• Upcoming surgery

    Yeah, it’s time. I’ve decided to get Amy spayed. Since she has her hypothyroidism I’ve tried all kinds of things to get her to be the “old” Amy again. But it seems like we haven’t figured out the right thyroid dose for her yet.

    She is still very anxious and needs much longer to get used to new things and people, not to forget other dogs. It’s really exhausting to deal with a dog that has hypothyroidism. Having a dog in general already seems to make people much less flexible, but guys, you have no idea. I’m constantly on alert, when I walk her, I’m scanning the environment for situations that might scare her, other dogs, crazy kids 😉 and whatever. I always have to know when we expect guests, so that I can make sure Amy is fine with that and so on and so forth.

    So, now I have decided to get her spayed and I am really hoping that it helps balancing her hormone level a little more and make her more relaxed.

    But I definitely have to admit that I’m a little scared. It’s a big surgery. Here in the states they take out all reproductive organs, so the uterus and the ovaries. In Germany it’s much more common to just take out the ovaries, which means a much less complicated and risky surgery because nowadays they can do it endoscopically. And even in Germany I was always skeptic about doing that. We don’t usually spay our dogs unless there is a medical reason for it.

    Ok, I guess for Amy there is that reason now. I hope she will be fine and won’t have any complications. I have to drop her off at the vet tomorrow morning between 8 and 9 am and they said I will probably be able to pick her up again between 3 and 5 pm. Oh God, I already feel super sorry, for the pain that I am gonna cause her. I hope she won’t hate me after that.


    My little Baby!

  • Ticks, ticks, ticks

    I had a really nice experience again this morning! The best way to start a day is definitely waking up and finding a tick crawling over your arm! Yay! 🙂

    So, this morning I started doing some research again and look for the right treatment for dogs to prevent ticks. I have tried several meds like Frontline, Ex Spot (from Germany) and Sentry (cheaper version from Petsmart). Nothing really works…

    We also live at the ocean, so of course Amy likes to go swimming very much. This stuff just doesn’t last.

    And what I’ve also found out is that it doesn’t repel the ticks, they still go on the dogs and bite and then they die. So, where is the protection against Lyme Disease?

    Anyway, I would be happy about any advice. Amy and I are nature lovers, so we are in the canyons everyday. We need something that helps us!