Chasing Inspiration

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Adventures of Velcro Dog, or He Has Infected What?!?!

  1. Velcro Dog, who even though he is under the weather due to an infection, still offers love and adoration to us 24/7.
  2. Forecasts for cooler weather next week. I'm glad it's still summer but I'm ready for a break in the heat.
  3. Sunflowers.
Velcro Dog came home from his morning walk/run with a limp so Hubs determined it was time to see the vet. You see, we also thought there was an issue with his anal glands and no way was I okay with trying to express them ourselves at home. Gross. Turns out, it was a good thing I put the kibosh on home treatment.

Hubs called the vet and got him in tout de suite. The limp is likely due to a strained muscle in a front leg. We have tried to get him to stretch before running, but when those rabbits or dump trucks come along, he can't seem to help himself. We were assured that he will take things easy until he heals but if we don't see the limp improved to take him back in a week.

As for the anal glands...I am not too proud to say this but I am so glad I wasn't there today. First, I can't stand to see my baby in pain and while the expressing of anal glands is not uninvasive, it usually doesn't hurt. Velcro Dog apparetnly whimpered and yipped during the procedure, causing the vet to call for an analysis of the...excretion? I have no idea what you call the stuff that is normally excreted from a dog's anal glands, but I do know this. Accoridng to Hubs, it stunk to high heaven. We have watched the YouTube videos on how to express anal glands so Hubs was prepared for a foul odor but he was not prepared for the stench that eminated from the excretion. Yeah, he's very glad we didn't do this ourselves.

Turns out, Velcro Dog has infected anal glands and is now on medication and goes back in two weeks. Hubs said that when he got Velcro Dog home, he limped over to his pillow, laid down and told Hubs to go away and leave him alone. I think he was a little embarrased from the procedure. We'll have some snuggle time when I get home. I hope my poor baby feels better soon.


  1. I hope your sweet doggie is doing better! It's horrible when they are sick and can't tell you what is wrong.

    And I agree - yay for sunflowers!!

  2. Thanks, Shannon. He's feeling better and is responding well to the meds.

    Sunflowers are the best, aren't they? :)

  3. Anonymous12:13 AM

    Hope your dog is alright! I love my Velcro dog too.
    What breed is yours? Haha

  4. That was me!! My Velcro dog is a toy poodle.

  5. Hi there, Sorry, your name doesn't show up in your blogger profile. :) My Velcro Dog is a Vizsla mix. He thinks he's a needy cat. :) And thank you for your well wishes. He's doing much better.