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How's the heartworm treatment going?

Beeji just went in to the Vet Hospital today for round two of the treatment. I will be able to get him tomorrow afternoon. He so loves the techs out there, that he didn't even look back as they led him off!! I'm glad but also a bit sad! LOL.

Anyway, they will call me either tonight or in the morning to let me know how he is doing. Now we go back to keeping him as calm as possible. The meds sort of slow him down and he does feel lethargic for several days.

But so far so good.


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Thanks everyone for the warm wishes, it is now Saturday and Beeji woke up full of steam! He wolfed his breakfast, headed to the rack where his harness and lead are and then dashed to the front door and back to the rack.

I think he was trying to tell me something!! LOL

I finished my breakfast, got on my outdoor clothes, harnessed and leashed Beeji and off we went. Had a good long walk and are now back at home and Beeji is curled up on my bed and all is right with the world!!


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Yesterday, I took mom to have her hair done and we crated Beeji as always. He was fine with going in his crate and we were only gone an hour and a half. I got home, let him out of his crate and he did his happy dance and we headed for the backyard to play. He wasn't as excited as he usually is to be outside and only ran after his ball one time. Then he began a hacking, gagging sort of cough.

He kept doing this and finally threw up an icky pile of vomit. It was his food from his morning feed. He acted like he felt a bit better but within the next 20 minutes he started the gagging cough and threw up again, the rest of breakfast. I checked his throat to see if he had an obstruction but couldn't see anything. I headed to the garage to get the shovel to scoop up the vomit and when I turned around, Beeji was chewing on some long grass growing near the storage house. I called him and said leave it and he came over but then he began to cough again and threw up the 3rd time. Not much content but still enough for me to worry.

I took him inside and he got up on my bed but wasn't calming down, if anything he was getting more and more agitated. He vomited a 4th time and this time there were strands of the long grass. I looked at his face and noticed that his fur was up in little bumps around his forehead.

It looked like he had pimples under the fur. Then his eyes began to swell shut and areas of his mouth began to swell. He was one miserable little dog. I immediately called my vet Dr. Gencil and he told me he would wait at the clinic for us. They were getting ready to close.

Beeji let me put on his harness and lead but had no enthusiasm for it like he normally does. He went outside and got in the car by himself with no problems. I was driving the 4 miles to the clinic and worrying. He threw up again but this was just a white with creammy ropey vomit.

We got to the clinic and they did X-rays of his chest and throat. He did not have anything caught in his throat but his X-rays showed some dark circle type shapes. Dr. Gencil said he felt they were gas bubbles based on position but to keep an eye on Beeji for anymore vomiting or difficulty with stools.

They gave Beeji a "big ole shot" as Dr. Gencil said. I think it was benedryl since he asked me if I had any at home and when I said no, he gave me some in pill form to give Beeji if he didn't get better.

He said to not feed him his evening feed, giving Beeji's stomach time to settle down. He gave me some Hill's ID can food, which he said was easy to digest and said to feed Beeji three small meals the next day (which is today).

The vet techs there adore Beeji and one had stayed after her shift just to be with him and to make sure he and I were both allright. Very sweet of them.

So armed with benedryl and easy to digest food, we came home. The shot made Beeji very lethargic and he got on the couch, put his head in my lap and went to sleep. He stayed that way till bedtime, when he went back into his crate and curled up and slept all night. He moaned a few times but wasn't restless.

This morning, he is feeling much better and I gave him his morning small feed and he ate it just fine. We went on our regular walk and he had a good poo for me. It was firm without being hard, etc. So that seems to be okay.

Dr. Gencil had said to call him immediately this morning after our walk as he and the techs would worry until they heard from us. I called and we talked briefly. He said to keep an eye on Beeji. He wasn't sure what caused the allergic reaction, it could have been an ant, the grasses he chewed or anything else. He didn't think it was the food, I had given Beeji a mix of the Nutro and Pedigree with some canned food that morning but he didn't start vomiting untill after 2 PM but who knows.

Anyway, Beeji came home after his walk and we went into the back yard and he immediately heads for the two areas where he had thrown up. I hadn't gotten them scooped up in the excitement of the day before, so I go charging after him, scoop HIM up and get him back inside. I don't think he ingested anything but wasn't taking any chances. While he fussed in the house, I got the shovel and scooped up the messes and took them out to the field behind our house and buried them!!

Of course as soon as he got out of the house, Beeji had to investigate the areas. He has been a little off his energy levels today but ate his second small feed with the same gusto as this mornings feed. He is napping now but he usually does that this time of day anyway. In about a half hour we head out for our afternoon play time in the yard and I will see how he is then.

All in all it was an adventure I don't want to have again. I have never seen a dog have an allergic reaction like he did, it was pretty awful. Thank goodness for caring vets who stay open for you and take the time to treat your animals with care.

The Vet hospital staff called after lunch and said they would be calling again this evening just to check. I am so thankful they care so much.

So here is to no more allergic reactions. I will be very nervous when I feed him his regular food again but I am hoping it is not the food that caused the reactions.

Thanks for letting me share my worries. Now I'm off to take a nap with my pup!!

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I'm glad to know that he's progressing nicely and you are finding ways to adjust to it. Still keeping you guys in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery!

Bless you Nala,
Today has been a hard day for the whole family. Mom is having difficulty with her arthritis and the pain is very strong. I am ready with the pain meds as needed.

Beeji must have gotten up full of the devil as he has been into waaaaaaaaay too many things today.

We started out with the food battle. I put the mixed dry and wet into the bowl. He watched me as If he was the prince and had to say "No that doesn't suite me, take it away.

Well after 20 minutes, I took up the food snacks. Anything he could reach such as rawhides etc were put away. We get dressed, leashed and ledding and are finally ready to go.

We walked a double amount this morning and by the time I got him back t the house, I was exhausted but he was still pretty fiesty. We decided to head to the back yard where I can toss his floppy disk and he can chase it, growl at it, shake it in that death toss and then he flips it up and runs after it again.

When we went in for lunch. He tried the begging route but Mom and I had talkd aobut how to reach him first and find a job fo him and

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WELL i must say he is a lady killer, lol. he is four yrs but acts like hes one. hes a great dog…ill have to put more pics up later, i may become a little obsessive about pics (im a scrapbooker....) LOL.

hey from a fellow scrapper. I think you have a great subject. Capt Jack seems to know how to play to the camera. My dog Beeji is still leery of the camera. I have no clue as to his past so I am trying to get him used to it since I intend to photograph him alot.:D

I just wish I had a built in camera of some sort, since he tends to do really cute things and then stops or doesn't do them long enough for me to grab the camera!!:(

I have a lot of pics of him sleeping since I can sneak up on him that way. Feel free to check out my scrap place at the following link.

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Didn't get a photo, I was too busy trying to save the object but today Beeji was playing with an indoor soft toy, tossing it and pouncing on it when he "accidently" bumped into a small stack of pages I had just pulled from some old scrapbooking magazines. Instead of keeping the whole mag, I just pull out the pages I like, articles etc, trim and file them.

Well I had not IMMEDIATELY filed these pages and of course the tantalizing smell of glossy magazine sheets that are mom's favs was just too too much for Beeji. He looked right at me and in that split second I saw the wheels turning in his devious little head. "I know I'm not supposed to and she is looking right at me but if I just grab and run…." and then he had slid through the pages, gotten a few in his mouth, was across the floor and onto the couch faster than I can type it out and had begun to shred with a mighty desire.

I was right behind him, yelling no, and reaching out for the pages. I got them but some damage had been done. I had to laugh because he just sat there as I got them back and looked at me as if to say, "I was just sitting here not doing a thing…" the only problem was a small sliver of paper caught in his mouth!

I want a built in camera in my glasses so I can catch all this!!

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In my continued search for a quality food Beeji will eat, Nutro dog food had been recommended. I searched their ingredients list and they too have Menadione listed. I sent them a similar email and this is their response:

_Ms. Willoughby,

Thank you for contacting Nutro Products and sharing your concerns.

Vitamin K is an essential nutrient used to ensure proper blood clotting and there is also some evidence to suggest that it can help bone health in older animals. Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity) is an AAFCO approved source of vitamin K. The levels of this nutrient used in our foods are completely safe and well within AAFCO guidelines.

I hope I have answered your questions completely. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance. You can reach me by e-mail or Toll Free phone call, Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM (PST), at 1 (800) 833-5330 ext. 804.

At your service,

Roger H. P. Clark
Team Leader
Nutro Products Inc.
Consumer Services Department_

Anyone have any experience with any of the Nutro products?

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All I can say is MORE MORE MORE… he is too adorable. and I love his writings. he will surely grow up to be a great wordweaver!!


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Great photos of Callie, I like the "innocent" pose. Beeji looks like that right before he does something naughty! LOL

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He is awesome! I really like the one with his nose covered and the one on the bed. I have a B mix but when I look at these photos, I can see the B in my fellow!! How old is Jack?

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