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19 October 2007 @ 11:48 am
um. oh noes.  
Apparently my dog has something much worse than mono. :-/

She has some crazy form of Ehrlichia Canis (that tropical tick-fever thingger that affected all those military dogs in the Vietnam War... I don't know why I know that), and it's all severe/advanced/insane and so they're actually actively worried that my dog's eyes might explode dog may hemhorrage behind her eyes and go blind. She has crazy lesion action all over her skin that I figured was just an allergy to the antibiotic, but apparently is a sign of Very Very Bad Things Related To Ehrlichia. And she has these nosebleeds that I thought were a sign of her getting too close to Thora and Opaka, my mostest fiesty attack rats, but the vet's all "um, nope, she's probably spontaneously bleeding because she has nooooo plaaaaaatelets."

I can't leave work to bring her in immejitly (I know, I know, but if I lose my job I'll never be able to pay for vet care, and Tessie seemed fine and active and non-explody this morning), so I'm taking her in tonight. They're prepping a space for her at the vet hospital on my vet's reccomendation just in case, because after seeing how utterly batshit Tessie's bloodwork is with anemia and the aforementioned noooo plaaatelets, my vet says that she might need A TRANSFUSION. WTF. WWWWTFFFFFF.

The good news is that it's possible that the parasites can all be killed (even though there are a scary-lot of them -- I got the impression there might have been some "holy !@#$!" swearing in the official lab report) and the doggie can recover. But I'll drain my meagre house savings pretty fast and I only have one credit card now with a low limit because I haven't wanted to apply for lines of credit due to hopefully getting a mortgage in the next year (*scratches that and calls B of A to up credit limit*), so I'm a little worried about the dollar cost of all this. *bangs head on desk*

They'll also probably put her on Prednisone, LOL. I wonder if my dog will become a neurotic insomniac who cries a lot and hates everything, like people do on that drug?

I have sent an "omgwtfHELP!" email to the rescue agency. Perhaps they will have an in with the vet hospital for cheap dog blood. :( I also let them know that they need to have all their dogs tested, because this ish is contagious. (Thankfully, not contagious to people without going through a tick, or else I'd start hypochondria-ing about how I am dying of Doggienucleosis, when really, I am just stressed out.)

Which one of you was the one who wanted to name this dog Lemon again? *clings to poor little lemon dog*
am: werk
feel: worriedworried
hear: the soft thud of head meeting desk
Fallon Ash: johnbauerfallon_ash on October 19th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
Oi. Many huggles to both you and puppy, and I hope she gets better really really soon.
Little Red: b5 - corps is mother - thatfangirlmylittleredgirl on October 19th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
ME TOO. *scared*
surferartchicksurferartchick on October 19th, 2007 07:58 pm (UTC)
I would still look into having the rescue center foot some of the bills. especially if it's going to tap you out completly.
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Havoc: teal'c cuddle attackhavocthecat on October 19th, 2007 08:00 pm (UTC)
OMG! Poor little lemon dog! *hugs*
Little Red: jake - diane wtf - graphicalrummylittleredgirl on October 19th, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
*pets her gently*

She seems so much healthier since she's been on the antibiotics! The info on this disease says that they do get deceptively healthier in the first couple days of treatment, but still, I have a hard time believing that her circulatory system is a TICKING TIME BOMB when she's all bouncing around the house wagging her tail.
Human Collaborator Flunkie Pool!fic Muse: J/E - SOSjoyfulfeather on October 19th, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC)
MEEEP. *flails for you and the poor doggie* I'm glad it can be fixed, but that's really uncool for both of you! I'm speaking for astrum_presul and spacefiend as well -- we all feel very sad that you and the doggie are going through this. :(

spacefiend has worked with and been part of a dog rescue for most of her life, and she says that in her experience, they definitely should have either known and not adopted out a dog who wasn't healthy or should help you out because they gave you a defective poor sick doggie. Definitely talk to them!

*triple hugs* Good luck!
Little Red: sg - dan/jan lifeboat otp - anrmylittleredgirl on October 19th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
They are going to help me out with my little lemon doggie. *sigh* They're insisting we care for her their way which is making me super nervous, but I really can't afford to take care of this all by myself, so laa, I guess I don't have a choice!
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holdouttrout: kalaidredholdouttrout on October 19th, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)

That's so terrible, and I hope that the little dog gets much, much better without you going into too much debt over her.
Little Red: trek - porthos - mediemylittleredgirl on October 19th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
I hope so tooooo!! Poor little muttnik. I will go get her some chew bones to make up for the potential of exploding eyes. :(
MegTDJ: Jared Dog - bunny_iconsmeg_tdj on October 19th, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)
Eek! *huggles to you and Tessie* Poor puppy! :(
Little Red: b5 - corps is mother - thatfangirlmylittleredgirl on October 19th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
I know! Poor baby!! :(
majorsamfan: OhCrapRodneymajorsamfan on October 19th, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)
ZOMGosh!no! Oh, I am so sorry for puppy and you! It must be HORRIBLE to be at work and not be able to take Tessie in imejitly! *flails with you*

Sad that she has this, but hopefully none of theothers have it, too. *flails more for the puppies*

Glad you don't have doggienucleosis...


Sorry! *flails more with you*

Andy: featherankareeda on October 19th, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC)
*hugs you and poor puppy* I hope she will be fine soon.
georgie: omgonoezgeorgierae on October 20th, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)
oh noes :( *hugs you*

pooooooor Tessie dog :( tho you've given her good, loving home these last few days, so that's good for something. *gives her a big doggie hug*
ornithoptercatornithoptercat on October 20th, 2007 12:50 am (UTC)
Poor doggie! And bad rescue people for not checking her up properly!
rogue equestrian: Darth Randelvinborn on October 20th, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
um... I was the one who wanted to call her Lemon. but I totally didn't mean it to be symbolic!!!

Prednisone: I take care of a dog that gets a prednisone pill everyday. She's quite normal. mentally.

is it wrong that I'm enough of a vet geek to really be kinda fascinated by the whole thing? I mean, I feel your pain, and the OMGWTFishness of the whole thing. but the medical stuff has my rapt attention too. *wants to see the lab report just because*
Kim's Watermelon Gunkeenween on October 20th, 2007 01:39 am (UTC)
*hugs* remain calm. the fact that you are this worried etc. makes you a good dogmom. The people who allowed you to take her into your home this sick are in big trouble with me. Do not stop demanding that they help you more with money if this is going to be an ongoing thing. Stand up for yourself on that front. Helping you get her to discount vet is not enough.
-a.frog/gorf.a-froggoddess on October 20th, 2007 01:22 pm (UTC)
Agreed!! Especially since you've only had the dog two weeks. I feel that its their responsibility to pay for all of it (because really, if you hadn't adopted her, they'd be paying for it anyway) -- if for no other reason than it's completely negligent not to inspect the dogs once they get here.

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anranr on October 20th, 2007 01:58 am (UTC)
*clings n' hugs*
One Whose Honesty is Stronger Than Her Fear: holdmeamilyn on October 20th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
*hugs* You've done all the right things and you're a good person and a good pet mommy. ::loves::thinks good thoughts::