Surgery for my Baby

This coming Monday, January 23, one of my babies will be having surgery. I know I’m not alone when it comes to considering our pets “our babies”. For me, Artie, Buddy, and Coby are my only babies. You see, I am 45 years old and I never had the opportunity to have children. It was always a desire of my heart, but God had other plans and adopting three dogs was just one of them.

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Now, I’m facing the surgery of one of my babies and I’m scared and sad. Buddy has three calcium oxalate stones in his bladder. We discovered them just before Christmas when he had blood in his urine. I thought maybe he had a kidney infection or something else minor that would take an antibiotic. When the veterinarian confirmed the stones by ultrasound, my heart sank a bit. When she said he would need surgery of $800 my heart sank even further.

Right away, we started Buddy on a special diet for dogs with bladder stones. He will be on this special diet the rest of his life. Our hope was that the stones would dissolve as a result of the special diet but another ultrasound confirmed that they are still present and they are the type of stones that will not dissolve. Saddened by the news, I scheduled Buddy’s surgery.

So next Monday, I drop my baby off at the vet so he can be put under anesthesia and have the stones removed. My heart is sad that he has to go through this but I know it’s best for him. It will be difficult to leave him in the arms of someone else…someone who doesn’t care about him the same way I do.

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I love all my dogs in the same way, but when it comes to Buddy, he is literally MY BUDDY!! He follows me everywhere I go, always wants to be by my side, and begs me to go to sleep at night so we can have some one-on-one time before Daddy comes to bed. Our bond is deeper because he is so attached. He is definitely a “Momma’s boy”.

Dogs have surgery every day for many reasons, but not my dogs. I’m sure everything will turn out fine, but there are always concerns when it comes to any surgery for both dogs and humans. For those who don’t know me personally, I had surgery back in October and as a result, I ended up hospitalized with blood clots. You can read about my surgery and clots on my other blog called Redesigning Happiness. One of my goals is to inform as many people as possible about the danger of clots, so please take a look at my post called 10 Simple Ways to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis.

If you pray, please pray for my Buddy and his surgery. And pray for me as I await the news that he is recovering and ready to come home. I’ll post an update sometime next week. Thanks for your prayers and for listening….Rachel

 

 

 

 

Practicing for Santa Visit

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Tomorrow Artie, Buddy, and Coby have their very first visit with Santa at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, MI. I’m excited, but not sure how they will react. In preparation, we practiced smiling for the camera at home. Check out our good and not-so-good photos below!

Information about pet photos at Twelve Oaks

Twelve Oaks Mall will offer pet parents a chance to celebrate the holiday season and visit with Santa on Saturday, December 3 from 8 a.m. until 9:45 a.m., and Sunday, December 4 from 9 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Pet photos will take place at the brand new interactive Santa’s Flight Academy holiday set located in Center Court.

Please note that pets must be up-to-date on their vaccinations and must either be on a leash or carried in a lightweight, portable pet carrier with harness. For more information on this event and to register (this is required), visit www.shoptwelveoaks.com/petphotos.

Our Photos 

Outtakes

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Blue Wilderness Trail Treats

 

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Disclosure: ABC received these treats in return for their honest review. 

 

When it comes to Blue treats, ABC love them all! These Blue Wilderness Trail Treats are no different! They are a crunchy treat made with the finest ingredients. Only the best for my babies.

When it comes to the best, I love to shop Chewy.com. Chewy carries a wide variety of dog treats and foods and they deliver right to your door. With free 1-2 day shipping with an order of $49 or more, you can’t beat the convenience.

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As far as these treats, they have many key benefits:

  • Oven-baked for a mouth-watering taste of real salmon for a nutritious, high-quality protein snack that’s also grain-free
  • Blue Wilderness Biscuits are jam-packed with omegas for a healthy skin and coat and will satisfy their love of meat and natural chewing instincts
  • No chicken/poultry by-product meals, just real ingredients
  • No grains, gluten, corn, wheat or soy, so it’s great for pups with food allergies
  • No artificial preservatives, colors or flavors, just natural dog treats enhanced with vitamins

To find out more about the selection Chewy.com carries, please visit their website.

 

 

 

 

Greenies Freshmint Teenie Dental Dog Treats

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At a recent vet appointment, the doctor said Artie’s teeth hardly have any tarter and they aren’t due for a cleaning. This made my day, especially since he’s 7 and I don’t brush his teeth. I credit his clean teeth to rawhides and cleaning bones. One of his favorites is Greenies Freshmint Canine Dental Chews. He loves the taste of them, and I love how they clean his teeth at the same time.

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Here is a description of Greenies from the Chewy.com website:

Complete oral care is important for your dog’s total body health and can add years to their lifespan. Greenies Freshmint Canine Dental Chews are proven to clean dogs’ teeth by fighting both plaque and tartar buildup, freshening breath, and maintaining healthier teeth and gums. These low-fat dental chews contain dried spearmint for a natural mint flavor, and are perfect for daily treating.Key Benefits

  • They’re the #1 vet-recommended dental chew
  • Provides a total oral health solution
  • Safe and easy to digest
  • Highly palatable and have an irresistible taste
  • Teenie chew for dogs 5-15 pounds
  • Made in the USA

If you’re looking for a treat that will help your dog’s teeth, I highly suggest Greenies. Chewy.com is our place for them…check out their website for these and other great pet treats.

Less Expensive Pet Meds

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For seven years I’ve been buying our monthly pet meds from the vet. The prices seem to be rising so I decided to search online for the best deals. There are so many options for less expensive pet meds. It’s important to look at the medication cost and shipping cost when finding the best deal! After some searching, I found two sites that offer great deals on both Frontline Plus and Heartgard.

  1. Pet Care Supplies – I was able to get 12 doses of Frontline Plus for small dogs for $89 total. Be sure to look for special discounts. Shipping is always free! At the vet, I paid $18o for 12 doses!!! This is a huge difference (it almost makes me sick). You might also look for rebates offered through Frontline.
  2. 1-800-PetMeds – I found a good deal on Heartgard on this website. They do require a prescription from the doctor. Your prescription can be authorized by phone call, fax, or mail. I was able to order 12 pack of Heartgard for $60.28 compared to the vet at $84.

If you are like me and you like to save money, check out these two sites for your pet care needs. I’m disappointed I waited so long…lesson learned!