Tuesday, March 8, 2011


For the past three months Kyle has been having digestive issues. Everything goes in just fine, but it doesn't always come out quite right. Enough said.

Kyle switched to adult food shortly before his issues started. Thus, we aren't sure if the problems are related to his food or something else. My leader decided to weed out any health issues before we start playing with food choices.

This may be silly, but Monday was my favorite vet visit ever. Usually our vet gets us in immediately, but today we had a few minutes to wait. Kyle and I met some of the best people and their dogs. It was oddly fun to have to wait our turn. Plus, Kyle was a model pup and held his sit for quite a while. (I hate the idea of Kyle's head being near all the dog germs on the floor. It seems like asking for a repeat visit. Anyone else feel the same, or am I weird?)

Kyle passed his physical exam with flying colors. He appears to be the model of perfect health. I was thankful for hours of puppy handling because Kyle didn't bat an eye when the vet probed and prodded every nook and cranny of his body.

Finally, there was nothing left to do but collect a sample. The vet doubted my ability to return with one within a couple minutes. Is a dog trained to relieve on command all that uncommon? Needless to say, Kyle once again demonstrated his training without a hitch. Good boy!

The verdict? Kyle gets a couple weeks of antibiotics, and if they don't work, we'll start experimenting with new foods. In the meantime, I've found the first thing Kyle won't eat...his pills. He spit the first one out and gave me a disgusted face. It had to be pretty bad for that to be his reaction. Gross!

P.S. I smiled when I noticed that the vet stopped putting my name on Kyle's pill bottles. This one says, "Guide Dogs for the Blind."


  1. My dogs take pills like champs...but it could be because I had so much practice giving them to Mesa! Open Kyles mouth wide, put it as far in as possible, and then hold his mouth shut until he licks his nose, and ta-da! Now, if you are giving the pill (or 5 pills!) to a 130 lb great dane you are watching, the "as far back as possible" part can leave you gross up to your elbow...

  2. Enjoy the pills Kyle!
    We sure hope they help :)


  3. I used the pill's down the throat method yesterday. By lunchtime today, Kyle changed his mind about the pills and chewed them like a treat. Weird dog. I don't know which would be worse, the taste of antibiotics or having something shoved down your throat.

  4. When Freya came home, she came home with a bladder infection. We went to the vet and got her anitbiotics. I though, I'll just put it in her food and she'll eat it. She ate around it. Everything in the bowl besides the pill. I guess no one likes taking pills, even dogs. I know I throw a fuss when I have to take my pills every morning.