SECRET DOGS BUSINESS
What about me?
When IVDD strikes, the focus is so completely on the affected dog but there is often another dog in the household too. At my place, there is Poppy and Jess. This is Jessie’s story.
Our IVDD journey started with Poppy and Jess’s favourite walk to the local park which has a bit of indigenous bush in it. There they go off lead, sniffing everything, chasing magpies and each going along at their own pace. Poppy does lots of sniffing, Jess does lots of running and in between they check up on each other and me. They think it’s brilliant.
Nobody tells you about the poo!
The IVDD “experience” throws up a lot of unexpected events and challenges for both dogs and pawrents and they keep coming even after surgical recovery. There is plenty of advice: from the vet, the specialist vet, the hydrotherapist, the masseur and the people whose dogs have been there before yours, but none of them – not one! – Tells You About The Poo!
And there’s plenty of it. It starts when you get your dog home after surgery. One of the good signs the dog is recovering is that they can properly do a poo. So you are waiting for it. You carefully take your fragile dog out of the crate for a toilet break and they do a wee and a lot of sniffing. Very good, but no poo. You say to yourself “That’s ok, they haven’t had much to eat yet what with the surgery and waking up and the pain killers.” So you keep doing the right thing taking them out every few hours.