Posts Tagged ‘Firstline’

The Best of Weeks…

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Ebony Dog was recently diagnosed with immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA), actually by the numbers, a pretty mild case.  A visiting “doctor” even said, “She can’t be too sick, her tail is still wagging.”  I said that that was not a sign of the severity of her disease, it was a sign that she was awake.  That’s Eb.  She has always been happy.  She started out nine years ago as Russ’ puppy, but she has been my anchor ever since.

Before she could say Hey, Cardiff, guess what?  Me too! she developed respiratory complications – some difficulty breathing  – from the IMHA or an as yet undiagnosed underlying cause or an unrelated disease – yesterday.  She is scheduled for thoracic radiographs – chest x-rays – at 7:30 am.  I woke up just now and thought “Oh, good!  She made it through the night,” and got up to get ready to take her in.  *sigh*  It was 1:00 am.

She seems to be doing much better right now.  yay.  I have no idea if I should post this.  This is supposed to be a fun gathering space for pet lovers, not a place to balance a great week with depressing stories.  That has been my theme this fall and winter, and I do not like it.

So here is my “The Best of Weeks…” part of the post.  Liz Marsh of Firstline wrote an article…

Top 5 Veterinary Blogs

…and included the Riley and James Website.  Thank you Liz!  Thank you Firstline!  Thank you DVM360!  Thank you Other Bloggers.  I think you are all awesome.  That was my bright spot of the day yesterday.

Oh, and here is another short story…

I hate mortatity.  I love my dog.

And…I WILL post this, AND my Valentine’s Day post.  I can already sense people getting depressed about Valentine’s Day.  You sure didn’t need my sickie dog story on top of this weekend making it worse.  Here’s to a happy Valentine’s weekend.  And here’s to Eb’s happily ever after.  We are both going back to bed, and I will let you know in the morning what we find out.

Ebony Dog

Ebony Update 2/12/11:

Thoracic radiographs were taken (right lateral, ventral-dorsal, left lateral if needed-it was not)

My radiographic interpretation:  Oh wow.  This sucks.

Ebony had evidence of metastatic neoplasia throughout every lung field – cancer that had spread from a still undiagnosed primary lesion.  Russ met the girls and I and we had her euthanized.  She could not breathe, but her tail was still wagging.

Yeah, it was that fast.

In the day since we lost Eb, my radiographic interpretation has been confirmed.  This sucks.

Bunny Trails

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Here is a working list of stuff I have written located places OTHER THAN RileyandJames

Life With Dogs – weekly health column

AVMA Website Pet Owner Information (group brainstorming and editing)

dvm360 Website

Veterinary Economics Journal

  • Conflict Resolution, December 2010
  • A picture in reference to Liz Marsh’s February 2011 Firstline article, “5 Top Veterinary Blogs” which included Riley and James, March 2011
  • Do Pets Mourn? May 2011
  • Veterinary Pen Holder, June 2011

Firstline Veterinary Technician Journal

CareFRESH Website

      Banfield Journal

      The Wagging Tail Blog

      Sit and Stay Blog

        Dancing Dog Blog

        Dawg Business Blog

        #dogtalk (now #barkoutloud)

          Shadow Lake Towne Center Newsletter

          • Monthly Pet Tips since May 2010 (Also on the Banfield, The Pet Hospital of Papillion facebook page)

          Dog Time

          • This site has a copy of all of the blog entries here at Riley and James.

          Pug Partners of Nebraska

          • A 2010 series on Pug Health for new adoptive families – also published on Riley and James