Indecent Exposures

The hu-dad is chuckling at how many weird google searches will land on this post with that title, but this is a decidedly family oriented blog.  Though these pictures are exposing more of Kodiak than you have ever seen before.

We actually need to go back 7 weeks for our story.  We told you about the vet visit for all 6 dogs and said things looked good, but we were waiting on lab test results.  Everyone was good except Kodiak, who showed a little depressed white blood cell count and elevated bilirubin in his urine.  Those readings were still in normal ranges, but enough different to monitor.

Fast forward to last week and we noted that Kodiak had lost a pound since the vet visit and was not looking the way we want.  Back for more blood tests and urinalysis where red blood cells were detected in his urine..  Yesterday, Kodiak had an ultrasound performed.  The good news is that no masses or tumors were detected.  There were signs of a urinary tract infection and a sterile urine sample was taken (meaning, they take the sample directly from the bladder with a needle).  We are still left with the mystery of why he has lost weight and exactly what is the infection he has (they may or may not be related), but good results so far in what we have ruled out.

Sorry for the lengthy set-up, but an ultrasound requires, well, exposure.  First there is the IV, which creates what we affectionately call the reverse poodle look.

Be jealous, poodles. Oh, and ignore the hair on the rug.

But don’t think anyone will notice that considering where else had to be shaved:

This picture was carefully edited to keep our family blog rating.

Don’t think that hair will grow back by our fundraiser at Sarge’s Dog Walk, but a good cause calls for a little sacrifice.  Since when is a Siberian Husky looking to add fur?

Thinking of finding Hair Club for Dogs.

44 Comments

  1. achieve1dream on July 28, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Poor guy! He must be so embarrassed lol. I’m glad it’s nothing serious.

  2. Honey the Great Dane on July 26, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Oh, I remember those strange results for Kodiak! But am glad to hear that most nasty things have been ruled out…hope they find the cause soon and it’s nothing serious. I hate the “not knowing” – it can really wear you down (not that the dogs understand what’s going on!)

    Very stylish clip! 😀

    Hsin-Yi (& Honey the Great Dane)

  3. Kari on July 25, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    we are wishing the best for him!

    Don’t forget, we are now located at dogisgodinreverse.com

  4. Dennis the Vizsla on July 24, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    I see Tucker started a fashion trend …

  5. the booker man on July 24, 2010 at 5:40 am

    awww, kodiak, i’m glad your parents spared you from the REALLY embarrassing picture potential. teehee. please keep gettin’ better, and at least the new fur shave will help you stay cooler this summer!
    *woof*
    the booker man

  6. Khumbu on July 24, 2010 at 4:48 am

    Hoping you continue to get well Kodiak. Good news is you should be allowed to roll in lots of mud to protect your tum tum from the sun, humans have to remember mud is a natural sun protector 🙂

    All paws crossed here in Spain.

    Khumbu

  7. maxx on July 24, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Oh! the fur! Hope all will be well!!

    Cheers,
    Maxx

  8. Sierra Rose on July 24, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Oh sweet buddy! Hope the results are in good favor! That’s quite a summer shave 🙂

    Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
    Sierra Rose

  9. Lorenza on July 24, 2010 at 12:23 am

    I hope the Vet finds what is happening with you so you will have the right treatment to be like knew in no time!
    Take care
    Kisses and hugs
    Lorenza

  10. Ruby's Raiser on July 23, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Sending our best wishes to Kodiak for a speedy unpoodling! (Hoping you’re back to your ol’ self soon, pal. We know from experience, Mom and Dad are not great with the waiting. ;))

  11. Farley on July 23, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Kodiak, we are glad you test went ok and hope the vet continues to take good care of you. We are glad you are comfortable being naked – you have a cute tummy!

  12. Deborah on July 23, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Kodiac, what’s going on. I hope you feel better real soon and about the weight loss, just eat more cookies! LOL
    Have a nice weekend!
    xxoo
    Deborah

  13. Mogley G. Retriever on July 23, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    A bare tummy will make staying cool easier in the summer. And bare tummy’s make tummy scratches soooooo much better.

    Mogley G. Retriever

  14. Amy / Layla the Malamute on July 23, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    That’s exactly how they shaved Layla. First the arm band, then the bare belly. I’m not used to seeing her nipples all out in the open, and it’s kind of odd. I prefer hairy dogs for a reason.

    Hope everything is good news for Kodiak!

  15. Lola Smiles on July 23, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    aww…Kodiak….I hope you’re back to your ol’ self soon! Who the heck wants the poodle look, eh!??

    take care buddy!

  16. Lisa Rickards on July 23, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Hope you feel better soon Kodiak.

  17. AC on July 23, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    I’m glad the results have been alright so far, but paws crossed over here for Kodiak until everything comes back clean.

  18. Elmo & Mouse on July 23, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Poor Kodiak, don’t be sad….we know how you feel…..Elmo had gone through a bunch of tests and x-rays too. The poodle leg is a common thing for a while.

    Glad to hear everything all good.

    Those fur sure take a while to grow back especially when Elmo wouldn’t stop chewing on the spot – I guess it was itchy….

    Mouse

  19. Sagira on July 23, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Sorry, I also meant to answer your question. My brother Milo had brown eyes. All my litter mates (the ones we rescued) had brown eyes, I was the only one with the blue.

  20. Sagira on July 23, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I think that bare belly is HOT HOT HOT! haha. 🙂
    Glad they didn’t find any masses or anything though. Hope they get your UTI fixed up in no time.

  21. Blogging Dante on July 23, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Awww poor Kodiak, all that fur GONE!!! Glad that the ultrasound didn’t bring bad news though. Hopefully the mystery of the weight loss will soon be solved, i hate it when something’s not quite right and needs to be figured out somehow …

  22. gus, louie and callie on July 23, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Oh no your poor hair.. Now that is what we call really blowing your coat. Sounds like the vet is keeping good tabs on you all..

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  23. The OP Pack on July 23, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Ciara sympathizes with you, Kodiak – she too is sporting a naked belly and a poodle leg. And it sure does seem to take a long time for it to grow in. But we all know there is plenty of fur flying around our place and yours to help cover you up.

    Paws crossed for continued good results and a definitive answer to the weight loss and blood issue.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  24. sychoberians on July 23, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Hope you are doing well Kodiak. Don’t worry you fur will be back in no time.

    (Easy for us full furred Sibes to say.)

    Remy and Flash

  25. Mimi & CC Cabana on July 23, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Poor little bare tummy! When Cabana got spayed, her shaved tummy seemed so pathetic. She didn’t like laying on tile floors or cement for a while after being shaved–too chilly.

    I bet the vet is pretty excited to see you come through the door with the Herd. Ka-ching!

    Hope the tests continue to rule out anything serious.

  26. Khyra on July 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Paws khrossed fur Kodiak to feel spunkier soon!

    We were furry happy to see the news on SiberNet and SMS yesterday –

    As for the exposure…no khomment!

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra
    PeeEssWoo: I’m smiling and when the mail arrives woo will see why! It was already on the way prior to this post REALLY it was!

  27. The Army of Four on July 23, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Hi guys! We’re trying to get caught up today!
    Sorry to hear you had to go through all the tests by Labs, Kodiak. I hope they did well by you – I know some Labs and they’re all pretty nice.
    Hey, Storm and Zim have both had to have their bellies shaved. Don’t worry – you’ll be surprised at how quickly you’ll have a fuzzy tummy again! In the meantime, I can offer to have Mom brush Ammy and send you some fur. It’s the right color and all. Woo.
    Luv,
    Dave

  28. Kit on July 23, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Considering the heat wave, that bare belly looks pretty cool!
    Licks and sniffs,
    Zack, Sassy and Buddy

  29. Life With Dogs on July 23, 2010 at 11:27 am

    LOL! How thoughtful of you to edit that pic for us! And how great is it that we can all laugh now that the scare has passed? 🙂

  30. tula on July 23, 2010 at 9:42 am

    hey kodiak, try calling 1-800-sibefur. they could help ya out:) hope everything’s ok!

    scratchies on your bald belly,
    tula

  31. Pup Fan on July 23, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Poor Kodi! Hope he feels better soon!

  32. Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo & Molly on July 23, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Hope you get to the bottom of Kodiak’s bug soon and he feels much better soon! Hope he doesn’t have to walk around with a nekkid belly long!

    Woofs and Kisses!
    The Fiesty Three

  33. Sam on July 23, 2010 at 8:42 am

    I think he is missing his hair! We had a post a while back on Sam’s blog, when Sam had the same hair shaved, showcasing our idea for a “tummy toupee”. We could send you our prototype for Sarge’s walk…

    Sam

  34. Huskys Rule on July 23, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Kodiak we hope you get back to 100% real soon. I bet if feels cooler with the naked belly but if you want some husky hair we can send you some since we leave it all over the house even though Hu-mom tells us to keep our hair on us until we go outside. We don’t listen (hehehe).
    Licks & Nibbles,
    Kody & Nia
    PS…..You still look gorgeous:-)

  35. Houndstooth on July 23, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Aww, Kodi! We hope you’re feeling better soon! I’m betting that if you walk in between a few other members of The Herd nobody will be able to see your bald belly! Maybe that stuff Joan Rivers sells in those infomercials will help.

  36. Shawnee the Shepherd on July 23, 2010 at 8:18 am

    OMD! Kodiak is nekkid! *blush* We has some extra floof layin around here that you can does fur weaves with.

  37. Pip on July 23, 2010 at 7:24 am

    Oh gosh, that doesn’t look fun! I hope the vet locates the problem!

    Your pal, Pip

  38. Ricky on July 23, 2010 at 7:24 am

    Awww…poor Kodiak with all that fur shaved off his belly. Maybe he feels cooler, at least? Glad the ultra sound was good news and hope the further test results come back showing nothing serious and that he is back to his normal self in no time!

  39. Homer on July 23, 2010 at 7:11 am

    We were expecting a ‘full monty’ of Kodiak, oh well.

    Glad it’s nothing serious, give Kodiak a big hug from us.

    Love,
    Homer

  40. A Husky Life on July 23, 2010 at 6:28 am

    Wishing Kodiak all the best and that the Vet finds the root of the infection as soon as possible.

    Your friends,
    A Husky Life

  41. Priscilla on July 23, 2010 at 6:21 am

    Although we’re glad Kodiak is ok, he must feel really naked without his pretty fur! Poor guy!

  42. Wild Dingo on July 23, 2010 at 4:56 am

    ps. hugs and kisses to Kodi to feel better and get to the bottom of this soon.

  43. Wild Dingo on July 23, 2010 at 4:55 am

    Drat! I hate to hear Kodi is not feelin’ so well. darn it. tho Juno is NOW in the chucklin’ seat at his hair-don’t.

    Need a hair club for dogs? Look no further! Loki is waiting for Kodi’s order at his Hair Club for Dogs: http://www.wilddingo.com/2010/03/18/hes-not-just-the-president-of-the-hair-club-for-dogs/

  44. Holly & Khady on July 23, 2010 at 1:44 am

    I’m so glad the ultrasound gave good news! Especially since you had to have all your pretty fur shaved! Oh well, hopefully it will grow back quick.

    Oh, and just so you don’t feel too bad, our rugs look exactly the same way!

    Holly

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