Monday, August 11, 2014

Mischief Monday - Phod's Annual Check Up

Saturday was Phod's annual check up.  The Man and I and the dogs piled into the car and drove the hour to the clinic and then the dog park.

Lots of mischief occurred on this trip.

1) The Man and I decided to try Hod in the car without his anti-nausea meds. While Phod was clearly more relaxed, he did get sick. We picked up more meds for our next trip.

2) Hailey and Zaphod both were not well behaved in the lobby at the clinic. They did sort of ok before the appointment but after when I was trying to pay and get Bagheera's remains and cat food for Nin, the Man actually had to take them outside. They were a bit embarrassing (and it being a Saturday the clinic was very, very busy). I said to them "Baggy was the best behaved on this trip."

Hailey complaining about being in the exam room (and this was when she was calm)

3) I get a huge fail as a dog owner. I didn't realize Phod had a yeast infection in his left ear. It had looked a little dirty, but I thought nothing of it. I didn't know German Shepherd's were prone to ear infections (this is Phod's first). We now know what it looks like so can watch for it. We also have drops to help clear it up.

4) At the dog park Phod found the one puddle and played in it, right after the vet said no water until his ear heals. Silly boy!

5) Hailey ate poop and had the stinkest poop smelling burps ever!

The trip wasn't all mischief, it had it's good points:

Other than the ear infection Phod is completely healthy. He weighs in at 70lbs, which is about 8 lbs more than last weigh in. The vet said both he and Hailey look perfect and he isn't at all concerned about the weight. I have to remind myself that when we got Phod he was very, very underweight (about 45 lbs), so perhaps it has taken him these 2 years to catch up and finish growing.

The vet checked Hailey's butt again because she has been obsessively butt licking the past few days, but there is nothing wrong with it. She just likes to lick her butt.

The dogs were super stars at the park. We picked one of the hottest days of the summer to go and we went at noon. The park was quiet. We walked slower, took lots of water breaks and stayed in the shade as much as possible. The pups ran, sniffed, played with other dogs and had a lovely time and no one got too hot.

Overall, it was a rather successful trip to town and the pups were exhausted the rest of the day!

Tomorrow is our instalment in Safety Week - please drop by.


  1. Oh 'er, got me a vet trip for next week too. Thanks guys brilliant tips. Pleased you all got home safely.
    Luv's Cat Flap Cavalier X

  2. New surroundings and new smells are always a reason to get excited...sounds like they had fun though.

  3. We're glad the Vet visit went sort of well for you. Too bad about the ear infection butt at least you got some med's to help clear it all up. Muffin and I are NOT well behaved at the Vet's either, so we can feel your pain. Butt in the end, you did get to go to the park and have lot's of fun.

    Lily Belle

  4. Glad it went well and hope Phod's ear infection clears up soon. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  5. Ear infections are SNEAKY... they come on Quick. We think butt licking is a good thingy...butt other than RABBIT and Horse we don't eat Poops...
    We are glad that it was a GOOD Check up...

  6. Give Phod a big hug, I hope his ear is better soon. Great that you got good news from the vet and that the weight is good too :o) I'm there tomorrow for your safety-post!

  7. I just got over a yeast infection in my ear. I hate it when mom puts the med. in my ear. I shake my head and sling out the medicine on mom. BOL Hopes your ear gets to feeling better soon buddy.

    Aroo to you,

  8. I'm glad everyone is healthy (minus the ear infection) but man what an adventure!

  9. those yeast infections can be a real pain to disappear...dietzy gets them off and on, we haf to go today to get our nails cut, listen for the thunder from down our way! glad everything went well.
    stella rose

  10. UGH! An ear infection? That sucks! Hope Phod gets better soon!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  11. Poor Phod! Hoping his ear infection clears up soon!

  12. We cocker spaniels know a lot about those darn ear infections! Ouch! Keep them clean and dry!

  13. Oh my word and I thought taking one cat to the vet was a challenge. Kudos to you and the Man.
    Hailey my friend...if you send me your addy I'll mail you some Certs...sounds like you need them.
    Hugs madi your bfff

  14. BOL! Hailey just likes licking her butt. Of course, she's a doggie lol! Poop breath - BOL! You sure cracked us up!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley
    Mayorz For All Paws

  15. That's not REAL mischief. We are only allowed ONE at a TIME in the Vet's... Poor Phod. But, maybe he'll be able to travel without meds in the future.

    Butt-licking is NATURAL....though it drivers HER nuts, too.

  16. Yuk, THE VET! well who in their right mind thinks we can be good there, with all the other pups being there it sets off the pawty mode in the brain. Glad they had a great time at the doggie park. Looking forward to your post tomorrow, we gots wild stuff out back!

    The Mad Scots

  17. We guess you have to take the good (times at the park) with the bad (vet visit).

  18. Sounds like a very productive day, good and negative. Hunter went to the groomer today and he doesn't enjoy it-even knows her street and begin shaking as soon as we are two blocks away. Glad you had a great time at the dog park-sounds fun.
    Have a great evening.
    Noreen & Hunter

  19. So overall a good day ???
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Greta

  20. Glad all went well, except for the morning sickies :-)
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  21. Nola is flawless in public and has impeccable manners...except at the vet. She gets grumbly and wants nothing to do with anyone, and just curls up into me. Ear infections are no fun! Nola had so many before we pinpointed her food allergies.

  22. That was quite an adventure you had at the vets! I think it's wonderful testament to you on how happy and healthy they are. Don't feel bad about the ear infection mom thought dog's with stand up ears never got them, but I did. She didn't even know it! I'm sure it'll be tons of fun to give Phod the ear medicine!

  23. Glad it was a success ...... overall! BOL

  24. Hey, sounds like you're all doing pretty well there. Life's always a learning experience after all!
    Toodle pip!

  25. Hi hi hi! Ojo here! Phod, I am glad you were able to get into the puddle before the people stopped you! Whew! And Cousin Lee, poop is delicious. That is all.


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