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Old 05-05-2012, 03:23 PM   #1
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Thank you everyone who has shown a concern for this sweet boy!!!

He did great with my vet yesterday - took him back this afternoon for a quick recheck to make sure he's still healing as expected, and she said she's actually amazed with how much progress he's made in just a few days. Not eating great, but we think it's from the antibiotics and pain meds. He is still eating some, and he really needed to loose a bit of weight anyway, so eating lighter for a few days is not going to hurt him at all. We've got him off fluids now or any injectable meds, just oral meds to make sure he stays out of pain and to finish getting rid of the swelling from his injuries and no infection develops. Thankfully it seems it was even less severe then we originally thought and he's healing up beautifully.

We are a bit worried that he may have an underlying thyroid problem, I clipped him down (I've been working slowly with him for the last month, him and his brother where both pretty matted when their dad dropped them off with me), and decided it was better since we had to shave around his sores anyway to just clip him all the way down for the summer. His skin is pretty dark and a bit thickened, so we think there's either an allergy issue or a thyroid problem. Could also help explain why he's overweight (weighs 12.1 lbs right now - Should probably weigh about 9 1/2 - 10 lbs at most) I'm going to talk to his dad about getting some blood work done on him as soon as he can afford it, I know with all his medical bills money is really tight, but neither my vet nor I feel it's anything that needs to be done urgently. But all in all Moose is doing great!

His brother, Skeeter, I'm trying to decide if I'm going to groom the same way to make it easier for their dad when he takes them back since he was obviously struggling to keep up with their coat care, or if I'll just offer to let him bring them back to me every week or two and I'll help him keep up the coats. Moose will be really easy since I took him pretty short. Skeeter's coat brushed out really nice once I slowly worked out all the matts and tangles. I'll probably let his dad decide if he wants me to clip him down as well or if he wants to brush him every day and maintain his coat now that I've got it brushed out and looking good again!
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Glad to hear Moose is improving... nice of you to offer grooming services to their Dad... Prayers that Moose recovers quickly.
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This is super news!! Yea Moose!! I would clip both these dogs down short, short, short....that will save their dad time and money, which he is apparently short on as both dogs were matted up when you got them....I would relieve him of that responsibility....cut them down and tell him you can keep them clipped short for him....you need to be cautious that this man doesn't start to depend on you for ALL his dogs needs.....grooming, babysitting, medical care, etc.....you have your own responsibilities with your own dogs, dont let someone get accustomed to your generosity and kindness, and then you find you are supporting another household!
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I'm glad to hear that Moose is doing well. Moose and Skeeter's Dad is lucky that you are taking care of them for him. He must miss them. Hope Moose is feeling better each day.
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Glad to hear Moose is improving... nice of you to offer grooming services to their Dad... Prayers that Moose recovers quickly.
Well, lets put it this way - I've been in some really hard spots in my life before as well. I know life isn't easy for him right now, and I know how upset he seemed about the matting and condition the dogs where in when he came over here to drop them off. Heck, aside from a little bit of shampoo and some time, and maybe a little upkeep on my clippers every now and then, it costs me almost nothing to groom them for him - And if they're not kept groomed, it's the dogs suffer. I really have fallen in love with these 2 boys, and want to make sure he has the support he needs to make sure they get what they need. There's always things like dentals or other such stuff that need to be done but can be put off, these boys could both use dentals - but he has kept their shots updated and made sure they got yearly checkups, kept them on a decent diet, and they where obviously not underfed - Moose is to fat, and Skeeter at the heavy side of ideal. Grooming can get away from anyone when you're having medical problems and can't do it yourself! Groomers in this town can be CRAZY, especially if it's at all matted, even very mild! He clearly loves and cares about these dogs and does his best - And that's what I care about! If helping him keep them groomed is what it takes to improve their quality of life and make his easier, then I don't mind spending a few hours once a month or so trimming them and keeping them groomed for him at all! It's a great way to get to spend some time with them after they leave here!
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This is super news!! Yea Moose!! I would clip both these dogs down short, short, short....that will save their dad time and money, which he is apparently short on as both dogs were matted up when you got them....I would relieve him of that responsibility....cut them down and tell him you can keep them clipped short for him....you need to be cautious that this man doesn't start to depend on you for ALL his dogs needs.....grooming, babysitting, medical care, etc.....you have your own responsibilities with your own dogs, dont let someone get accustomed to your generosity and kindness, and then you find you are supporting another household!
I know that's going to be the hard part for me! He doesn't seem to be that type, he was so so appreciative that I was willing to babysit them, he was in tears - It's always touching to see a grown man so moved and appreciative that someone was willing to give him an alternative to sending them to the shelter that you bring him to tears. I know he loves these dogs very much! I'd love to have the financial ability to support whatever these dogs need forever, but I know I can't, or I may not have the money for my own dogs if something happens!
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Such good news about Moose.
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I'm so glad to hear Moose is doing so much better.
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Happy to hear Moose is on the mend! My Wylie is hypothyroid...and the plus side of it is that it's very easy to treat. Keep us posted on Moose .
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Yep - Hoping that's all it is! Hypothyroid is for sure a cheap and easy thing to treat if that's it!
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Sending well wishes for Moose and hoping he is still healing nicely. A shorter hairstyle is much easier to care for and can be super cute.
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To tired to post details - Moose had to have emergency surgery because as we feared from the beginning, despite heavy antibiotics one of the wounds abcessed. He's doing much better now, but is on complete crate rest and not happy - the one that abcessed was on his groin, so he'll be on complete crate rest except for leashed potty breaks for 2-3 weeks, it's a hard area to get to heal due to tension and motion in that area! He's wanting to be more active now that the access broke - and feels 1000% better, and protesting loudly about being confined. Going to talk to vet tomorrow about giving Jim a sedative to keep him quiet until he's healed enough to be allowed out of the crate again.
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Ah! I'm sorry he had to have surgery. I'm sure he does feel better without that infection though. He must feel a lot better if he's protesting so loudly. I'll keep you both in my thought. It must be very hard for you right now.
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