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.


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.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Cookie probably has a brain tumor

I have never taken for granted any of the precious moments I have with our beloved dogs. In the mornings when DH leaves for work, Holly sleeps on teh bed. And then Cookie, who is 14, turning 15 in October, would jump up begging to be lifted onto to the bed. I'd curl up with both of them and sleep for another hour or two before heading into the day job.

No more.

Tonight, everything "seemed" ok. Holly was begging like mad because DH made a turkey dinner. But something seemed "off" with Cookie. She was wandering around, and when I went into the bedroom to change into shorts, she followed me. Barked. I figured she was hungry since it was 7 p.m. (I got home at 6:30). She drank more water than normal. And then I had to put her in front of her food bowl to point out she had food. She ate with gusto and then walked over to the slider as if she wanted to go outside.

I took her onto the patio and she peed, and then walked around in circles.

I told DH there was something wrong. She went into the front living room and whined. He watched her. She was listng to the left.

We were sure she was having seizures or a stroke, so at 8:30 we rushed her to CSAH. Waited for an agonzing 20 minutes. All the while Cookie is in DH's arms, her head pressed against Frank. When he set her down, she walked as if drunk. She has really bad arthritis, but this was not Cookie.

At 10:30 the ER vet told us she suspects Cookie has a brain tumor, based on her behavior (the presentation) and her age. So to the tune of $2,000, we are leaving her overnight, letting them do blood work, xrays to rule out other stuff and see if cancer has spread. There is a neurology consult tomorrow, but not until the afternoon.

I'm sure that is what it is. DH is holding out hope it might be an infection, but I know it is a brain tumor - the way she is pressing her head against him as if it hurts.... I don't want her to suffer.

Because of Hurricane Irma and the stress of that storm, I had wnated to throw a party next month. Something to celebrate life. I hit on the idea of throwing at 15th birthday party for Cookie  - on the day of our anniversary - our 22nd. Not anymore.

I am certain that tomorrow we will have to make that anguishing and difficult decision to have her cross the rainbow bridge. Cookie will be gone. No more barking at me when she's hungry. Rolling on teh floor playfully. Barking at me when I go outside and she sees my shadow. Scampering to the dinner bowl. Or walking her in the stroller. I wish I had walked her one last time. But she had the beach in August - and a long walk in that stroller in teh sunshine.

Getting old sucks. Losing ones you love - beloved members of teh family sucks more. I have suffereed so many damn losses over the years. I told DH tonight I wish I was a cold-hearted uncaring bitch because then I would not love and it would not hurt so much to lose the ones I love.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Time away, but Cookie was sick

Had a wonderful time away with the doggies at Ft. Myers Beach last weekend. Both did great. DH took Holly for a mile long walk (almost) each morning and I walked Cookie in the stroller. Holly is doing well so far, cross fingers.

But yesterday, Friday, while I was home, Cookie had major diarrhea, with blood. So I took her to the vet around the corner, who gave her dewormer in case, and antibiotics. I suspect she had the runs because I overfed her. It's really tough...she barks at me bc she is hungry and I feed her and then...bleech.

This a.m. she seems fine. Had a normal bowel movement outside. Thank God that Holly hasn't been affected.... she ate up a storm yesterday and the day before.