Friday, July 3, 2009

Lizzie Goes to the Vet...Again


Lizzie seems to have gastroenteritis again. The last time was right after we adopted her in June 2008. This time her symptoms varied somewhat—vomiting mucous (on and off since April), acting distressed more than usual, and soft stools this morning.

She NEVER eats junk food, people food, or anything from the ground. She eats a consistent diet of ultra-premium dry dog food, and when she's acting a little "off" I add some brown rice to her diet. She eats the same organic treats all the time. Her food and treats contain only highly digestible grains—no corn, wheat, or soy. So, in other words I don't (nor does the veterinarian) feel it is diet related. More than likely it is brought on my the fact that she is a major worrier, and I know all about being a major worrier...

So, I took her to the vet this morning and the findings are: she has a slightly elevated temperature, her fecal was normal (yay!), and the vet didn't mention anything out of the ordinary after palpating her abdomen. She was given an antibiotic via an IM injection and we were sent home with metranidazole (generic for Flagyl), which I am to give her twice per day for 5 days.

I fed my other dogs a supplement called Missing Link for years. I refrained from feeding it to Lizzie because the manufacturer of the holistic diet I fed her for awhile recommended against it.  However, I think she would benefit from their Canine Wellness Blend, which contains human grade whole foods, including Lactobacillus Acidophilus. (Will be ordering that soon, I think.)

Lizzie is the "suffer in silence" type all the way. She wouldn't think of demanding anything. It's rare that she ever does more than simply wait at the door to go outside. She's generally so quiet that it's often difficult to tell when she's not feeling well.  I just have to be observant and objective. Yeah, like objectiveness comes easily to a worrying mother.

She's currently sleeping on the carpet surrounded by her toys. She looks okay, right? Yeah, she'll be perfectly fine in no time. (Thinking positively, while wringing my hands.)

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