Those of you that follow us regularly may have noticed we haven’t been posting recently. We wanted to give you an update and fill you in on what’s been happening here at SlimDoggy.
We have been busy with our dogs, Jack & Coco.
Jack is recovering nicely from his toe amputation, but he also had a growth on his neck that had to be removed, so it was back to the vet for that. Happy to say it was benign and other than looking goofy with his toe and shaved neck, he is doing just fine.
Coco is another story – we have a long road ahead to get her back to health. We are working on her bladder infection which turned out to be a very resistant strain of Proteus. It only responds to a drug called Amikacin which is a shot administered daily for ten days. Since it’s highly toxic to the kidneys, it has to be preceded by 1000ml of fluid – so we’ve been giving her an IV treatment and this shot everyday – day 6 now. It also requires a daily urinalysis, so we’ve been spending a lot of time back and forth to the vets. Hopefully, this will do the trick and rid her of this infection once and for all.
Once her infection is cleared up, and she has a little rest, it’s off to the surgeon to get her remaining mammary tumors removed. Luckily, nothing has spread to her lymph nodes or lungs, so we’re hoping to get them out soon, maybe follow with a short regime of chemotherapy and we’ll be rid of her cancer.
She is doing just great though – the NSAIDs seem to be helping her arthritis and she’s actually romping a bit in the yard. She’s picked up on our daily ‘find the food’ game like a champ and is giving Jack a run for his money at finding the most treats. She loves her walks, has not quite finished exploring every corner of the yard, but she’s working at it and she follows me around just like Jack. It’s becoming a bit of a challenge with the two of them, but it’s okay. She is as sweet as can be and unlike Maggie who preferred to be off on her own, Coco likes to stay with us and sleeps happily in her bed in the living room with us in the evening. I don’t think she was abused in her former home, just neglected. She really wants to please us and behaves like an little angel.
She and Jack get along great. He was a little overly interested in her at first and they had one small tussle the first week, but now he is back to ignoring her like he did Maggie and Coco is following him around like a true little sister.
On top of all the dog health issues we’ve been dealing with, as you know, we were acquired by PetNet last year. We continued the blog for a time, but now our focus is on our food database and food delivery offerings at PetNet. We are building some innovative tools (software and “AI”) to help pet parents feed smarter and choose better foods and treats for their pets. Expect this work to make it to market in the Petnet products next year. Meanwhile, PetNet has a blog that we contribute to where we discuss diet and nutrition.
This isn’t goodbye, it’s just a sabbatical. We will continue to post on occasion, especially about Jack and Coco, but also if there is significant dog food or exercise news to share.
We want to thank all of you for your support and loyalty to our blog, our “Fitdog” mission and our dogs Jack, Maggie & Coco over the last four years. We’ve enjoyed every minute of it particularly belonging to this great community of pet bloggers and pet owners. They are the best people around! Thank you.
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