Saturday, April 17, 2010

Keep On Keeping On

Oh it's been a rocky ride with the girls lately. Once the probiotic from the Vet kicked in things were going great. Now that they've been off it for a bit their stools seem to be softening up a little and I'm getting nervous! I have another probiotic on order and it's been shipped but when it will arrive I don't know. I'm hoping it comes soon before real trouble kicks in again.
And another thought I've had is....why do they need to take probiotics all the time to be normal?? The answer...there is something wrong behind all this. I thought about a month ago that they might have a food allergy and I'm thinking that all over again. The Vet didn't agree with me at the time I took Bell in but that might be because I forgot to mention that both dogs are scratching more than usual and they both have a rash developing on their bellies. Too much of a coincidence I think! My other dog, Allie started this same way many years ago (with the skin issues) and it's an ongoing fear with me to this day.
So the only other thing I can do is call the Vet and tell him again what my suspicions are and this time list the reasons why. This of course will end up with at least one dog being tested and lot of money flying out the window. Nothing at the Vet's office comes cheap.
I know why he doesn't want to do the allergy testing. It's not a fool proof science with dogs yet. You can get many false positives and I did with Allie. But it's a step I feel I have to take and soon. I can't let them revert back to having diarrhea again and keep them on a cycle of probiotics to control it. That just screams at me to find out the problem behind it all.
So buckle up pocketbook..we're in for one hell of a ride!

It hasn't been all bad for the girls lately however. They have been having 'play dates' with my friends dog, Teddy. Nicki needs to learn how to calm down around other dogs but Bell already plays well with others. Teddy doesn't much like Nick yet but we're working on that. He doesn't want to share his toys with her and he doesn't appreciate her energy level at all....but it's getting better every time. Eventually they will all be good friends I'm sure. Nicki thinks she's best friends with Teddy already but she's in her own little world most of the time anyway. (sigh)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to all Bell and Nicki's friends! Obviously dogs know how to enjoy a holiday too!