Tag Archives: dog behavior

Lilly News: Veterinary Neurology Recheck

Miss Lilly and I hauled our silly selves across town for her veterinary neurology recheck appointment this morning, in advance of this weekend’s third round of cytarabine injections. It has been 6 weeks since her…

Another Canine Emergency – Dogs on Steroids Eat Things That Aren’t Food

Monday dawned with a full-blown anxiety attack hovering. Seeking just an hour of quiet, an hour or solace, an hour of something other than work or worry, I headed out to the greenhouse. Big mistake.…

Lilly’s Brain Injury and Agility Outtakes

Monday, we showed you some agility highlights as Lilly recovers from her neurological troubles. Today, we prove that it isn't always pretty.

Lilly’s Brain Injury and Exaggerated Agility Style

At our last veterinary neurology appointment, Lilly got the OK to do agility and other more strenuous tasks so that her brain can start figuring out how to rewire certain movements. I convinced myself that…

Update on the Totebag Eating Incident

Blame it on the steroids and other medications required to treat Lilly's eningoencephalomyelitis / meningoencephalitis (inflammation of the brain and lining of the brain and spinal cord). Two weeks ago today, Lilly ate 1/2 of…

Adverse Vaccine Reaction – Another Emergency

If your dog has never required medications that cause dramatic behavioral side-effects, count yourself lucky. Friday (3/9/12), we had another MAJOR scare with Lilly.

Adverse Vaccine Reaction and Behavioral Changes in Dogs

I'm doing my best to share the whole picture of what exactly went wrong in Lilly's body and brain following her adverse reaction to a rabies vaccine nearly 2 months ago. My dog training /…

Anxious Dog Update

I could use some help establishing expectations about Lilly's ongoing struggle with anxiety. Living with a fearful dog can be a day-to-day, minute-by-minute thing, and I'm used to that. However, I'm trying to get a…

This Holiday Season – Nibble on the Ones You Love

To balance the posts lately about Lilly being less than great to Ginko, here is a dog video showing how much the dogs really do love each other. Our holiday message for 2011? Nibble on…

Dog Training Update: Cutting Back on Chlomipramine

It started out as a necessity. Swamped with deadlines and a work trip on the docket, I didn't realize Lilly was getting low on her medicine. To stretch it a bit longer, I skipped her…

Dog Health: Spider Bite Recheck #3

Friday, Lilly had a rough day for no particular reason I could find. But, when it came time for her to load up for her third (and we hoped final) spider bite recheck, she threw…

Dog Health: Spider Bite Recheck #2

Think Lilly is out of the woods on this crazy spider bite? Alas, think again. Monday, Tom helped me take BOTH dogs to the veterinary hospital. Ginko for his wellness exam. Lilly for her recheck…

Dog Health: Spider Bite Recheck

Tuesday morning we awoke to a debate between me and Tom over the size of Lilly's spider bite lump. I said it was bigger, maybe 10%. Tom said it was the same as the night…

Dog Health: Spider Bite Treatment

So, we now knew that Lilly suffered a spider bite and ensuing infection. But, we'll never know what kind of spider or where or how it happened, but she needed treatment and fast.

Dog Health: Spider Bite

Yesterday, we continued the story of this mysterious mass I found on Lilly's neck while awaiting a routine veterinary exam. Today, let's move on with the diagnosis of the sudden onset (possible) veterinary emergency. Fair…

Anxiety Squared

Not the best day. Monday. About mid-morning, I locked myself in a small, dark room and fought off an anxiety attack. I had to. With a feature article deadline looming and several more in the…

Wordless Wednesday: The Real Story

As part of our dog product review of the KONG Braidz Monkey, I asked for interpretations of Lilly's body position in one of the photos. The answer appeared later in the week in Wordless Wednesday:…

Dog Fear Isn’t Funny or Cute

Many thanks to Kevin Meyers for writing an open letter to Good Morning America, called Dogs Don't Do Guilt, after the show featured the "guilty dog" from the viral video, perpetuated dog behavior myths, and…

Dogs on Drugs: Fading Xanax

On the advice of our behaviorist from Colorado State's veterinary school, Lilly has taken both chlomipramine and xanax/alprazolam twice a day, every day, since summer 2008. We didn't just drug our canine heroine, though.