Sunday, April 3, 2011

Dana and Dante

It has been a long week. Dana was in a lot of pain for quite a few days and didn't eat. I completely forgot about photographing her leg until mid-week. You can see some swelling in her right front leg compared to the left one in this photo..but this was 3 days after going to the emergency vet and getting antibiotics.Then we had the issue of her not eating. She has always been a picky dog who sometimes would go a meal or three without eating. But she at her last good meal on Thursday. By Monday we were trying everything. She would eat a little baby food but nothing else. We tried canned food, baby hot dogs, chicken broth, etc. Then Jason spent the day making a turkey burger/rice concoction. finally!! She liked it so much she ate two bowls that night and even stood up for the second one! (which is where you get another good look at her leg..that far leg is not bent..it is just swollen)She started to act more like herself every day. We are still having trouble getting her to eat, but I can usually get her to eat one small meal each day. So I think she has stopped losing weight. Once she is off all meds, she may pick back up. so what was it? Don't know. We are going to take her back in for more biopsies at some point..but for now the pain is controlled and she seems much better...AND we have bigger fish to fry.Dante's Cushing's Disease seems to be worsening. Something is causing massive GI distress. so we can't do the cortisol level test until we get him to stop having 'serious issues' every 4 hours. He is on prescription diet and meds, but isnt' making a dent. so he is going back to the vet tomorrow for more tests.
Once we get him feeling better, we will move back to Dana. maybe it was a weird infection of sorts..I don't know. I am just glad she is better. I will update about Dante when we know something. Old dogs.
But this next part of the blog, I like to call "crawling around on the floor annoying the dogs".
but without fail..doing this leads to a few of these on my camera. Someone has been extremely jealous of all the attention being paid to DanaShiloh scratches her back..
And Cali shows hers again..She just had to get to that bone at that moment...Eventually interest was lost and someone else took the bone. Napoleon complex?Everyone hates steam cleaning day..
So we play outside a bit. We are watching Chloe and Jax. Chloe is very pretty.Dana laughs in her general direction (notice the leg is back to normal..her elbow is still a little swollen but not much)And the handsome HenryThe beds were restored after the floor dried. now we set our sights to getting our pack healthy again..

8 comments:

Hiking Hounds said...

I'm glad Dana's leg seems to be getting better and she's eating some. I hate it when they don't eat. I hope things get under control and improve for Dante too. He's a cute guy.

Michelle said...

Glad Dana is getting better. Hope Dante does too.

Mad Red Hare said...

Sounds like you have had quite the week. Here's to this week being a better one for you and the hounds!

Mad Red Hare said...

Sounds like you have had quite the week. Here's to this week being a better one for you and the hounds!

houndstooth said...

I didn't realize the swelling was that bad! I'm glad she's on the mend. Could it have been a spider bite? I know whenever mine are on antibiotics, they don't eat well at all. We try to find the smelliest, most alluring food and mix it in with what they're eating.

I hope the Cushing's settles down some, too! When it rains, it pours!

greytblackdog said...

Sending white light and healing thoughts your way. I'm sure Cali wants Dana better as much as you do - just for different reasons. Jealous much?

Check this out for Dante. The feline version was the ONLY thing that would help my Boo Radley. She had serious GI issues (can we say 2 enemas a week). This is supposed to treat the big D, but it treats the big C as well. It's cheap and it's worth a try.
http://www.dogbuffs.com/fortiflora

IHateToast said...

ugh. i can't imagine your stress. juggling sickies would be very difficult. i'm glad that dana seems to be on the mend. i credit jason's cooking.

i'm a little disappointed that jason didn't get the photo of his wife crawling around getting ground shots. where are his priorities?

gyeong said...

Glad we got to see your crew over the weekend. Hope they can get Dante's symptoms under control. Nice pics!