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 on: October 08, 2018, 10:36:07 AM 
Started by billyD - Last post by billyD
 I don't like posting sad news but if this story saves just one dogs' life , it will be worth it
On a rainy September evening, Lynn McDermott took his puppy, Charlie Blizzard, for a walk around their Sarasota, FL, neighborhood
As they walked along a sidewalk, the six-month-old Great Pyrenees stepped on the metal cover of a utility box.

Charlie collapsed and a short time later died.

What killed him? The metal cover he stepped on with his wet paws had become electrified, when a faulty underground wire came into contact with it.
The utility box contains the wiring for street lights.

As horrible as this incident was, it was not, by far, an isolated case
Dogs have also been electrocuted during walks in other parts of the country
The full story below and at the end suggestions on how to prevent  your dog (and yourself) from getting shocked by stray voltage

 on: October 07, 2018, 06:27:31 PM 
Started by NedF - Last post by alek0
Glad to hear that things are settling down and that Haboob is healing well.

Best wishes for speedy recovery and take care.

 on: October 05, 2018, 11:40:50 AM 
Started by NedF - Last post by August
Wow, I had no idea rib injuries could do that.  It's good to hear things are under control and you've got your cat box workout and reminder app to help.   Cheesy

Also yay to hear that Haboob is healing well, and Smoggy has taken back his bed!   Smiley

 on: October 03, 2018, 09:29:01 PM 
Started by NedF - Last post by NedF
Leslie, they told me to do breathing exercises once an hour while I'm awake. I found an app to remind me and that works really well. They didn't give me an inhaler though. The x-ray showed signs that pneumonia was starting so it's not full blown coughing or anything. I think they're using the antibiotics to nip it in the bud. I'm just a little short of breath sometimes but no other symptoms.

August, the doctor said the number one problem with rib injuries is pneumonia because the pain prevents you from taking deep breaths. I thought I was doing enough deep breaths but I guess I wasn't breathing deeply enough. Now that I have pain medicine I can breathe deeper but it still hurts.  Roll Eyes Anyway I'm trying to keep active without irritating the ribs. Scooping the cat box is my workout!  Cheesy I think it will be about a month before I can resume running.

Haboob's incisions are almost healed so we're back to using regular litter (stormy and Smoggy are very happy about this). When I woke up this morning Smoggy was sleeping on my bed in his usual place. I was happy about that! Hopefully this is the start of things settling down.

 on: October 03, 2018, 05:03:14 AM 
Started by NedF - Last post by lesliek
Really good thing that you went ! Do the breathing exercises at least 3 times a day so it gets better .Did the give you an inhaler ?

 on: October 02, 2018, 03:21:52 PM 
Started by NedF - Last post by August
Oh, how scary, Ned!  That's good that you went to get checked out.  I hope the pneumonia will pass soon.  (That's related to the fall somehow?)

That's nice of that man to run to see if you were all right.  It must have been just awful.  Seriously the thought of it makes me cringe.  At least it sounds like you're having fun with your new spray toy.   Cheesy

 on: October 02, 2018, 12:23:14 PM 
Started by NedF - Last post by NedF
I went to urgent care last night since the pain was so bad. Got a chest x-ray no obvious breaks but I guess I didn't do enough deep breathing because I have pneumonia. That was a bit of a shock. I'm on antibiotics for the next 5 days.

August, there actually was a guy who came running over to check on me. He was this really tough looking bald Russian man, and after making sure I was ok, he sternly told me to be careful!

I have now introduced Haboob to the spray bottle to keep him in line. It works great since I don't have to move much, just aim and fire! This is especially valuable when Stormy is trying to sleep and he goes after her. I don't even have to get out of bed. I got this great sprayer that shoots all the way across the room!  Cheesy

 on: October 01, 2018, 05:27:40 PM 
Started by NedF - Last post by Meowli
Eek, hope you heal quickly! It is important to be able to breath well and not shallow. Sending healing thoughts...
Little Haboob seems to be giving the other cats quite a run for their money.....his name is accurate!  Roll Eyes

 on: October 01, 2018, 03:43:43 PM 
Started by NedF - Last post by August
Oh man, imagining that fall makes me cringe.   Embarrassed  That must have been awful.  I hope you were with someone or someone kind was near at hand.  I hope you won't need to go see the doctor again and that you're back on the mend and feeling better today.

Sounds like things are relatively being managed over there with the kitties - that's great to hear!  Looking forward to more photos when you're able.   Smiley

 on: September 30, 2018, 09:13:49 PM 
Started by NedF - Last post by NedF
Alek, I remember you mentioning your wrist a while ago. Sorry that it's taking so long to heal! Arm injuries are the worst. It's not easy to stop using your hands, elbows, shoulder etc - any joint really. I mean I got work to do!  Cheesy

August, Haboob seems to really enjoy Stormy's grooming. I think he still misses his mom a little bit. As for my poor ribs, I was actually walking during my cool down and I tripped over a speed bump.  Roll Eyes I put my arm out to break my fall but it was my weak arm and it collapsed and my ribs took most of the impact. It's worse today and I had to take some pain medicine. I may go see a doctor if it's not better tomorrow. It's been a week and it should be getting better not worse. I wonder if I slept on it wrong.

Leslie I'm trying to do deep breathing exercises and it was fine until today when it was very painful to breathe in. I'm not sure why it's worse. I hate that it takes longer to heal when you're old!

Haboob continues to heal up well. He was being a butthead last night - harassing Stormy when she was trying to sleep, on my bed, at 2am. Seriously kitty, we're trying to sleep here!  Cheesy I put him in his kennel for 10 minutes and that calmed him down enough for Stormy to get some peace. She slept in the cat tree. Smoggy has been sleeping in the living room as he has no patience for Haboob right now.

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