Monday, 29 March 2010 07:11

The highs and lows of puppyhood

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Evie is going to turn 7 months old in about a week and time has flown by - she's grown so fast! It's certainly been wonderful and rewarding, but raising a puppy has also had it's challenges. I've had a lot of paranoia about her health, moments of extreme worry mixed with the feeling I was overreacting. Here's a summary of my experiences:
  • One day in mid March Evie was peeing more than usual, including right in front of me in my apartment.
  • At the end of March I had quite a scare. I had left Evie alone at a friend's house for a few hours, and when I returned I found several boxes of of TNT Pop-Its (noisemakers; firecrackers) ripped up on the floor - I had no idea if she consumed any and I panicked. Though she was acting normal and happy, I immediately called my vet (Dr. Armaiti May). I had to leave a voicemail, and while I was waiting for her to return, I called Animal Poison Control Center, only to discover they charged $65 for a consultation. I didn't think that was necessary, so I went online to research - I didn't find much info. Luckily, Dr. May called me back and after hearing that Evie was running around/eating/drinking as usual, advised me to keep an eye on her for 24 hours, feed her some bread to absorb anything in her stomach, and some pumpkin to help her digest. I'm happy to report she's doing fine now.
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