April 24, 2004

Prayers Please

I woke up this morning to find my usually perky dog - my dear, sweet, goofy, wonderful little friend - very listless. She would pick up her head, and drank some water when I brought it to her, but that was it. By the time I got her to the emergency clinic she was not moving at all, just completely limp like a rag doll. The prognosis is guarded, but the Vet was very clear that he didn't have a good feeling about her chances. They have no idea what's wrong yet - but are checking for several possibilities.

baby dog

Please, if you are the type to do that sort of thing, can you say a little prayer for her? Or, if not, just think warm thoughts of her and go play with/pet your own pets. They are just such wonderful little bundles of unconditional love and we sometimes take that for granted.

I'll post when I know more.

UPDATE: After a battery of tests, they still don't know much. Her platelet count is way down (indicating a possible immune function disorder), her red blood count is way down (indicating a blood parasite, suspected to be babesia) and her temperature is way down (that immune disorder thing perhaps).

4/25 12:33 am UPDATE: They have been treating her with steroids and anti-bacterial meds. Kind of tricky because the steroids surpress the immune system (that is the idea and the desired result) which should help get her platelet count back up. Unfortunately, they need to fight the parasite which is, logistically at least, an infection. I just got off the phone with the clinic and they said she did perk up a bit and they managed to get her to eat a little.

That is wonderful news that has allowed me a minute to sit back and think ..... and realize I have no idea how I am going to pay for this, though there never was or will be a question whether I would pay for it. That is why God gave us credit cards, right? Hopefully I will have even better news in the morning.

Posted by Vox at April 24, 2004 01:12 PM | animals

your doggie is in my prayers

Posted by: UptownGirl at April 24, 2004 10:46 PM

And mine.

We lost a dog a month ago (to an accident). Hopefully yours will recover.

It has been a sad day. I went to the Tillman memorial in Tempe and left my service ribbons.

Posted by: John Moore (Useful Fools) at April 25, 2004 12:59 AM