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|Re: Dog Chronicles by Surely63(m): 12:31am On Nov 05, 2016|
festaclanre:welcome back ma'am
|Re: Dog Chronicles by OsuGanja(m): 12:37am On Nov 05, 2016|
Beautiful thread,read it from start to finish....I wish our country and the world in general had dedicated people like you
|Re: Dog Chronicles by ZoneBslayer(m): 12:07pm On Nov 05, 2016|
What a thread!
|Re: Dog Chronicles by drgbaks(f): 11:25pm On Nov 05, 2016|
Petra was female. And yes, she was so full of life!
|Re: Dog Chronicles by dmode: 3:46pm On Nov 07, 2016|
We haff enter nes weeki oo,come and continue youa stori biko
|Re: Dog Chronicles by drgbaks(f): 10:16am On Nov 10, 2016|
It was the 26th of April, 2015. A Sunday. A routine vaccination appointment with Rico- an adult mixed dog- turned into the proverbial day I will never forget.
I remember the first time I met Rico- he was a big but nervous dog that hated vet visits. He exhibited this nervosity by being so aggressive towards any and everyone when a vet was around that even his human found it difficult to restrain him. It usually took about three guys to hold him down except of course when 'uncle Kay' was around which wasn't often. Being used to having dogs, he was the only one who could restrain Rico singlehandedly.
Over time though, Rico got used to my visits especially as I became family friends with his human family. So Rico figured that not every visit was targetted at him. Thus, he relaxed and we became friends. On my visits, I made sure we always had playtime. He especially enjoyed a good rub and I obliged him often.
It became my custom to trick Rico by playing with him and cleverly muzzling him whenever it was time for his routine treatments until that unfortunate day.
That Sunday as I arrived early evening to give Rico his annual vaccinations, I noticed that he was nervous. He was so nervous he wouldn't allow his human restrain him. Since we had become chummy friends, I resolved to vaccinate him unmuzzled. That was my first mistake.
So I started our little ritual. I rubbed him, patted him, then stealthily gave him the first injection. There was a little twitch then nothing. Rico gave me a look that said: did-you-just-do-something-doc? But I quickly stroked him and he looked away seemingly distracted.
By now I was carefully trying to study Rico's body language as I patted him and when I felt he was distracted enough I attempted to give the second vaccine. I never did! In one powerful moment, Rico turned and the next thing I knew I was flying backwards trying to escape his strong jaws. It happened so fast, I was surprised. For a second it seemed his mouth had contact with my left arm but I wasn't sure. So I inspected and saw two tiny holes on the sleeve of my shirt. When I pulled up the sleeve to check, I was dismayed!!! A huge ugly gash was starring up at me.
I looked over at Rico (who by now was quietly observing me with a solemn look on his face, I must add) and ran to the nearest tap (which happened to be in the Kitchen), flushing the wound with water and soap. Rico's owner who was inside all the while came out to ask if I had finished, saw my arm and screamed. He ran outside and gave Rico a beating he wouldn't forget.
At this point, I honestly felt for Rico. It wasn't his fault. I knew better and acted against my better judgement. I knew Rico regretted his actions. He was just trying to warn me off. He was just a dog afraid of injections like most humans.
Over the course of many weeks, I received wound treatment as well as post-exposure vaccination with the help of a good medical doctor and friend. And the wound gradually healed.
Did my experience change my attitude towards dogs? You might wonder. Did it make me scared of them? No, it didn't. I still love canines fiercely. I chose not to allow fear paralyse me. Although, this experience made me more cautious and maybe a little bit wiser.
Now I'm a strong advocate of what my lecturers always reiterated in school, "Never assume that a dog won't bite no matter it's disposition."
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|Re: Dog Chronicles by dmode: 10:50am On Nov 10, 2016|
Chisooss..na dis big dog you wan us learn abracatabra?...Till tomorrow I pray to never have a dog bite....
|Re: Dog Chronicles by drgbaks(f): 10:20am On Nov 24, 2016|
It was a busy day at work. The mountainous paper work on my table succeeded in keeping me engaged until one of the prettiest Boerboels ever, walked into the clinic.
On enquiry, I discovered that the Boerboel's human wanted to register his dog and start it's routine vaccination immediately. While registering, I was told his Boerboel puppy was named Jack and that Jack was a Rottweiler. A Tan Rottweiler?! That couldn't be! The dog was so obviously a BB. Apparently, Jack's human was an uninformed first time owner who had been deceived by the seller that the dog was a Rott.
He was finally convinced otherwise when i showed him a chart displaying pictures of different breeds. He was livid! He told us to stop the registration; insisted that he had been duped and so was returning the puppy.
Thankfully, I was able to persuade him to keep Jack arguing that Jack would make a great dog and deserved a loving home too.
So I proceeded to examine Jack. To my surprise, I discovered that "Jack" was actually "Jackie". I asked Jack's human why he named a female dog, "Jack", he replied saying "Jack" was the only dog name he knew. I explained to him that Jack was a nice name but masculine and inquired if he wouldn't mind naming her "Jackie" instead. He agreed.
Thus, my love story with the pretty but shy Jackie began.
A few weeks afterwards, I got a call from Jackie's human stating that she was vomitting and having bloody diarrhoea concurrently. I asked a few more questions and asked him to bring Jackie to the clinic as soon as he could. My heart sank. There was an ongoing outbreak of the highly contagious parvoviral infection (a fatal disease of puppies) and though Jackie had gotten 1 out of the 3 shots of the DHLPP vaccine, I knew very well that wasn't enough to protect her.
She came, we carried out a quick lab test and our worst fears were confirmed. Jackie had parvo. Jackie's owner almost cried. I gave him the grave prognosis (50-50 chance of survival) and promised to do our best to save her.
Then the support therapy started. Jackie was admitted and placed on infusions for about 3 days. By the 4th day, she could get up and drink water by herself but she was so weak, she would barely lap some water then at once lie down, fatigued. She was so pale and had lost her joie de vivre. I was worried. Jackie had become so dear to me, I didn't want to lose her.
The days her human couldn't come, he would call to find out how she was doing. He loved her so. He would continually harrass me saying, "doc, Jackie mustn't die o." I always told him we would try our best but was honest enough to give him a true picture of events. Many times too, I encouraged him to pray. I prayed as well.
By the 7th day, I tried semi solids, she ate very little and that gave me hope. After that she continued to improve each day. After 2 weeks, she was ready to go home.
Jackie's long recovery defied all expections. Many didn't expect her to make it. But she did.
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|Re: Dog Chronicles by festaclanre: 7:09pm On Nov 24, 2016|
Doc i lost Quincy on 23rd of this month to parvo
|Re: Dog Chronicles by drgbaks(f): 8:06pm On Nov 24, 2016|
Wow! So sorry about that sir.
|Re: Dog Chronicles by festaclanre: 12:48am On Nov 25, 2016|
thanks i am missing my best friend. especially her hug from behind when i refuse to play with her
|Re: Dog Chronicles by Dafman25(m): 11:01am On Nov 26, 2016|
I am sorry about your loss. As a dog lover who has attempted to breed over the years I too have experienced this kind of loss. Words cannot console and the urge to get another dog is not there.
I lost my last litter to Parvo in August. Six healthy male Rottweilers. Well raised and just about to be vaccinated and it struck. It started as a cold and their nostrils were dry and in 24hrs they had refused to eat or drink water. To watch them deteriorate in a few days was the worse experience I have to say in the last 10yrs in my program. I am usually a perfectionist in my work and meticulously prepare for anything. This one got me.
What we experienced was hell. Lovely vibrant puppies reduced to skin and bones in a matter of 24hrs. Stooping and vomiting uncontrollably. Not only did the puppies have parvo, they had the F-strain parvo. We were rocked, after the last one passed at 1am on a Friday morning I almost broke down and my wife woke up and held me tight and said these words. You must be strong for us all. I snapped out of it an de said its time to do something about it. I called a friend in Ghana and he said he had the supplements I had been looking for. It cost me about 110$ to get. So I kept them in the cupboard and went about our normal day to day lives.
Fast forward three months later and we were happy raising another litter and just when they were barely three weeks I woke up in the morning to check them before I took my kids to school and they were all lethargic and stooping foul smelling poo. Esu kpofo is all I said in my mind. I went into the cupboard and started dosing them. The medications I got needed to be given 4 times in the first hour .i.e every 15mins and every our after that until all stools were formed and puppies were eating. So I started.no vomiting had occurred at this point. By the 9th hour which was in the afternoon that day what I saw was frank bloody stool. I ignored what I was seeing and kept dosing. Long and short of it is all puppies survived. All puppies are alive as I type and are 10weeks tomorrow.
I decided to turn this mishap into a good thing and help others. I ordered more and told a few friends. Believe me it has save no less than three litters. We are out of stock now but I am ordering a whole bunch. What is most beautiful about this is it can be used as a prophylactic to prevent the disease. If people, breeders and vets decide to use this supplement, parvo would be a thing of the past and we would have healthy loving dogs and more happy owners.
My Name is Dafe and this is the first time I am posting about it my mishap because I never imagined there was a large audience here. I am sorry I have not notified several online platforms about this but believe me it works and it's worth ever Naira spent.
You can check my page Daffydogs as in the coming days when the products arrive I would be posting a lot more about it. Puppy pictures below as they are today.
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|Re: Dog Chronicles by ycmdng(m): 6:19pm On Dec 12, 2016|
drgbaks:Doc, whats the immediate cure for a tick infected dog. Its been on him for a long time and all exo-parasite preventive measures are not yielding needed result both anti tick soap and powder. Am really feeling sorry for the dog as am typing.
|Re: Dog Chronicles by Nobody: 10:56pm On Dec 12, 2016|
Passion, dedication, intelligence, professionalism is all over you. I admire you so much Ma. Keep it up.
|Re: Dog Chronicles by Nobody: 9:56pm On Dec 13, 2016|
Nice job doc I commend your effort but I have been wondering why you keep removing the muzzle of aggressive dogs when handling them. This is wrong and I think you should be more careful, passion is good but think of your safety too.
|Re: Dog Chronicles by drgbaks(f): 2:47am On Dec 14, 2016|
Hi. Ticks are such annoying and irritating creatures! To answer your question, there's no immediate cure. Eradicating ticks is a tedious process. It takes time and the proper techniques.
First, I would advise that you have your dog examined by a competent and experienced vet as your dog can get infected by a number of diseases from ticks including Tick Fever.
Second, this is Tick Season. Ticks multiply sporadically in hot weather such as we are experiencing now in Nigeria.
Third, AntiTick soaps and powders are not very effective against ticks.
Fourth, get a good tick spray; amitraz (chemical) please ask your vet on how to use the amitraz as overdosage can kill your dog; fumigation of compound and kennel should be a possible consideration depending on severity of tick infestation. By all means get a fumigation expert who knows his/her onions.
I hope this helps.
|Re: Dog Chronicles by drgbaks(f): 2:48am On Dec 14, 2016|
|Re: Dog Chronicles by drgbaks(f): 3:12am On Dec 14, 2016|
Hello. Thanks for your commendation.
It's not 'wrong' to handle dogs without using muzzles. Dogs are intelligent animals. They know when they are about to be treated or examined and when it's just playtime. So apart from when I'm about to examine or treat a sick dog, I don't use a muzzle when it's time to play with them because I genuinely enjoy interacting with dogs.
In my opinion, the use of a muzzle is only necessary when trying to medically examine or treat a dog. And even then there are exceptions-as is the case with every rule- I've had the pleasure and privilege to treat dogs without using a muzzle because such dogs were trained that way.
Funny enough, in the US and UK, muzzles are not applied the way they are here. A veterinarian over there employs different techniques other than muzzling the dog using treats and if necessary sedatives amongst others.
Furthermore, dogs owners are trained and educated to curb aggression in their pets very early. This goes a long way in making the veterinarian's job easier.In fact, muzzling a dog is offensive to dog owners and lovers in most developed countries, even muzzling for the purpose of treatment. It is seen as animal cruelty.
Unfortunately, we are not yet there in Nigeria. Hopefully some day soon we'll be.
|Re: Dog Chronicles by ycmdng(m): 4:11am On Dec 14, 2016|
drgbaks:Thanks Doc, i'll try all possible cure. Compliments of the season.
|Re: Dog Chronicles by Nobody: 6:23pm On Jan 27, 2017|
Well done Op
|Re: Dog Chronicles by dfrost: 6:24pm On Jan 27, 2017|
You just made me remember my late Posh Got a job and traveled only to come visiting 3 months later and I was told my first love died while I was away .
But that is one mug-ugly tumor. Péle on the first ugly experience.
|Re: Dog Chronicles by Luukasz(m): 6:24pm On Jan 27, 2017|
I love dem dogs.
|Re: Dog Chronicles by harrybarn: 6:27pm On Jan 27, 2017|
I love that, though i couldn't read everything. Bringing the beauty out of your profession.
|Re: Dog Chronicles by Destined2win: 6:28pm On Jan 27, 2017|
drgbaks:Don't let those dogs kiss you else I am not going to kiss you again
|Re: Dog Chronicles by dejavubobo1(m): 6:39pm On Jan 27, 2017|
drgbaks:drgbaks.. plz I ve this attachment to Akita's I really need one. although ve tried online but non within Nigeria. plz can u help me locate a seller of this Anita inu
|Re: Dog Chronicles by TundeEinstein(m): 6:45pm On Jan 27, 2017|
drgbaks:aren't you supposed to be in Port Harcourt, judging from Snow's story??
|Re: Dog Chronicles by mamajaz(f): 6:45pm On Jan 27, 2017|
Weldone good doctor.
|Re: Dog Chronicles by BlinkyBling: 6:45pm On Jan 27, 2017|
drgbaks:Already following you onNL
|Re: Dog Chronicles by kcynho(m): 6:59pm On Jan 27, 2017|
drgbaks:Plz is snow a female breed,i have a 3yr Old Lhasa Apso but really its been hard crossing him wt any, as a result of rare female breed to cross
|Re: Dog Chronicles by AntiWailer: 7:00pm On Jan 27, 2017|
Good job on the chronicles.
I am so proud of you.
So jealous of your Man right now.
You are an asset to him.
Job well done.
I am following your chronicles.
|Re: Dog Chronicles by replete(m): 7:05pm On Jan 27, 2017|
Am proud of you doc, you left without saying goodbye. Sure you are great. Much love.
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