Update Update: Blood tests came back fine. In fact, her liver levels had improved from the last time. So we have concluded that she has stomach ulcers which we are medicating her for and now will probably be an issue for the rest of her life, but at least it is manageable. She has begun eating again and getting back to her old self - we still have to work on her pain management and find something that will be tolerable for her. I asked my vet about Tramadol and she did say that it was definately a safer drug, however, less effective and also has nausea as a side effect. I'll be meeting in about a week to discuss options.
Update: So she went to the vet last night. They did a whole blood panel which I should get the results later today. They also took an x-ray because she has a history of eating things she shouldn't which need to be surgically removed - but all they found was a lot of gas! They wanted to keep her overnight because she was mildly dehydrated, but we just couldn't afford that so they advised us to make sure she drinks water. Luckily, that was the first thing she did when she got home -- drank water for about 5 minutes straight and she didn't vomit it back out. They suspect she may have stomach ulcers, so they gave us some preventative medicine to start the healing process, but they'll confirm once the blood results come in. I managed to get her to eat about 2 tablespoons of plain white rice this morning and her Glucosamine pills - so hoping that she may be on the mend and hoping nothing serious comes back from the blood results.
Thank you for the well wishes!
She's been on Deramaxx for about 1 1/2 months now for her arthritis. Because of that, she's had blood work done before she started and then in two week intervals to make sure her liver is processing the drug properly. I was told that if her liver is being damaged she would show signs such as lack of appetite, nausea, diarrhea. I was so pleased that the drug was working wonders and it seemed that her body was handling it well - however, this past Sunday she started to lose her appetite and since Monday has not eaten anything. She is still drinking water - but then last night she threw up all the water and the little bits of apple and carrot that I was able to get her to eat.
I've made a vet appointment for tonight which will include taking some blood -- I'm hoping that it's not her liver and that she's just going through one of her phases of being disinterested in food which does happen once or twice a year. She goes a few days without food and then she's back to her ravenous self.
I know that she is 14.5 years old and we're lucky that she is still with us, but am I being selfish to hope that she makes it to her 15th birthday!
Last edited by tkeizer; 03-02-2012 at 02:49 PM. Reason: Update
Well wishes and Prayers for Gin.
No, you're not being selfish wishing for her 15th birthday.
Sometimes I look at Mitzi and feel sad that she's getting old and wonder how much longer I will have her, but then focus on the joy she gives me being with her today.
I don't think you are being selfish, it is so very hard to let them go. I am sure most of us have wished for just one more day with our babies who have gone ahead of us. I am sending prayers.
Maxx & Emma Jean
Ozzy - 10/16/02 - 06/28/11 - Always in my heart.
Sometimes the hardest part isn't letting go - but learning to start over.
Dear old girl. I hope she gets those next 6 months.
Seamus and Flynn
Poor sweet thing. Have you tried Tramadol? It is much easier on them and does not upset the stomach.
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. -- Gandhi
Sending prayers & good thoughts for your girl.
Not selfish at all. We never have them long enough. Prayers for your sweet Gin.
Good thoughts for gin!
~It doesn't matter how smart the dog is,it matters how smart the owner is.
Jack s going on 15 years, gets half a derramax a day, 3 tramadols and we have been giving him 4 pieces of the Glyco-flexIII a day. The Glyco-flex III appears to be making a difference.