Saturday, November 4, 2017

Eye ulcer

Poor Holly has a bad corneal ulcer. We didn't even notice until Thursday. Yesterday took her to the eye vet. She's on four different eyedrops, two of which are six times a day.

 The schedule for eyedrops goes like this:
6 a.m. EDTA
6:05 a.m. Ofloxacin
8 a.m. EDTA
8:05: Ofloxacin
10 a.m. Atropine
10:05 a.m. Ketorolac
Noon: EDTA
12:05 p.m. Ofloxacin
2 p.m. EDTA
2:05 p.m. Ofloxacin
4 p.m. Atropine
4:05 p.m. Ketorolac
6 p.m. EDTA
6:05 p.m. Ofloxacin
9 p.m. EDTA
9:05 p.m. Ofloxacin

As you can read, it means eyedrops all day long. I was up at 4 a.m. with her because she was in pain, poor baby. She also has pain meds. I'm at home all weekend, writing, and watching her. Hopefully this aggressive treatment will work and she will avoid surgery. We'll know more when DH takes her back on Wed.

Surgery isn't an option. She'd have to have anesthesia, which is a no no with her renal failure. Sigh. Like a friend said, it's never easy with us.

But the aggressive treatment hopefully will help heal the ulcer. 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

She's sick, again

Almost three weeks. Three lousy weeks. And now Holly has the runs again. It started at 6 a.m. when she had to go outside. I knew it.

It's been about every 2 hours now. I just fed her a little chicken and rice and gave her half the antibiotic she got 3 weeks ago. It's mixed in, or was this a.m. with some blood. I'm not alarmed at the blood bc that can mean an infection, thus the antibiotic.

I took her last week to teh vet at Quiet Waters to have a growth removed on her paw. He burned it off and then bandaged it and I went back Friday and then Saturday to have the bandage removed. She kept licking it, and she may have licked off some of the anti itch powder I put on it and that caused the diarrhea. I don't know. Or maybe it was the chicken wasn't cooked right. It could be anything.

So I'm in a wait and see mode. I'll let the antibiotic do its work and then later tonight, if she is still having the runs, give her the anti diarhea pill. No food.

This is killing me. It's a gorgeous day outside. I went to the beach with a good friend and we had breakfast. Walked on the beach, came home to run a few errands and then I was going to write. It's 2:14 now and I haven't written a single word because I've been cooking and caring for the dog.

I love this dog so much.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Finally both seem OK

I don't want to jinx it. They ate normal meals yesterday, including a mixture of green beans, dog food, yogurt and chicken all blended together.

Today on her walk with the pet sitter, Holly finally pooped after 2.5 days. Cookie has not yet. If she still has not by tomorrow, a little olive oil will do it.

I"m crossing my fingers that they are both going to be OK. It's been a week from hell with poor Holly with the runs and the vet visits.

I need a break. Everyone in our house needs a break!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Both are sick, oy

So yesterday Cookie started with the runs. The carpet was a huge mess. I took Holly into Quiet Waters, the vet gave her a shot of antbiotics and the anti diarrhea pills.

Holly was OK all day yesterday from 2:30 when I gave her the anti diarrhea pill. Fed her a tiny bit of chicken and two very small pieces of watermelon at night. She was hungry.

No other meds.

Cookie got a quarter tab of antibiotics she had from last time, and fed her chicken and rice ground up. She ate very little at night.

During the night, Cookie threw up on her pillow in the living room. And made a little pile in the living room. Holly woke us up at 1 a.m. gagging, but slept the rest of the night.

This a.m. Holly was perky, wanting her boiled chicken after fluids. DH walked her, she made a loose, but not liquid, stool.

He gave her 200 ml of her fluids and then gave her pills with a small handful of chicken. Cookie didn't want chicken. So he dissolved her tramadol into water and fed her that way. Then she drank a lot of water.

Then Holly threw up the chicken we had just given her. Great. That was around 8 a.m. We figure her stomach, being empty ALL day, could not take all that chicken at once.

So we fed the dogs a mixture of pumpkin and baby food. Immediately after, Cookie perked up, wanted chicken. I gave her one small piece.

Just now we gave both dogs about a tablespoon of pumpkin and baby food - carrots and apples from this a.m.

Schedule:

8:45: One tablespoon BF
10 a.m. One tablespoon BF
11 a.m. One teaspoon plain non fat Greek yogurt for Holly, who gobbled it down
Cookie got a teaspoon of baby food
Noon: ABout 1/4 cup boiled and shredded chicken for holly. about 1/4 cup cooked lean ground meat and boiled for Cookie. Two pieces of boiled chicken with their antbiotics.

12:30 p.m. About 1/4 cup boiled shredded chicken for Holly. 1/4 cup lean ground beef and some pieces of chicken for Cookie. Both ate. Cookie drank more water.

So far, so good. No vomiting. No diarrhea. But Holly is really hungry and she's scarfing on the floor again, like she did on Sunday. So I gave her a small piece of lean ground beef, ran under water, blotted with a paper towel. About the size of a quarter.

I have the kitchen timer on to let me know when 40 minutes has passed so I can try giving her something more.

Please God they both will be OK. No more vomiting or diarrhea.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Major diarrhea, hopefully calming down now

Holly has been sick all week. Wed., DH took her to CSAH er and they told him to give her immodium. Diarrhea panel negative for worms and giardia and infection. Huh.

Well, she ate a big plate of renal food and ground turkey that was boiled for 15 minutes and last night every two hours she had to go, all over the carpet. Poor baby.

I took her to a new vet Quiet Waters. He gave her a shot of antibiotics and a pill Aminopentamide (Centrine) if the diarrhea continued, and told me not to give her any more of her regular meds for today, and no food. 

Well, she went soon as she got home at 9:45 and then she went again while I was at breakfast with the girls (I was not cancelling, after the week i've had) and then she went again at 2 p.m. only it was a quarter sized green bile. That was it. I was hesitant to give her the Aminopentamide (Centrine) because I was afraid about her renal failure, but she could NOT go on like this. 


Gave her the immodium twice yesterday and it did nothing. Got so desperate during the night at 2 a.m. I gave her Pepto with more probiotic. 


So it's nearly 5 pm. now and after that 1/2 tab of Aminopentamide (Centrine), half the dose he said to give her (I wanted to be conservative), she seems OK for now. Almost 3 hours since she last went. I'm hoping/praying this does the trick. 


Cookie was also sick this a.m. probably from the chicken. I think the perdue chicken without the antbiotics might have contained something. I don't know. 


Anyway, I'm wiped after being up all night and they are wiped as well, so is DH from working all night and all day today.


The big test will be if she goes after eating. She had xrays August 11 and everything looked fine. Plus her BW was fine as well. I honestly don't know what caused this and it's scary. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Now Holly is sick

Like our pet sitter said today, I can't catch a break with these dogs.

Holly was doing fine until yesterday. sunday she was ravenous. I mean, I've never seen her that hungry. She ate all her food and scraped on the floor looking for more. I even fed her the renal failure cat food and she ate that. she also ate cookie's food - which I had put fish oil pill into it. It could have been that. Or the rotisserie chicken bits Frank gave her that were too greasy.

Yesterday in the am. she had a huge dump on the puppy pad. And then later, the runs started. Last night as well. She ate only a little chicken and rice last night. I gave her pepto. No use.

During the night she went at 1:30 a.m. and then again in the night and then at 4 p.m. Then at 9, before noon and at noon.

I am worried but trying to stay cool. It hopefully will resolve itself. I rushed home at lunch after the 1030 meeting finally ended and ran to publix and bought organic canned pumpkin. Niki poured some pumpkin down her throat while I opened her mouth.

Then she ate a little chicken. Nicki had tried to feed her chicken and rice, and didn't realize I had ground some up. She did eat a little boiled chicken. This a.m. she did NOT want chicken and Frank had to give her pills in Nutracal.

guess we will wait and see again. I really hope and pray this is not bc of the kidney failure getting worse or something that is serious.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Cookie is home!

Great news. Neurologist at CSAH said Cookie shows no signs of a tumor because she was getting better yesterday during her stay at the hospital. She probably had a mini stroke. She came home last night, ate, and more or less, is herself. She's sleeping now. I am home all day working and plan to keep a close eye on her.

Holly sniffed her like crazy when she came into the house.

It's so wonderful to have her back with us, after fearing the worst and we'd have to put her to sleep. I honestly don't know how much time we'll have left with her, but this is a gift.

Her BW was all average, ALT liver elevated only slightly, chloesterol a little high but nothing significant.

She ate hill's GD food with chicken. No pain pill for her arthritis until last night.

We are worn out, but happy she is home.