Our world does revolve around Daisy in general. Plans tend to be based on availability of dog care. But this past week has been (and continues to be) way beyond our normal level of concern.
Those of you who know our Pampered Princess in a Yellow Lab Suit know that she never does anything part way. Her illnesses and injuries tend to be more frequent and more complicated than your average dog. But we’re in new territory these days, even for Daisy.
A week ago, she produced some diarrhea. Not a huge concern, but then she stopped eating. Really stopped eating. Refused a “cookie.” This would be a concern for any animal, but for food-obsessed Daisy, it was unheard of. Needless to say, we headed for her regular Vet. He checked her out and prescribed meds. Told us an X-ray might be indicated if she continued to refuse food.
When she still refused food the next day, we took her to the local critical care center. We started with outpatient care, but after preliminary X-rays showed no blockage, and she continued to refuse food, we left her in the hospital overnight so that they could do an Ultrasound and hook her up to intravenous fluids.
Daisy is home now. All tests proved negative. No blockage. No cancer. Thyroid, liver, kidneys normal. But she still has diarrhea and won’t eat. We’ve managed to tempt her with an occasional piece of chicken or a bite of egg, In desperation, I offered her some very lean eye round roast. She was interested in that for a couple of bites. Small victory.
It’s another day. We continue to hold out hope that today will be the turning point. It would really help if she could talk and help us to understand what’s going on.