Tuesday, 25 June 2013

After the Scare

Dugan has come on leaps and bounds since the mystery bug scare and he seems to be growing before our very eyes. He is a lot stronger now and is bouncing around the house and garden with his big floppy ears and tripping over his own paws.
what a difference 5 weeks make
We were a bit nervous about his second dose of vaccinations and have been watching him very carefully for the past couple of days. So far so good. The Vet was very pleased with his progress and admitted that they didn't think they would see him again as he was that ill.
He went on his first adventure outside of the confines of the house and garden. It was a short stroll along the river bank with his tour guide and best friend Giacomo ( our jack russell ). The walk kind of went walk a bit, lay down a bit, struggle a bit then run a bit and finished off with carried a bit.

He came home after the walk ate his food and slept for almost two hours straight with just the odd opening of a tired eye. He didn't even wake up for my kids coming home from school. The silence was eventully broken when I heard a came of tug of war going on in the lounge!!!!

And that game has been going on and off all day only stopping for naps. It is fun to watch, considering we thought the little guy wasn't going to get through his illness. Thank God he did. 

Saturday, 15 June 2013


Our hearts were aching as little Dugan spent 4 days and 3 nights in the veterinary clinic with a mystery bug.

A sick little pup
On Monday morning we noticed the little guy wasn't his usual self. We thought it might of been the effects of his vaccinations that he had got on the Friday evening. But as the day went on he seemed to pick up. That evening he stopped eating his food and the following morning became very listless and floppy. He would walk a few steps then flop to the floor. The first thing that entered my mind was canine parvovirus. So straight to the Vet.
The Vet carried out tests to determine if it was Parvo and they came back negative. He then while at the clinic started to have diarrhoea and became dehydrated as the day went on plus his temperature started to rise. So the Vet put him on a drip to get fluids into him. At this stage we thought we were going to lose him and I was going to have to tell my kids the puppy was gone.
But thankfully our Vet kept working hard and we got Dugan home on Friday night. He was so pleased to see the children, my wife, me and our other dog (Giacomo).
The Vet seems to think that he could of ate something that just didn't agree with him. He is on a prescription diet for a few days and antibiotics but is already looking a lot better.

Dugan at home and on the mend.
 Thank Goodness all is well (at the moment) but as you all know there is never a dull moment being a dog owner. 

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

The first few days

After what seemed like an eternity waiting Dugan is home with his new family.
He is settling in well and has been accepted by Giacomo the family Jack russell.
He is into everything and is making his presence known.
Appointment is made at local vet for vaccinations and microchip.
In the car on the way home