Pet of the Month: Olyver

Olyver’s mom adopted him from HAWS when he was six years old (because old guys need love, too!). Her dog had recently passed, so she went to the humane society “just to look.” When she met Olyver, he crawled right onto her lap and started licking her face. Needless to say, she walked out shortly after with a scraggly dog filled with an insatiable need to give kisses.

During adoption, Olyver’s mom was told that he had bladder stones and that they would dissolve as long as he was fed a specific type of food. No big deal, right? Wrong. The next day she took Olyver to see PVS’s Dr. Baker at his previous clinic for a checkup. It turned out the type of stones Olyver had were not going to dissolve and instead required surgery. So began the journey of Olyver’s medical anomalies.

After surgery, Olyver was given a prescription food to keep his stones at bay. Along with routine urinalysis, Olyver successfully avoided a recurrence. However, about two years later, he started having severe GI issues. It was unusual for him, so his mom took him to the ER. He was hospitalized for a few days, with the assumption that he had a blockage in his stomach and would need exploratory surgery. His mom wasn’t quite on board, so she called Dr. Baker and asked if he would do the surgery. After doing some dye testing, Dr. Baker confirmed Olyver didn’t have a blockage and wouldn’t need surgery after all.

For a while, Olyver had very few stomach issues. He and his mom moved to the east coast for a couple years, and flew back every few months to visit family and have checkups with Dr. Baker. By this time, Dr. Baker had moved to his current clinic, and so began Olyver and his mom’s relationship with Pewaukee Veterinary Service.

The pair moved back to the Milwaukee area in April of 2016, and almost immediately, Olyver began having severe GI issues again. Dr. Baker performed a few tests and confirmed Olyver had pancreatitis caused by the prescription food he needed to keep his bladder stones away. He was hospitalized once again, and after being released, required two-a-day trips back to the vet for medications, since there was no way for his mom to get him to take the medicine.

Because Olyver’s bladder stones never came back, Dr. Baker decided it was best to switch him to a new food that would be easier on his stomach. It worked and all of Olyver’s GI symptoms vanished. He was finally himself again…for a few weeks. When Olyver stopped eating and became very lethargic, back to Dr. Baker they went. Olyver was developing crystals in his urine. This meant he needed another new food immediately. The new food options cleared up his bladder, but were still causing stomach issues.

A year later, Olyver started limping out of the blue, and, eventually, stopped using his back right leg completely. Enter Dr. Morgan. Olyver was diagnosed with a soft tissue injury and began laser therapy and massage treatments with Jill. His leg immediately began improving.

Dr. Morgan also used her holistic treatment knowledge and started Olyver on some natural supplements for his belly troubles. He has been on the supplements for a few months, and is about finished with hydrotherapy for his leg. He currently has no GI issues, his last urinalysis was crystal and stone free, and he is happily using all four legs. His mom said she can’t guarantee it will be like this for long, but for now, they feel very fortunate as getting his GI issues under control has been their priority for the last few years. Olyver still has some medical issues—including blood in his urine randomly with no explanation and kidney stones—which they will deal with as needed.

Despite the rough hand Olyver’s been dealt, you’d never be able to tell by his happy personality. Olyver loves playing fetch (especially with his dilapidated lion, Louie) and will do anything for belly rubs. He LOVES eating and does not discriminate—treats, whatever is dropped on the floor, dead animals, and more. He’s a pro-cuddler, but only when he wants to, and will give you kisses for days if you let him. He loves going to the park, and likes to sleep under his own blankets and on the same pillow as his mom. Sometimes, he’ll generously let her have her own pillow, but then he sprawls out so that she only gets about twelve inches of space to sleep in. He loves dirty laundry, and, if the hamper gets full enough that he can pull something out, she will come home to clothing scattered all over the house.

According to Olyver’s mom, their life is a beautiful mess. He has taught her more about the canine bladder, GI tract, and pancreas than any human not practicing veterinary medicine ever needs to know. And she wouldn’t change one single second—he is her heart.

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