Taking things one day at a time is over rated. Today was definitely a better day, but yesterday! Oi vey.
I gave her the fistful of cocktails. Pill pockets and hamburger balls and cheese and peanut butter… according to Flo, they are over rated. That leaves us with only one alternative, shove them down her throat. I hate that more than anything, but she has to have these pills. And then, we wait an hour to feed her.
She got her pills, we waited. I fed her breakfast and she took a bite or two. The night before she was ravenous. So, I got out the menu and she picked something different and ate most of that. She stretched out on the couch and an hour later she got up, walked over to the carpet and promptly threw it all up. I called the vet, the vet said call the cardiologist and the cardiologist sent us back to our vet for follow up lab work. Her kidney values had changed. We changed the dose on the digoxin and dumped one of the meds for a week.
One day at a time. It’s a roller coaster ride with ups and downs all of the time.
She started taking digoxin last night and by this morning, her heart rate had already started to decrease.
I took Flo to Oregon State University veterinary school to see a cardiologist today. Overall, it was a good visit. I was very impressed with both the staff and the facilities. They did an Echocardiagram and another EKG.
In addition to the congestive heart failure, she has mitral valve degeneration which is progressive and incurable. We have her on a significant cocktail of pills that will hopefully support heart and we will take it one day at a time.
She was definitely feeling better this morning and if I could have given her breakfast, I think she was ready to eat. She ate dinner and she is resting peacefully tonight. The vet thought we probably caught the problem earlier rather than later, so that is a good thing.
Well, we’re going to see the specialist. Flo is taking a fistful of pills, in fact after work I made a flying trip to Costco get her digoxin. Our vet thinks and we agree that we need to find the underlying cause. The consult on her EKG from yesterday said she has atrial fibrillation.
Our appointment is tomorrow at Oregon State University with a cardiologist. We could be in for a very long day.
Flo’s night was not much better and we followed through with Plan A. As soon as the vet clinic doors opened, we were sitting in the lobby.
Turns out, our hunch was right, she needed to be seen. Her heartbeat was irregular and beating much too fast. X-rays showed that the heart is enlarged and the EKG will be read by a cardiologist in the morning. Preliminary x-ray consult suggests congestive heart failure. Of all of the heart conditions, that is the one that we will have the best chance of treating.
She spent the day at the clinic, is home for the evening and will go back tomorrow. She’s resting much more peacefully tonight after receiving lasix and some heart meds. We’ll know more tomorrow whether or not I will be taking her to a cardiologist in Portland.
Poor baby, she is such a sweet girl.
I was just a little over a year ago that Flo had the soft tissue sarcoma removed. You can see the long scar on her the outside of her knee still. There hasn’t been any indication that the tumor was coming back and there still isn’t.
Tonight however, she just isn’t herself. She’s a little logy, coughing and panting more than usual. Of course our minds go instantly to the worse places. Skirvee was a little bit like this. What if the cancer metastasized to her lungs? Of course, we try to brush it off as just an off day.
But, we’re worried.
Guess we’ll be visiting the vet in the morning. You had better be OK Flo.
I almost forgot, Minnie had a check-up with the ophthalmologist in Portland before I left for Santa Fe. Her eyes are responding well to ointment we are putting in them (well nurse Karen is administering) twice a day.
If she continues to do so well, we might be able to drop back to only once a day. We are doing the happy dance.
Jori is the oldest greyhound in the gardens. She’s 14.5 years old.
She’s feeling her age. It’s getting harder and harder for her to get around. Every meal is a bit of a struggle. Every day it’s a big question mark about what she will eat. The heat wave we just finished was horrible. Last weekend Karen and I looked at each other and wondered if it was time.
She is such a good girl, always has been.
So tonight when I was trying to come up with some fodder for the blog, I took the camera out and thought I would get some photos of Minnie. Jori was certain she needed to come out at that very moment. She slowly wandered out to the grass like she does and all of a sudden she saw me sitting out there.
I’m pretty sure Karen and I both held our breath in horror as she ran right out to me, she even has all four’s off the ground. She’s going to sleep good tonight.
Girlfriend, you still have it.
Without a doubt, the best spot in the house is under my desk. It’s right next to me, the cushion is nice and soft and on hot days like today, the air conditioning blows nice and cool.
I think we are melting. It’s going to be one hot week. Oddly enough, the temps are still going to be cooler in Santa Fe. Maybe I came back to soon.
We buy Costco beds by the truck load. In March or so the rectangle beds come out and then by September the round ones are back. We stock up, keep a stash and replace. We seem to go through them at breakneck speed. We have a couple of cushion killers in the family. Fortunately for us, Costco has very reasonably priced cushions and the covers wash beautifully.
Today they had new orthopedic cushions in stock. These were significantly more pricey, and they are beautiful. I think we paid almost $50 for this one, it has an orthopedic bottom with a cooling gel pad.
Everyone is taking turns loving it tonight. I think we’ll have to get a few more.