Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sick Puppy

The Bag Lady had to take the Princess to the doctor yesterday. Poor Princess had been throwing up all over the house (but, bless her heart, she avoided the Bag Lady's new floor -- unfortunately, the cat, who also threw up yesterday, had no compunction about soiling the flooring. sigh)

Turns out the Princess has an infection in her gastrointestinal tract, probably from chowing down on a deer carcass that she discovered in the bush. She is now on antibiotics and a bland diet for a few days.

The veterinarian who saw the Princess is a very nice man. He called the Bag Lady at 7:30 last night to tell her the results of the blood work! Fortunately, the results were good. He was worried that the Princess might have pancreatitis, but there is no evidence of that, thank heavens!

In other news, all the rain dancing must have paid off. It started sprinkling last night and this morning there are actually puddles in the driveway! They aren't very big puddles, mind you, but the Bag Lady is happy to see them.

She had to take most of the day off from work yesterday to deal with her sick puppy, so will be playing catch-up today. But first, she needs to give her dog a pill....

22 comments:

Leah J. Utas said...

I'm so glad that Princess is on the mend and that it wasn't too serious.
As for the cat, well, that's what cats do.

We have rain here, too. We need more, but this is a good start.

the Bag Lady said...

Yes, cousin, I'm glad, too, that it wasn't too serious. The Princess needs to live a very long life! And I'm glad to hear that you have rain, too.

Geosomin said...

I hope it is easier giving her a pill than it is to try and give my cat one.
I'm glad she's OK.:)

Missicat said...

Glad to hear Princess will get better - a sick pet is scary. Bad Cat is the King of the Hairballs. He too does not care what he horks up on. Just like a cat!

Redbush said...

Poor Princess. I'm so happy that it wasn't anything more serious. Hopefully she will stay away from any more old carcasses. I hope she's feeling better soon and chasing birds again!

The Fifth Sparrow said...

Poor Princess and pussy cat too! I take the liberty of sending along a pedialyte type recipe to help restore their fluids and electrolytes.

(Accuracy in mixing is important!)

Table salt: One level teaspoonful

Sugar: Eight level teaspoonfuls

Water: One liter (5 cupfuls at 200 ml each)

How much to give: Amount given should approximate fluid loss. Roughly, one cupful of rehydration drink should be given for each loose stool passed; half that for puppies. Note: Let the puppy drink as much as he likes.

Hilary said...

Aww poor Princess... and poor you. I'm sure you were very worried.. and tired of cleaning up!

Cats on the other hand.. they throw up on purpose - right where your bare foot hits the floor first thing in the morning. They're generous that way.

Gail said...

Two good things, nothing serious with Princess and rain. Now what could be better than that?

messymimi said...

Cats never do care where they deposit those "aliens" they gack up, do they.

It's wonderful that Princess will recover, and I will continue to pray that you get just enough rain.

the Bag Lady said...

Geo - she wasn't too impressed with the pill procedure last night, and even more resistant this morning, but this evening she sat and took it very well, so perhaps she has made the connection that the pills are making her feel better. (she's very smart.....)

Missicat - oh yes, the hairballs from longer-haired cats are really something, aren't they? Fuzzy has coughed up a few real charmers.

Redbush - thanks! The Princess is doing much better today - the birds better watch out!

Sparrow - thanks! I'll keep that recipe for future use, believe me!

Hilary - I believe you're right - they do it on purpose, especially if they have some real or imagined grudge against you! Hork up a hairball in your favourite slipper!

Gail - you're so right! The rain is very welcome, and so was the news that there is nothing drastically wrong with the Princess!

Messymimi - thanks! The rain has been nice and gentle - the kind that soaks in nicely. Just what we need.

solarity said...

I'm glad the Princess doesn't have pancreatitis--I've known both dogs and humans who've had that, and they tell me It Hurts!

I could have spared you more rain than that--in the past five days I've had two and seven-tenths inches. (6.8 cm.)

Mary Anne in Kentucky

the Bag Lady said...

Mary Anne in Kentucky - I'm glad, too! And am envious of your rain! We could sure use some of that.

CherylK said...

Oh no! I feel awful that I was gone when this all happened...but am very happy that puppy is on the mend. Hilary is right about cats...they do it on purpose. And my foot will find it every time!

the Bag Lady said...

Cheryl - thanks! Glad to see you back - can I assume that you are home safe and sound?

kcinnova said...

So very glad to hear that Princess is already recovering. That is frightening to have a sick dog, even if she is being thoughtful about your floor.

Miz said...

OH NO!
Hows Princess this morning? Your post totally harkened me back to our giant breeds and their mansized vomit.

(arent you glad I shared? :))

the Bag Lady said...

kcinnova - I admit, I was a little worried about her, and glad to find out she will be fine.

Miz - yes, thanks for sharing! :)
The Princess is doing much better, thanks!

JavaChick said...

Aw! Poor Princess! Hope she's feeling better soon.

My cats seem to like throwing up on the bed lately. I wish they would go for the floor.

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks, JavaChick!
Cats don't really care, I guess....

Aleta said...

Awww, poor Princess. I hope she starts feeling better soon. Our pets are family.

Glad you got some rain!! Keep dancing!

POD said...

I hope the sick puppy is getting better so you can find relief too.

the Bag Lady said...

Aleta - the puppy is much better, thanks, and we got a little more rain.

POD - Thanks! The Princess is almost back to herself, and so am I!