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~Let Me Share A Bit More with you!
I have a lot to say –to Luna’s littermates, to the OwyheeStar Weimaraner News Blog readers, and to Weimlovers in general. 😊
I don’t know why but I love pictures of sleeping dogs. You’d think all Maggie ever did was sleep by the amount of pictures I have of her resting or tucked in a blanket. —–‐‐——-‐———————–‘Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all your support and kind words. I had asked Shela to share my story with you so you could be aware of the potential risk of vaccination.
Luna has been home from the hospital 3 days and is rebounding really well. She’s definitely her sassy self again. She’s more confident in her walking (some trotting but we’re not at running yet although I can see she wants to), moving around more and playing with her brother (although I’m supervising because we don’t want too much rough housing right now). We are back at our training and going through our day as if this never happened.
To make my point–here she is (pictured) Saturday night after having to go out in the soaking rain and then getting a nice pat down and grooming. She was such a patient girl letting me brush her head to tail.
How This Event Unfolded
Luna started exhibiting symptoms 4 days after her 9-week puppy shot–it started with diarrhea. I didn’t think much of it until the following day when she didn’t finish her lunch. Her energetic behavior went from playing to laying and that’s when I knew I was dealing with something more.
After 2 vet visits and misdiagnoses, I found myself in the ER because Luna could no longer walk. I want to note, during those visits, Luna was getting IV fluids because she stopped drinking too, and her fever that ultimately spiked to 106 even with the supportive care. The ER doctors and nurses were amazing!! There was never a question–she needed to be hospitalized. This was out of my wheelhouse! By the way… it was the ER doctors physical exam of applying light pressure on her legs that pointed us in the direction of HOD. Luna did not react well to his touching. X-rays confirmed it.
I did and had intended to follow the vaccine protocol recommended by Owyheestar and started those conversations at Luna’s first wellness visit. Knowing what just happened, I’m even more firm in my position to be an advocate for her. Vaccine reactions can be as mild as local swelling or mild fever or in most cases, nothing much at all.
Hypertrophic osteodystrophy (HOD) is something that is very rare but very real. You never think it couldn’t happen to you, and chances are it won’t. But please please please be educated!! Owyheestar posted some really good information on HOD. Follow the recommended vaccine protocol, know the signs and keep a keen eye out for any change in behavior even up to a week after vaccinations. The ER Vet had only seen HOD one other time and he was certain my primary care vet would not know to look for it as these are usually emergency cases. So, educate the Vet when necessary, too. 😊
Luna will be on a steroid and pain meds as needed for another 10 days. If there’s a relapse, I know the signs and we know exactly how to treat it. I’ll be on high alert until those growth plates close–probably around fifteen months, but sometimes it takes almost two years. Based on her response to treatment, I anticipate a full recovery.
Luna and I have only been together for almost 4 short weeks. In that time, I’ve gotten to know she’s my sweet girl, a Diva and a Warrior! I can’t wait to see how the rest of our life together unfolds. 💞
Thank you, again! Kris (Sunday, January 26, 2020)
I am positive that Luna is going to be a frequent contributor for our blog–everyone is invested in her future. Cliff, Christina, and I do not have anything much to add to what Kris has so kindly shared. Take a deep breath Weimlovers, most likely you will avoid this scenario; however, the best approach is to follow the recommendations we sent home with you.
There is one bit of information we want to add to this post–it is about canine temperatures and taking your pet’s temperature. Click on the highlighted test and it will take you to a page that talks more about how to do that and other specifics.
What Is a Dog’s Normal Body Temperature?
~Luna my Diva Warrior Princess Girl
Kris writes– I’m breathing again! The kisses I got when we reunited was heaven! I will write more for your Monday blog so everyone can be updated with all that has transpired.
Kris has stayed in touch since she figured out what was going on with her precious baby girl–the HOD, something we have mentioned countless times. It is not something most Vets see–how many Weimaraners are in their care in comparison? Not many. So, typically they go on about how they feel vaccinations should take place, making recommendations that far exceed what works well for this breed. We know they mean well, but each of us has to guard and make the best possible decision for our Weimaraner. It can be so tricky–Kris navigated this difficult situation well. She lucked out with the Emergency Vet being somewhat Weim-savvy and knowing about this vaccine reaction that can occur in the Weimaraner.
~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners
January 25, 2020
Last week it snowed, and it cooled down a bit. Then came a bit of a warming trend which in turn lead to rain. We have spring-like weather. I expect things to begin to green up soon. I hear people complaining about the cold, and I immediately remember the January’s, which brought a couple of weeks of sub-zero temperatures. This 2020 January weather could be considered a heatwave by comparison. (Haha)
I will be thinking about the garden–making a plan. Seeds will have to be ordered or bought locally. I will start our plants in the greenhouse. I cannot believe I am thinking about this already, but that is what the more temperate weather leads me to. But with the warming trend, we expect rain, or even possibly a bit of wet melting snow. I suggest people stay on the road–off-road might not be smart. You can see some local driver thought they would take a farm road and it didn’t end well–they are caught with a tire in the ditch–made a big mess. Did you notice the Keep Out Sign?
We have a lot of different projects in the works. Christina and I have a board to update, and our record book is also having a makeover. (OMG) We also have young Weims that need work –various kinds of work. They need to see birds and learn manners–that kind of thing.
There is always a lot going on–repairs, email, inquiries, and more. This week a long-time Weimaraner client that got another puppy from us ran into an issue–you can read about that on Friday’s Blog.
This Week On the Blog…
As always, thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. (Haha) We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too. We hope everyone took the time to read Friday’s Blog–because it has invaluable information. If you have not yet read it, plus do.
If you have a story that you will let me share–I need at least three sentences and a decent photo. I prefer to receive it via email. (FYI–we only use stories that feature the OwyheeStar Weimaraner).
Sunday— January 19 — Buddy
Monday–-January 20— Training Done Right
Tuesday – January 21 — Rayne
Wednesday January 22 — Bisbee
Thursday –- January 23 — Miranda
Friday — January 24 — OwyheeStar Alert
On a very personal note
Cliff had a follow-up Endoscopy this week, and then a follow-up with our Primary Care Physician. We are happy to report that he has rebounded from the incident that sent us to the emergency room several times and that all ended in hospitalization. (Hurrah–for the positive news.) A change in his medication protocol is going to help him more–they have given him the go-ahead to use the NSAIDs. He truly does better with them.
Both Brad and Nick (#44 featured in the above video) are playing basketball. Nick plays for the 8th Grade A-Team, where he is a standout. Of course, that is his Gran and Grandpa saying that. But the boys have won both games this week–Homedale and Fruitland. That demonstrates their excellent teamwork. Brad’s Varsity team is struggling–they lost their senior point guard to a season-ending injury. Overall the boys have made a great deal of improvement, but they have lost all three conference games–shucks. We are to nearly every game supporting them when possible–but we can only travel so far.
I finally made it back to the Art Department yesterday. I got one piece made, and I hope it turns out as lovely as it looks like it might. Well–maybe it seems a bit ugly, but the glaze will make it. (Haha) Nonetheless, I happy to have created something. (Hurrah!)
~This is a Weimaraner Issue
We want to alert you to a potential danger that you and even your Vet might not understand. We have been raising the Weimaraner for a goodly number of years–and this condition has proved to be rare, but not entirely absent. Please read on–learn about this disease, and what Kris has to share. Most of you should have read the materials and the vaccine warnings that we give out, but we want to take this opportunity to bring this topic to your attention. Only about 5-8% of Weims have a severe reaction such as this happen, but no one can predict which pup or pups might be affected.
~From the Weimaraner Club of American
Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy (HOD) is a canine autoinflammatory disease affecting young rapidly growing large breed dogs between eight weeks to eight months of age. Affected dogs exhibit swelling and pain in their legs with reluctance to stand or walk. In addition to orthopedic pain, there are variable systemic signs of which some or all may be present during an HOD episode. Systemic signs include fever, lethargy, depression, and loss of appetite.
A diagnosis of HOD is founded on radiographic evidence of bone involvement concurrent with hyperthermia and pain, and by ruling out infectious causes of the clinical signs. The cause of the disease is unknown and current treatments are focused on controlling the fever, alleviating the pain and treating the specific systemic signs present. Prognosis for severe cases is poor due to relapsing episodes and the low quality of life for the affected puppies that sometimes result in euthanasia. Currently, dog breeders have no means of selecting against HOD.
We (at OwyheeStar) have had a few pups diagnosed with this–mostly a very minor case; however, for the second time ever, we have encountered a severe and potentially life-threatening situation. One thing we can tell you is the last time a similar incident happened; it was different parents–and a smooth coat. This time, it is a recent born Longhair. I want to share what Kris has written to help you better understand why we are so adamant about being careful with vaccines and medications. There have been several situations where heartworm preventative made the Weimaraner very ill–a mysterious situation for the Vet; however, once they Weimaraner owner stopped using the product, the pup rebounded. So, please be careful and do follow the vaccine protocol we suggest.
About Luna (Bettee X Manfred)
~As told by Kris
We went for her 9-week shot as suggested in the OwyheeStar Health Record last Thursday and spoke to the vet about the recommendations. As you (Cliff and Shela) indicated, they weren’t in line with them but I stood firm. This is my baby and only want the best for her.
Monday (four days later) she stated having diarrhea and by Tuesday at lunch she started losing her appetite and stopped playing with Frankie. I immediately called the vet for her to be checked out. They put her on anti diarrhea meds with antibiotics but she wasn’t responding and was still having a low grade fever. I went back. Then they thought she had a UTI and put her on amoxicillin. She still wasn’t responding, her fever spiked and she started falling when she walked.
I again immediately called my vet and we went to the ER. By the grace of God I had a Dr. who did a thorough checkup and through process of elimination was able to diagnose her properly with hypertrophic osteodystrophy by having xrays done. Apparently, he’s seen this in the past and did tell me Weimaraners can be predisposed to this.
Right now she’s in good hands in the hospital while they manage getting her fever down. She’s started to eat again.
I’m letting you know because I know Luna has 9 litter mates and if anyone else may be experiencing this, they may want to have this very conversation with their vet as the symptoms can be misleading. When speaking to the Dr. and reading up on this, vaccination can trigger this if genetically predisposed to it. It seems Luna is and the Dr. also said there’s no way to even test for this.
I just wanted you to know I’m not asking or looking for anything other than to alert the other litter mates owners of the potential of this. I feel it’s my responsibility and that if another litter mate is exhibiting the symptoms they can get proper treatment quickly. I was told this is about the time between 2-4 months this can happen and again at 20 months. Once the growth plates close, she’ll be a healthy adult dog.
Please call me if you’d like to chat about this. It’s been a rough week but Luna is going to be ok now that we know what we’re dealing with. I’ve attached a link for your reference and certainly you can do your research ot call your vet to discuss this as well.
Take care, Kris (January 23 @ 6:07 AM)
Thanks Shela! I really just want to make sure everyone is educated so if this does present itself, THEY can direct the vet to the right diagnosis. The ER doc said he feels vaccination is absolutely related but he could take 100 puppies and could never recreate the issue consistently. Hence the reason for your conservative approach to vaccination. Even the research I did supported what you advocate for this breed.
I got a call from the hospital at 10 am this morning and Luna’s fever is down to 102 and she’s eating and getting sassy again. I was so happy to hear that. She’ll come home tomorrow if she continues improving and will be on oral steroids for approx 10 days. My primary care will be notified so they can help manage going forward.
Even with Maggie I was very conservative with my approach for vaccinations, heartworm and flea and tick prevention. I contribute that to her long healthy life. I plan to do the same with Luna.
I’m very appreciative of your response and support.
Kris (January 23 @ 11:11 AM)
I called the hospital to get an update update on Luna at 7 local time. She’s holding at a 101 temp since 8 am this morning. She is eating and drinking on her own and now on oral meds. She’s walking again too! Apparently they took her outside on a potty break with a leash and she wanted nothing of it and wanted to do it on her own. I got a little chuckle out of that and said my girl is back!!That’s what she does at home. She knows exactly where we go outside and never lets me leave her sight. When she’s done, she comes inside and gets a treat for a job well done! 😊 I’ll be picking her up tomorrow! I miss her so much!! 💞Kris (January 23 @ 6:32 PM)
To say we are happy to learn Luna has rebounded after such a terrible vaccine-triggered health crisis would be an understatement. We appreciate Kris being proactive–and heeding our warning. We all can count our blessings that she happened to get so fortunate to have a Weim-savvy Vet that knew to look for HOD.
The initial symptoms could indicate many common problems –pups can get sick. They can easily pick up bacteria, viruses, or parasites. These can bring on all the same symptoms–except for the total collapse scenario–well unless the pup becomes dehydrated. We should always be proactive about watching for parasites–and other things. It is equally important to guard against vaccine reactions. We realize this will overwhelm and worry many of you. Just stay alert and be informed–you have to be proactive in these situations. Otherwise, a wrong diagnosis can lead you down the wrong path–and mean difficult recovery.
~She Sleeps In–It’s Perfect!
Miranda (Bettee × Manfred #10 pink) has settled right in and started her first training class on Wednesday (or perhaps I should say hubby and I started the first training class!).
This puppy loves to sleep in late and then makes such a production of yawning and stretching before emerging from her kennel. I must admit I so enjoy those first 2 mugs of coffee before she starts her day! I wanted to get you photos for the blog–Jeepers, I had no idea how difficult it was to capture a photo of a stretching or yawning dog! Here is a collage of Miranda in her wake-up routine which spans many minutes!
What a great story, and I know everyone will love these adorable photos as much as we do. So cute, this girl, and we love how well she is adapting and fitting into your household routine. Thanks!
~Carol Shares about the beginning
We wanted to let you know that Bisbee is doing great. We attached a few photos for you. He is definitely a little pistol and we love him dearly. He plays hard and sleeps hard, even in the snow!
Thank you Carol, for this update–and for being so fabulous to work with over the last few weeks. We meet the best people–wishing you all the best.
~ In Time Gunner will love her too!
Just wanted to send you a little note. We made safe travels home, way easier than the drive to Pendleton. We decided to name our little girl Rayne. She has been an absolute joy since we picked her up.
Gunner, our 2 year old blue Weimaraner, isn’t too fond of the little lady yet. He had temper tantrums all the way home, even refused to sit next to her in the truck. He’s receiving extra love and attention so he knows he’s still very much loved. His feelings about her are improving, but still needs some work. We absolutely love both of these dogs. Thank you.
Cindy, Kevin, and family.
Poor Gunner, his world is turned upside down. You did right, bringing him along. Can you imagine had you shown up after being gone with her in your arms? It would not have gone well. He will soon come to the realization she is part of the family, and I suspect he will take up with her. They may even conspire together in mischievous deeds–just saying.
Here’s one of just her climbing in and enjoying my freshly dried and warm laundry when I placed it on the kitchen floor for a moment.
It is so cute to read about Luna (forever known as Dink’s sister)–and to know that your laundry gets pressed. You are off to a fabulous start.
~Is Perfect for Us!
Thank you so much! We are so excited. I’ve wanted to get a puppy from you for about 10 years now. I’m glad you made it home safely. We’ll be home in about an hour and a half. I’m obsessed with Christmas so we are naming him Buddy (Buddy the Elf).
Cliff and I were delighted to place Buddy in your arms yesterday. It is our joy to carefully raise each pup and then to see them move on–and to begin a life with their forever families.
~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners
January 18, 2020
For all those hoping for a lot of snow, it appears they got their wish. The upper-country has plenty for skiing, snowmobiling, and such. Locally, on the valley floor, we had snow–but it was minimal. Nevertheless, snow and dangerous driving conditions closed the Interstate between here and Pendleton and other roads. Fortunately for us, the roads appear clear for today’s drive. There is some chance of snow showers–but they are talking less than 1/2 inch.
Bernie’s pups are leaving this week. That meant a trip to Nampa, and another trip today to meet Pacific Northwest people near Pendleton. It has been the usual–a lot of behind the scenes work–as well as clean up.
This Week On the Blog…
As always, thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. (Haha) We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too. If you have a story that you will let me share–I need at least three sentences and a decent photo. I prefer to receive it via email. (FYI–we only use stories that feature the OwyheeStar Weimaraner).
Sunday— January 12 — Behind the Scenes with Christina
Monday–-January 13— Luna
Tuesday – January 14 — Salty
Wednesday January 15 — Therapy
Thursday –- January 16 — Play Date
Friday — January 17 — Naomi and Sage
On a very personal note
Jackson had his first encounter with Great Grandpa Cliff–and I held this sweet little package for the first time, too. And as you can see, Grandpa and Christina looked over her new wheels together.
We picked up the little PT Cruiser in Boise on the day that Jackson was born. That same day, Cliff’s cousin (Bill Nielsen) said his final goodbye and departed this world for a better venue.
Meanwhile, there is always the basketball–last evening the Ontario Tigers went down to LaGrande; however, Bradley Nielsen had numerous blocks, rebounds, etc.,–plus 23 points. It was a good night for our grandson.