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Discussion in 'Dog Diaries' started by JudyN, Nov 29, 2017.
He is such a handsome lad.
He certainly is - if he walked past me I'd turn for a second look. Not in a car, though!
Your photos of Jasper are awesome And that driver is right, he is gorgeous!
We've come home after a lovely long weekend... which was meant to be a week. The cottage and location were perfect - this is the view from the dining area: https://property-images-cdn.sykesas...81134235_973367_0009.jpg?access=1214T8130T840
The garden was enclosed, too, which was a real bonus (particularly as there were sheep in the field beyond). But for much of the time, Jasper wasn't happy. He didn't like the car, the beds weren't up to his usual standards, the hard floors weren't so easy for him to walk on, and though happy to go on walks, would turn back after about 10 minutes. Then he developed a runny bum with blood in his poo, which may well be down to stress. I was able to get some ProMax from a local vet, though he refused to lick it from the tube after the first blob shot out and landed right on his nose! And then, when Mr N went out to buy provisions, he spent most of the time looking out of the front room barking, and wouldn't settle till he got home, at which point I decided we should call it a day.
As you can see, he wasn't stressed all the time
He is so happy to be home again, and I'm hoping his tummy settles now. So that's his last holiday. I have promised him, no more holidays, only essential car journeys, walks all on his terms (within reason). And he'll probably go on and live another 6 years now... But who needs holidays anyway?
Sorry that Jasper wasn’t comfortable on his holiday and I admire your decision to prioritise his comfort. Hats off to you (again). Hope he resettles in his familiar environment speedily.
Lovely pic, obviously doesn't reflect how he got on though! Agree with @RGC.
We had this problem with our two older lurcher boys ...we have come back from 2 hols after 3 days in our motorhome. ..so we have sold the motorhome and bought a caravan and will only take them for 2 night stays away ...i am very lucky that my mum only lives around the corner and will move in when we want to go away and leave the boys with her ...victor (age 14) has to be coaxed out for his morning walk ...once he is out he seems to enjoy it but they have definitely aged
Good for you making the right decision for Jasper. You are a super owner.
Jasper is so much happier. No essential trips to the garden overnight, and he did a perfect poo this morning Even his pressure sore has lost its angry purple tone - I'm guessing it would look more inflamed if he was feeling hot & bothered.
By a spooky coincidence, when I rang the owner to say we'd be leaving early, he said that his 14-year-old dog was currently in the vet for the effects of travel and stress It just goes to show what stress can do to your body. So we absolutely made the right decision - not just for his mental wellbeing, but his physical health. It would have been a lot harder if we'd planned to meet up with family and friend at the end of the week though - I'd have been gutted to have to miss that.
Jasper went to the vet this morning for the first time in (at a guess) around 2 years, just for a medication review.
We do have an option to try a new anti-inflammatory given by a monthly injection and therefore better for the stomach (she didn't mention its name), but just a monthly injection would be stressful for him. I'll definitely consider it if his stomach stops tolerating the tablets, though.
He was really nervous, poor lad, and wheeled away whenever she approached him, though didn't get aggressive at all. We discussed his lumps - one that I think is a fatty lump, one slightly firmer, and what I'm hoping is an insect bite on his thigh - but agreed that as they are small and not noticeably increasing in size, it was in his best interests for her not to examine him. The one on his thigh could be skin cancer, but unless it does something dramatic, further investigation is very unlikely to be in his best interests. She also decided not to bother trying to get the stethoscope on his chest, because his heart would have been going like a woodpecker pecking a hole anyway.
She also noticed that his eyes are looking a little cloudy - not cataracts, but normal deterioration. He still seems to be able to see fine in daytime, but I've noticed he can be a little hesitant when it's dark.
So all in all, nothing wrong with him apart from old age and everything that comes with it
That's good news!
Babydog has the non-cataract eye clouding, but still sees better than I do (and I'm not that bad). Vet says she will have to wear glasses for reading though.
Jasper would probably want varifocals so he can still spot bunnies and potential treat fairies as well
You can't keep a (not very) good lurcher down... spotting his chance, Jasper jumped up to put his front paws on the worktop and steal a bag of oven chips this evening. It was empty, but as he shredded it Mr N and I grinned at each other like loons - we didn't realise he was still able to counter-surf so were really rather pleased!