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A Day In the Life of the Fizzy

Another Update

August 14th 2010 11:20 am
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I talked to the vet, and they ruled out giardia. Fizzy is still "dopey" (as she called it) but she thinks he's depressed. That about crushed my soul when she told me that. They're not going to try to feed him until late afternoon, early evening. He's not coming home tonight (another soul crushing piece of information for me) because she wants to do an ultrasound to completely rule out pancreatitis. She said the blood results came back negative for that, but since he's a schnauzer she REALLY wants to make sure that that's not what it is. For my non-schnauzer friends, schnauzers are very prone to pancreatitis. She told me 4 out of 10 animals with it are schnauzers. Yikes. Animals, mind you, not just dogs.

If it's not pancreatitis, she thinks it's HGE. Forgive my tired brain, I don't remember what it stands for, but it's basically an infection in your gastrointestinal system. His white blood cell count is slightly elevated, which means an infection somewhere. She says no one is 100% sure what causes it. It could be bacteria or something else. But because his stomach is swollen and he groans when she touches it, she wants to check his pancreas. Other than the obvious stuff, he's a healthy dog.

She's also researching different diets for me for the stones. I told her how overwhelmed I was when Fizzy was first diagnosed with his bladder stones. I tried to research different options, but so many places said so many different things that I was too terrified to try anything else. This vet makes me feel good, so I would trust what she says. You know how when you meet someone for the first time and you just KNOW? That's how I feel about this woman. I can tell she really knows her stuff. What's sad though...I can't remember her name. *sigh* She told me I could call all I want, so I'm going to call in a bit and ask for her name. How embarrassing. I'm usually good about that kind of stuff (I'm a teacher, after all) but my brain is "slightly" overwhelmed right now.

So now I'm missing him. Terribly. When the mailman walked through my front yard, I braced myself for the onslaught of barking, and when it didn't come I was genuinely confused. I keep looking at "his" couch, expecting to see him curled up in a ball. I miss my baby and I really want to hold him. The vet said I could come visit him, but if he's not coming home tonight I'm afraid if I go and don't bring him with me he'll just get more depressed. Plus we don't have the gas money (this vet is about 40 minutes away). Plus I don't think I'D want to walk away from him again. That hurt me.

Thanks for the pawmails, gifts, and prayers. You folks are an amazing support team, and I love you all for it.


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Barked by: Cathey U

August 14th 2010 at 11:44 am

What! You can't remember the vet's name after all you and Fizzy have been through?!?
Relax! Fizzy is in good hands. Sounds like you still need to get some rest.
I know what you mean about the barking. As much as we complain and try to get them to be quiet, the house is Too quiet when they aren't there.
Still sending hugs and love your way.
Barked by: Cathey U

August 14th 2010 at 11:51 am

I googled!
What does HGE stand for?
HGE (at least in terms of veterinary medicine) stands for Hemorrhagic GastroEnteritis, and it is a disease of dogs.
What are the signs seen with HGE in dogs?
The most notable sign seen with HGE is a very sudden onset of bloody diarrhea in a previously healthy dog. Vomiting, not eating (anorexia), and listlessness are also seen. Dehydration is not usually clinically seen on initial presentation, but shock can develop quickly without treatment.
Barked by: Fizzy (Dogster Member)

August 14th 2010 at 12:00 pm

LOL, Drover, I think you found the same exact website I found!!! After I posted Fizzy's diary I googled it (I probably should have googled it first, but, you know, a tired brain doesn't always work properly!!) and that's word for word what it said!! I'm thinking this is what's going on, as the bloody pooh just...CAME. He was fine and then he pooped blood and I was running around the yard screaming like an idiot. Good thing the neighbors already know I'm nuts!!!
Barked by: Lucy (Dogster Member)

August 14th 2010 at 12:24 pm

Fizzy's Mom...this is Lucy's Mama...
Yor extended Dogster family is here for you whenever you feel you need to talk. Thanks for letting us know how Fizzy is doing. I think the vet will totally understand that you can't even remember her name. We'll keep Fizzy and the rest of the family in our prayers.

Lucy here...MWAH! *slurp* a kiss from me to Fizzy! tell him we're praying for him!
Barked by: Daisy (Dogster Member)

August 14th 2010 at 12:26 pm

All Mama's are crazy Mrs. Fizzy's Mom...
You're just concerned 'bout him. And to us here on dogster is totally normal!
Barked by: Sniffers (Dogster Member)

August 14th 2010 at 1:03 pm

it sure sounds like HGE; we have all paws crossed for Fizzy's (and his mom's) wellbeing. hate seeing any of them in distress. xoxo
Barked by: Doo - My Sweet Angel (Dogster Member)

August 14th 2010 at 1:16 pm

This is Doo and Austin's mom...Thanks so much for updating us. I sure hope they can find out what is causing all this. Hmm, wonder what would make him depressed. (I know my other Weimaraners I've had, would ignore me when I would come home from a vacation.) Always know that your Dogster pals are right there "with you" in the back yard yelling like a crazee woman or missing the babies when they're not home. (I won't even go on vacation any more because I really don't like being away from THEM! LOL) We're always here for you and know you can always vent, scream, rant and rave or come to us for a shoulder to cry on anytime day or night. Dogster people are the bestest!

Sending BIG Texas hugs and prayers to Mr. Fizzy and Mr & Mrs Fizzy's Pawrents!

Doo, Austin & mom Lou Ann
Barked by: MrJackFreckles~SirLick-a-Lot (Dogster Member)

August 14th 2010 at 2:03 pm

OMD! Sure sounds like your poor Fizzy needs to be in the doggy hospital. Best place right now. Sounds like it more than likely is that HGE.
Pawyering that the right diagnoses and treatment can...and will be found. Scary stuff, that's for sure.
You need to find a quiet place to regroup, relax and get your head out of spin mode. Too much stress is so hard on anyone, let alone someone who is feeling all the wrenching things that come with a loved one (Fizzy), being gravely ill.
Pawyering fur your well being, too.
Here is a huge cyber hug...((((((((((Fizzy))))))))))!!
If all of us Dogster peeps could, we would have a huge group HUG!
But these cyber ones will still let you know that we care, worry and join in with all that you are going through.
Take care!
Barked by: Angel Uno (Dogster Member)

August 14th 2010 at 2:18 pm

Here's some more POWer of the Paw for Fizzy to get better soon!

If he is depressed it's cause he's missing you!!

Keep the updates coming!
Barked by: HarleyDavidson THD, CGC (Dogster Member)

August 14th 2010 at 3:20 pm

HD's mom here! We all can totally understand what you are going through and everyone before has said it all. Know that you are not alone and we are all her for you. HD had pancreatitis when he was just one years old and I was absolutely beside myself. Sending lots and lots of POP for Fizzy and you and know we are here for you!
Barked by: Sophie (Dogster Member)

August 14th 2010 at 4:03 pm

A long ago sister of Sophies named Sasha,Dads first Schnauser. Would get pancreatitis from the smallest bit of pork.This was back in the early 80's. We were very lucky to have a great Vet who can really just looked at dogs and could tell whats wrong. Still going to him.Really pricy now.Very up on dog nutrition.We all joke about the MEATZ here,but pork is really bad for little Schnauzies. Any chance Fizzy got some Pork?? Sophie gets Beef and Chicken but never Pork. I can't be on Dogster much because of a lot of working.Fizzy is one of my fav. pups here on Dogster. As long as I live I will live with a Schnauzer. The best friend there is!!
Barked by: Ella (Dogster Member)

August 14th 2010 at 6:05 pm

Sounds like Fizzy is in good hands... *hugs* We are continuing to send pawrayers Fizzy's way!
Barked by: Wendy G

August 14th 2010 at 6:59 pm

Finkin' 'bout yu wif wotza wuff an' pwayers, Mr an' Mrs Fizzy ♥ Fizzy is rite where him needs be - at da bet's. Pweeze kno' dat we r here fur all 3 ob yu ♥ POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP
Barked by: ✨ Whitley ✨ (Dogster Member)

August 17th 2010 at 9:31 pm

Big hugs and westie kissies for Fizzy!

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