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We have to put our beloved, not even 2 year old pug to sleep today :( Positive update 19/4!
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:04 PM
Oh I hope it's that and it helps her! Good luck!
Come on Poppy, be ok!!!
Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:14 PM
I know this may sound odd but has she eaten any plants? MIL had a dog with the similar symptoms and it was due to a belladonna plant
there are quite a few different types .
Fingers crossed the antibiotics work
Posted 17 April 2012 - 08:50 AM
I hope the medication works and she pulls through OP!
Come on Poppy!
Posted 17 April 2012 - 01:48 PM
She just had a funny turn. I am home alone with our 3 children at the moment and I am so scared. I am not strong enough for this
I am just nursing her and hoping she can get through it
I think I know in my heart that its PDE
Posted 17 April 2012 - 01:56 PM
Hi AugustRush. hugs to you, I know how awful it is.
We lost our beautiful 12 year old pug just after Christmas. He had many health problems, and for a long time we had been having the discussion about quality of life vs the heart breaking decision of letting him go.
Do you have a supportive vet? Ours was so wonderful helping us through it all. Maybe a phone call for a chat could help you to navigate your way through such an awful time. I think some vets will even come to your home if necessary.
Let all your children give Poppy lots and lots of cuddles. Take it easy on them and yourself.
Posted 17 April 2012 - 02:01 PM
The vet we took her to was a few suburbs over from us as its a 24 hour vet. I think we will keep going there as chances are we will end up there. I have also had her notes transferred to our closest vet too in case we end up there in an 'in hours' emergency. I have phoned around to see if there's any vets that will come out if things get very bad and we need to end her suffering quickly but I can't find one
She has only been to the vet a few times for her shots, as she isn't even 2 yet. So we havent had a chance to build up a relationship. My hubby took her for them anyways.
I've taken lots of photos with the kids and they've had lots of cuddles. I am keeping her calm at the moment, so have asked the kids to just give me some space which they are being great about. They are currently eating a bag of chips for lunch
We won't be letting her suffer, but I am scared to do anything too soon in case the antibiotics work. It will take 3-5 days of antibiotics to see improvement and its only been 1.5 days of them so far.
Posted 17 April 2012 - 05:21 PM
AugustRush, are you in Adelaide? If so, give Marie deLint a call and explain your situation - her phone number is 0447 344 003. I believe she also has a website, can't remember the address off of the top of my head though. She used to be one of the main vets at our local clinic, but left to specialise in palliative care and home euthanasia. She recently looked after my PIL and their old siamese, she is absolutely amazing, I cannot recommend her highly enough. I was always worried about having to euthanase a pet at home, as I thought I'd associate it with bad memories, but I know now that if we have to face the situation, I'll certainly be giving Marie a call.
Posted 17 April 2012 - 05:44 PM
So sorry to hear about Poppy. I hope she makes a recovery. We recently lost our family dog and I was amazed at how well my 7, 4, and 2 handled it (me on the other hand was a mess for weeks)
Posted 17 April 2012 - 11:12 PM
Poor poppy thinking of you and your loved little friend, and praying for a miracle x
Posted 18 April 2012 - 07:13 AM
Things are still plodding along here. A few weird, could be leading to a seizure moments. Her breathing goes weird, she had very shallow breathing for about an hour after her tablet, they don't go well, they send her into a tizz. She's back to snoring now thankfully.
I am not doing so well at the moment. I am exhausted, emotional and I am having a mini freak out at the moment about my children contracting toxoplasmosis, if its what it is. I don't want to be here alone doing this anymore I am not as strong as I thought I might be, I thought I would be okay to nurse her through the worst but im not so sure anymore.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:19 AM
I am sorry this has to happen, and its so hard, I think harder when they are so young....its just not something you would expect.
My dog Annie, was PTS at 11 months. She had been sick on and off most of her life, and she seemed to have more sick days than good ones. After a load of tests, we found out she had cancer....after loosing a dog previously to the same thing, and Annie being so sick we put her PTS. For me it was the knowledge I had taken her out of that misery that helped me through it.
Now Archie my Pug, every time he is laying down, sleeping or just quiet, I always look to see if he is having another seizure. We know his life with us is going to be shorter, he's 2 in July, I think he may be having silent seizures, as his balance is getting a little worse....he is almost blind, though happy for now.
I am just not looking forward to the end part....you can prepare yourself all you like, but it means nothing when it happens. I hope Poppy does improve, but if she doesn't just know that she will be free of all the illness she has now. Take strength from that.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:52 PM
I wish I could help. I am so sorry this is happening. Do you have anyone nearby who could sit with her for a bit? xxx
Posted 19 April 2012 - 01:59 PM
Well we are truly amazed. Our beautiful girl has come good! The antibiotics worked it would appear, as if it was PDE they wouldn't have done anything. They said 3-5 days worth would show improvement if it was toxo, and about an hour after her 3rd days worth were given she was showing some super promising signs. And things just keep getting better.
She is no longer pacing and walking aimlessly around, no more stiff neck (holding her head up), no more staring at nothing. She can now lie herself down normally, she couldn't lie without us making her a few days ago. She is scrounging for food scraps like her old self, and is doing old routine things like wagging her tail when Daddy gets home, lying in the corner while I cook dinner, rolling for belly rubs when she is laying down. She's been running and wagging her tail (her tail was down the whole time she was sick). She doesn't look so depressed anymore.
I would estimate that she is about 90-95% back to normal.
I am so sad thinking back to Monday. When we went back to the vet, we were going thinking she was going to have to be put to sleep. The vet was 90% sure it was PDE that day. We took over an hour agonising over what to do with our beautiful super sad girl. She was in pain, her muscles and neck hurt, you could see it and she wasn't with it at all. To think it was only going to get far worse and she was going to have seizures until she died was too much to think of our girl going through.
My hubby wasn't sure how I would go. And really it was very hard. I nursed her for almost 48 hours straight. Rubbing her back, her neck and her legs. Making her drink, taking her out to do wees and going to jelly whenever she would slump to one side and lose her legs
I wish it was easier to post photos on here, I really don't know how. She is just beautiful though, I can assure you all of that!
Thank you so much for all of the support, I very much appreciate it. XX
Posted 19 April 2012 - 02:00 PM
That is such fantastic news. I hope everything goes well from now on.
Posted 19 April 2012 - 04:40 PM
I cannot stop crying after reading your update. I am so, so happy for you. I hope she continues in good health fir many, many more years to come. xxx
Posted 19 April 2012 - 05:47 PM
What wonderful news!!!!!!! Wishing her a 100% recovery xx
Posted 19 April 2012 - 06:43 PM
That is amazing news! I am so happy for your beautiful dog and your family!
Posted 19 April 2012 - 09:40 PM
As lovely as Marie is, I'm glad you didn't have to ask her to visit!! I am so so happy for you, you must be on Cloud 9! I have every finger and toe crossed for Poppy to continue to improve
Posted 19 April 2012 - 11:51 PM
I'm so glad she has pulled through, she is obviously very special to you and your family.
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