It’s been a long time since I published a blog post. I just haven’t felt moved to share anything lately. Recently I bought a puzzle toy for Frankie, and so I’m doing a product review.
This puzzle is the Outward Hound Paw Flapper. It has 8 treat cups and 4 flapper doors, with scent holes between the doors. The idea is for the dog to smell and find the treats and use his nose to lift the appropriate door to get the treat. Frankie caught on very quickly and was able to lift the doors almost right away. He hasn’t used the scent holes to sniff out the treats yet. This toy needs a human to supervise because you need to put the doors back down. Frankie got scared of it when a door attacked him. He needs to learn to rotate the toy to position the doors over the treat cups.
I like this toy and I think Frankie likes it.
Smooshy faced dogs and cats often have a condition called stenotic nares. Their nostrils are too small to allow them to breathe efficiently. We’ve had 2 Boston Terriers, and both have had this problem. In both cases our vet surgically reconstructed the nostrils to improve airflow in their poor little noses. We had it done at the same time the dogs were neutered, so that they only had to be anesthetized once. There is an associated condition called elongated soft palate which is also found in these dogs and can be surgically corrected if necessary.
Here’s an article that explains the procedure. http://www.vetsurgerycentral.com/resp_brachycephalic_airway_syndrome.html
Frankie just had his surgery last week and once the swelling is down completely he will be a new puppy. Here are his before and after picturesYou can see he still has some swelling. It’s only been 4 days. I don’t know if it will stay pink, and the nostrils are not quite symmetrical but he’s not a show dog so that’s not important to me. I’m just happy he can breathe deeply.