I took Zack and Zanna in to the vet for their checkups yesterday. The vet put Zack on meds for IBS, and changed his food. Again. We can't do chicken. We can't do rice. So now, we're on venison and potato. Yeehah. Zanna finished her rabies and her rattlesnake series. We should be good to go for some time, I'm thinking.
Today, at 1:30 p.m., Lindsey, my awesome dog walker extraordinaire, called. Seems that Zack already has diarrhea. I started his medicine last night, and he had the second dose this morning.
This is how it all went down…
Linz: Janie, is Zack on meds? Did he start an antibiotic?
Janie: Yes. Why do you ask?
Linz: Well, he was acting like he was all constipated. I felt so sorry for him! He finally started going to the bathroom and…Zanna stuck her head under him, I tried to stop her, but she was so curious, and playing, and…he let it go.
Janie: Awwwww. No…..where are you?
Linz: I’m inside. They’re outside. And I can…(gagging)…smell them from inside the house.
Janie: (gagging myself) Okaaaaaaaay, then.
Linz: (trying to feel sorry for them, but laughing, and gagging.) And Zanna…it’s horrible…she’s got it all over her head, her ears.
Janie: Oh, no. Yuuuuuuck. How is Zack feeling now?
Linz: Great! He’s jumping and playing.
Janie: (thinking, "Oh, yeah. The dude just got the ultimate revenge for a dog!") I guess he is! Okay. This is what I need you to do. It’s going to be gross. Are you ready? Get two ziplocks. Put one on like a glove. (Readers, bear with me here.) Go to the site, get a sample, take the other ziplock, and use it to pull the first ziplock inside out. Zip it up in the second ziplock.
Linz: No problem.
Janie: And drop it by Dr. Riordan’s office when you leave. Remember where it is?
Linz: Yes ma'am, on Loop 250. I can do that. And I’ll get Zanna and Zack cleaned up. Can I use the water hose?
Janie: Yes. Outside would definitely be best. Then you can wash that mess into the grass and it will absorb it.
For those who are wondering:
(1) I called the vet. They’re testing the sample. Said it will take a couple of days for the meds to kick in, not to worry.
(2) I heard through the grapevine Dr. Riordan’s building a new wing for Town and Country Veterinary in Midland and dedicating it to Zack the Wonder Dog.
(3) Yes, I’m giving Lindsey a raise. She’s freakin’ awesome. I hired her to walk the dogs and help with laundry. Well, I wasn't specific as to the definition of laundry, but who would figure?
I did neglect to get her to sign the "It's Never Boring Around Here" disclaimer.