Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Poor old poodle

This picture is of Sophie using my leg as a pillow in the kennel at the animal hospital. Came home from work Sunday night to find her coughing this horrible gurgly cough and barely able to stand but also unable to lie down. I thought she was in heart failure and that it was Time.

I called my vet and she said she could meet me at the clinic, but I might consider taking Sophie to the emergency vet, that maybe they could do something.

So I did, and it turned out not to be heart failure but aspirational pneumonia. She must have thrown up and inhaled some of the vomit.

I spent the night in the kennel with her, and most of Monday and half of today, while she got fluid and antibiotics and painkillers pumped into her. (Note to self: When planning to sleep in a clinic kennel, take earplugs.)

I brought her home today. She perked up immediately, so glad to be back in familiar surroundings. She is on antibiotics for three weeks and hopefully that will get rid of the nasty lung bug.

She has now officially Not Dead Yet.

20 comments:

  1. KB, I'm so glad you were with her while she was at the emergency vet. It must have been hard on you, but I know you wouldn't have made any other choice. Please keep us posted and tell her Django, her invisible kitty friend, says to get well soon.

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  2. I'm soooo glad to hear that she's doing well. Fanny (my old pooch) is giving her a stinky pant and loud woof saying: get well soon!
    and if she is anything like my dog, she'll appreciate pills wrapped in a big slice of cheese... yum!
    big hugs to you both, elaine.
    p.s. from the pic, it looks like your sweetie appreciated having mum there with her at the kennel!

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  3. Oh poor darling..glad to hear she's improving..what a wonderful Mum you are too! :)

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  4. Oh, I'm so glad to hear she'll be around for a bit longer.

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  5. I'm so glad. It's so hard when they get to be old dogs. And I bet she's really, really happy to be home.

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  6. Glad to hear you're recovering from your kennel stay, as is Sophie.

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  7. Ohh poor Sophie -- that sounds scary for both of you. That's wonderful you could stay with her, though. What a good vet. I'm glad she's doing better.

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  8. I'm glad she seems to be doing better-- hang in there Sophie! :)

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  9. oh, poor baby!! :( glad she is ok. sorry to hear that it was a rough day/night for you both. give her a snuggle for me. xxoo

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  10. Phew! That must have been scary. She's very lucky. That happened to a dog of ours at age two a couple of years ago. His lung collapsed as a result and that complication on top of mold poisoning from what he ate killed him. Dogs can be such a worry and a heartbreak sometimes, but it's worth it for the love and companionship.

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  11. Sending healing thoughts and hugs to you and Sophie!

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  12. Poor Sophie! That sounds awful for both of you. But I'm glad she's home and hopefully on the mend.

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  13. We went through a near-death illness with our 14-year-old Bonnie last October, and as of today she is looking great. Here's hoping the same for Sophie.

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  14. Whew! Scary for you. Miserable for her. But over.

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  15. So glad Sophie is recovering. I feel like I know her.

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  16. Thanks, everybody! She's doing sooooo much better now. Practically her old self, though still a bit slow and wobbly. She's on antibiotics for a couple more weeks, then goes back for a chest x-ray. But she seems totally on the mend to me.

    You don't want to know what that whole adventure cost.

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