21 December 2011

Merry Christmas

We do not celebrate Christmas, don't ask me why; I guess it's just not a tradition in our family to celebrate.  So I hardly get any card.  But this year (today) I received one!!

It's hand-crafted and from my groomer! Thank you Aunty Janet! *licks & kisses*


12 December 2011

Post Dental Treatment

Whatz up Mom? Why forced put me in this position??

I see. You wanna show my furriends my 'new' dogcula teeth!

   hehehehehehee (that's Mom's wicked laugh!)..... I was unwilling to let Mom open my mouth so she had to pull back my lips. "Cute Little Teeth" are what Mom calls my canines.

Here's a short clip of how I walked wobbled yesterday before totally recovering from GA:

11 December 2011

Health Exam 2011 - Part 2

As mentioned in my post here, this morning I went for my scheduled dental scaling and at the same time finding out more about the pain in my throat.

My pawrents left me at the vet's at 9.40am. They came back for me at 10.30am (same day) and I was already waiting for them at the back room.  Vet's report to Mommy:

  • No teeth extracted.  "All teeth strong". (OMD! Mommy was quite surprised yet secretly happy about it).
  • Throat pain due to redness at the tip of Epiglottis*.

* Nothing to be done for now.  To go back for review in a month's time. Then, will also run a urine test again to see whether my urinary tract infection is gone or not.

So, I was brought out and handed over to Mommy in my own personal crate that Mommy left at the clinic.  I was already awake from the anaesthetic effect but not fully awake.

How I looked (taken after reaching home):
My head, face and upper chest area were all wet!

Still groggy with heavy eyelids.  Not much response too.

My limbs were still weak and wobbly.  When I could walked a little, it was wobbly.  I recovered strength only at 3+pm after zzzzzz-ing.

There was also an embarassing incident.  I plonked down on one of my beds and Daddy noticed some wet spots where I laid.  Mommy touched and realized it was from my private part. So they quickly moved me onto the tiled floor. Before long, I was leaking pee.  At first it was just a small puddle, then Mommy decided that she might as well cleaned up just once so she helped me by slightly pressing on my bladder.  Ooooosshh....boy, my bladder was relieved! But gosh, where did all those water come from???!!  Anyway, it was all good after that.

Now I am back to my usual self and my appetite has come back too (had to fast since 10pm last night and no appetite when I was still groggy earlier)! Yay!

09 December 2011

Health Exam 2011 - Part 1

Last Sunday I was at the 3-letter place:  V..E..T !

As I've joined the rank of Senior Citizens (8.5 years old now), Mommy wants a FULL health check on me that included both blood and urine tests.  Boy, was I nervous that even the vet thought I was one of the most (if not the most!) nervous dog he'd come across!  I grabbed at Daddy's arms till they were full of scratches; you see, I was SO nervous that he had to help being the vet's assistant!  Mommy stayed clear of me as she had to keep her head cool to listen to what the vet had to say & to ask questions.

"I'm sorry Daddy!" :(

RESULTS:  Unfortunately I did not score 100%:
  • Both eyes starting with mild cataracts.  Slight tearing which is fine.
  • Left ear slightly painful when 'poked' (I'm sure 'poke' is not the correct word to use but that sure looked like what the vet was doing to me!).  However, both ears were extremely clean.
  • Vet commented that my teeth were "solid" (that's his exact word!) although they've got tartar*. Hopefully they'll turn out to be really solid upon closer examination*.
  • My throat* was painful when it was pressed but I would not allow vet to check further into it.
  • Limbs were fine; vet commented my hind legs were full of muscles (Mom told him I got that from all the jumping up on people..ahem!).
  • Heart murmur detected! Oh gosh! But I've yet to show any much symptom *paws crossed*
  • Anal gland expressed ... erm.., seemed Mommy had not done too well on this!
* I've been scheduled for what's going to be my first ever dental scaling this Sunday! While under general anaesthesia, vet will also check on my throat. Mommy is praying that at most let it be just an infection if there's anything wrong with it.

Blood and urine test results were out the following day:
  • Liver enzymes high  :(
  • There's urinary tract infection :(  (prescribed antibiotics).
After blood samples were drawn, my arms:

The bruised area was bigger and worse than seen in the pics; it's not yet gone as at today! It was my fault as I kept moving due to my nervousness :'(  

Napping after the traumatic health check!