Friday, November 8, 2013

Back from the groomers

Riley got a haircut and a full groom at Animal Tales on Thursday. They trimmed her a little shorter than I asked, but she looks great. We'll make sure she doesn't get too chilly. She was pretty exhausted from all the worrying about whether we'd come get her. I don't think she'll ever get over the separation anxiety issue. But she's a sweetie.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Doctor's orders

Too much of this going on. 

Riley and I went to see Dr. Cruz today for a heartworm check and a Bordatella booster.

Riley's up to 69.1 pounds, about 4.1 pounds overweight, Dr. Cruz says. We need to get her down. She's not overeating, in fact I don't think she's eating enough food, which is why Dr. Cruz wants to give her a thyroid test, which costs $175 and I really don't want to go there. Maybe Vlad and I need to be more strict with what we give her. Perhaps we're supplementing with too many scraps and she's getting too many treats. At the least, we all need to get back to our daily exercising regime. That should help bring her back down.

Dr. Cruz mentioned I needed to replenish Riley's arthritis regimen, which had been glucosamine dog treats. I remember them being quite pricey, so I stopped tip-toeing around about these expensive products they have. So she suggested human glucosamine supplements: Osteo Bi-flex works best: 1500 mg once daily. And the added MSM is fine. I found a year's supply online for $18.50. Win!

Rawhide treats: Riley chews them up and swallows them, rather quickly. I asked Dr. Cruz about them. She said the flat ones are the least problematic. The rolled-up ones can cause blockages if they're not chewed up enough. Also, don't get the ones that are basted/flavored. They can be tainted with e.coli or salmonella. All this said, she's tolerating the rawhide we have just fine, as long as she doesn't get them every day. I'm not going to worry about this one too much.

Other than her weight, Riley is fine. She has a little gingivitis that we need to take care of with some brushing. I had been avoiding that because, well, yuck.

Tomorrow she goes to the groomers for a haircut, nail clip and a much-needed bath.

Monday, November 4, 2013

So many appointments, so little time

WAGGIN TAILS: Just got off the phone with Natasha at Waggin Tails Pet Ranch in Fulshear. We're going to leave Riley there while we go on a cruise. All we need to do is furnish them with her vaccine record (I should fax that over after Wednesday's Bordatella shot) and she's in. She has a reservation. We'll have to drop her off on the Saturday before we leave because they only do pickups on Sundays. And we'll pick her up when we return on the following Sunday.

We got her a "luxury suite," above, and it looks like she's got a TV and there's radio, I believe. Natasha said if a dog is frightened from thunder or something, they turn up soothing radio music and put on the Thundershirts. The luxury suites are $45/day. The regular accomodations -- "The Bunkhouse" -- are $35/day, so it's not that much more to go large. I'm sure there are other fees and we probably should buy a bath at the end of her stay (there are ponds out there and I wonder if she won't be in them every day).

A very cool thing about Waggin Tails is that you can go out for one day of doggie day camp for free to see how she likes it. I was under the impression she had to pass an evaluation to get in there, but that is not the case. They evaluate on site and each dog is rated green (friendly all the time), orange (needs to be watched) or red (doesn't play well with other dogs). They all get attention and exercise, just tailored to their own personalities. She said they have a lot of red dogs, which is kind of comforting, in that they are experienced with them, or else they'd shy away from difficult cases.

We pay when we pick her up. It won't be cheap, but she's worth it.

DR. CRUZ: Appointment for Bordatella booster, heartworm exam Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 10 a.m.

ANIMAL TALES: Grooming appointment Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 a.m. for full bath and haircut. Not as short as last time. I want to pick her up and bring her home before I go to work. In case she's not ready, Vlad can pick her up as late as 8 p.m.