Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wednesday Wellness Woes

Unfortunately in the last two weeks we have had a number of medical woes here.

First Tubby got another cornea scratch:

Thankfully we caught it early, with puggie eyes you need to be on the alert, and the only treatment necessary is antibiotic ointment.  Tubby seems to be feeling pretty good actually, and he isn't itching or rubbing his eye.   

Then Bob got a cornea scratch, his first one, and out of nowhere his poor eye looked like this
 same treatment as Tubby, though Bob's eye looks a bit worse.  Once we finish these eye treatments we are starting on a nightly program on Genteal eye drops to try and prevent any future issues.

The eye issues weren't the end though during Ernie's senior wellness exam we found out he had crystals in his urine and an X Ray confirmed small stones in his bladder.   Luckily no surgery is needed but he is on a new food.

 Then during Ping's 6 month senior wellness bloodwork we found out her liver values have risen again.

 Thankfully they are still on the low end of high so we are continuing the the Denamarin supplement she takes and switching her to a lower protein low fat food, wellness super five mix and some home cooked, though in general I am a fan of high protein foods they can be tough on the liver.  (The good news is Tubby's senior blood work is excellent).

I am so thankful that we caught Ping's and Ernie's problems early and can begin diet and supplement changes that can help manage their issues.   If we had not done routine blood work and urine testing we likely would not have found the problems until they were very advanced and difficult  to treat.   If you have young pets please invest in pet insurance and if you have older pets consider  getting wellness exams every 6 months, remember early detection is the key to successfully treating and managing many illnesses.


  1. OMD, look at those eyes. We hope everyone is feeling better!!

  2. OMD that is a lot of woes. Sending a truck load of POTP to you. We are insured you bet. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. Oh no, hope everyone is feeling better soon!

  4. Excellent reminder about how important wellness checks are, especially for seniors. Paws crossed for everybody at your house.

  5. I too am glad you caught these problems early and no surgeries are necessary. Sending healing wishes to all.

  6. good morning urban hounds!

    oh your mom and dad take such good care of you!
    yes, just like us people it is so good to get regular check up to manage small changes that occur so they never become or feel big!

    it is an excellent practice that every 2 and 4 footed creature should do!

    i am so glad you all are doing so well!

    small checks and fine tuning = no big surprsies that may feel scary!


  7. I'm so glad that everyone is ok and I really hope that you all get better soon, especially Bobs poor eye!! Bless them all! I coudnt agree more, My Mum is a bit over-protective of me but the Vet says that it is a good thing becuse she always catches things early which is good for me and her as treament can be very expensive if an illness is left to get worse! Mum always make sure I have regular Vet check-ups even though I'm only three and she has good pet insurance for me too!
    Love, Licks and Hugs from your furiend Frank xxxxxxxxx

  8. Wow, that is a lot to get hit with at one time! Hope everyone is better ASAP!

  9. That is the only problem with dogs with big eyes, trying to keep them safe. I hold my breath every time our dogs go under bushes incase they get a scratch. Glad nobody had to have anything major done to them at the vet.
    Lynne x

  10. Great Advice! Frequent exams have proven to be valuable for our pack in catching things early.

  11. Wow that was a busy vet week for you guys...sure hopes the eyes are getting healed up, it seems we are constantly watching and treating them here at our house also, so glad everyone else can be treated with supplements and a change of food, you are a super duper momma.
    stella rose

  12. Holy Cow what a week. Hope the eyes get better quickly. Mom is of the same mind, catch things early and it is easier to deal with. Bailey had his senior bloodwork done last month and it was normal.
    Bailey, Hazel & Greta

  13. Boo to scratches... hope all recover well! Be sure to hop over and enter our Buzz Guard giveaway... at least it'll keep the peskly bugs at bay!

  14. So sorry your babies got health issues. I'm glad Tubby is feeling better and hope Bob's eye will get better soon.
    It is really great you caught issues for Ernie and Ping! I will start routine check ups for my boys every 6 months when they get older.

  15. I so sorry for all the health issues going on but so glad you that you an amazing dog mom and stayed on top of things. Gosh I love Mr. Bob!

  16. Oh dear you pups have been in the wars this week. But how lucky you are to have such a wise and caring mom and dad.
    Sending healing wishes to all the family.
    Toodle pip!

  17. Oh dear, that's too many problems for one you have any idea where the cornea scratches come from? Hope everyone feels better soon

  18. Holly Molly what a week, we hope that every one is better real soon..It's wonderful you have such a good Mom that picks up things early ..Big hugs xx00xxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  19. Good advice. We usually have our yearly exams, but maybe I, Daisy, who's 10 need the 6 monthly. Great that you picked up things early.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  20. What a week! Hope everyone is better soon.

  21. Wow, that's a lot of health issues. Thank goodness you caught the cornea scratch early. We waited maybe two days and Audi's got worse, which is why he now has an eye graft and a constantly oozy eye. We hope your pups are feeling better soon!

  22. We are so over eye ulcers! Tallulah is going to start wearing Doggles! Ridiculous for her!
    So we feel Bob and Tubby's pain. And your pocket book pain!
    Have you ever heard of using milk thistle to help cleanse the liver? Our vet recommended that for Quincy, but we didn't get to try it. And we found this dosage information if you are interested.

    Hope everyone starts feeling better soon!

  23. Oh no! You really are having a bad
    time of it!
    We hope everyone feels better real soon!

  24. Were glad that all the issues got found and can be taken care of !

  25. Wow! That is much to worry about, and much to be thankful for in that you are getting all cared for.

  26. Keeping the entire Urban Hounds family in my prayers.

  27. Wow - that sure is a lot at once! I'm glad to hear that everyone is doing better. I'm so glad that the Urban Hounds have such caring 'rents who know how to take good care of that pack! :)


  28. oh noes, hope they are all feeling better xx

  29. Oh my gosh I feel horrible we missed this when it was posted. We haven't been online much lately. I'm so glad the scratches and crystals were caught early. You all are so lucky to have parents that keep such a close eye on your health and wellness. We are keeping you all in our thoughts.

  30. Oh I hope you are all healed up soon!

    Stop on by for a visit