If you are a long term reader of my blog or social media channels, I’m sure you’ll have noticed I love my pets. A lot. This has taken time to admit, but I caused the death of my darling Maggie. I didn’t do it intentionally, and I am only talking about it as a warning to other bunny people. What happened? I hosed her, Bart and Mo off in the heat. The hosepipe was on a fine mist to cool them gently. It’s a heatwave in England, and our buns have never experienced such heat – I was trying to be nice to them. Instead the “wet fur smell” attracted flies. They bit her and laid eggs, if I’d known this, I could have saved her. This evil situation is called flystrike. It is preventable, but I had no idea just how deadly it was. In my life I have […]
Whilst I wasn’t blogging, our beautiful Doris Dog died. We didn’t know it was coming. We had just adopted Rainie Roo in December, then Doris took a turn for the worst in January. Being strays, we never really knew how old Freya or Doris were. It’s all a bit of guess work with abandoned animals. Freya was about a year old when adopted and this is supported by the fact she grew a tiny bit taller after we got her. The same goes for Rainie who we adopted just before Christmas. But our Doris, we thought she was about 7 years old, but when she became unwell the vet that was assigned as Doris’ main vet said she was actually more likely 11 years old. Salukis have a 12 year life expectancy. We knew she wasn’t going to suddenly be cured. What I didn’t expect, and wasn’t ready for was […]
On the 8th of July I lost a friend. He had been in my life for 13 years, since he was a much smaller fluffy baby bunny. He came in to our family when my son Dee was a baby, and I remember trying to house train him, and not exactly achieving it. I loved him as family, he wasn’t just a “pet”, he wasn’t an object or possession, he was my friend. On the 8th of July we went to the vets, and the vet agreed that Patch had lost quality of life and a decision was made. I spoke to him on the way out, kissed him on the nose, and held his paw. The nurse left in tears, and the vet wasn’t far off either – I held it together until I was outside and then I was a wreck. Towards the end of June Patch had […]
A little while ago I was sent the Triop World kit from Interplay for the children to review. Despite often being found in the toys and games sections of shops, Triops are not toys – they are real life pets. The cool thing is they are prehistoric, almost unchanged since the time of dinosaurs and swamps. I though Dee would be all over this kit, but he said he was too old for it, he’s 13 though. Jen didn’t need to be asked twice if he wanted to hatch some pet triops with me. To start them hatching you need to have a lot of hours of daylight and have the water around 20 degrees Celsius. Also you can’t fill the tank with tap water, it will kill the eggs before they even hatch. They like it old fashioned – rain water or spring water only. Lucky for us we […]
Recently I was offered the chance to have one of my dogs DNA tested to try to learn more about them. Both were rescues so it’s hard to find out much about them. I believe that they are both saluki, as does our vet, and the Dogs Trust where we adopted them from also did.
As they take up a lot of my life, I thought I’d waffle about our dogs. Lately the girls have been improving their behaviour around other dogs, and I’ve been working hard on thier social skills. Well today that went a bit tits up! Blokey had taken Freya and Doris onto the fields after giving me breakfast in bed. As I stood in the kitchen loading some cups in to our dishwasher I see Doris mucking about with a neighbours Staffie and off lead on the front grass. This is not normal, so I stepped outside barefoot and called her.
Last week I discovered Doris had a lump. I spoke to the vets and got her looked at. She had a few visits, and I had a few phone calls with the vets for me. The last visit our vet told me that she has an uncommon condition – the lump is actually mainly calcium and bone based. As her x-ray shows, the lump got snapped away from her bone slightly, but it was solidly joined earlier in the week before investigation. My poor woofer, she didn’t seem in pain but it still can’t be too comfortable.
Our darling Doris has a lump, we first noticed it yesterday. So yesterday evening I phoned up a VetFone vet from MoreTh>n insurance (which we have access to as Wagglepets Ambassadors) and they advised me that there was no major panic but she would need seeing by our local vet soon. They talked through basic symptoms and ruled out the need for emergency veterinary treatment, which was helpful as it was after opening hours and a weekend. Pricey! Doris is in no obvious pain, walking and running fine, eating and drinking as normal. If she was suffering at all I would have paid the out of hours call out charges and had her seen immediately.
The girls love getting toys and treats sent to them in the post. In this month’s Pawsome box was a tough fabric ring toy with a rope ball in the centre, an adorable squeaky bunny teddy, Drinkies dog drink, Biogance clean pads paw spray, FluoFresh chew sticks and peanut butter flavoured bone biscuits.
This month I asked Wagglepets for a bit of help. Our Freya is a fussy hound, she gets bored then refuses to eat particular brands of food. She decided she no longer likes the RSCPA dry food that Wagglepets were sending us, and they switched us over to Royal Canin, no drama. In the box this time were the usual poop bags, various biscuit based treats, a blanket and flea treatment. The flea spot on couldn’t have come at a better time, Freya had recently got her first ever tick, I did it all wrong and removed it without a special tool or gloves. Apparently there is a right and wrong way to do it. I’ve found an article on removing pet ticks here, but be warned, it includes a photo of a tick at the start of the text.
Over New Year Doris and Freya have been trying out Wellness dog food. It’s a premium dog food range made from good quality ingredients. They tried Core, a complete wet food and which comes in 170gram pots. The packaging is actually a strong plastic bowl that you can feed from, but we always feed the dogs from their own bowls when we are at home. Having it come in a usable bowl is great for travelling or going out with the family and dogs – many family attractions have dog water available so a drink is much easier to find. I think it would be better than the sandwich bag of dry food I normally take out as a dog packed lunch. As I hope you can see in the above pictures it has a chunky meaty middle covered in a smooth pâté. Freya and Doris like different textures so they […]
I am very happy to say I’m a wagglepets blogger. Yay! What is Wagglepets you’re wondering? Well it’s a subscription service for dogs with a difference – it’s for the stuff you need. The idea is your best pals food gets delivered to the door, along with treats, preventative treatments, poop bags and occasional toys. It also comes with pet insurance from MoreTh>n and with a clumsy dog like Freya in the house I understand the importance of insurance. When she jumped out of the window not so long back it cost us a few quid, and it would have been more except she bounced off the greenhouse roof which seemingly saved her from broken bones. Just a couple of weeks back Freya needed emergency treatment for chocolate poisioning, she stole the advent calendar chocs, not a lot but it hit her hard. She was acting slow and confused – […]