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Monday, January 5, 2015

Sick pup

Friday night we noticed Harlow seemed a little off.  Typically she's about as bright as a pup can be, active, constantly following us or into something, but suddenly her wattage seemed a little dim.  She took treats from us, but didn't seem that interested in eating them.  Our first thought was that maybe the treats had gone stale.

Saturday morning she was still off, not interested in any food or treat and she vomited a few times.  I don't usually worry too much, having dogs all my life means I've seen my share of tummy aches, but I also had to weigh in that it was Saturday, the vet was only open a half day, and if this did progress to something a little worse, our only recourse would be the emergency vet.  We made the decision to take her in.
She loves everyone at the vet and watches for them.
After taking a look at her, the vet decided it might not be a bad idea to take a few x-rays.  Harlow has a history of making bad decisions and tasting everything to see if its edible.  The vet was worried that she might have a foreign object causing her issues.  To our relief, her x-rays came back clear. 

As an added bonus, since her hips were clearly visible in the x-rays, I asked the vet what she thought.  Harlow loves to lay "froggy" style, and we've been told that means her hips were shot.  The vet said the opposite and said Harlow had wonderful hips!

They kept Harlow for the day, giving her barium and waiting to see if her stomach cleared itself.  I was able to pick her up at 7pm.  She's on a strict diet of bland food, rice and ground beef.  Monty is also benefiting from her diet - how can you feed that to one and not the other one?  He gets his mixed with a little kibble.
Hi dere, people friends.  I'z feeling better.
She is feeling better, and her happiness has returned.  We've been letting her rest as much as possible.  Monty has taken her place as ranch dog, temporarily.  He tends to like to nibble on the ponies and challenge my "no dogs in the corral" rule.
Dis hay is mine - go get your own.
I did try to do a more "artistic" photo shoot with the pups.  Monty is a little hard to take portraits of.  He's in love with the reflections from the camera lens and is easily distracted.
Monty is such a beautiful red color - and so serious in his photos!
...but, Harlow is always ready to pose for a photo or two.

37 comments:

  1. I can't help being partial to red retrievers because four of our dogs (Toby included) have been that color. But Harlow is gorgeous too. I'm glad she's feeling better! I like Monty's sassy caption :)

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  2. What the hay Monty? Why don't you smile more? Are you worried about your sister?
    I'm so glad Harlow is doing better. I think we could all use a bland diet after the holidays.

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  3. Oh Harlow, we are all sad when you are not well since the Harlow of Happiness brightens up our days too! We're glad to hear that you are feeling better and hope that you will be back to A++ soonest.

    Woofs,
    Tommy

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  4. Very happy to hear Harlow is feeling better! :)

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  5. I love the Monty photo in the hay! What a beauty he is. So glad Harlow is wiggling her exceptional hips (and tail) again!

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  6. It's always a tough decision when a tummy issue is involved. Always better to err on the side of caution.

    With my breed, CWCs, the froggy position has nothing to do with bad hips. It's just a favorite way to sit. It is usually when they get older that they can no longer stretch out like that.

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  7. It is so hard to know if it is just a regular upset stomach or something serious. Glad it appears to be nothing serious and I hope Harlow is feeling 100% soon!

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  8. How odd. I'm glad she's feeling better though. I am with you - I would have taken B in before the vet closed too.

    I always thought froggy legs meant NO hip issues.

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  9. Thank goodness Harlow. We were hoping you didn't eat anything you weren't suppose to
    Lily & Edward

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  10. We'z glad you're feeling the betterment, Harlow! AND we love your new header picture! Very Arty :-)

    -Bart, Ruby and Otto

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  11. Clear results and beef and rice! BONUS!

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  12. Glad she is starting to feel better! Poor baby

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  13. So glad to hear that Harlow's feeling better and that she has awesome hips! Happy belated holidays!

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  14. It's always worrisome when a golden doesn't want food. Glad Harlow is all good now!
    I, too, am a frog dog!

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  15. Isn't it awful when our pups feel badly on the weekends?

    I'm with you that it's often worth waiting a little while when a pup starts vomiting. But with the weekend, you're smart not to take the chance.

    Glad Harlow is doing better. And yes, she is a lovely model.

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  16. We are so happy that you're feeling better, Harlow! Nibble on the ponies, Monty?

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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  17. OH, that's the worst. I would've gone to the vet too. Glad shes feeling better.

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  18. It can be such a fine line between an emergency and an upset stomach, so never hurts to err on the side of caution. Glad Harlow's feeling better and ready to model.

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  19. Glad Harlow is better. No surprise that her hips are marvelous. And top it off with burger and rice all around.

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  20. GReat news!

    Paws still khrossed fur all -

    Angel MERDIE!!! was an amazing froggiedoggie - her hips were pawesome too!

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra

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  21. Glad she's okay! And I love that last photo of her.

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  22. They seem to love getting sick on weekends and holidays, don't they? Glad things seem to be on the mend!

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  23. I'm glad the vet took good care of her and that she's feeling better. I'm going through a similar thing with Scrappy. He's on antibiotics and probiotics and I don't know what else. Lots of pills and paste. It's a lot easier to squirt paste in a horse's mouth than a dog's mouth, though.

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  24. Harlow,, you must get better!
    love
    tweedles

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  25. Crikey ....... I'm glad you're feeling better Harlow. I eat all the wrong things all the time too but I seem to have a cast iron tummy. I don't often get sick. We gotta take a bit more care of what we eat, aye??

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  26. I'm glad you're feeling better, Miss Harlow! That last picture of you is absolutely gorgeous!


    Bunny

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  27. So glad Harlow is feeling better!!

    She is definite super model material although Monty is a cutey for sure!!
    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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  28. rest easy and get well soon Harlow!

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  29. Oh Harlow, hope you are feeling better and better. Your friend Charley likes to lay like that too and we've been wondering what that means for his hips. Hope you have a wonderful 2015!

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  30. I'm so glad that the Princess is feeling better and that no odd objects were found inside her! I'm so glad about her hips!!!!!

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  31. We hope everything is totally back to Happiness and Normality in your household.

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  32. Howdy Mates. So glad Harlow is feeling better. We think you both take wonderful photos. Happy New Year to you all.
    No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

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  33. That happened to me once too, long ago, where I had to has pictures of my innards and they did not find what they was looking fur but the vet sayed I had bootiful hips, BOL. Glad Harlow be feeling better. Beef and rice, the cure fur efurrything!

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  34. I'm glad she's OK, when Mom first brought me home from the rescue she came me some unseasoned coooked chicken with my kibble as a treat and it was too much for me after the deprivation and there was an "explosion" in the back of her truck. She didn't scold me, but cleaned me up and then went to clean herself up at a rest stop. She was covered in doody and when a women gave her the stink eye Mom said "You should see the other guy!" I love my Mom

    Abby the Lab

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  35. I swear that whenever our pets are sick, it is at the start of a weekend, or right before a holiday or planned vacation! When we brought our pup Luke home last year (2013) just before Christmas, he came down with kennel cough on Christmas Eve! Luckily we have a wonderful vet who is almost always there for us....he came in that Xmas Eve for us especially. I always prefer to play it safe no matter what.
    Glad to hear that Harlow is feeling better!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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  36. hello harlow its dennis the vizsla dog hay i am glad yoo ar feeling better!!! oh and i like to lie down like that too sumtimes and mama and dada hav wunderd if that meens i am put together a littel funny glad to heer that i am not the only wun wot duz it and that the xrays say yoo ar put together just fine!!! ok bye

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