Thursday, 4 March 2021

My Little Gummy Bear


 So my poor little fur baby went into the vets yesterday for a teeth clean up.  

It was due to be done just as the first lockdown hit us all with a vengeance last March, and then of course it was cancelled.  Not classed as an emergency.  Then when she had emergency treatment on an eye ulcer last year we were advised to book her straight in after that lockdown ended for the teeth cleaning ... and then of course the third lockdown happened almost immediately so it was put off again.  She'd been drooling and smacking her lips a lot recently so I knew something was up and last week I phoned the vets here and made an emergency appointment for her to be looked at.

She was and they booked her straight in for a good cleaning.  Well it all came too late, any teeth that might have been saved were now damaged beyond hope and yesterday Suky had all but 3 of her teeth taken out.  I don't blame anyone, it's all down to circumstance and we have all suffered in some way during these strange times, even our animals.


As she wasn't allowed anything to eat before her anaesthetic I didn't have any breakfast either, far too cruel to make her watch Mum eat when she couldn't have anything.  Big mistake ... I went onto the shops after dropping Suky off at 9.30am yesterday for a few bits and pieces that were missing from the cupboards.  I needed to keep myself occupied, after all last time I took a dog to the vets she didn't come home again and that stays with you ... always. 😑

I ended up with a right hotch potch of shopping including a pizza which screamed out at me from the freezer in Aldi 'YOU NEED  PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST' ... alright, alright I said I will then.


And I did.

It was going to be just half, but of course another cup of coffee half an hour later and the rest was gone too.


I bought a bottle of lemon juice while I was at Aldi.  

 I usually have a lemon sliced up in the freezer, I have a slice each morning in hot water first thing and then put it into a glass for topping up with water during the day.  It doesn't work here, I can't fit a glass in the fridge, so I thought to myself why not have a little dash of juice in my hot water instead.  And at just 33p for a bottle it will be interesting to see how long it lasts.  One lemon usually does me a week for a similar price, I dare say this is going to last a lot longer.


The best thing of all, and to set my Mum's mind at rest, Suky is so much better this morning.  

After an afternoon and evening of snuggling on the sofa with Mum yesterday, scrambled egg for tea, a good nights sleep and half of her usual amount of breakfast (dried food but moistened with water until it was soft) she is much brighter eyed now.

We had a short doggy walk before bed last night and another this morning, and although she is very tired, she is happier in herself.  Now her washing is sloshing around in the washer, she drooled a lot of blood yesterday ... and she is farting for England.

A Pug's revenge is absolutely deadly!! 


Sue xx

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  1. We just Tuesday went through the same thing with our Boober, a 15-year-old dachshund, five teeth removed. He now has 1 tooth left. He spent 2 days sleeping but is more alert this morning. Sort of. I, too, was anxiously waiting for the call that he was ready to come home and hadn't succumbed due to the anesthetics. It's very hard to have a beloved, ancient dog go through all this, isn't it. And Boob is way too fat because I can't resist those big, begging eyes, another issue. I hope your Suky continues to heal well.

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    1. Aww ... poor Boober. He did really well for his age. Suky slept away the first day, took it easy yesterday and is almost back to normal today, they are so resilient aren't they.

      Oh I wised up to those puppy dog eyes a long time ago. Suky used to weigh in at 12kg as a youngster, now and for the last five years she has been a much more respectable 8kg. Her enthusiasm for, and love of life improved tenfold with the weight loss, it was and still is well worth being a strict Mum (and telling Dad off when he still succumbs).

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    2. We are determined to get his weight down to a healthier level. The awful thing is that it is our fault - we created a fat boy. Arthritis greatly affects his ability to exercise, but that will ease up also once the weight comes off.

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  2. I'm glad that is over for you both, so hard when they need anesthesia...I am glad Suki fared well and is back to feeling herself.

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    1. She is soooo much better today, we just had a normal length walk and although she's zonked now she managed it very well.

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  3. Poor Suky, I'm glad she feels a bit better now. She knows you will look after her. This blooming virus has caused so many problems. I missed my usual dental checkup in September and yesterday one of my teeth broke in half. Unfortunately, my dentist can't see me until next Tuesday which is almost a week later. It's a struggle to eat so I sympathise with poor Suky.

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    1. Ouch!! Poor you, I dread something like that happening. I hope you can last until Tuesday, I guess it's lots of soups and soft foods ... and painkillers if you need them. I hope it gets sorted next week for you.

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  4. Give her a hug from me - and I know from so many years owning one there is nothing like hugging a pug.

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    1. She's been getting lots of hugs, but she's get an extra one from you for sure. Pugs are just so squidgy aren't they, they need cuddles :-)

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  5. Awwwwww Suki, so glad you're all taken care of and back home once again. And "Mom", that pizza was definitely warranted yesterday! :-) ~Andrea xoxo

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    1. It went down very well, I'm making up for it with a nice healthy smoothie today :-)

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  6. So glad that Suky is feeling better and a relief for you too.

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    1. Thanks, I was worried. The last time I went to a vets here in Garstang it was with Bella, as you know she never came home. All is well now though, phew!!

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  7. Aw bless, poor little Suky 😞 Glad to hear she's feeling a bit better, I know she'll get lots of cuddles and care from her Mum. Betty's had to go twice in the past week, her annual booster, recurring ear infection and her anal glands emptied today 😷 which she didn't like at all (who would?!). She keeps looking reproachfully at us now, bless her....hope she forgives me soon!

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    1. She's so much better. At my request they did a full overhaul while she was under the anaesthetic, teeth of course, but also cleaned out her ears, emptied the anal glands and cut all her nails. Pugs are notoriously difficult to manicure, even the groomers have to choose the three or four longest nails and just do those before she gets too stressed (and of course they have been closed now for months), so it seemed an ideal opportunity to get them all a nice even length. She's a new dog ... almost.

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  8. I'm so sorry about poor Suky's teeth. She does look a dejected little soul. You totally deserved pizza to cheer you up and I'm really glad she's feeling better today. xxx

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    1. She does dejected very well doesn't she ... lol. But this time it's well deserved sympathy. A full pizza was very naughty, I usually only eat half, it's a good job this sort of thing doesn't happen every day, I'd be HUGE!!

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  9. I'm so glad Suky is feeling better.

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  10. So many things have fallen by the wayside in this pandemic. Glad she was safe and that you don’t need to change her food even if it has to be soaking.

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    1. They really have haven't they, and I suspect lots of little things that we haven't even realised yet!!

      Well she would eat any type of food, she's a Pug after all ... haha, but yes it's nice that she's already managing her her food so well and can stay with this one that has kept her weight nice and stable for the last five years.

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  11. Poor Suky! Bless her heart, that is so hard on pets especially since they don't understand it. I send her healing thoughts and cuddles! You take care too as these things are hard on mums!

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    1. She was just so zonked when I first brought her home I don't think she had the energy to hate me. I've worked on the cuddles and chats since and I think she loves me again :-)

      Yes my pizza treat was may 'care package'.

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  12. Smiling at the Pug's Revenge Sue! Glad she is feeling perkier already. Poor little thing - having teefs out is never fun but at least she didn't have to sit in the dentist's chair to be Brave!

    I don't blame you for the Pizza breakfast. Worry does that to you.

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    1. Oh gosh it was dire ... I'm glad I couldn't have company!! I guess that's what an anaesthetic does to a Pugs system. Yes I would much rather be fast asleep for a mass teeth extraction, I have been cleaning my own even more thoroughly since this, haha.

      It would seem that I am completely absolved for my pizza breakfast by everyone, you are an understanding lot :-)

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  13. Poor little thing! I'm happy she is feeling better.

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  14. So pleased she is feeling better. I know the feeling taking a pet to the vet. Many years ago I took a young (and we thought healthy) cat to the vets for teeth cleaning and he came home in a bag. I hate having to take pets in now.

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    1. I did have to get over a large hump taking her and leaving her behind. My last trip to a vets here in Garstang was with little Bella my puppy and of course as you all know she didn't come home again. It's a horrible feeling isn't it :-(

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  15. So pleased to hear it is all over for you and Suky♥ She is such a darling, I especially loved the top photo with her underneath a little blanket:) Have a lovely weekend Sue xoxo

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    1. Yes, I am really glad it's over and done with, she so much better already and with no teeth hurting her she's sleeping better too, no smacking of the lips in the night. The top photo is lovely isn't it, but all the covers were a drippy, bloody mess by bedtime and I had to wash everything yesterday. In that bottom photo, taken the day after, she just looks totally shell-shocked, but this morning she is looking much more back to normal. I'm guessing the pain has gone now, maybe a little tender after eating but she's hardly dribbling now and much happier.

      We have a weekend of unloading the contents of the truck into the storage locker, dog walks and chilling. Hope yours is a good one too. xx

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  16. I am glad that Suki is feeling so much better.

    God bless.

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  17. I'm glad Suky is recovering. And, quite frankly, if your idea of "comfort eating" is pizza for breakfast, you need some lessons in real overindulgence! A whole block of chocolate, or packet of chocolate biscuits is the bare minimum to qualify Sue! I"m glad you're back - even occasionally, I'll have to check regularly again now.

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    1. Haha ... oh no THAT is my idea of heaven, I am a savoury girl through and through.

      Yes, perhaps the Tesco Dark Chocolate Digestives are yummy and they go down far too well, (they are the only ones that are vegan unfortunately), but a full bar of dairy-free chocolate would have disastrous consequences. Think EX-Lax on a giant scale ... haha!!

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  18. Please give Suky another hug from me. I am so happy to hear she is recovering well and she will feel so much better in no time without those bad teeth. Lots of love to Suky and you.

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    1. Hug duly given and much appreciated, thank you. She really is already so much better without those painful teeth. She must feel strange though with only 3 left!!

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  19. Aw, bless her. Dental stuff is never nice, for man or dog. Better out than in, that's what I say! Get well soon, Suky. xx

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    1. I think Suky agrees with you, most definintely better out than in. She's sleeping peacefully behind me as I type and her snores mean she is happy. Thank you. xx

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  20. Ahh poor thing she looks so sad and sorry for herself. Glad to hear she perked up next day. I think your Pizza was awell deserved treat. This Covid has a lot to answer for - I am still waiting for my blood reading that I had in January - I am going to be stuck when I need my next prescription of Thyroxine as the GP will block it without the readings and they might even say they are now out of date!!

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    1. Yes, she even better today thank you.

      I think a lot of 'allowances' are having to be made on readings for medication etc. Alan has not had a diabetic check for well over 18 months now and his prescriptions just keep being refilled, but luckily we can keep an eye on his readings and know ourselves that he is in pretty much the same state as last time he saw the doctor. I hope you can get your prescription okay.

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  21. Dear Suky, she is so cute,so glad that she is feeling better and cuddles certainly help speed up recovery. We have had a couple of trips to the vet recently ,our dear little terrier had a nasty uti that didn't get better and so very sadly she has bladder cancer that can't be treated, we are devastated, she has 4 to 6 months , she is only 6 years old, we will make this time as happy as possible for her and no treats are out of bounds,Chrissie.x

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    1. Oh your poor little dog, six is no age is it. I hope her last months with you can be filled with all her favourite things, as long as she is pain-free and with her humans she will have no idea of how long she has and will have a wonderful time for as long as possible. Give her a cuddle from me and Suky. xx

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    2. Thank you, your cuddles are added to the copious amount of cuddles given by us,she will be the fourth dog that we have had to say goodbye to but they all lived to a good age,I am sleeping on the sofa as she has to run to get to the door to go out, so both of us running down the stairs is not a good idea and she often doesn't make it, poppy pads everywhere. These devoted animals steal our hearts and always leave a gaping hole.x

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  22. So glad Suky is feeling a bit better today. I have to admit I've missed a ton of usual appointments myself - including the dentist - and I don't expect to be totally sorted until Sept./Oct. But - like Allan, my prescriptions are just being automatically extended so that helps.

    If it makes you feel any better - I had a small pizza for "brunch" on Sunday. I'd gone out early to do some grocery shopping while it was quiet and it just called to me - and - since there was no room in the freezer to store it - it had to be eaten - in full......

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    1. I think pizza is my new cure all, so much better and more satisfying that chocolate and it can be quite healthy. After all it's just bread and vegetables isn't it ... so basically a hot salad sandwich!! ;-)

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  23. oh poor suky, our old boy has had 1 lot taken out and has to go back for the rest out, I'm dreading it. and personally I don't see anything wrong with Pizza for breakfast !

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    1. I'm glad she had it all done at once ... poor you, you have to go through all that worry again. She is so much happier now.

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    1. She is a new dog, and so much better all round. She can walk better now her nails have been trimmed and hear me a bit better now her ears have been deep cleaned. She's also even managing Gravy Bones which are her all time favourite treat. Broken in half and sucked for a minute they are going down great guns :-)

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    2. My 10-year-old Bichon rescue dog, Benji, had had to have 14 teeth out earlier this year and I was surprised at how well he coped and recovered. His only problem was how to place his tongue within the remaining few teeth when he closed his mouth! But food was no problem - he simply hoovers it up and swallows. And after just a week he managed to get through his favourite treat - a Dental Chew!! It's amazing how they cope with operations, isn't it? So good to read that Suky is improving daily. A gentle hug from me.

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