My goodness, it has been too long since my last update and so much has been going on. I will write about the major happenings, as you know the rest is like water down the bridge.
The puppies are now 8 weeks old and have taken over the garage as their home. They are very comfy in their whelping box, which is attached to the wire cage. Underneath there is a soft rubber like under pad so they do not get cold and our portable heather keeps the garage at room temperature. Lots and lots of dog toys are laying around for them to play with and occasionally we add some suitable plastic items from the house for them to chase and toss everywhere. Of course we take turns playing with them when they are out of the cage to run free in the (spotless) garage. I think nowadays I am spending more time in the garage than in the house and that is why I have no time for anything else. ;-)
When the doxies were 6 weeks old all of them had an appointment at the Erie Veterinary Hospital where Dr. Hussain gave them their first vaccine shots and deworming medication and pronounced all of them to be in good health, not to forget being very cute and lovely little Dachshunds.
However, at the same time I had to take their momma, our Elsa, in as well. She had been vomiting a couple of times and I discovered fresh blood in her stool but she ate large amounts of food with good appetite. She also had now become very thin after weaning the pups. I dropped off a stool sample at the clinic to be tested before our appointment. The results were none conclusive so the doctor took a blood sample (poor Elsa was shaved on her neck for the procedure to be performed there) and a CBC test was done. Shortly after running the diagnostic I could view the results displayed on the computer screen and the doctor explained that there were no abnormalities. He suggested that she might have internal parasites (although she had been dewormed during pregnancy) and if the prescribed medicine would not make a difference then an x-ray might be needed. We left the Vet armed with three different kinds of medication, a dozen cans of specialized dietary dog food and a hefty bill. Over the next ten days I was to dispense the various kinds of meds.
I started administering the meds right after arriving back home and I was to continue with the antibiotic every 8 hours. Elsa was not enthusiastic about the canned “Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets, Gastro enteric Dog Food” The label stated it contained as the first ingredient “meat byproducts and the second water” and I didn’t blame her. For the next two days I managed to give her the meds and food, but Elsa brought up the morning meal an hour after eating on the third day and she became listless and withdrawn. Then on the fourth day she gagged when I put the canned food in front of her and she could not hold down any food at at all. This made me very concerned. I decided to stop all medications and to let her tummy rest. At the same time I went online researching the meds. The Metronidazole that I had to spray her every eight hours by syringe into her mouth listed the common side effects as: Nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, gagging/ regurgitation, fatigue, loss of appetite, blood in urine and fever. Furthermore a warning of an overdose (the dosage is measured by dog weight) and treatment for extended periods said: Irregular or abnormally slow heartbeat, tremors, seizures, stiffness and dilated pupils might occur. I was horrified reading this! Additionally the website stated that this antibiotic product is not yet approved by the FDA.
At the time of writing this I can say that after a week long diet of dry “Royal Canin Adult Dachshund” food, in small portions, Elsa seems fine and she now also eats my cooked chicken, rice and vegetables again mixed with the dry kibble. She’s back to being active and playful with Reggy. Perhaps the few days when she took the meds have killed off whatever ailed her. However, we are careful monitoring what she eats. Although she’s lost some weight, she looks great. Reggy, on the other hand, has put on a little weight because he liked to participate in the extra food we had given to Elsa while she was still nursing. I think some exercise might cure this problem.
In the meantime we'd received a phone call from the lady who organizes the annual Wiener Dog Races at the local Leamington Raceway. This year our Elsa had to skip this event but we registered Reggy for the race and Elsa came along to watch. There were not as many participating Dachshunds this year, and no, Reggy did not win, but we had fun and he loved the experience and he got many compliments for being “very cute” and so “adorable”. The winner of this year’s race should have gotten an additional award for having the longest legs ever seen on a Dachshund.
So while I have been busy with all 8 dogs, Benno had his long awaited shed being delivered to our property. Rather than building the shed ourselves we went with a custom shed from “Wagler Mini Barns” These sheds are built to order, or stock of which they have several different models and styles sitting at their yard. A professional Amish crew of carpenters is building these mini houses by hand and you can have your shed match your house profile, which we did. Is has the same siding and shingles as our house. Once the shed or barn is completed it will be delivered to your property and put in place with ease.
If anyone is interested, their address is 10055 Carter Rd. Malahide Township, RR1, Aylmer, Ont. N5H 2R1. Tel: 519-773-2218. Strangely, they have a website http://www.waglermini-barns.com but if you want to contact them by phone and no one is answering the telephone when you call, don’t worry, because the office does not have a phone. It is located in the old school house, so try again in a while and Laverne Zehr will get back to you. (Don't try and text him I suspect the phone is the old style rotary phone :-)
Our shed is very neat and well built, but the inside was bare because Benno opted to finish it himself and I am giving him a hand when needed. This new project of ours requires many trips to the home building center and hardware store for the materials needed to finish the inside. Of course there will be more pictures to come.
For today I think the post is long enough and I hope my next update will not take so long.