Scattered Update

I am still alive and well and I still own an insane puppy. Posting has been slow because, besides some busy non-dog related school stuff I have been up to, 1) I want to post a review of the aikiou dog bowl but am having trouble figuring out how to post a video because I am technologically challenged and 2) Pearl tested positive for roundworms, which makes me wonder if this has been the problem the whole time, if she has this and still has allergies, how many tests missed this or if she just got them (we switched from heartguard, which protects against roundworms as well as heartworm to ivermectin, which just protects against heartworm, when we did the allergy trial, since heartguard has beef in it. Now I am going, I think, to sentinel, which does most common worms plus fleas, since we aren’t giving her frontline ever again and it is warming up around here and getting to be flea season. So yes, lots of frustration and vet bills on this front that started with a paw sore that the vet thinks was likely an infected bee sting or something and ended with bloodwork, stool samples, and dewormer… we’ve been busy figuring out how to make our puppy feel better. but yes, better, more coherent posts to follow. Speaking of health issues, has anyone had side effects from dewormer that include a dog that is whining, antsy, bouncing off the walls, won’t settle? I mean, that describes Pearl somewhat anyway, but this is new levels of craziness and my husband and I have had to hold each other back from wringing her cute little neck. 

This morning she nearly pulled my arm out of its socket lunging after

a) a bunny

b) a cat

c) an empty space where a cat *may* have once been

No matter how bad she is feeling Pearl clearly has PREY DRIVE to spare. 

Also, I have to write a belated gotcha day post for my girl, as we have had her a year now, although (and I feel horrible admitting this) I don’t remember what day in March 2011 we actually got her, I think it was either March 15 or March 17. Either way, it’s worth celebrating even a week or so late.

And just because, here is a picture of Pearl trying to catch a tennis ball (she can never actually catch them they just hit her in the face and then she chases them and I am caught between feeling guilty that I just hit my dog in the face and laughing at her. She can catch treats tossed to her with no problem, so I don’t know what the issue is with the tennis balls- too big?)


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About Pearl the Puppy

Pearl is just over 40 lbs of energy mixed with a pinch of crazy. We adopted her in March 2011 from a St. Louis rescue organization called Impact for Animals (now Pet Rescue Network). We are unsure about her age, but we are guessing she was born in Fall 2010. Her background is anybody's guess, but we are pretty sure that she has at least some sighthound in her. She's a whole lot of trouble but a whole lot of fun.

8 thoughts on “Scattered Update

  1. What a bummer to go through so much with worms and meds. I am sure there are some that react slightly to wormers but I have never heard of this. I do however have a friend who has been working with a more holistic vet and had an allergy test done… he switched to a food with no allergens and has also been on a holistic mix of essential oils etc and his reactivity has been reduced noticeably already. Have you had an official allergy test done with your girl? I may have missed that post, but it might help her relax and settle if she is not fighting stomach problems too.

    Are you going to do any tick prevention? This is going to be a bad year for them in most areas as it never got warm enough to kill any off. Not looking forward to it at all here.
    Good luck, hope things settle down for you soon


  2. Happy Gotcha Day to Pearl!

    I am so sorry you’ve been having all these issues with worms. Hopefully now you’ve got her all sorted out and she won’t have to deal with any more yucky parasites. That can’t be fun. We have Shiva on Revolution and I’ve often wondered about the link between that and high energy levels. She seems to go extra bonkers the day after we apply it. Maybe it’s a crazy dog thing? Parasite meds = head falling off time?

  3. sorry to be so late on this comment, but i hope everything is going a little better today. pearl is so funny that she can’t catch the ball! desmond does that, too–lets whatever it is we’re throwing just hit him in the face–if he’s just plain not feeling like catching it. we’re like, “dog–just move out of the way then!”

  4. sorry to be so late on this comment but congrats on pearl’s big day, and i hope things are going better now.

    desmond does the same thing when he doesn’t feel like catching something–just lets it hit him in the face. we know he CAN catch, he’s just being lazy sometimes, and we’re like, “hey dog! why not just move out of the way??”

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