Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Quality Dog Time!

Hi all! I'm taking a little break for a couple of days to take care of one of my dogs, so hopefully I'll have a little more time to blog after tomorrow. Poor Gus, he's one of our rescue German Shepherds that came to live with us almost two years ago, and he's not doing too well. He came from a shelter in Georgia, and he's been cursed with a number of health problems. We knew he was heart worm positive when we got him, but in getting him prepped for that treatment, it was discovered that he also had Canine Ehrlichiosis and end-stage kidney disease. The state of his kidneys made it such that he couldn't receive heart worm treatment, and his kidneys also have caused him to have stomach ulcers.

He's been eating less and less over the past three weeks, and he was really sick early this morning. Kidney disease can cause a loss of appetite, and when he refuses to eat his prescription dog food, I try to concoct all kinds of delicious dishes for him that are low in protein, but this time, nothing is working. He's supposed to maintain a low protein diet to help his kidneys, but at this point, I'd be happy if he would eat anything. He isn't even interested in fresh roast beef. We've got an appointment tomorrow for some blood work to see if we can figure out what's going on, so in the meantime, I'm following him all around today and keeping a close eye on him.

Hopefully, it's something simple like low anemia. Whatever it is, I just don't want him to be in any kind of pain, so we'll keep our fingers crossed that's it's manageable. It saddens me to think that he's only three years old and his entire life has been filled with so many health problems. As I write this, we're out on the patio and he's stretched out on the love seat sunning himself. He knows he's not supposed to be up there, but I think I'll let it go this time :)

24 comments:

  1. I'm so sad to hear this. I hope things will turn out o.k. for him!

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  2. It's so hard to have a pet that's suffering, I really hope you get things figured out.

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  3. Aw poor you and poor Gus =( I hope he gets better, but in the mean time he sure is lucky to have you taking care of him =)

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  4. Poor Gus! Hope he's OK. It's easy to see how much you care about him--you're a good mama, Mary.
    April

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  5. I'm sorry. I understand the challenges of having a pet with health issues. I hope all is well,and I'll be thinking of you and Gus.

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  6. Poor puppy! at least he is in good care :)

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  7. Poor pup-- hope he feels better soon....

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  8. So sad! I hope he gets better soon...
    Take good care of him!

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  9. Awww, Gus. Mary, he's in my prayers - I remember you saying before about his health problems. He's such a handsome guy, I'm hoping he's going to be okay and you all will find out what's going on tomorrow. Hoping too he'll find something appetizing you've whipped up! Fingers and toes crossed. *hugs* to both of you.

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  10. Sending good thoughts for Gus.

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  11. I remember when you got Gus. I'm so sorry that he's not doing well. I pray that he just has something simple to deal with. Take lots of time to take care of that beautiful guy.

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  12. I hope the bloodwork comes up with something super simple and easy to treat. He's a beautiful boy! Please keep us posted.

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  13. I am so sorry about Gus. I am sending positive vibes your way. Please please keep us posted.

    xoxox

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  14. I'm sorry Gus isn't feeling well, and I'm wishing the best for him.

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  15. aww poor baby! I just lost my beloved theo to kidney disease 3 weeks ago and I was heartbroken to see how it ended.I miss him so much! Here's hoping mr gus feels better soon, I feel your pain!

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  16. Awww sweet Gus! Ask the vet if you can use probiotics for him--they are very helpful in getting the good bacteria to fight the bad stuff (which can cause ulcers).

    Sending lots of love to the both of you! xo

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  17. Sending good doggie vibes your way, Gus! *hugs* I hope you feel better soon. :)
    This is weird coincidence...I wonder if this is one of the same dogs that my sister-in-law's parents were considering adopting. We're in Georgia. They fell in love with my Shepherd & were looking into adopting one. An Atlanta area Shepherd rescue had 2 dogs for them that were both heart worm positive, one of whose name was Gus. They finally decided that 2 dogs were more than they could take on...I think the rescue wanted to place them together...
    The thing that angered me was that the rescue didn't want to treat their heartworms until they found homes for them! Isn't that the dumbest thing you ever heard? Treat the heartworms & then you can offer up for adoption 2 healthy animals. I mean, it was a RESCUE not the city pound. Grrr! (LOL! Rant over now, sorry!)
    It would be wonderful to know that Gus found a good home. :) Your Gus is a beauty & bless you & your family for giving him the home & love he deserves. I wish him a speedy recovery!

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  18. Poor gus..
    I really hope it's nothing serious too..
    For the day he'll be a little king ^^

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  19. Awww no :( There's something about sick pets that just breaks my heart.
    I hope he gets better

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  20. I'm so sorry! I hope he is feeling better soon! Sending lots of good wishes his way!!!

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