It’s been a while since I’ve had to offer a proper pupdate of this nature.
All was going well with our Nuala until a week ago last Friday. Previous to that day, our dear little pup (DLP) was handling her medication well, without apparent incident. She would snarf down her food in thirty seconds, consume carrots, apples, and cheese with wagging abandon.
In short, she behaved like the pup that she, at ten years of age, no longer is.
Then, on Friday, she stopped eating.
It started with her carrots, her mid-day and evening snacks. As a dog with food allergies, it was the snack (outside the hypoallergenic treats) recommended by our vet. Nu left a carrot uneaten.
As the weekend progressed, she ate less and less of her food.
Come Monday, she puked and wouldn’t eat any of her food at all.
Tuesday, we took her in to the vet and he examined her, performed blood tests, urinalysis, and took x-rays.
That evening, we were given the news: the only obvious issue was a urinary tract infection. We would be getting antibiotics for that.
Her blood work was troublesome, though.
Her kidney and liver enzymes were both elevated, indicating potential failure of either or both organs in the future.
There’s nothing that can be done for kidney or liver disease in dogs.
They’re starting dialysis trials at the veterinary college at the Univerity of Guelph, but it’s an ordeal for the animal and a great expense for the owners. At this point, our vet did not recommend it.
So we’d continue with the Fortekor, get Nuala back on the kidney support diet, and see how things went.
She left most of her food Tuesday evening and didn’t eat at all Wednesday (Canada Day). This is not a good thing for a dog on insulin. She needs food to process the drug. And she continued to vomit.
On Thursday, I resorted to canned salmon and plain rice. She ate. I was relived.
On Friday, Phil picked up an appetite stimulant and another medication to prevent ulcers from the vet.
When he returned, Nuala licked at her empty food dish and Phil gave her a serving of rice and salmon. She ate. He filled her bowl a second time and she ate again. Friday evening, she ate a full can of the kidney diet without being prompted.
This morning, she picked at her food and we tried the appetite stimulant. It didn’t appear to work, but then, at noon, she ate her food. And vomited it up two hours later.
The weird thing is that the UTI shouldn’t put her off her food. No obstruction was apparent in the x-rays. Her kidney and liver situations were not far enough advanced to depress her appetite.
So we’re all at a loss (even the vet) and Phil and I have the vet emergency service number in case something dire happens over the weekend.
It’s so distressing to have a sick pet. You just wish they could talk.
So that’s the latest health crisis for our DLP.
I’ll keep you posted.