Isaac vom Geistwasser

A BLOG about a DOG

Lounging on Christmas Break

Picture of Isaac Lounging on Christmas Break, he’s storing up energy for New Years eve! Nose is looking better and the Fromm Surf & Turf is treating him well (check here for updates).

Merry x-mas

Isaac had many vistors last night and was well behaved (tad reserved).

This morning he got a little Christmas bacon for a special gift, he also got to lay in bed and watch Charlie Wilson’s War.

Isaac and the windchill

With the windchill what it is outside, Isaac has found a new way to exercise. No longer are hot dogs required!

9 Months Old

Isaac is 9 months old!

Isaac also has one day of sobriety under is collar. One day without amphetamines and only two calls to his sponsor! He’s also been working the 12 steps, he apologized to me for pooing in his crate so much as a puppy.

Intervention

The intervention was successful, Isaac was able to detox from his amphetamine habit. The vet said he was a good dog and was extremely well behaved (must not have been any pills around for him to nab). Had to cut off his water supply when he got home because he was drinking way too much for one session (we’ll be back at the vet for bloat). I know the charcoal probably made him thirsty, but he was going a little overboard.

The best part was when I fell on my ass in the lobby of the vet’s office, lucky Marissa drove because I was out of it. The muscle relaxer and Tylenol 3 had me loopie. Isaac danced around to avoid having the fat man land on him, I recovered like the Ninja I am, and the ladies behind the counter were extremely worried and perplexed by my behavior.

Amphetamines in dogs

Isaac scored one of Noah’s 30mg Adderall XR pills this morning (I know I just broke HIPAA laws). Bottom line is I wasn’t confident he would be alright so I called the vet. They wanted him to come in and have his stomach emptied. He ingested the pill at 7:10 and was at the vet by 7:40 (and had a belly full of food). Oh and the dog weighs 70 lbs.

Didn’t have too much time to investigate online, but the vet said under 17 mg and it was monitor at home, above 17 mg and they like to empty the stomach. He said double 17 which would be 34 mg can be fatal.

Will update once I hear from the vet or get the fur ball home.

How did the dog get an amphetamine you might ask. Well Kerry handed it to Noah to take, Noah didn’t take it, rather he sat it down on the table next to the powdered dounut crumbs and no one was around to correct Noah or the dog. Not sure it tasted like a powdered dounut, but it went down the hatch anyway. Up until yesterday Isaac hadn’t gotten into anything in the house except a few nibbles on a playstation control when he was 12 weeks old. Starting yesterday he ate the zipper on his bed, a stuffed animal in Bethany’s room, an Adderall XR this morning, and found a dime in Marissa’s room. Time for a family meeting about

  1. Leaving crap laying around (remember Stella)
  2. Watching the dog 100% of the time unless he’s crated or kenneled

Nylabone and a Zipper

While I was laying in bed (after taking a couple Tylenol 3) Isaac was chewing his Nylabone on his bed from Farm and Fleet. In my zoned out state I heard something other than a Nylabone being chewed, the weenie was chewing the zipper off his bed. I suppose that since it’s the first thing he’s really chewed in the house it’s not too horrible, though now I have to worry about two things.

  1. How do I fix the bed
  2. Did he ‘eat’ the zipper

After another nap I decided maybe I should explain the drug use. I might have pleurisy (x-ray of chest last night, results today), though I’m still leaning towards a wicked pulled abdominal muscle. What I do know is that the Doctor at Urgent care on Sunday was way off the mark….(acid reflux my ass)!

Isaac’s favorite Vet

Isaac’s favorite vet so far is:

Heather Nickel, DVM
Dr. Nickel graduated in 2004 from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She joined Animal House in December of 2004 with special interests in Internal Medicine, Dermatology, Cardiology, and Ultrasonography.

Dr. Nickel and her husband have two dogs, Addison and Gunther, and a FIV positive cat named Tom.

Dr. Nickel is a St. Charles native and happy to be working back in her hometown.

Isaac's favorite Vet

Isaac’s favorite vet so far is:

Heather Nickel, DVM
Dr. Nickel graduated in 2004 from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She joined Animal House in December of 2004 with special interests in Internal Medicine, Dermatology, Cardiology, and Ultrasonography.

Dr. Nickel and her husband have two dogs, Addison and Gunther, and a FIV positive cat named Tom.

Dr. Nickel is a St. Charles native and happy to be working back in her hometown.

Fromm update

The switch to Fromm Surf & Turf grain free from Canidae has been without incident (5 days). Processing seems good and the BM have all been consistent and solid.

Now I need to determine if Regoles sells the bigger bags (Wet Nose only has 12 lbs bags).

Currently Isaac is getting 3 cups per day (will have to wait and see what his weight does). He was 70 lbs at his last vet visit on November 25th.

Nice enough day

It was nice enough out today to put Isaac out in the kennel for some prolonged exsposure to sunshine.

Playing the Snow

Took a few pictures of Isaac and Stella out in the snow. Mainly I was testing a Microsoft application called Photo Story 3 for Windows. It’s not Vegas Video or Adobe Premier, but it’s down and dirty for beginners.

isaac Down Loads to player (tested wordpress plugin)

Sawing logs

How sad is it that the majority of my time is spent monitoring my dogs crap? The fromm’s Surf and Turf is going well.

Just found this funny

Thought it was funny

Logs again in the AM

Well it appears that fresh Wisconsin duck, wild salmon, chicken, hand-picked vegetables & fruit, eggs, and real Wisconsin cheese have helped produce logs again!

Though I will say either the duck or the real wisconsin cheese must do something to the color because it’s interesting. I also caught Isaac checking the Green Bay Packers stats in the paper….

Nice Logs

Isaac had some nice logs this evening, though the color was a little different (odd actually). I’m sure it’s too soon to tell, but the initial report is that the Fromm’s Surf & Turf isn’t causing any issues and appears to have put the solid back in the dogs stool.

Gave the pooch a bath today and blew him (ha he said blew him) out with the dog blower, which has rendered shedding obsolete for the time being.

Loss stool sucks and is getting way way old, am really hoping the change and enzymes cleans it up so I can worry about more import things….like shake and play dead!

Jen,

Just a heads-up if Isaac doesn’t start processing and managing his waste better you may need a bigger stocking on the fireplace for the present from the Duffey’s (he’ll be home for Christmas) :)

Update: Jen claims they will be out of town for Christmas and since I just missed St. Nicholas Day (Dec 6) maybe a Groundhog Day present is in order.

Change is in the air…

OK, I’ve made a decision and executed on it with regards to food for the beast (been debating for too long).

Isaac is enjoying his first helping of Fromm Surf & Turf (Grain Free) with a 1/2 teaspoon of Prozyme Original. He only got 2.5 cups 3 cups (recommended 3 cups for his weight) and is pushing the bowl around like a mad man as I type this so he at least likes it. Since he already had the runs I figured I wouldn’t spend the time slowly transitioning to the new food.

I settled for the Prozyme Original because I could purchase it locally and not wait for shipping. Here is the one that was recommended and I might end up to VETRI-PROBIOTIC BD™ for dogs

Decided to go with the Fromm for two reasons.

  1. Was one of the foods I originally considered (was included in my research, but is pricey)
  2. Jen says she’s feeding one of her dogs this stuff

It’s been a little over an hour since I began typing this and he hasn’t exploded yet (I know give it time)……

The following is in white font for a reason

Fromm Dog Surf/Turf 12 lbs 30.95 12-08-2008

Prozyme 454 gm 38.00 12-08-2008

Stomach issues

Haven’t had an update in awhile.

Isaac has been back to having some stomach issues so I’m looking into options/causes/solutions. There is always changing his food (to what). May look into probiotic and/or going to what I had originally investigated which was going RAW (not as easy, but then I could control 100% what is going in his belly).

He isn’t too happy since I was sick Tues – Saturday of last week and he hasn’t had much walking/playing/training time. He got to play with Noah in the snow and I wouldn’t let Kerry take him sledding at Johnson’s Mound on Saturday (seemed a little risky with three kids and a semi trained large dog and no handler). Sleds, ice, kids, steep hill, fast moving objects and a puppy all spelled disaster in my mind so he skipped that trip. For some reason I had visions of Isaac and Noah on a sled careening down the hill!