Anal Glands and the Mall

Rory and Caleb on the couch

Rory and Caleb on the couch

This morning we had to take the dogs to the vet to get their annual vaccinations.  Rory suffers from impacted anal glands which we need to squeeze every week (oh the joys of being a former vet nurse), so we talked about getting them removed as they are becoming infected more often.  At this point in time, surgery is tentatively scheduled for the 24th November as Rory has to be on antibiotics for two weeks beforehand.

Meanwhile Caleb is losing a lot of hair, much more than normal, which started happening after he came home from the kennels last weekend.  At the moment it is suspected to be a stress reaction, so we need to keep an eye on him.  If it gets worse or the hair doesn’t stop falling out and he starts getting bald patches, he will need to get blood tests done to rule out any nasty causes.

Oh the joys of owning dogs.  Who said that owning pets was supposed to decrease your blood pressure?

After getting the dogs’ medical needs taken care of, we headed off to the mall at Bondi Junction with Glenn and Susan to wander around and grab some lunch.  We spent a great deal of time in Borders and there were heaps of books I would have liked to have brought if they weren’t so expensive.

Unfortunately, I really can’t walk around a lot, even using my crutches, so wandering around the mall became a rather painful experience.  I am really over this. I want to be able to go and do things with my friends without being in pain.

Plan for this afternoon is to do nothing at all, before heading off to dinner at a Lebanese restaurant on Norton Street for Veronica’s birthday.

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4 responses to “Anal Glands and the Mall

  1. Oh your puppies are just gorgeous. They are lucky to be so well looked after too.

    Another Aussie, thats good to know! Its hard to find other Aussie blogs I have found but the WTBAY its will be good! Have a great Sunday!

  2. LA Blogger Gal

    Um yeah…pets aren’t always so soothing. Especially when a certain someone starts barking non-stop from about 8AM this morning. I think, getting the pets ready for our upcoming trip (while they stay home and get boarded) is probably more stressful than prepping for the rest of the trip. But the snuggles more than make up for it all.

  3. Lily: Always great to meet another Aussie blogger. :) I told Rory that you thought she looked gorgeous and got a reaction that looked at lot like, “of course”.

    LA Blogger Gal: I always stress about what is going to happen to the dogs when we go away. My guys like to do the non-stop barking thing at 3am in the morning when the cats are out and about. Lovely way to wake up.

  4. such cute pups! Our vet tried showing us how to squeeze our dogs anal glands so we could do it at home. I just can’t get myself to do it.