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Mia and Leo had a vet visit 3 weeks ago for their annual series of shots. We had to go today for their final shot.

There last visit, Leo, bless his heart, got himself so worked up, his anal sacks excredited on their own during the examination. Hubby and I were beside ourselves, as they wisked my little guy to the back to clean him up. In 19 years of having fur babies, and with my Flakey have many situational anxiety issues, this has never happened to us. The vet said it was normal when they get themselves so worked up. My loving friends reassured me too, that it was normal. But me being me, okay it's normal that when they get so upset/excited this can happen, but what I didn't like is that he got himself that upset.

I was talking with Crystal, and telling her about it and how my kids were really overwhelmed at the new facility, which is now tons bigger then what they were used to.

Crystal was telling me about this CD

Dog Gone Songs CD

And I thought, wow, this is great, we will play it in the car on the way over today to the vets and we'll see what happens. So that's what we did. Guess what.....it worked perfectly!!!!!! It's a bit of a ride to the vets, and it really put them in a calm state, and the entire vet visit was exceptional. I highly reccommend this CD, if your babies get upset at anything (like storms, car rides, or just to relax them at home).

Okay, so on to the medical stuff.

Leo - Oh my dear little boy. From his last visit 3 weeks ago, in that time, he started picking up his left rear leg. I spotted it immediately and thought, here we go..LP time. I called the vets, switched their visit today, to the head of the hospital who is an Ortho specialist. I absolutely love Dr. C. He was Kara's primary vet and we just loved him. Kara was an ortho patient as well. When we got Mia and Leo, naturally we wanted Dr. C. They told us, he is now only taking ortho patients, as he is so tied up with them :(. So we did get a very good vet, who has taken care of Mia and Leo to this point. Dr. C was so happy to see us. He remembered us, as well as our special Kara.

Anyway, my little guy, has Luxating Patella grade 2 (which I suspected). I will admit, I almost burt out in tears, but didn't. I asked the Doc, does he need the operation now. He sat us down and said, "Look, this is a very extensive operation. If we can avoid it, in these little ones, we do our best to." He said Leo's muscle mass on both sides are of equal size, which means he is not favoring one side over the other. He also said, that just by him going in there, could result in Leo getting arthritis, so let's try and avoid the operation for now. Doc has Leo on Cosequin. If Leo starts to lift this leg everyday and limps, then we have to operate, but for right now, based on his exam, this is his current treatement.

Okay on to the ears. We had the babies at the groomers last week, and when we went to get them, the groomer, who we do know for years and do trust, announces, "Oh I think Leo is starting an ear infection in his left ear" WHAT? I am telling you, I wash both their faces every day, or every other, brush them everyday, clean their ears, and was FLOORED to hear this. I'm thinking NO WAY.

Then this morning, while grooming Mia, I see her right ear and it looks a little inflammed. I'm thinking what the heck?! So, we pointed it out to Dr. C. he thoroughly examined both Mia and Leo's both ears. He said they do not have an infection, have they been to the groomers, or have you plucked their hairs from thier ears, because it looks as though the external part is inflammed due to plucking the hairs out :angry::angry: So he gave us something, that has a steroid in it, to take away the inflammation. We are not to use it everyday, because of it having a steroid in it. So the groomer and I will be having a little chat.

Leo, does have to go under AGAIN to have a tooth removed, as he has an underbite and his little mouth does not have enough room for it. This is why he went under I beleive last August, and my vet at that time, kept this one tooth in, hoping is little mouth would make room for it. Dr. C. looked me square in the face and said "This should have been removed :(". This is why I LOVE Dr. C. He is the head of the hospital and even though it's one of his vets that were caring for our babies, he will always be frank and honest and right to the point. Just like he did with our Kara. We had noticed she was drinking more water, and thought it's time for bloodwork anyway, so we called, couldn't get Dr. C., so we got a different vet in his practice. Hubby gets a call on Wed. that Kara has diabeties, and to come back in Friday as he will show us how to administer the insulin. Me being me, thought what? Nope. This doesn't feel right. I called back, asked for an appt. with Dr. C. , got one the next day. Hubby and I get there, Dr. C looks at her blood work, and looks at us, and says, I am so sorry, she has DKA diabeties and needs to go to the hospital NOW. He apologized and said no charge for this office visit. And trust me, he was so sincere and you could see his heart sinking.

Needless to say, I love Dr. C.

And Crystal, thanks so much for your reccomendation on the CD, it worked perfectly for the kids, to put them in a calm state, and worked for me too.
 

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Crystal is the best, isn't she!? I heart her! She has been my go to person for so many things right, right Crystal? LOL She is like a guardian angel w/her advice.

Christine....don't stress too much over Leo's LP. Emma has grade 3 and I give her cosequin and she is doing great. Knock on wood, she RARELY limps. I think your vet gave you great advice in saying that if Leo limps and favors the leg all the time down the road, then perhaps have the operation. But for now see how he does. You are a great malt mommy and will know if that should ever be necessary.

The ears...well if it makes you feel any better Emma suffers from reoccuring ear infections. I take very good care of her yet she just seems prone to scratchy ears and on and off infections. I have Virbac cleaner and antibiotic drops that I use when she is uncomfortable and it always aleviates her scratching. These things just happen. Frustrating though isn't it? We go above and beyond for our little ones yet LPs, ear infections, upset tummies, etc still manage to plague our little ones. I'm glad you have a great vet who works with you and understands just how much you love Leo & Mia!
 

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Crystal is the best, isn't she!? I heart her! She has been my go to person for so many things right, right Crystal? LOL She is like a guardian angel w/her advice.

Christine....don't stress too much over Leo's LP. Emma has grade 3 and I give her cosequin and she is doing great. Knock on wood, she RARELY limps. I think your vet gave you great advice in saying that if Leo limps and favors the leg all the time down the road, then perhaps have the operation. But for now see how he does. You are a great malt mommy and will know if that should ever be necessary.

The ears...well if it makes you feel any better Emma suffers from reoccuring ear infections. I take very good care of her yet she just seems prone to scratchy ears and on and off infections. I have Virbac cleaner and antibiotic drops that I use when she is uncomfortable and it always aleviates her scratching. These things just happen. Frustrating though isn't it? We go above and beyond for our little ones yet LPs, ear infections, upset tummies, etc still manage to plague our little ones. I'm glad you have a great vet who works with you and understands just how much you love Leo & Mia!
Tammi, THANK YOU so much. I am so sorry, I didn't know that sweet Emma suffers as well :(. Thank you, your support really has reassured me alot.

Crystal, is a Godsend OMG :), bless her. She is so amazing and am so grateful to her with all of her advice. Oh how she helps me with my babies and she is so patient with me. I heart Crystal too :) and you as well, you are so sweet.

Tammi, I am so grateful for my vet. I said at the end of our visit, Dr. C "I love you" LOL :).

This poor doc, when my Kara (RIP) tore her ACL, Tammi she was in so much pain, crying :(, we rushed her to the ER, and they were the ones to refer us to Dr. C. We got her all calmed down and she was back to her sweet self. He lovingly held her, then started to manuver her leg, and my baby girl let out a cry :(, Tammi, honest to heaven, it was just instinct, but I literally pushed Dr. C. :blush: It was just a Mommy instinct, I apologized right away, and bless his soul, he just smiled at me. I feel so blessed to have him, and blessed to have sweet and wonderful people like you and our girl Crystal.

Thanks again so much. Hugs to you and your babies.
 

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I've read stories about many little ones on here that are living great lives with LP and haven't needed surgery (knock on wood), so I'm sure Leo will be just fine. Especially with such a loving mommy like you. It's great how much you do to make sure your babies have a stress free life.

Oh, and Crystal is amazing also! :biggrin:
 

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Awww Christine, you sure have had lots come your way. I know how you feel and when things pile on I break into tears too!!!

Take care of "You" and things will work out I promise. I told Bob the other day that once one problem is worked out just be ready as another one is waiting to pounce on us :blink:!!!

Seems like that some days......

Thinking of you and sending hugs.

Marsha (...overwhelmed this weekend with our two boys, two guest dogs and one very restless foster Westie that just wants to be a Westie!)
 

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Awww Christine, you sure have had lots come your way. I know how you feel and when things pile on I break into tears too!!!

Take care of "You" and things will work out I promise. I told Bob the other day that once one problem is worked out just be ready as another one is waiting to pounce on us :blink:!!!

Seems like that some days......

Thinking of you and sending hugs.

Marsha (...overwhelmed this weekend with our two boys, two guest dogs and one very restless foster Westie that just wants to be a Westie!)

Awww Marsha huge hugs to you. Thank you so much.

Wow sounds like you have a busy house :) Hugs to your little boys. Oh Gosh, Marsha, I love Westies. My sister has one. She is soooooo cute, but um, they seem to have a little mind of their own :). They are good babies for sure, but determined.

Oh I can't wait to hear how it all is working out and the stories. Bless you for taking these special ones in Marsha. Huge hugs.
 

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Wow...I'm just a bit speechless. I've not been able to be on SM much this past few weeks and am taking this morning to look around a bit to see what I've missed. And I totally missed this.

Thank you Christine, Tammy & Heather for your kind words. I'm no saint, believe me. And I don't have all the answers. I have my 'go to' people on this forum too. And everything I know, I've learned from the wonderful people on this forum and from going through things with my two, Zoe & Jett. I swear, I think sometimes they go through stuff just so I can learn and get experience to help others. It's all I really want to do, is help where I can. I'm so glad the CD worked. Did you try the Tranquility Blend?

If the ear infections tend to be more of a yeasty bacteria, you may want to add plant based Probiotics into their diet. Christine, I know your babies were due to ear plucking, but I'm wondering about sweet Emma's. I'm partial to Animal Essentials. It's the line I use and carry at the store.

And I'm so glad sweet Leo does not have to have surgery right away. Give your sweet babies some xoxo's from me please.:wub:
 

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Christine - Hunter has grade 2 LPs and we haven't done surgery on them to this point. We provide him with daily glucosimine & chondroiton via a pill made from seaweed because Hunter can't have poultry based vitamins/pills and cosequin has chicken in it. He has done very well on this daily suppliment. I have noticed a change in his mobility and since he spends most of his day "on the go" his little limping was pretty noticeable when it started. Here's a link to the product we are using. We had switched to a pill form of it since the powder was kind messy at times but he doesn't like the pill so back to the powder we are going!

GreenDog Naturals™ Healthy Motion Dog Supplements | Dog Hip & Joint Supplements | Dog Joint Supplements from FetchDog

We also get a lot of ear infections - we have had the groomer stop plucking and now only the vet plucks when necessary (he also does our nails). This has really helped with controlling the ear infections!
 

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Christine - Hunter has grade 2 LPs and we haven't done surgery on them to this point. We provide him with daily glucosimine & chondroiton via a pill made from seaweed because Hunter can't have poultry based vitamins/pills and cosequin has chicken in it. He has done very well on this daily suppliment. I have noticed a change in his mobility and since he spends most of his day "on the go" his little limping was pretty noticeable when it started. Here's a link to the product we are using. We had switched to a pill form of it since the powder was kind messy at times but he doesn't like the pill so back to the powder we are going!

GreenDog Naturals™ Healthy Motion Dog Supplements | Dog Hip & Joint Supplements | Dog Joint Supplements from FetchDog

We also get a lot of ear infections - we have had the groomer stop plucking and now only the vet plucks when necessary (he also does our nails). This has really helped with controlling the ear infections!
Awwww Erin thanks so much for the info!!! And thanks for the groomer info as well. I will be sure to pass that on to her. So far, almost scared to say, but so far, Leo is showing improvement. Lifted his back left leg on once a couple of days ago, and nothing since then. And is romping away.

I'm so sorry I didn't know Hunter had them as well, but boy you sharing is comforting as well.
Thank you.
 
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