The pups

Poor Scabnose

Poor little Bobby – he’s really had the worst year ever. In March, he landed wrong jumping off the bed and broke a bone in his paw (and had to wear this ridonculous cast for weeks):

Don't let it bring you down Should we be worried?

In April we went for a hike in Eastern Washington and he came home with a mysterious and rather evil-looking bite on the inside of his leg. The vet had no idea what it could be (it showed up too soon to be a tick bite, and the tick-borne disease tests the vet took later all came back negative), but sent him home with a bunch of antibiotics just in case.

Ten days later, he developed a high fever, diarrhea and vomiting, so we took him back to the vet. He had to stay overnight because of the fever and dehydration, but they had no idea what had caused it.

In June, he slipped off a log into Annette Lake and came up very grimy and green, and a couple of days later he was sick again. Same symptoms, another overnight vet trip, countless tests and no results.

Swamp Thing I am not amused

After this he was healthy all summer (except for some random days when he seemed lethargic and warm), and then suddenly last week he got a high fever and a very enlarged lymph node on his neck. This time he had to stay at the vet’s for two nights, they ran all sorts of tests and x-rays and poked and prodded him all over the place, but they still have no idea what is causing all of this.

He’s back at home now (on two different antibiotics and a painkiller) and is slowly getting better, but I feel so sorry for him. I just want to find out what’s wrong so it won’t keep happening every other month. Before this year, he never had any health problems at all, but now it seems like his immune system has been compromised and any little thing (like falling into the lake) will set him off. We’ve decided to retire him from hiking, at least until we figure out what’s wrong.

Poor pup Poor nosebear

I have known and loved Bobby for eight and a half years now (the little nose bear stole my heart the first time I met him, which was also the first time I met JK), and I don’t even want to think about not having him in my life.

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13 Comments

  • Reply nina November 2, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Oh, poor Bobby! What rotten luck for the little guy. Hope he is feeling well soon and back to his usual cute self! Hopefully a good rest over the winter will do the trick.

  • Reply Susan C. November 2, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Poor lil Bobby! I’ve always loved your photos and layouts of him. He’s just too cute for words! I hope he gets well soon!

  • Reply Libby November 2, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Poor Bobby. He certainly has been in the wars. Hope they find out what is going real soon.

    Hugs,
    Libby

  • Reply Christina Smith November 2, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    (((HUGS)))

  • Reply Tessa November 3, 2009 at 12:15 am

    snufs! Håper dere finner ut hva som feiler han !

  • Reply Kelsie November 3, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Aw, poor guy. It’s so tough when dogs act off but you can’t figure out exactly what’s wrong. Wishing Bobby well: soon!

  • Reply Kine November 4, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Stakkars Bobby! Håper han blir bedre snart!

  • Reply Lauren November 4, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Oh honey… hugs for your doggie. I went through a rough emergency with mine, but I had answers. I could see how hard it must be to not know! Just keep loving em!

  • Reply Solgunn November 6, 2009 at 12:02 am

    Føler med deg :(

  • Reply Emm November 6, 2009 at 6:50 am

    Feel better soon, Bobby!

  • Reply jen paddack-hyde November 9, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    I hope he is feeling better. My sister is going through something similar with her dog. They can’t find anything wrong with her but she’s been sick off and on for months now. Maybe a rest from hiking will do him good:)

  • Reply Samantha November 11, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    I’m sorry to learn that Bobby is not feeling well. It’s so hard to watch your critters fall ill and not know why. I’m sending both of you lots of good vibes, and I hope he feels better real soon. HUGS!

  • Reply Janice March 20, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Have you had him checked for Lime Disease? Here is a link to the symptoms, and that one photo of his swelling around the tick bite area is classic. Best wishes, Janice

    http://workingdogs.com/doc0043.htm

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