Sunday, December 07, 2008

Small problems

So a mostly quiet here at the Penthouse. We hit yet another craft fair in town, which I'm beginning to think is becoming a dangerous past time. Cathy bought enough jam to tide her over for a nuclear war. I bought a snazzy looking inukshuk Christmas ornament, a t-shirt to support the college's metal and jewelry making class and a few other odds and ends.

It was a nice craft fair if, for no other reason, we didn't have to wait for 40 minutes to be let in from out in the cold. And they even had chairs for us to sit on. Snazzy.

God, the things you think are cool after living up here long enough.

The other bit of excitement this weekend came from Boo. He's fine, so no worries there. However, I now know more about dog's butts than I did before the start of the weekend. And that I want to know about....ever.

Little did I know before this weekend that dogs have little sacs around their butts. And sometimes, if you're deeply unlucky, they get infected or swollen, which can cause problems. Now, as the many, many vet websites I've consulted this weekend have told me, this problem can be fairly easily fixed by draining the sacs. The downsides?

1. They generally recommend getting a vet to show you how to do it first.
2. It can be messy and very gross.
3, Apparently the smell from a skunk is perfume in comparison.
4. The dog is normally deeply unhappy during the whole process (go figure) and lets you know all about it.

So this would be awkward and annoying to try and do on our own, but we've managed to track down the vet's phone number in town. She's a different kind of vet. She doesn't have a clinic, nor does she have a surgery of any kind. If your dog is that kind of sick, well, your best option is to get your pet to Ottawa somehow.

But if you need vaccinations or a check-up, then she's your woman. I also hope that extends to helping little dogs with butt....issues.

I do love living up here, but every now and then it's these little annoyances and inconveniences that do get to you sometimes. Under different circumstances, it's a simple trip to the vet to get this taken care of quickly. Up here, it's a whole other thing.

Anyway, updates as they warrant.

(And yes, it's a Sunday evening and I have nothing to write about. Can you tell?)

Last Five
1. Little terror - The Beatles
2. I want you - The Beatles
3. Never tear us apart - INXS*
4. Execution day - The New Pornographers
5. Make this go on forever - Snow Patrol


Way Way Up said...

I recall my parents having similar issues a few years back with one of their dogs while I was down for a visit. Definitely not a fun experience.

colette said...

Awwww, poor little guy has impacted anal glands, does he? Was he scooting along the floor? Just to make you feel better--cats can have that problem too. Not fun.

Megan said...

I don't have a dog, but I'm pretty sure the procedure is called "milking the anal glands".

I'm told that a vet will be happy to do it for you, and that you probably don't want to do it yourself, even though you COULD.

Karin said...

Down here many groomers take care of that business during the pooch's monthly haircut. It is pretty nasty. Glad Boo's feeling better.

Owen's Mom said...

Sophie had the same thing a while back, before the move, and we discovered it when she could no longer walk up stairs... seriously thought we were going to have to put her down, but ten minutes at the vet's and it was all fine.

You've got disposable rubber gloves, right? think of it as a nasty butt pimple.