I haven’t written recently because we have been ‘on the road’ for the holidays, and house chores took a definite back seat to life. Now I find they once again have crept up on my conscience and I have to admit my first response is to run screaming from the house. I rrrrreeeeaaaallllyyy hate chores. And my ongoing nemesis, those pesky little dust bunnies, are now climbing up the walls in the closet. Have I mentioned how much I hate these guys?
I wanted to write however about my dog. Besides the reality of needing to do house chores slamming into my brain this week, when we returned from England I noted our dog Buster was losing what seemed to be an inordinate amount of weight even though he was eating well. His coat looked bad and his hair was adding to my ‘dust bunny problem’ more than usual. He still ran around and played to some extent, but when I had him on my lap and was petting him his hair felt stiff and brittle, and his skin was dry and flaky. His eyes, always seeming to be pleading for something, were telling me he didn’t feel right inside. I don’t know about you guys, but when my dog is sick my heart feels like it’s really breaking in two because they can’t tell you where it hurts and you just know they do hurt and yet feel helpless to fix it. God, I hate that feeling.
My experience with vets tends to normally cost me thousands of dollars every time I walk into their offices, so I decided this time to get some information before going to see one. Of course I don’t have any dog medical books so I did what any 21st century human does these days, I Googled my dog’s symptoms on the internet. Come to find out most of the web sites I visited all said Buster’s symptoms seemed to indicate he might have some type of worm. Ughhh! When I called a vet to confirm my diagnosis and determine costs for correcting this problem I found out it would take hundreds of dollars to examine him, do the lab work, and then more to get whatever medicine might be warranted.
Now, I don’t want to bad mouth vets, but this type of condition for my dog is pretty common, and hundreds of dollars to fix it seemed extraordinary. So I decided to keep looking and found a web site for beagles that talked about worms for dogs. Who knew there was a web site just for beagle owners? But of course, you might say, the internet has a web site for ANY THING. I respond – of course it does-my bad. I even found web sites for mutts. Go figure.
Anyway, I digress…..the guy who writes for beagles seemed to have a good sense of dogs and lots of free information and he noted worms in dogs can be treated easily and cheaply. The author identified the 4 types of worms a dog can get, and some are pretty awful, even ending in death in rare cases. Reading the descriptions provided I came to the conclusion Buster looked like he had a less potent type of worm which eased my mind, and the cure was simple.
ValleyVet.com is the site and SAFEGUARD DEWORMER-DOGS is the stuff. For about $20 total they will send you this medicine in a couple of days. It’s called fenbendazole and it treats roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms in dogs and puppies. After three days of this stuff in Buster’s food he is a new dog. His skin is looking great, his hair has stopped falling out, he’s starting to gain some weight back and he’s back to his normal joyful self. (I have also added some fish oil to his food for skin purposes and he’s doing just fine.)
Butch Wife Tip #26
This whole event brought up some things for me. When it comes to pets, I don’t think anyone can deny these cuddly little guys tug at your heart strings in ways you can’t ignore even if you are a strong Butch Wife. I think sometimes I love my pets more than some people I know. Especially dogs. They seem to have a special empathy with humans other animals just don’t. When they get sick an incredible feeling of helplessness comes up in me and all the seeming strength of character and confidence in myself will quickly disappear into fear and uncertainty.
Fortunately in my experience your dog will tell you in his way when he doesn’t feel good. I found you just need to pay attention and look. Those pleading eyes of theirs will delve into your soul at your very first glance and by some miracle convey their very deepest thoughts and feelings directly to your heart. Don’t look away, as a stronger love connection cannot be found than that of your dog for you and vice versa. Don’t look away, as your dog will eagerly share with you every ounce of their loyalty even if you don’t ask for it. Don’t look away, your dog will love you unconditionally, healthy or not, for as long as he or she lives which is hard to find anywhere. Don’t look away, as you will never regret experiencing the joy of having a dog in your life. Don’t look away, I’m just sayin’.