A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper

A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper
Ever wonder what its like to share your world with a bunch of crazy critters? Tune in to find out!

Monday, February 13, 2017

General Updates

I haven't updated for a bit - here are the latest and greatest happenings from the zoo:

Oliver - he had a case of squinty eye last week (he either gets something in his eye or he gets poked and then he squints).  He is all cleared up and doing fantastic - his eye is completely back to normal.

Phoebe and Aggie are both doing well.  They have been enjoying a bit of outside time in the playspace since the weather has been so nice.

Winston is doing well.  He is getting more and more used to sharing his yard with the puppies.  His behavior has been just fantastic - very sweet and affectionate and very obedient.  Gotta love it!

The ferrets are doing quite well - they have also been spending time outside in the sunshine.  The little girls are all just great. The little boys are wild children - happy and active.

Violet went to the vet this morning for a glucose check and her number was crappy.  She was at 51 which is icky.  She needs to be at 60 at a minimum and 70 for optimal levels.  The good news is that she is completely asymptomatic.  She is feeling good and quite active.  So - we have increased her predisone level to .96 cc.  This is likely as high as the vet is going to want to go so we will give it a few weeks and check again.  We go back on March 6.  If her numbers have not improved then we will add in the second medication.  We can adjust dosages for that med to see if we can get her numbers in check.  At that point if we get to the max on the second med we might be looking at a surgical option. I think we are a long way from that still and I am optimistic as she really shows no signs of  the illness at all.

Emma got her spring hair cut over the weekend.  I think she feels much better getting rid of all that hair.  My mom and her dog Quincy were here for the weekend and they had some time together which Emma enjoys.

The puppies are doing very well.  Potty training is going quite well with only one accident in the last 7 days!  They all three are terrified of Winston - I hope it stays that way!  They all three had a bath over the weekend as well.  They remained clean for about 27 seconds until they went outside and rolled around in the dirt - silly pups.

All in all the zoo is doing just great!  No complaints.

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