a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: Just an Upset Tummy--

Friday, January 24, 2003

Just an Upset Tummy--

--we think. This morning he was very droopy, then ate only a couple mouthfuls of breakfast and refused the rest.

Sooooo it was back to the vet's. At least it was Friday instead of a weekend or holiday so I didn't have to do the Emergency Room thing.

Xrays don't show fluid in the chest, so that's good, especially since Wed's blood test showed him marginally anemic again (I think she said 34 of normal 36). But they do see something like a stick or a bone in his stomach. I have no clue what it is or where he got it or why he ate it. Doesn't seem to be a serious concern.

Xrays also show, at the moment, that he's full of....it...and lots of gas... Although possibly diarrhea has let up because neither I nor vet have seen anything come out all day, and he's been over there since about 10:30 this morning. Vet is thinking it could still be a reaction to the cytoxan--maybe he ate random stuff because he wasn't feeling well (he has CERTAINLY been doing more than his share of keeping large hunks of grass grazed down to the knees the last few days). Or maybe he's got some kinda bacteria or who knows what--she's hoping to get a stool sample.

And he's very minorly dehydrated, which is what I was thinking this morning when I was trying to trick him into drinking a lot (tasty goop mixed in a cup or 2 of water--works good).

Anyway, I said I didn't think from hearing all that that I really wanted to leave him there overnight, so I'll go pick him up around dinnertime.

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