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This is a type of rage ... kinda ...

It seems my life is becoming one big fat drama that I am literally not very fond of at this moment in time ... Lucy is in the vet hospital in quarantine for possible canine influenza ... I will know more in a couple of days.

Meanwhile my other two dogs have been exposed and still have 7 more days to go with the incubation period. I heard Blu Boy back-sneeze today ... twice ... just like Lucy started out.

Canine influenza ... if that is what it is ... is highly contagious and can cause an outbreak of it in your area. Just what we need! I am told that canine influenza presents itself as kennel cough only more severe just like what Lucy is experiencing.

OK ... now that I am done ranting ... they upped Lucy's antibiotics to a much stronger one than what she was taking at home. She is dehydrated. She is on IV fluids. She may have to be transferred to the other hospital where Leeo was. We will know more tomorrow for sure.

Someone pinch me and tell me my good deed has just turned into nothing more than a nightmare ... and I am soon to wake up and it will all be gone! :)

I just want to go outside to the nearest hill top and scream!!!! UUUUghhh!!!!

I think after this ... I am retiring from owning any more of my beloved dogs and sticking to my goldfish. :(

Feel free to tell me anything you might know about this disease if you have had any experience with it before.....
 

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I haven't had any experience with doggie flu but I did have a pup with parvo that pulled thru thenks to a great vet staff.

My heart broke when I heard his abbylynn, if anyone needs a turn for the better right now, it's you ..... phooey!!!!!!! >:/
 

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Awwww...Abbylynne...thinking of you and your pups. You sure deserve a break, and I hope it comes fast! Hugs to you all!
 

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Just wanted to say thingking of you and your furbaby
I adopted a dog with it from our local shelter i didnt know he had it i have 3 other dogs and they didnot get it and jimmy d responded well to the meds
 

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The vet told me they could show me how to give subQ fluids at home. I wonder how hard that is? I would rather take care of her myself then put her in the hospital for a week. I don't work and have the time to be nurse maid for her. The other dogs can just stay away from her. She can stay in her crate and rest in my bedroom with the door closed. The other dogs will just have to sleep with dad for a while. They will get over it.

I will know later on today. I hope she responds to the meds. like your dog did ... 5 s corral ! Nothing would please me more at this moment. :)

They say she is standing and moving around and licking her lips like she would like to eat ... but not quite ready to. She also was wagging her tail at the vet for the first time last evening. Poor thing has been through a ton of stuff for the last few months.

Edit: The vet just called and said Lucy ate this morning! ... you go Lucy!

They also feel comfortable sending her home if she continues to eat throughout the day today. I will just learn to give fluids. If she does not do well ... I will send her to the hospital Leeo was at.
 

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It's not hard to give sub-q fluids. . .if you're not squeamish about needles and the dog will hold still. Tons of people do it for their CRF kitties. I think she'll be happier with you than at the hospital. I hope she feels better soon! Poor girl.
 

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It's not hard to give sub-q fluids. . .if you're not squeamish about needles and the dog will hold still. Tons of people do it for their CRF kitties. I think she'll be happier with you than at the hospital. I hope she feels better soon! Poor girl.
Thanks! Needles do not even bother me when they are intended for me! Lol! :) I agree ... she would be far less stressed here with me.

She hopefully does not feel like I abandoned her too!

I am to call between 1pm and 2pm to see for sure.
 

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Going to pick Lucy up ... she is still eating good ... going to get an education on sub-q fluids here in the next hour. :) Looking good so far. Still being treated as influenza. Plan A is now going into effect ... quarantine from up close and personal encounters. My bedroom is now the dog hospital!
 

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You'll do fine. Giving subcutaneous fluids isn't hard (though they look like Quasimodo for a while afterward!) I had a kitty with lymphoma, so I've been down that road. I'm sorry your luck has been so bad lately.
 

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Oh geez. My heart dropped when I saw you'd started another thread. Thought it looks like things are going as well as they can, so I'm relieved. :) Wishing for a swift recovery for Lucy and minimal stress for you.
 

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Thanks! ... I have two bags of fluid for over the weekend. She is so small she only needs 200 ml every 12 hours or 300 ml once a day if she gives me a hard time about it. She did good at the vets just now. I went in and assisted ( in quarantine room ) She also has anew antibiotic ... baytril 68 mg twice a day. Supposed to be a strong antibiotic.

Looks like a piece of cake. :) She ate for me too. Just giving small portions at a time so she keeps fluid in her. Don't want her vomiting. She still needs to drink water. She is on prescription i/d for a couple of days or so. Once she starts drinking fluids we can stop the sub-q.

She went for the door handle when she saw me through the glass door in her quarantine room. She was wagging her tail and jumped up on me when I went inside. Took her out immediately in a carrier and had to step in bleach to disinfect my shoes too.

She is now laying on a towel at the bottom of my bed sleeping ... or was. :)

 

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Hope she pulls through and recovers well. At the shelter where I used to work we had an outbreak of this and one dog died before we realized how bad it was and that it was actually a flu instead of a URI. We had another contract it and she made it, though she was treated and quarantined for close to a month before she made a full recovery. It was not pretty and I would rather deal with parvo than that again any day.

That said, sub q fluids are super easy to give, and I'm sure the dog that passed would not have if we had known what he had and stayed there round-clock to give him sub qs. I gave him fluids and his anti-biotics one night (still thinking it was a URI) and the next morning when we came in he wasn't alive. :( Sounds like Lucy is doing much better already! Give her a hug for me. :)
 

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Thanks everyone ... I gave her a pat and a hug for you DJEtzel. This canine flu business is not pretty for sure. I am sorry to hear that dog at the shelter died. Poor thing. But it is no ones fault. The vet says this flu masks itself as kennel cough. I have to get up at 2am for the next sub q. We gave the last one at 2pm. :/

At least she is eating! :) Poor dog stinks again. I used some baby wipes on her and washed her little feet and legs in the tub and used the blow dryer on her. I kept her in the warm bathroom for a bit too.
 

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Oh my gosh, what a thing to happen. I am praying for you and Lucy.
 

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Oh, I am so sorry to hear this about Lucy. Glad to know that she is home and doing better though. She is certainly lucky to have found you. I know that with your care, she will do well. Sending lots of positive energy your way for both you and Lucy.

I think after this ... I am retiring from owning any more of my beloved dogs and sticking to my goldfish.
Somehow....I don't believe you. <smiles>
 

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Oh, I am so sorry to hear this about Lucy. Glad to know that she is home and doing better though. She is certainly lucky to have found you. I know that with your care, she will do well. Sending lots of positive energy your way for both you and Lucy.



Somehow....I don't believe you. <smiles>

Hahahaha! .... sub-Q's equals a happy sick dog! ... also the bird cage holder Dad made on the wall is more useful than we ever imagined it would be ... place to hang medical supplies! Lol! The first sub-Q I have ever given went perfect! Yay! :) If you look closely you can see the water bubble on her back ... we didn't even leak!

Also I have been adding extra water to her food. She is still eating. :)

 

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Awww...so glad you have Lucy home, Abbylynn. Sounds like you are doing a great job with her. Hugs and good wishes to you all!
 
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