Friday, April 29, 2011
Took Odda to the vet today. She tested positive for Lime disease and Anaplasmosis. She is now on doxycycline medicine and a pain med, and after the doxy is done, she'll be on Amoxicillin. I also bought some canned dog food, as she hasn't eaten and has lost 7 lbs. Poor dog ~ I feel so bad for her. I needed to have her eat some dog food so we could get the pills into her, and it's easier to hide the pills in with wet dog food. If she figures that out, I'll have to get the pills into her by putting them way on the back of her tongue, holding her head up and getting her to swallow. The doctor said she should be feeling better soon and if she isn't getting around better in a couple of days, to get back to them. She ate the canned dog food good after we got home. Tomorrow I'll mix the wet food with her dry food, so she won't hate it so bad when the canned food is all gone! Her temp was 104.5 F, so she was very feverish. Anything over 102 is high. To get her into the SUV was something. I had to lift her into the car and out again. She is a heavy dog when all dead weight. You can tell she hurts as it takes awhile to get up from laying down and sitting down.
The vet suggest that since this area is so bad for tick borne diseases, that along with the monthly use of Frontline, we should also use a tick/flea collar and daily or each time they go outside to also spray or wipe repellant daily around their neck, head and top of head area where Frontline doesn't get too. So now we'll be doing that for both dogs, and we'll be watching Hooch closely too, to make sure we catch it quick if he starts to show any symptoms. They are: lameness; fever; swollen, very painful joints; loss of appetite; can have kidney failure; vomiting and diarrhea.
Friend Connie and Gene have gone through this with Chance last fall. He has recovered nicely, so I think that Odda will too.
So that's the update on Odda ~ I'll keep you posted to how she is doing.