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20 October 2007 @ 03:04 pm
if the day ends without your dog's eyes exploding, it's a good day.  
After the whole OMGWTFery of yesterday, the rescue organization arranged for me to bring Tessie to their vet (where the rescue organization is paying for it -- YAY). This vet did more blood work, and appealed to my vanity by telling me I have A Very Sweet Dog, which I do.

Lab results came in today, and at this point, her white blood count and platelets and what-have-you have stabilized a bit and so she does not need a transfusion right away.

They have her on doxycycline and prednisone for the next 2 months. After only one night on Prednisone, my Very Sweet Dog has turned into a barking insomniac harpy who shuns housetraining as bourgeois. God help me.

In happy Tessie news, she likes riding in the back of my car so much (probably because I gave her the bully stick besyd sent) that she will now hop in when we drive to the Krispy Kreme or Sonic. She hung out at Sonic with us for a bit yesterday, and even said hi to some carhops! She seemed to enjoy herself with lots of tail-wagging, and I'm finally one of those people who brings my dog places to hang out.
feel: relievedrelieved
lavidaessueno on October 20th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
You might ask the vet about what prednisone will do to the doggie's appetite. We put my puppers on steroids once and it made her so hungry she ate, like, metal bottlecaps (she'd never eaten anything unusual before that), and had to have surgery to get them back out. Mebbe watch her carefully for the next few days to make sure she's not getting into stuff?
Little Red: b5 - ivanova oven - crazybeemylittleredgirl on October 20th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
OMG. I would cry, seriously.

This dog loves eating anything and everything. Not bottlecaps, but she will try to eat the rats' carefresh and stuff. I will definitely keep an eye on her. The prednisone does have warnings about increase in appetite.
Working for the Mandroid: Nostalgic Lovemoonshayde on October 20th, 2007 11:25 pm (UTC)
The meds should make her very very hungry. My pupper has an ear infection right now and he's a little porker. Just keep an eye out.
Little Redmylittleredgirl on October 21st, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
SQUEEEEE at your icon!

And, yes, poor hungry doggie. I'm trying to use that to convince her that she really should like her Kong toy now that I've put food in it (she does not agree).
MegTDJ: Life Charlie Puppy Love - kamikazewafflemeg_tdj on October 20th, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
Aww, I'm glad she's doing a little better. And yay for loving your car!! *hopes for a visit someday* :)
Little Red: go west little red - besydmylittleredgirl on October 20th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
I think she's sort of indifferent to the car, really, which is awesome. I bring one of her blankies from inside the house and she happily snoozes on that in the backseat, or watches out the window. Awwww. I don't know if there will ever be a visit -- probably depends on what's necessary for border quarrantine!
surferartchick: SGA John No Undiessurferartchick on October 21st, 2007 12:03 am (UTC)
I'm very happy that all is getting better with Tessie. *crosses fingers* I hope it keeps going that way.
Little Redmylittleredgirl on October 21st, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
Me too!!
Tammy - never give up, never surrender: RL - Hailey croc - besydbesyd on October 21st, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
You might check with your vet if she continues with the incontinence stuff. My vet didn't warn me of that side effect way back when the Rocket Hound had to be on it for hives. When I called and complained, he cut the dosage and said we'd increase it more gradually.

Also, do not stop Pred when the time comes. It must be tapered. I'm sure the vet has told or will tell you that, but I wanted to make sure you knew that.

I'm liking the sound of this vet so far.

Little Red: aw - cj/d *hugz* - natushkamylittleredgirl on October 21st, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
Haha, incontinence is not the problem. The prednisone is just messing with her brain, I think, like it does with people. She now not only refuses to go outside, she actually flips out and tries to escape her harness when we go near her potty spot (which she trotted over to all happily just two days ago). And then she goes in the house a lot, oh my (while we're here, too. I think the meds probably just messed with her internal schedule and set her back -- understandable, but now that there have been so many accidents in the house we are going to Housetraining Def Con 3.)

So yep, I'm trying to see this as an opportunity to housetrain her properly. I borrowed my friend's carpet steamer to thoroughly clean our rugs and I'm buying a bigger crate (she has a kennel now which she uses as a napping place with the door off but we haven't been actually crating her, but it's too small -- secondhand and free, but a little too small). Laa.

Oh, I'm well aware of prednisone tapering with both doggies and people. :) YAY!! I'm soooo glad to have you as a resource, darling. I went through lots of this with Angel, who was also a rescue doggie with some fear issues, but that was like 12 years ago. And I suspect I probably did most of it wrong, and it's only by grace of that doggie being a saint that she was as well-behaved as she was!
John Angelo Gnassijohngnassi on October 24th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC)
Yes, prednisone can have some pretty interesting cognitive effects in dogs. Some get paranoid - you see them hiding under tables, looking askance, and growling when you just even walk by. It reverses when you wean them off.
rogue equestrian: Randelvinborn on October 21st, 2007 01:56 am (UTC)
yay for better news!!!
boo for housebreaking resistance!
mehhhhhh: [Janet] comfortcnidarian on October 21st, 2007 07:14 am (UTC)
omg just caught up with the latest round of news and...egads! Poor doggie and poor yooo! But glad things are looking more up now. *worried face*
...please please let doggie be ok...
stellar_duststellar_dust on October 24th, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)
Yay, I'm glad puppy is doing better! (And that the rescue org is paying ...!)