Bichon.ca - Bichon Frise Community
November 17, 2017, 10:00:59 PM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
News:
fluffwelcome      fluffwelcome
 
   Home   Help Search Login Register  
Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10
 1 
 on: October 24, 2017, 05:58:56 PM 
Started by kjb131313 - Last post by pam
Both Poppy (16) and Bengy (13) have warts, none of which we have had removed recently.  Poppy did have a lump removed about 6 years ago from the top of her head- benign and ok with anaesthetic at the time.  They are generally out of the way so not irritated by scratching etc.  Anaesthetics are an issue for us now - Poppy has teeth issues but the last time she was put under to remove the back molars we were lucky to get her back. So she still has the not nice teeth and we just have to deal with it. She seems ok in herself.  Ben has a lump on his hind leg which needs looking at - I just need to work up my courage.

Best wishes
Pam

 2 
 on: October 21, 2017, 12:42:56 AM 
Started by kjb131313 - Last post by darwinsmom (Chris)
I think I misunderstood- I thought you were asking for advice from people who had owned bichons a long time, ie like Sandie, Pam, etc. Sorry! Smiley

I’m so glad to hear it’s over and he did well! Go Toby Wan!

 3 
 on: October 20, 2017, 10:22:43 PM 
Started by kjb131313 - Last post by kjb131313
I kept meaning to reply but life has been crazy here in Northern CA! I’m not a veteran bichon owner because Darwin is 8, but I relate to what you said.
I have to say, I’m not sure where the anesthesia concern comes from? Darwin had 2 major knee surgeries in the last year, a month apart, and no problems. They did labs before to make sure, but he did fine. They did a dental and a bunch of lump and bump removals at the same time, so he must have been under for awhile. I think it’s much better for their health to take care of dental issues than to avoid it because of the slight risk of anesthesia.
Speaking of tummy troubles, we’re there too. Darwin eats wellness small dog weight management kibble. It’s grain free, and has probiotics. I’ve really seen a difference with it. I usually put some plain cooked meat (chicken, hamburger) on top to make it more enticing. Hope that helps!


Thank you for your feedback. Toby is only 8 years old too but after all his surgeries etc., I consider myself a veteran Bichon owner. He did so well with his yearly dental. It is now 3 years in a row. Only thing I did differently was wart removal. He had a few and one on his leg so I opted for that. Stitches will be removed in 10 days. He is so tired and snuggly tonight. So glad it went well!

 4 
 on: October 20, 2017, 12:44:53 PM 
Started by kjb131313 - Last post by darwinsmom (Chris)
I kept meaning to reply but life has been crazy here in Northern CA! I’m not a veteran bichon owner because Darwin is 8, but I relate to what you said.
I have to say, I’m not sure where the anesthesia concern comes from? Darwin had 2 major knee surgeries in the last year, a month apart, and no problems. They did labs before to make sure, but he did fine. They did a dental and a bunch of lump and bump removals at the same time, so he must have been under for awhile. I think it’s much better for their health to take care of dental issues than to avoid it because of the slight risk of anesthesia.
Speaking of tummy troubles, we’re there too. Darwin eats wellness small dog weight management kibble. It’s grain free, and has probiotics. I’ve really seen a difference with it. I usually put some plain cooked meat (chicken, hamburger) on top to make it more enticing. Hope that helps!

 5 
 on: October 19, 2017, 01:37:44 PM 
Started by kjb131313 - Last post by Freedom (Sandie)
I don't do dentals "annually," I wait until it is needed.  Since I regularly feed raw meaty beef neck bones, their teeth stay in good shape.  A dental every 3 - 4 years is more than enough with this.

As for sensitive tummies . . . maybe as mine are rescues, they all have stomachs of steel!  LOL

 6 
 on: October 11, 2017, 10:04:15 PM 
Started by kjb131313 - Last post by kjb131313
Hi everyone,

I know you all probably think I only post when I need a Toby question answered but I try not to bother everyone. I love my 8 year old Toby with all my heart. He is doing
great!!!! He is still soooooo active and crazy!!!! Two questions...I scheduled him for his annual dental. It's in about two weeks. My groomer was worried about anesthesia. Toby has had two torn ACL's and two luxating patella surgeries and he is just fine. Also, he has a few warts I want removed so he looks awesome. What is your feeling about a dental? Also, I feed Stella & Chewy's dog food with boiled chicken. I noticed recently that Toby has had loose stools...I was not adding his favorite sweet potato. This morning...his poop was great...this evening after a groom....a little runny. Toby is so sensitive. And I love that. Anyone have a sensitive stomach Bichon?

 7 
 on: September 30, 2017, 11:43:42 AM 
Started by Freedom (Sandie) - Last post by pam
Glad to hear Willy is back to normal.  Always such a worry when they are poorly.
Pam

 8 
 on: September 28, 2017, 03:09:31 PM 
Started by Freedom (Sandie) - Last post by Freedom (Sandie)
Thanks Pam.  As of today, Willy is back to his normal self; normal for a 14 y o, lol.  In fact he was almost back to himself by the next morning.

I really question if he has Lyme again; everything happened after the bite; and a dog can infect itself which I did not know.  Having been on the receiving end of MANY of Willy's bites, I know how hard he can bite down. 

He does sleep more now than he did 2 years ago, but he is still ready when I say walkies!

 9 
 on: September 27, 2017, 03:21:47 PM 
Started by Freedom (Sandie) - Last post by pam
Poor Willy!  I know Lymes disease is not nice - I think in the UK it is tick born?  Remember gong onto a campsite in Scotland and everywhere you went there was warnings. Didn't realise it came and went as it were.  It has not been a good year for you Sandie.   grouphug for you and Willy.  His leg must be awfully sore!
Pam

 10 
 on: September 25, 2017, 09:16:45 PM 
Started by Freedom (Sandie) - Last post by Freedom (Sandie)
Willy has been showing his age. Almost blind, and what I think is dementia. So 2 days back I called and got him an appointment for this afternoon. I needed help w/ his chronic eye issues, perhaps a medication change, get a senior blood panel done, and just a review on a few things.

This morning I started the dogs' grooming, Willy was up first. As usual, he tried to bite me; I moved my hand out of the way and escaped that bite, whew! HOWEVER, Willy did grab on to his own front leg. And he bit down HARD, as he always does during a grooming session. Seeing as that hurt, he started to howl and bit harder! It seemed this went on for ages, but was more like 15 to 20 seconds. With him screaming the entire time. The other dogs, and the cats, all started dashing about trying to get out, get hidden, get to him, etc. Pandemonium.

Once things calmed down, Willy had given himself a grand bite, the leg was bleeding front and back, and just hanging limply. He did not put any weight on it. And of course, now there was no way I was allowed to touch the leg, deal with the blood etc. Somehow I got him and the other dogs outside; cleaned up the kitchen; called in to the vet office to let them know there was another issue. I got the dogs in, went and got myself ready to go. And discovered Willy was sound asleep. Hmm. Called him, nothing. Moved his bed, nothing. In the end I had to carry him out to the car. Now I was really worried, something big was wrong, all wrong.

Long story short, Willy has Lyme disease (this is the 3rd time, for him). The trauma of the bite triggered symptoms. He had a temperature of 103.6 at the vet, and was completely out of it. (normal dog temp is 101.3, per vet. Yes I find different online, that is what the vet told me.) They cleaned up his bites, and the doxycyline he needs for the Lyme will also help those heal. Several changes to his eye medications, as he has an ulcer on one eye. And we did a geriatric (blood plus urine). He should feel better in about 48 hours, once the doxy kicks in.

Seems it is always something lately. At least in a few days he will be fine, most likely better than he has been for some time. The leg will heal, the vet didn't feel there was any permanent damage.

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10
Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.21 | SMF © 2015, Simple Machines Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
Page created in 0.183 seconds with 16 queries.