January 10th, 2006

Puppy

Meh

We had to take Midnite to the vet today. No, nothingserious, just her annual checkup, shots and most especially, grooming. We usually shave her about twice a year, she's a mutt, and on her legs she has a mix of wirey hair and border collie thin whispy hair. Well needless to day, the whipsy hair gets caught around the wirey hair, and it turns into tangle hell. It doesn't help that she's always licking herself constantly, and that just makes it worse. We've tried brushing her everyday and such, but we can't keep up. We just shave her. She's an inside dog, so it doesn't affect her that much, and she always seems so much happier and more active without it.

Anyway, we decided that we didn't feel like fighting her again to shave her (She hates the shaving part and always gives us a hard time), so we took her to the vet/groomer.

$350 later she's home and looks like half the dog she was before. But damn have vet visit fees gone up, you used to be able to get all the shots for under $100. Holy hell. The grooming part was just $75.

She also weighs 106lbs, so she needs to get her fat ass on a diet. Hopefully having the yard will help the weight problem.
Puppy

Speaking of vets...

Bobo is showing signs of another bladder infection. But, I'm not really sure. If an older dog gets an infection, and it's gone for 3-4 years, are they prone to getting it in the same spot again? He's not acting *quite* the same this time, when he got his bladder infection last time, he didn't want to move. Now he won't stop moving, infact I can't get him to lay down. It got so bad that I had to put him outside because he keeps falling over (And we have stone tile floors) and trying to get into spaces he can't fit.

It scares me a little because he's trying to get into small dark places. He'll be 17 years old this year, and I'm afraid he's doing the "find a spot to die" thing. He seems like he has a fever, but I have no thermometer, and I'm always cold, so everything always feels hot to me. So I'm not sure.

The big thing is, he's pissed twice in the house, but it doesn't smell *really* bad, like when he had the bladder infection before. Anyone know what this might be? It's not 'typical aging" because he was fine a few days ago. I'm a little concerned that he might have picked up something from Midnite, since she was at the vet, and this started happening tonight.

This weekend, I had been thinking about Bobo and his age, and how he has outlived his "sister" steffi by a year. He is quite old, and I tried to spend a lot of time with him this weekend because I don't think he's going to last the year. Right now, I find my thoughts drifting towards taking him to the vet and putting him to sleep. He wouldn't be the first dog we've had this done to, but our other dog was in obvious pain. Bobo, it's really hard to tell. He's always whining a little, he's not at all yelping, or groaning or anything like that. He seems fine because he won't stop walking around.

Meh, rambling again. The biggest problem is that we just spent a small fortune on Midnite, and taking Bobo to the vet is really... not something we can easily pay for right now.

I've got him outside now, I can't let him piss in the house again. I just hope he pulls through by the morning.
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