A Bit of a Bitty Day

We had appointments today, but the sun got us up nice and early so we could hopefully made headway on the gates.
Spoke too soon, and Hubby hit on a snag.
Nothing too drastic, but we had a head to head conflab in the garden and I ended up impersonating a post.
We got round that and Hubby continued whilst I tried to catch up with the house accounts.
We haven’t exactly overspent, but the garden is now rocking towards £400 (but that does include the gates).
In order to give the gates maximum strength, Hubby wants to reinforce the edges. Makes sense to me, so there was another deliberation on how to do it as the clock ticked merrily on towards Maggie’s Vet appointment.
We came to an agreement, made a couple of phone calls, and went down to the local timber merchants to pay for our purchase which is being cut to size and delivered this afternoon.

Lunch was a bit of a problem as we couldn’t agree on what to have.
I’d taken nothing out of the freezer not that I wanted to cook anyway, and I used up the last of my salad stuff yesterday. Hubby didn’t fancy salad again today, so I walked the dog as he opened a can of soup.
I had bread and jam when I got back, after which we took Maggie to the vet.

Over the past few days, we’ve noticed she’s been a bit unbalanced, so we thought we’d get it checked out.
It’s automatic for her to get on the scales when we go, and she’s put on another half a kilo. Weighing in at 15.6kg now, she’s still well within the parameters for her size.
We thought she might have an ear infection, and although one ear is a little inflamed, the other was the one that hurt on examination. She also has the beginnings of cataracts on both eyes, but nothing to worry about.
Her joints are stiffening up, and the arthritis may have spread to her spine as it seemed a bit tender when prodded. The lump in her mouth is bigger, but not intrusive, and it would be difficult to stitch the wound as it would leave such a vast hole. Being benign, we are still letting nature take its course on that.

Maggie ended up having an anti inflammatory jab that will last for about 5 days, then we’re to give her a small dose of Metacam every day for a week to help her joints.
We’ve been expecting this as at the moment, the Metacam is only administered when she’s obviously in pain, stiff or has over exerted herself, and has been sufficient to take the edge off, give her a good night’s sleep, and she’s usually OK in the morning.
After the shock of the last vet bill, I was pleasantly surprised at the cost, which was less than half of what I’d anticipated.
The good news is she’s OK, there’s nothing lurking that we weren’t aware of or suspected, and we have the necessary medication already for the arthritis.

After that, Hubby had his own appointment with the doctor later this afternoon. He’s come back with some more painkillers but a positive outlook, as he saw Dr Happy.
So, the gates have been put on hold until Sunday at the earliest, as tomorrow all three of us are going out for a posh meal at a pub we know where the food is good and reasonable and dogs are welcome. It’s not too far from the woods, so after stuffing our faces, we can hopefully walk some of it off!


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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14 Responses to A Bit of a Bitty Day

  1. It must be vet time. My cat went to the vet this morning and unlike you, I was slammed with a high cost surgery scheduled! Still, I’m happy they can help her. Enjoy your dinner out!

  2. Have fun tomorrow!

  3. I’m glad all the doctors’s appointments are all over for the time being. Hope the meal out was great!

  4. foguth says:

    Have you tried a doggy dose of glucosamine on her? It helps Gabe & Saphera. BTW, in case you’re interested, here is a chart of human meds that a pup can use:
    https://foguth.wordpress.com/2015/05/15/household-medication-you-can-use-for-pets/ HOWEVER, an actual veterinarian made this comment, “1 mg per lb of immodium per pound would be VERY dangerous. In fact it would kill certain dogs that carry a mutation in a drug efflux pump (and dogs that don’t have the mutation as well). TALK TO A VET!”… they seemed fine with everything else.

    • She already has glucosamine every day which has definitely helped. The metacam was always in reserve and used sparingly as we didn’t want to have to rely on it too soon. The jab has brightened her up a bit, but she’s finally sleeping now………. her first nap since we came back at 1pm.

  5. scifihammy says:

    Isn’t it funny how a day just flies by?
    I’m glad to hear that Maggie is basically OK, apart from the general aches and pains of old age. LM has all the things Maggie has (apart from the mouth lump, but LM has chest lumps). LM is on Metacam daily and it really helps keep her more supple.
    Enjoy your Pub meal tomorrow – I am green! (It is one of the things I miss about UK!)

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