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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Cheyenne Update

About an hour and a half ago, we fed Dakota and Cheyenne in two separate feedings - half the quantity of food in each. Cheyenne was given a bland ground meat and rice mixture and, of course, we put a small spoon of it in Dakota's regular dog food so she wouldn't feel left out. I am happy to report that Cheyenne has kept all the food down and has since then had a bowel movement and urinated without problem. She has also tried to egg on Dakota to play fighting in the backyard and wanted to run, jump, and play.

Is she back to her old self? Not yet. Right now she is sleeping once again on the hard cool hardwood floor and seems very tired from time to time. It just goes without saying how had this all has been on her 75 lb puppy body. Although she is a year and a half, she is still very much a puppy in Lab years and has more growing (filling out) to do.

Upon researching, we realized that a Rhubarb plant started to sprout in our backyard and my husband ran over it with the lawn mower a couple of days ago. Rhubarb leaves are highly toxic - even to humans, and they may be the culprit behind this vicious attack on my wee pup. So, my wonderful husband just unearthed what we thought would be a tiny plant, but it turned out to have a bulb the size of a bowling ball... hopefully he got it all but just to make sure, he is putting up a temporary fence around the area to make sure any leftover parts don't end up in either of our dogs' stomachs.

Let's hope it is an uneventful night... thank you all for the prayers and please keep them coming.



Blogger JLewis said...

"Tessa" our 7-y/o yellow labrador has developed a nasty inflammed elbow pad callous to which we have applied neosporin. It is not resolving.
My question is: Can a vet. surgically correct this matter? Or are there other medication that we might be able to apply?

October 12, 2007 10:34 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

If a callous starts to get inflammed, you will want to seek a vet's medical care. Inflammation could lead to a serious infection that could end up throughout the pup's body (systemic infection). Therefore, Neosporin may not be enough. For our Labradors, the callous was never inflammed, painful, nor bleeding so neosporin worked well.

October 15, 2007 7:18 AM  

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