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  • the result of a dog eating grass

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    Tuesday March 31st, 2015 at 02:17 AM

    Grossness alert! This post is very disgusting... Penny was eating heaps of grass on Sunday (and she had been grazing since Friday) so we discontinued her pain medication - Previcox - having read that it can cause nausea. Interesting discussion on this drug here. I generally would trust a specialist vet over unmoderated discussion on the internet, but I'm glad we stopped this pain relief and I won't allow her to have it again, if possible. And this morning - Tuesday - when we first got up from...
  • Penny's eating grass

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    Sunday March 29th, 2015 at 04:47 AM

    Poor Penny is probably not feeling too well, to judge by the amount of grass she ate today. She has always been a grass-eater, but today's grazing took more of her time than usual. I'm hoping it's not a side-effect of the Doxycycline she was prescribed for her symptoms accompanying her cough, because she still has the cough and there are a few days to go. On the other hand, it may be an unwanted effect of the Previcox she's taking as pain relief after her surgery last Thursday. I'll ring the...
  • those darned lipomas scare us

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    Thursday March 26th, 2015 at 04:12 AM

    For about six months we've been worried about a lipoma in Penny's neck. We tried to be optimistic about it, but our local vet thought he should take it out.However, he decided that because it was so close to her carotid artery, he should stop the operation and we should wait and see what it did. It's been simmering in our minds as a generalised anxiety, and when I took her to the vet yesterday to talk about her cough, of course he also re-examined her lipoma and thought it was time to consult...
  • are probiotics good for dogs?

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    Wednesday March 25th, 2015 at 01:59 AM

    Penny's been prescribed doxycycline for her cough, so I wondered whether to give it with food. A site about human medications says having food in the stomach makes it less effective, but a dog-relatedsite says always give it with food. Why does life have to be so complicated? I'll play safe and give it with food. Antibiotics destroy good bacteria with the bad, so when I take them myself, I use probiotics. I think I'll look around for a dog probiotic.
  • Penny's cough is improving

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    Friday March 20th, 2015 at 03:14 AM

    Square_140_hot_compost_turned_first_timeYesterday Penny alarmed us by throwing up her breakfast, some hours after she ate it. On reflection, I think this was because I put some apple cider vinegar in her food, hoping to improve her possible kennel cough. She had small meals of boiled chicken and rice last night and this morning and seems to be fine as far as her appetite and digestion are concerned. I won't be trying any more apple cider vinegar, but I'll continue with a quarter teaspoon of top-grade manuka honey for the next...
  • kennel cough again?

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    Tuesday March 17th, 2015 at 02:07 AM

    Penny has a cough. Again... I had a look at a clip that shows the difference between a heart-related cough and kennel cough and I'm glad to say her cough seems more like the latter. It's not a bad cough, so we're not going to the vet yet, but if it's worse tomorrow we'll get her checked. In the meantime, we're going for only short strolls, aiming to stay away from other dogs in case Penny's contagious, and also to let her rest and recover. I'm trying a remedy suggested to us by a tradesman...
  • solution to the free acrostic puzzle

    from My Dog - Life with Penny

    Sunday March 15th, 2015 at 08:21 PM

    I've realised I forgot to tell you the solution the free acrostic I posted on January 30. Apologies for taking so long!

    By the way, we're not sure whether to call this a crostic, an anacrostic, or even an acrostic. But who cares? The puzzle's the thing, not the terminology. (I hope you agree.) Here it is:

    The novel was Curse of the Scarab, by H Y Hanna.

    The short extract from this enjoyable book was:

    The grey tabby disappeared into a towering bush, which seemed to have grown straight into...
  • simply gorgeous pottery dog

    from My Dog - Life with Penny

    Monday March 9th, 2015 at 09:49 PM

    Square_140_the_cup_and_mug_dog_potteryHow lovely this is! I just received this photo from The Cup and Mug Polish pottery shop. I have to go over and have a closer look. I wonder how big it is? And what it costs?
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