Friday, August 28, 2009

Horrors of SLO – Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy

Black Schutzhund Shepherd is currently learning about SLO the hard way with one of her Shepherds. This disease also affects Giant Schnauzers which is why I'm posting about it here.

Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy (SLO) is a disease affecting the nails on a dog's paws, which causes complete loss of the nails (Onychomadesis)... read the whole post complete with pictures on her blog:

Horrors of SLO – Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Soon after I got Rufus I noticed his belly felt odd. There was a mass in there that wasn't quite right. He wasn't just a pot-bellied puppy, it felt like something more. He had diarrhea all the time so I was hoping it was just a bad case of worms and with some meds he'd be ok.

Turns out he had giardia, but the mass was not related to that. Two vets felt his abdomen and both agreed that they needed to do some tests.

They started with x-rays. These were then sent to a specialist for further diagnosis. An ultrasound was done next to help nail down exactly what was wrong with him.

Here is his belly after that experience:

Turned out Rufus had hydronephrosis – a blockage had damaged his kidney. That is what we could feel. It had to be removed.

On August the 10th he had the damaged kidney removed. His body had already been relying on his other kidney.

Here is his incision when we picked him up a day after his surgery:

His incision a week later, it still looks pretty, um, nasty:

He's been really good about his forced rest, but I'm sure he'll be very thankful when he can run around and play again. I know I will be!

"Are you done taking pictures of my belly yet?!"

Rufus will now be placed in a pet home where he'll hopefully have a long and healthy life.

Summer '09 in Ontario

It's been a wet one! We managed to get out camping for a few days, and while it wasn't warm, at least it didn't rain!

Bullet helping Kevin drive on one of the rare occasions we don't have the dogs in their crates:

We basked in the intermittent sunlight:

We played ball:

And when I forgot the ball a piece of driftwood did just fine!

The race is on...

Why go around when you can go over?

I'm very thankful to live in an area where I can let my dogs swim without the danger of sharks or alligators. The most I worry about is a snapping turtle.

Rockpoint provincial park has the best dog beach of any of the provincial parks we've visited so far. The footing was full of crushed shells but there wasn't the danger of a broken leg as there is at McGregor Point Provincial Park, Killbear Provincial Park or Sibbald Point Provincial Park.

Here is the dog beach at McGregor Point to compare:

Enzo news

Enzo has graduated and is now working with a boy up North. I had the pleasant surprise of hanging out with Enzo one night while he was still in his advanced training. We were raising awareness of NSD at a local LCBO.

Enzo showed Rufus the ropes.

"That's it kid, puff out your chest even more and they'll flock to you!"

I wish him a happy, healthy and fulfilling life.