I did not tell anyone as I did not want anyone to worry – Mom worries enough for everyone and then some. On Tuesday I had surgery. I have a condition called Chronic Lip Fold Dermatitis. This occurs in some dog breeds like Newfoundlands, Bloodhounds, breeds that have “loose lips”, and on occasion in a GBGV I guess. Because of my beard, no one saw my lips but the smell and pain was Mom’s clue. Most of the time this condition can be controlled by keeping the areas clean and dry, but in my case it just was not working. My lips were often inflamed and it was painful. My beard was a mess because I wouldn’t let Mom near it to brush it out as it hurt around my lips. We decided, along with my vet, Dr. Jim, at the Inver Grove Heights Animal Hospital, that the best option would be the lip fold removal surgery. I my procedure done on Tuesday, and Dr. Jim told Mom that it was the worst case he had ever seen. I have three layers of stitches, two below the skin and one set on top. I am doing pretty well so far, but healing the lip area is hard since it is always moving, gets wet and dirty, and I lay on it a lot. I will get my stitches out in about ten days, then we will start to monitor my lips and hopefully the problem will be resolved. The procedure is basically plastic surgery for dogs, but in my case it was not cosmetic, but done for health reasons. It was not good having constant infections in my lips all the time. If it all goes well, I will try to get an interview with Dr. Jim for more information. First we want to make sure that the procedure is a success.
While I was gone Tuesday, my sister Bailie did keep the neighborhood watch going for me, which was nice of her being just a puppy. I was a bit miffed that she sat in my bed to do it. Now my bed stinks like, but even worse, I found out that Sophie was using my bed as her own too – yuck, kitty cooties! I tell you, gone just eight hours and already pets claiming my stuff, my siblings sure have a lot of nerve! Thank you Mom for gathering the photographic evidence!
Following up on other events from the week…
You may remember a few weeks back I had a review post of the Iams’s Shakeables treats. We just loved them, and now they came out with an awesome video to advertise their product! Make sure to watch until the end where they talk about their #shakeitforward campaign donating money to animal shelters around the US.
Monday the 21st was ten years since Mom lost her precious dog, Trine. We spent the weekend thinking and talking about her. I wish I had met her!
Monday was the third installment of #scoopthatpoop, hosted by Sugar along with myself, Oz the Terrier, The World According to Garth Riley, Earth Rated and Dogster as contributors. This time we are offering prizes for poop poetry! It is not to late to enter! Stop by Sugar’s blog to find out the smelly details and remember to pick up after your pooch! If you are on twitter, you can follow the campaign at @scoop_that_poop
I wanted to post about our K9 Kamp Fitness today, but having been laid up from surgery, I am postponing that until next week. Even though I am in recovery, I started walking a bit the next day and am already walking half an hour at a time on day two. Mom doesn’t force me, it is just what I want to do – she lets me lead. I want to show you some fun things we have been doing, so hopefully I will be normal enough again on the weekend to work on that post!
Today I’m joining the Follow Up Friday Blog Hop hosted by Heart Like A Dog. Stop by and see what everyone has been up to this week.