Alayne took our new arrival, tiny Pip, last week to see our internal medicine specialist, Dr. Tanya Donovan. We were concerned about a growth on his neck, as well as his underlying health, given his age and physical condition -- he's very, very thin.
In the photo above, Tanya is doing an ultrasound-guided draw of urine from Pip's bladder. During her abdominal screening, she had detected some thickening of the bladder wall and wanted to get a urinanalysis done to see what was going on. It turns out Pip does have a urinary tract infection, which may -- or may not -- be the cause of the thickening wall. We have started him on antibiotics to clear up the infection, and will recheck his bladder in a couple of weeks to see if that took care of it.
The lump on his neck was benign, thank heavens. It was an inflammatory reaction to something in his past, either an injury or an old injection site. Adding to the good news, his blood work was fine, too.
We had noticed that he just didn't seem to have much of an appetite. (No, not a dental issue.) We'd leave different kinds of yummy food in his crate with him overnight, and while he'd pick and lick at it, every morning much of the food would still be there. He'd even leave our fresh cooked ground beef sitting there. But on that trip to Burlington to see Dr. Donovan, Alayne stopped at a local sandwich shop to get something to eat -- and Pip, who was sitting in the front seat next to her, couldn't get enough of her turkey sandwich. Hmm.
Back at the farm last weekend, we fed him some thinly sliced roast beef by hand, which he voraciously ate. And he acted hungry! Was it just "people food" that he had been used to eating? I put another bowl of our cooked ground beef in front of him while he was in his basket bed in the living room. Pip looked at the bowl, then up at me ... and ignored it. Strange. Then Alayne had a hunch. She went over to his basket, scooped up some of the ground beef in her fingers, and offered it to him. He devoured it. She offered him more from her hand. He devoured it again. And again.
We had finally cracked the code. This little dog must have been fed by hand his entire life. We suspected someone had held Pip in his or her lap at the table and fed him tidbits from their own meals. That's how he ate (and probably why he was so thin, never getting enough nutrition that way). He was just used to being hand-fed.
We've never seen this before, but now that we know what it takes to get enough food into Pip, he's been having quite a feast these past several days. Our goal now is to help him make the transition from hand-fed to self-fed!
Weekly Winner for Week 5 -- And $1,000 For The Animals!
Yes, we were the most recent weekly winner, and thanks to you, we just won $1,000 through the Shelter Challenge! Thank you so much!
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The new Shelter Challenge started Monday, April 9 and ends at midnight on June 17. Grand prize in this round is $5,000, plus $1,000 for weekly winners and $1,000 for state winners. There are also other categories ... please see the Shelter Challenge website for details.
*** We are now LISTED UNDER OUR NEW NAME, ROLLING DOG FARM. State is still NH for New Hampshire. ***
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