Showing posts with label dog. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dog. Show all posts

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Fleece Dog Hoodies for Spring and Summer

I had a friend comment to me the other day, "no one buys dog jackets and dog hoodies during summer ... do you sell many of them on your website for Whirly Dog Supplies?"
I indicated to him that I actually do get a few sales for hoodies and coats - Not only due to the customer's location but there are many areas that get cool at night and a lightweight comfortable dog jacket is a great way to keep your pet warm.

whirly dog supplies dog clothes and pet apparel
We have a Maltese and a Yorkie, neither have undercoats and Whirly, our Maltese, is a senior and his hair is thinning. Even though we may have days here in Oregon, USA that are 80-90 + during the day, we still can get down in the 40's and 50's at night. Almost nightly, our dogs (because they are small breeds) typically need to get up and go potty at least once, so it's nice to put a little dog coat or hoodie on them while they go out for a few minutes. As with most dogs, ours have to sniff everything and sometimes a few minutes turn into several minutes, while they get chilled!

I make the dog hoodies and jackets with Velcro neck and chest closures so they are extremely easy and quick to put on and off. Furthermore, many of the dog clothes I create are brightly colored so they may aid in visibility when walking dogs near traffic at night.


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Choose Your Veterinarian Carefully - Whirly's Experience

I wanted to write a post about Whirly's most recent experience with two Pet Clinics in Gresham Oregon, USA.

Whirly recently had an infected anal gland. One morning I noticed he had a lump near his butthole, which hurt him and he was in obvious constant pain. Armando and I took him into town hoping someone would see him. The first clinic, which we have used in the past, was booked and it would be few hours before they could see him. I had remembered who we took him to years ago when he had the same thing happen but it had ruptured, at that time he received good care.
They got us right in but the Veterinarian was rude, condescending, couldn't handle the little sick dog that was weak and upset, didn't seem to want to do anything, nor seemed to care about our dog. Keep in mind, this is about the little sick dog... The entire story is in the letter I sent them, below (btw. I haven't heard back from them):

"On Friday morning, Feb 12, 2016, I phoned _______ Pet Clinic of Gresham, LLC to see about getting appointment for my dog, Whirly. He is a senior-age Maltese, and he was in pain from an infected anal gland. I stated that Whirly had been in a few years ago with the same problem but this time it wasn't as bad, because the last time the abscess had ruptured. He also is treated for other things as well and each time I always requested the same veterinarian. The person that answered the phone told me to bring him in right away.

When Dr. !___ came into the exam room, I was surprised that it wasn't our previous Doctor. So I told her about the abscess and of all his other problems, since she had not seen my dog before and so she would have an understanding of his health issues before she examined him. I explained that he had a stroke a little less than a year ago, he had a couple hot spots, he has breathing problems, he had a lump on his rib cage, and then I told her about the lump near his rectum that was causing him pain now.

Dr.!____ listened to his heart and lungs and while doing so, addressed all of his issues in a very unprofessional and almost condescending way.
1. The hot spots, she barely looked at and when I asked if it could be due to fleas, she asked if he had problems with them. I said I have used Frontline and Advantix topical drops but they didn't work. I told her that I just started using the Seresto collar and it seemed to have gotten rid of the fleas. She shrugged and said, "Well there are new flea medicines available that we have." and then left it at that, instead of me giving more information.
2. She felt the lump and said that it could be a cyst and I informed her that he has had it several weeks and it has gotten smaller over time and now it's almost gone, but I wanted to know if I should be concerned. She said there was no way to tell unless she did a needle biopsy. She said she couldn't tell if it was cancer or not unless they tested it. She acted as if it was no big deal and so I didn't pursue it.
3. While talking, she struggled with my little dog to try and look at his teeth. I was astonished that she didn't know the proper ways to handle a dog that is wiggling his head around to examine its teeth! She then listened all over his body with a stethoscope but wasn't saying anything about what she heard. I had to ask "How does his heart and lungs sound?" - She replied, "His heart sounds good and strong". I asked "What about his breathing?" and she replied, "Oh, his lungs sound fine but if you want we can do a chest X-ray." Again, she didn't seem to care!!!
4... THIS IS BIG! ... When I took Whirly in, visually you could see there was a small lump near his rectal opening on the left side. You could also feel it with your fingers (I knew that we were getting Whirly in early because it was small and the skin over and around it was normal and not discolored). When we got there Whirly was walking around fine, however he was sensitive and had pain in the area if you touched it.
Dr. !_____ said she was going to take him to the back to get a closer look and check the area out. She was gone for a while and when she came back to the exam room, she said she tried to express the anal glands but the left side she couldn't get anything out. She said the abscess could explode at any time. I had to ask if we could get some antibiotics to treat it! Her reply was, "Oh, yeah we could do that, let me figure out what he needs depending on his weight". She left and came back with some medicine. I asked that she give him the first dose, and she had a look on her face as if it was an imposition and she proceeded to do it with much reluctance. As I left, she stated that I could put the medicine in his food or administer directly in his mouth. I asked if it tasted good, like beef or chicken or something... she replied "I don't know, why don't you ask him!" and pointed at my dog Whirly. I did not appreciate her comment as my dog was stressed and I was stressed, and sarcasm didn't help our situation one bit!!!

When I got Whirly home, I lifted his tail to see how his infection was doing and saw that he was all black and blue. She bruised him severely!!! I understand that she was trying to express the glands, but I would think she would have done it in such a way that doesn't make things worse! No one has ever bruised him before!!
Now my dog Whirly is in a tremendous amount of pain, much worse than when he was brought in to your Clinic.

This morning, the abscess broke and I am caring for him at home. 

My receipt number is ##### and my account is ##.
I expect that all charges be reversed on my credit card immediately and I would also like a letter of apology from Dr. !_____. 

This is NO way to treat any animal. Furthermore, Dr. !______ needs to reconsider her vocation if she doesn't want to treat animals properly and doesn't even know how to communicate professionally with humans!"


This Tuesday morning, when we got up, Whirly's abscess and broke again and was leaking I called the clinic we took him to and i called and asked if I could see another doctor and the lady said yes, but there may be a little wait but they could work me in... then i said "I am assuming there will, at the least, no charge for this visit ... correct?" She replied, "no we charge an office visit charge for each and every visit." I told her, that was unacceptable. She said I'd have to see the same doctor and "the doctor might make an exception and not charge you". She said "it's up to the doctor, is there anything else i can help you with."... and she hung up so fast i couldn't reply. I am going to research, i think there has to be a veterinarian board or something i can contact. They are risking the life and health of these poor animals, that's why I'm so angry. I ended up taking him to the place that Armando took toby for his shots. They don't take walk-ins but told me they'd work whirly in somehow. the vet, a short, dry, older man, had to sedate him and do surgery because the infection and inflammation was so bad, it took all day... but I didn't want to risk taking him back to the other place, the poor little guy has been through so much and he just needs to get this taken care of!  I am taking Whirly back again today, so the doctor can see if the wound is doing what it's supposed to. he gave him anti-inflammatory injections, antibiotic injections, and he went inside and cleaned out all the infection. Walking away I could hear him tell Whirly everything was going to be alright. This is the kind of customer service and pet care every clinic should be providing.i feel bad i put little whirly through all this... i should have taken him to this other place, in the first place. :(Long story short... Be careful of where you take your pet. Research Research Research! If it's an emergency situation, stand up for yourself and your pet! It's all about love and compassion - these are our babies!

~ for legal reasons, we have left out company and doctor names - however, if you look up pet clinics in the area, it's the one with the lowest / worst reviews ~

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Dog Boutique | Whirly Dog Supplies

After four years of starting Whirly Dog Supplies, I am constantly coming up with new ideas, learning new ways of doing things for the benefit of our customers, and implementing new ideas and procedures to make our online store a great place shop. In the past two years Whirly Dog Supplies is becoming more of a boutique for dog and pet owners, mainly small to medium sized dogs.

At the end of 2014 we started making new styles of dog clothes and using designer named fabrics, such as Marc Jacobs and Oscar De La Renta. Now we will be taking a look at packaging for shipping.
Previously, I have always wrapped the pet apparel orders in tissue paper which looked nice, tissue paper is great for shipping as it adds a little protection for transit, and keeps the fabrics at the proper humidity so they will be fresh and beautiful when delivered. I have decided to start adding just a little more to make the packaging look more appealing. I will continue to wrap the orders in tissue paper - but now they will be tied up (like a present, sort of) with twine, yarn, ribbon, etc. The final step will be to attach a sticker, tag, or small card saying, "Thank You".

When someone shops with Whirly Dog Supplies, I want them to feel as though they left a fun and fancy little boutique, not a "pet store". I love making dog clothes and I am passionate about the comfort, style, and quality of the dog clothes I make - so now that will be seen in the packaging as well.

I would love to hear from my readers with thoughts and ideas on what, as a pet/dog owner, you would like to have done to better our store.

Be sure to visit our site at http://www.whirlydogsupplies.com to see new products, sales and promotions, and news about our company.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Fresh Start to Spring and Summer

cute onesies / dog pajamas
It's still a little bit cool outside and when we take our dogs out for walks in the morning or evening, it can be too cold for many. Also, if you live in an area that has been bright and sunny you may want to keep an eye out, so your pet doesn't get sunburned. Many dogs such as short hairs, or dogs with no undercoats, such as Maltese, can be burned easily.

Whirly Dog Supplies' Spring and Summer 2015 collection of dog clothes will not only protect your dog from the weather, but the fun and stylish colors and designs will surely bring a smile to everyone's face.

Visit Whirly Dog Supplies home page for the latest additions to our store, or go directly to the Shop here.

** Please note, we are now accepting Apple Pay and Google Wallet, in addition to PayPal and direct Credit Card payments in our Etsy Shop.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Another Pitbull Attack - Debate



I was reading a story about another Pitbull attack and the debate it caused over who was at fault, the 4 year old child or the dog.

It's a story about a Pitbull who was chained up and neglected, named Mickey, in South Phoenix AZ that mauled a child who took the dog's bone away from him.

Here is my thoughts, right or wrong (and I am sticking to my opinion for every dog attack on children):

Parents / Babysitter of the child and the parents of the dog are All at fault. 

I think the majority of the fault lies with the child's parents and or the babysitter at the time - what the "H" "E" double tooth picks, are you doing not paying attention to the child? The little guy is only 4 years old! WAKE UP - there are 4.5 MILLION reports of dog bites per year in the United States. I get so sick of hearing all these people wining and complaining about "oh my poor baby boy/girl..." - no, you dumb a$$, if you love your kid, or you are a responsible adult (speaking to the babysitter at the time), you don't take your eye off of kid for a single second, EVER, until they are 18 years old. The 4 year old child needs to be taken away from you and You should be neutered! You are idiots and shouldn't be caring for a child if you can't take care of them. (human's are the only animals in the world that care more about themselves then they do their own babies, a dog would never let it's puppy stray away and get in harm's way!)
Dog's Parents - I hope the judge puts a chain around your neck and sticks you outside in the hot sun, cold rain, freezing snow, and then teases you with all the wonders of the world going by, while you are not paid any attention to, or thrown a bone once in a while. Then when you get violent and aggressive, I hope they throw you into a cage and threaten you with the death sentence.

I'm sorry, but I am so sick of all the STUPID PEOPLE in the world!!! Some people shouldn't be parents and some shouldn't be dog owners!

Much love to the dog, and Whirly Dog Supplies is wishing the best and hoping for a happy and LOVING forever home for poor little Mickey, the pitbull!

My message to the dog... "remember, there is someone out there that will love you, there is someone that won't neglect you or stick you on a chain leaving you alone for long periods of the day/night. There Is someone that will want You to spend every minute of the day with them, someone that will make you part of their family, someone that will love you just as you love them!"




Tuesday, April 15, 2014

For The Love of a Senior Rescue Dog



My partner adopted an adorable little senior Maltese dog named Whirly from the Oregon Humane Society in March 2011, after I became disabled. I had developed many physical problems due to health issues, causing me to be home-bound most of the time. Whirly was to soon become my best friend and keep me company while at home. This sweet little dog would not only provide me with companionship, but he brought joy and love into my life, that in turn inspired me to design and create dog apparel and pet clothes. I now have a dog clothing business online selling dog clothing as well as other dog toys and supplies at Whirly Dog Supplies - www.whirlydogsupplies.com .

[caption id="attachment_253" align="alignleft" width="300"]whirly, maltese for adoption at Oregon Humane Society Oregon Humane Society's Adoption photo of Whirly
March 2011[/caption]

Whirly was rescued from a person on the Oregon Coast along with dozens of other dogs, Maltese and King Charles Spaniels. The dogs where originally used as breeding dogs in a puppy-mill and then became pets, sadly the owner couldn't care properly for them. After Whirly's rescue, the shelter had to shave his matted and stained hair, they had to remove all but three teeth that were abscessed, and care for other skin infections, and health issues. We were told that someone had adopted him but brought him back to the shelter after only 3 months. Unfortunately, they couldn't care for him due to his health issues and all of the work needed for the type of breed. Whirly was so docile and shy, his spirit had been broken. He had never knew true love from a human, he had been neglected and mistreated, and then after being adopted and taken to his potential "forever home" he was returned to the Humane Society just to be locked in a cage again. I believe he had lost all hope of finding someone to love him. One day we saw him online and quickly went down to the shelter to take a look at him. When we saw him in his cage he was shivering and scared, he looked at us as if to say, "please help me". There was another couple there looking at him at the same time, I told my partner to hurry and go tell the front desk that we want to adopt him before the other couple get him. I knew the moment Whirly and I looked at each other, he was the dog for me! It didn't take him long after being in our home to blossom into a wonderful little man. After about a year his little personality started shining through and now 3 years later, he is a loving, playful, and happy little part of our family.

[caption id="attachment_254" align="alignleft" width="262"]healthy and happy maltese dog with owner 3 Years Later - Whirly Healthy and Happy
2014[/caption]

Because the shelter had to shave off his hair, Whirly was cold most of the time. Maltese don't have an under-coat, so they get cold very easily and are prone to sunburn. Every time I would take whirly outside for a walk or to go to the bathroom and the temperature was below 50 degrees, he would shiver almost uncontrollably and want to cuddle into me for warmth. I went to various pet stores and purchased a variety of dog clothes; shirts, jackets, wraps, etc. but none of them fit him properly. Whirly was small but the sizes listed for small dogs didn't quite fit and the mediums were way too big, he was between sizes. I also noticed that the dog clothing was made of very low quality fabrics and were difficult to put on and take off. They didn't fit my needs. Whirly was trained to go potty outside, often upon returning from taking him for a short walk I needed to bring him in and take off his clothes quickly. With my disability I needed clothes that were fast and easy to put on and (most importantly) take off. I thought to myself, manufacturers should make pet clothes and dog apparel easy to use as many dogs are companions to people with disabilities and many elderly people own small breed dogs. To solve these issues, I decided to buy a sewing machine and I watched countless hours of YouTube videos, I spent days and months reading and learning to sew, and I became friends with a couple of seamstresses and a sewing teacher at our local fabric store that helped teach me. Being able to make dog clothing, not only helped Whirly out by keeping him warm and happy in comfy but it also gave me something to do while I am at home with a lot of time on my hands.

I studied the design of the pet clothes that I purchased and adjusted them for a better fit. Furthermore, they needed to be easy to use, I chose stretch knit fabrics for easy pull-over dog shirts and dresses and Velcro neck and chest closures for coats and jackets making the dog apparel super easy to put on and take off. Finally, I wanted quality and stylish or fun prints, so I chose great fabrics that everyone loves to create the garments. Furthermore, the great thing about making the dog clothes, was that I was using much better quality fabrics and notions then the clothes in big box stores are made of, as discussed in Dog Shirts, Made the Correct Way.

One day I was taking Whirly out for a short walk and a neighbor noticed the dog hoodie I had made and thought he looked so cute. She suggested I make more of the dog jackets and sell them as a hobby, she said "it is so cute, I am sure they would sell". She sells jewelry on Etsy, TwistedNW, I took her advice and I opened an Etsy Shop as well as an eBay Store. Later, after I started making a few sales, I created Whirly Dog Supplies and opened my own online store at www.whirlydogsupplies.com

I am so grateful to my loving partner for adopting this sweet little dog and to the Oregon Humane Society for rescuing him from a horrible life. He has inspired me and brought so much love to my life. I am truly blessed.




Sunday, April 6, 2014

Whirly Dog Supplies' Dog Pajamas



Here at Whirly Dog Supplies, we are always striving to bring our customers the best products at the best value. We keep your pet in mind and design products that are not only stylish but comfortable for your pet to wear. Dog Pajamas have become one of our customer's favorites. Over the past few years we have modified the typical patterns and design to give the best fit for your dog.

When your dog wears our pajamas, they should be comfortable and look great in them. We love to entertain and have friends or family over for a dinner parties or an early morning coffee or tea gatherings. Having your dog nearby wearing a pair of pajamas is so much fun for everyone. Your guests will fall in love with the way your pet looks and your pet will love the attention he or she gets when they cuddle in your lap or next to your feet in our soft and comfy onesies.

Here is what we have learned in re-designing the standard dog pajamas patterns.



















Standard or Store BoughtWhirly Dog Supplies Pajamas
Length of legs are too long, when your dog is wearing them they end up pulling their feet out and end up getting tangled up in the garment.We have shortened the legs by half. This prevents the dog's feet from slipping through and provides better movement for the dog when walking or going to the bathroom.
Stretch cuffs are on the neck, ankles, and the underside of the dog pajamas.We have eliminated the fabric cuff on the underside of the garment. We found that it pulls down around the tail causing the dog not to want to go to the bathroom and it is uncomfortable for them to walk, run, and play while wearing them.
Inexpensive, low quality fabrics.Whirly Dog Supplies, hand picks 100% cotton flannels, super soft jerseys, and other fabrics that will provide, not only the best look, but also be Super comfortable for your pet to wear.

Your dog's comfort is so important. Having quality dog apparel and pet clothes is the key to your pet's happiness. Take a look at what we have to offer and you will see that Whirly Dog Supplies is the best option. The price is right and you can be confident you are getting a product everyone (including your dog) will love!




Sunday, March 30, 2014

Changing Dog Food



dog dish, dog bowls, image shows dog food, Pet SuppliesWe recently had to change our dog food because it was no longer available. The manufacturer stopped making it. Our dog, Whirly, is a 12 year old Maltese and we are concerned with his dietary requirements. I wanted to give you a few tips on how to change food with as few as possible problems.

Things to consider is; type of food you are currently feeding your pet, ingredients, and your pet's needs.

Finally, when you do find the food you want to transition your pet to, do it gradually. To prevent stomach upset or an adverse reaction, gradually add the new food to the old food so your dog can become acclimated easily over several days.

What type of food do you feed your dog?
I highly recommend researching brands, quality, and what ingredients your dog food has and then consider the food you are transitioning to. If you currently feed your dog an inexpensive grocery store brand, think about changing to a more expensive specialty food. You will use less, your dog will feel and look better, and you will have peace of mind that your pet will be getting quality ingredients without fillers or by-products.

Ingredients.
What is the age of your dog? Activity level? Any allergies or special diet needs?
Many inexpensive dog foods are filled with by-products, fillers, or poor quality ingredients that can cause health problems for your dog. Even if your dog doesn't have any special requirements, it is still a good idea to go with dog food that has holistic, all natural ingredients. For example: deboned chicken (rather then chicken byproduct), rice or potato flour, wild salmon or fish, fresh fruit and vegetables, etc.

Does your dog have special needs? 
Understand that puppies have different dietary needs then adults or seniors. Read the Nutrition Fact Box on the label and choose the proper amount of proteins, fat, and other nutrients needed for your dog.

Your dog is part of the family. Feed them like you would any member of the family you love. Their health and happiness is so important and choosing the right food is vitally important.




Saturday, March 8, 2014

Dog Shirts, Made the Correct Way




I have struggled over the past few years, since adopting our little Maltese dog, to get pet clothes and dog apparel that is good quality and fits correctly.

I have listed a dog t-shirt with a cute fire engine and dalmatian print on jersey knit fabric. (as seen in picture)

I purchased several dog shirts from various "Big Box Stores" such as Walmart, Petco, Petsmart, Target, and a few others. We sat and took them apart and really studied how they were made. Here is what we found:

  • Thin, poor quality fabrics.

  • Not all seams were properly sewn together.

  • The pattern wasn't cut correctly and areas in the seams had been folded over and then sewn together, adding several weak layers of fabric.

  • Sizes where smaller then they type of dog they were supposed to fit.

  • Fabric was not preshrunk, after washing as suggested by the manufacturer the garment decreased in size significantly.

What does all these mean to you, the pet owner who's looking for a quality dog shirt and spending $10-20 of your hard earned money?
Answer - You will get something that's not going to last and will fall apart after a few washings, or even a few times of your dog wearing the pet clothes.

I spent some time really studying how these dog clothes were manufactured. And I looked at the dog apparel and pet clothing patterns I had, as well as reviewing my own designs. The end result was a re-designed quality dog shirt, that will fit your dog better, uses quality designer fabrics, and are made to last keeping sharp attention to every detail.

Now, when you purchase dog apparel and pet clothes from Whirly Dog Supplies, you can have the confidence that you are buying a product that is of the highest quality, attention to detail makes the workmanship better then the rest, will fit your dog properly, and is designed to last!





Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Help for Stray Dogs in Sochi Russia



Sad homeless puppiesThe 2014 Winter Olympics just ended and the problem with stray and homeless stray dogs in Russia has come to light around the world.

Journalists, athletes, and celebrities have been shocked by the number of stray dogs and are hoping to adopt. There are an estimated 4,000 strays in Sochi alone. Russia states they are aware of the problem and are doing what they can to help.

Stray dogs aren't just a problem in Sochi alone. Worldwide there is around 200 million but do to the Olympics, the problem in Russia has been brought to the attention of the world. We are so thankful to those Olympians who are trying to help by adopting and getting these loving creatures homes, such as athletes like Gus Kenworthy.

If you are interested in getting  dog to the United States, it's not as hard as you would think... You can contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention checklist regarding bringing animals into the United States. The CDC's website will give you all the information needed for the importation of pets to the United States; certificates of general health, vaccinations, airline restrictions, etc.




Thursday, February 13, 2014

Dog Grooming, Not Easy



Whirly, the model of pet clothes and dog apparel sold at whirly dog supplies online stores.Depending on the breed of dog you have, dog grooming and be quite difficult. We have a Maltese, the model for pet clothes and dog apparel at Whirly Dog Supplies, and it took us over two days to get hi groomed to where he looked good.

If you are going to going to groom your pet, here's a few things you will want to keep in mind and have on hand before you begin:

Proper tools

  • Wash and brush your dog first

  • Use quality tools - clippers that have changeable blades and not the snap on plastic guards (the plastic guards simply don't work well)


A person to assist

  • Someone to hold the dog or lift the dog up in the air when grooming the legs and underside makes the job so much easier!


Patience

  • It takes time and looking and re-looking at your pet to see if there are errors or missed areas that need to be touched up!


We worked on Whirly for three hours trying to give him a "puppy cut" and we thought it looked acceptable but the next day I noticed the little dog had lots of choppy looking areas and the lower legs and feet needed to be touched up. So I had to do a little more clipping and trimming and now he looks good.

!whirly after he had been groomed.Whenever possible I am taking him to a professional groomer rather then trying to do it myself. If I ever try this endeavor again, I will make sure to spend a few hundred dollars for some quality grooming clippers... proper tools and assistance is a must

We would love to hear your stories and see pictures of your dog after you have groomed them. Feel free to comment below and tell us your experiences!




Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Dogs, Abscesses and Infections






Please Note: Some images are graphic and may not be suitable for all viewers.
Image in the article is of a dog's rectal area abscess that has ruptured.

So many times if our pets get sick we tend to wait it out, which may lead to serious consequences. It's so important to be diligent in caring for your pets and seek medical advice right away if something is wrong.

little maltese dog who is sick and cuddling in his bedI wanted to share my story of Whirly, the pet apparel model from Whirly Dog Supplies, who became ill and gave me quite a scare over the past couple of weeks, hoping that my experience may help others.

On Tuesday, January 14th 2014, afternoon my partner took Whirly for a walk on the way to pick up the mail. Whirly stopped to go to the bathroom and seemed to be straining to poop, which is very unlike him. Also, it was only a small amount.

The same situation occurred the next morning. This was quite concerning because Whirly never has problems going to the bathroom. Furthermore, the entire day he seemed lethargic and didn't have his normal "spark" and sweet personality. When I would pick him up to carry him, his entire body would tense and he would push his head into my chest. Upon sitting him down, where ever I put him is where he stayed (for hours). It seemed he didn't even want to walk. I researched as much as I could on the Internet and came up with all sorts of possible causes, I gave him plain white rice (cooked) with water, to the consistency of a thick soup or stew. He ate it readily. I figured I would wait through the night and see how he was the next morning.

I determined that Whirly may need to go to the Veterinarian, so I was prepared to leave immediately. When I took him down to go to the bathroom, he struggled for a few minutes to poop and then toppled over on his side. He just layed there with his legs stretched out, looking up at me helplessly. I picked him up and took him to the vet.

The doctor examined him and she had found a lump in the middle of a large swollen area on the left side of his bottom. She told me that I did the right thing by bringing him immediately to get medical attention. However, she couldn't determine the problem. The lump was soft but when she poked it with a needle, nothing came out, she said it's not abscessed otherwise blood or mucus would have been present. She tried expressing the anal glands but they were empty. The last thing she said it could be was Cancer, however cancerous tumors where usually hard, however it could be the early stages. If it was a bacterial or viral infection it may have been caused by him licking something like a blade of grass or even the floor and then licking his anal region, spreading it, and causing the infection. There was too many possibilities at this time.

She prescribed antibiotics, I took him home, and gave him tons of love. Over the coming days he began to get a little more energy and seemed much happier even though his rear end seemed painful. Monday morning I took him out for his routine "potty walk" and he seemed fine! But as we were coming in, I noticed his entire back end was covered in blood. The lump had ruptured. When I got him inside, I put him in a warm bath and washed all the blood off (carefully) wrapped him in a towel and took him back to the vet.

The doctor stated that it was an abscess and it had finally formed and broke. She wasn't going to do surgery to remove the area infected, she suggested we wait and let it heal in on itself. I am to continue the antibiotics until they are gone (about 4 more days) and twice per day wash the wound with antiseptic wash, along with giving him an anti-inflammatory. The picture below shows the abscess after it had been emptied and clean.rectal abscess on a dog

After only one day, you would think nothing was wrong with Whirly. He seems so happy and playful. This puts me at so much more ease. I was so scared I was going to lose him. He is an older dog, approximately 12 years old, and just like people dogs become weaker and need a little more TLC, tender loving care. It is so very important that we watch our pets and observe changes in behavior, diet, activity, and overall health.

No matter what... If your dog is experiencing any problems with their health TAKE THEM TO A DOCTOR!!!