Friday, December 7, 2012

Corbin Health Update

Ok, I haven't talked about my health in a while, mostly because there hasn't been much to report. I'm still on my prednisone 5mg every other day.  We've tried stopping it twice, but my ouchies come back.  Then the momma tried every 3 days, but after 2 weeks, my ouchies returned.  So, I'm still on it every other day and I guess that's okay.  I've regained all my muscle and the 5mg doesn't seem to have a negative effect on me.
Do you think Dr. Mike missed me?

So, last night I was 30 days overdue due for some shots.  The momma made an appointment with Dr. Mike and off we went.  Now, usually when I get to the vets office, I'm greeted by my girlfriend, Amber.  She comes out and ohhhhs and ahhhhs over me and smoochies me and tells me how handsome I am.  I was waiting and waiting and waiting and she didn't come.  I was really nervous, but the momma said she must not be working.  Bummer.  Then, my OTHER girlfriend, Jamie, usually comes to get us from the waiting room and brings us to the Dr. Mike room.  Dontcha know, she didn't do that?!  What is going on with this world? 
Where the heck are my girlfriends?
And, why am I so blurry????

The momma and I went into our room and the non-Jamie lady took my weight.  A handsome 74lbs.  She gave me a cookie, so she was okay.  I missed Dr. Mike SO much I didn't even growl when he came in like I usually do.  I let him feel me and touch me and poke me all over.  The momma told him how my ears have been a bit icky, but other than that, I seem to be A-OK!  Well, that's not what Dr. Mike found.
Nommin' teethies.

Remember how I have really nice teethies?  The momma brushes them and I chew my bones to keep them in tip top shape?  Well, I do.  Except the momma has pretty much been super busy and hasn't been brushing my teethies at all as often.  Well, in the above picture of my handsome teethies... do you see that BIG toothie on the bottom to the left?  There's a matching one on top but it's covered by my smoochie lips.  That matching toothie up on top went and BROKE off!  Can you believe it?  The whole thing, broken.  Dr. Mike said the nerve was exposed and we had to remove it as soon as we can so it doesn't abscess.  THEN... yea, there's a THEN.  THEN, Dr. Mike found that when I broke my toothie, it caused the rest of my teethies to shift, causing my back molar toothie to crack and now it's SUPER infected.  Ugh.  Dr. Mike said I must have chewed on something super hard to break it and that it didn't have anything to do with my lack of teethie brussings. 
Maybe Peter Cottontail broke my toothie....

So, on Monday, the momma has to drop me off at the vets.  I have to have a follow up Heart Ultrasound to make sure my heart either isn't enlarged anymore (we're hoping for this one!) or the medications are controlling my enlarged heart.  As long as my heart is okay, then we schedule my surgery to remove my teethies. 

On a better note, as I was leaving the Dr. Mike room, I heard a familiar voice say "Is that Corbin butt?!"  It was my girlfriend Jamie!  She caught me just in the nick of time, I almost left without seeing her!  So, she came over and gave me smoochies and scratches and I whispered in her ear that I'd be back on Monday.  She said she'd be there ALL day on Monday and give me lots of extra snuggles and smoochies.  THEN!  My other girlfriend, Amber appeared over the counter when the momma was giving all of her green papers away!  So, Amber came and gave me smoochies and scratches.  Then the other girls wanted to be Corbin girlfriends too, so they came over to introduce themselves, but... two girlfriends is a lot to keep track of, so I grumbled and barked at them until they gave me milkybones, then they got smoochies too.  Now, I have lots of girlfriends at the vets office!  And, they'll all be there on Monday, so I'll be in good hands with my girlfriends and Dr. Mike!
You were all hoping for a better health post, huh? 
Maybe someday I'll have a clean bill of health!
By the way, we've still never figured out what's causing the ouchies... it's still quite the mystery problem!


  1. Oh Corbin, you handsome brown man...broken and infected teef? What did you try to eat, dude? We hope the momma doesn't have to spend all of her green papers on the Corbin's teef, so there's enough for Christmas PREZZIES!!

    -Bart and Ruby

  2. Awww - poor Corbin! My Copper broke off half his molar too and it also exposed the nerve. I think I only noticed it right away cause he was chewing on a hard bone at the time and I heard an extra loud crack and when I went to check it out, sure enough, he had snapped that tooth right in half. I feel your pain buddy, but you will feel much better after they get that out of there and the infection clears up. Plus - it sounds like you will be treated like a king there! You really know how to make friends buddy!

  3. We wondered why we hadn't seen you smilin so much big dude - now we know. You do know that prednisone can make your teeth brittle. Mom was on mega doses of prednisone for her Lupus for years and her teeth suddenly started breaking - she had to have them all removed eventually. Better watch out or you could be the next 'doggie dentures' commercial star - Mom loves those ads!

  4. Oh, yeah, I had one of them brokened teefs. Woz hoping nobuddy would notice but that eagle-eyed V-E-T... sigh. Broken toofie has been gone fur ofur 2 years now but I can still chew my chickun jerky! At least the V-E-T lets you take a snooze while they is yanking that toof out. Sweet dreams on Monday, Corbin!

  5. Ouchy.....Bet your mouth hurts too! Good luck on Monday but have a snooper pooper of a weekend and don't think about Monday!

  6. It's good to hear you're feeling better, though your tooth thing sounds so painful. Your mom sounds so good about it, and I"m not so good with my pups, so I guess this is my wakeup call to keep it up.

  7. Bummer on the toofer issues, Corbin. We know you will be in good paws on Monday but we will cross our paws just the same for all to go very well.

    Hope those girls give you lots of smoochies too.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  8. OoH Corbin,

    We is so sorry dat you has tooth ouchies. :( Boxer puppy prayers is on da way to you asap!

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae and Max

  9. OH CORBIN.... we are soooooo sorry that you broke someof your toof off and than now the Dogtor is gonna STEAL THAT and MORE. Darn buddy... we think that they should give YOU green papers... just fur going there to brighten their day.
    We will have our paws crossed fur you on Monday.

  10. You are not only handsome but BRAVE to keep all those tooth ouchies to yourself! We'll keep our paws crossed so you can get a good report.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  11. Oh my, I bet your mouth hurts!
    We'll have our fingers & paws crossed for you on Monday.

    -Brandon's Raiser
    Don't forget to stop by our blog and enter the Angry Birds dog toys giveaway!

  12. You are so brave! I'm sure glad you got your kisses and fusses before you left. We are keeping our fingers crossed that you get those bad teethies out soon!!

  13. OMD ~ that bunny broke your toothers???? Oh, that is just not right. Wells, at least your gonna gets them all fixed up, and then you can catch another bunny and gets your revenge...


  14. CORBIN! I'm so totally sorry that you hurt your toothies. I guess you don't know your own strength when it comes to chewing stuff, huh? My paws are crossed real tight that your ultrasound comes back A-OK and that your teethie operation is a breeze!

    Wiggles & Wags,

    PeeS. Those girlfurends of yours sure were lucky to gets Corbin smoochies. I wish I could have some Corbin smoochies, too!

  15. Oh Corbin, i'm so sorry to hear about your toothies getting removed :( But i guess it's all worth it to see your girlfriends!! Hope everything goes well!!

    Milo :)

  16. Corbin, you handsome devil. Broken toothies? How in the world... I'm sorry to hear you have to have surgery, but once you do, you'll be better than new!

  17. We love you Corbin and we will be sending you purrs for an easy dental visit pal.

  18. All our paws are crossed for you Corbin. Wonder what it could be
    Benny & Lily

  19. Aww, poor woofie! That sounds so painful! Well I'm sending you guys lots of purrs.

  20. Dude, I broke one of my teeth right off. root and all, so I kinda was lucky, except now I look a bit lopsided.

    Despite any health problems you might have you are still one handsome dog. (That is from My Vickie, it would be wrong of me to say anything about your handsomness, the girls might question our interest in them)

    Take care

  21. We are sending you lots of AireZen, Corbin, and our paws will be crossed for you on Monday!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  22. Good luck with your surgeries. If your mouth hurts after it is over, tell momma to buy some human baby foodables. Those are easy to eat and taste great.


  23. Howdy Corbin, good luck with getting your teeth get all fixed on Monday. Lucky your Vet is good and he'll fix you up in no time. Take care and Stellie still thinks you are studly even without a couple of teeths! No worries, and slobber, Rory and Stella

  24. Hi Corbin,

    We're stopping my to wish you a Merry Christmas. Sorry to hear about your teethie problems and will be thinkingm about you.

    You sure arem lucky to have all them girlfriends to take care4 of you at the vet. Lucky you.

    Sniff ya later.........Weenie

  25. Corbin, I will cross paws that you get your toofies all fixed and that you keep getting better. I am glad you like going to your Vet, I get kind of nervous.

    Loveys Sasha

  26. Ouch! You'd better watch what you chew on, buddy. Cinderella said that teeth surgery isn't so bad. She's had FOURTEEN teeth pulled! But you get yummy soft food fora while afterwards, so it's not that bad.

  27. Glad you are doing good (other than the tooth) and I am sorry your girlfriends weren't there :(

    Stop on by for a visit

  28. Oh are worrying me....take good care my pal....there's no room over here at the Rainbow Bridge just now so we need you in tip top condishun for years to come....woof

  29. Good luck on Monday! Our Callie has had a cracked tooth for years and lucky for her, it's not causing any problems. I check it frequently and it's still okay.

    We'll be thinking about you and looking for an update from your momma.

  30. I'm so sorry to hear this, Corbin. (Sorry I'm catching up on your posts in reverse!). Poor baby... I'm glad that Dr. Mike can make you all better! We'll be thinking of you!

    By the way, our kitty Stella is on prednisone too for chronic pancreatitis. It's really helped her stay healthy!