October 15th 2011 8:44 am
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Khloe's neck has been better since he finished his second round of Deramaxx, but we have something else to deal with now.
Khloe went off his food on Wednesday. It's not unusual for him to skip a meal, so I figured he just wasn't hungry that day. He took treats and still begged for my food, like normal, so I figured he was okay.
Thursday, he still didn't want to eat his breakfast. My sister mixed some of her dog's wet food in with his kibble, and that enticed him to eat, & I mixed some yogurt in with his food at dinner. I noticed he was drinking more than usual and was a bit less playful.
So, we took him to the vet Friday. Five hours, a blood test and a urinalysis later, we found out that his calcium levels are high. Our first thought was that he may have gotten into rat poison out at our cabin, but that has been ruled out. The other thing the vet mentioned may be causing the high calcium levels is cancer... we don't know for sure, and he mentioned there were other things that could cause it (though they're much more rare).
So, at the moment, I'm waiting for a phone call in the next few hours about the results of some other test the vet did - yesterday was a long day, I don't exactly remember what it was, but he said it'll probably tell us more. In the meantime he's on a diuretic and a steroid to try and flush the excess calcium out of his system.
He seems to be feeling a little better today... I'm trying to be strong for him, but I'm really scared. He's never been sick before. He's hurt himself running around before, his hips and his neck, but he's never been sick, and definitely not like this.
Momma loves you, Baa Baa.
September 29th 2011 7:20 pm
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Khloe started yelping again the other day. It's his neck, again. Poor guy, we must've overdone the playing... I hate to see him hurt. ):
I called the vet and got him a refill on his painkillers. (That stuff is expensive!) He was running around and being playful and holding his neck up high again after I gave him his meds today, so I think he's going to be alright.
I love you, Baa Baa! Please start feeling better soon ♥
September 13th 2011 5:32 am
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Today is Khloe's 7th birthday! :)
He's feeling a lot better - still a little sore, but a lot better! Scared me for a few days there and wouldn't drink any water (kept him hydrated by putting water in his food, giving him some chicken broth & ice cubes) but he's back to his normal energetic self!
September 8th 2011 4:48 am
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Eat your food, Khloe!
I guess I can give him a break today because his neck hurts, but man I wish he'd eat normally. He's always skipping meals.
As far as his neck injury, the poor guy still isn't feeling too well. I took him for a short walk yesterday and every dog in the neighborhood was barking at him - usually he'd at least 'woof' back, but yesterday he just kinda looked in their direction like, "meh, whatever".
Then one of his favorite people (besides me, of course!) came over a few times yesterday. Khloe got all excited the first time and must've moved his neck the wrong way because he yelped. The next couple times he just laid on the floor and thumped his tail. Totally unlike him, poor baby!
I haven't heard him yelp yet today, so maybe the meds are finally kicking in. I hope so.
September 7th 2011 11:40 am
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Khloe started yelping out of nowhere Sunday morning, his back legs seemed to be stiff and he was a little more sleepy than usual. He'd had a similar issue a few years ago; his old vet chalked it up to something with his hips and gave him a steroid shot - so I figured that was the problem again (we'd been out at the family cabin, so I was thinking that he just overdid it out there - poor guy never knows when to stop!), kept him quiet until we could get him in to the vet yesterday.
The vet examined him and thinks he pinched a nerve in his neck. Poor guy! He's gotta take it easy for a while (vet said to "get his exercise in the backyard") and take a painkiller/anti-inflammatory for a week. The pill is supposed to be chewable, but of course Khloe won't eat it, BOL. It's gonna be a long week - he's already started his "take me for a waaaaalk" crying.
He also gained about 3 pounds since his last vet visit, so he's about 68 pounds now. Good, imo. I thought he was a little skinny.
On another note, we switched Khloe to Orijen on Friday. Picky-butt really seems to like it. :)