle of ear juice; she’s much more cooperative if she’s already in someone’s lap, or resting on the sofa, and one of us just lifts an ear, squirts, rubs, repeats.

Diva just likes to be pampered.   Don’t we all?

Tomorrow’s list of questions for wondervet:

– What about corn SYRUP?  If Sis has to cut out her beloved peppermints, it will break her heart.

– Those treats we bought last time?  They have chicken liver in them.  I’m rather sure wondervet didn’t realize that, so we never opened them.

-Dairy?  Eggs?  Peanut butter?  They’re proteins, and Sis loves them.  Are they restricted?

I don’t know whether it’s good news or not, but we’re either half-or one third of the way through this first phase of food restriction, depending on whether wondervet goes with 8 weeks or 12.

Definite pros:

  • Both girls LOVE the kibble.
  • Gretchen has lost weight.
  • Sis’s anal gland issues appear to be dormant right now.

Cons:

  • The kibble is pricey, VERY pricey.
  • The double ear/yeast infections aren’t officially under control yet.
  • The lack of treats is STILL hard on all of us.

Oh, how I love those freckled legs.