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Quick update, early appointment with vet.

Saturday, August 18, 2012 by  
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Yesterday not too long after posting my blog things went from bad to worse with Loki…

Loki wouldn’t lift his head or even acknowledge me. I could tell he was going downhill fast, so I quickly threw on some jeans and raced him to the vet. I had to carry him out to the truck, and he felt like a limp noodle in my arms. He was unresponsive the entire ride, and I found myself fighting back tears: I thought I was going to lose him right then and there. I called my vet as I was driving to let them know I was rushing Loki in. When I pulled into the parking lot a couple staff member ran out to help and we took Loki straight back into the operating area.

I’ve been taking animals (mine as well as strays/rescues) to this practice for more than 20 years now, and they are the best. I’m especially fond of Loki’s current vet (she was also Turtle’s primary vet): she’s not just an incredibly talented veterinarian, she truly loves animals and is just an amazing person in general.

Loki resting last night.

Loki resting last night.

As soon as we arrived at the clinic Loki’s doctor performed x-rays, blood work and several other tests. Thankfully she saw no internal issues and his blood work looked fine (even his electrolytes are normal now thanks to the treatments he started last week). Loki’s gums were really pale, however, and he seemed to be in a state of shock. It looks like Loki suffered an “Addisonian Crisis”, which can lead to death without treatment. I’m so glad I took him in when I did.

Loki was at the vet all day long on a IV drip, and when I picked him up in the late afternoon he was more alert and walking. I gave him some brown rice and Greek yogurt for dinner, and he woofed it down. More importantly, he kept it down. A bit later in the evening I gave him some more brown rice and a little salmon. He inhaled it.

Loki was obviously exhausted, but he seemed restless and was still quite shaky. Lisa and I sat with him, softly stroking his fur and speaking quietly until he eventually fell asleep. As we watched Loki slumber his shakiness gradually subsided, and was mercifully replaced by calm, rhythmic breathing. Lisa and I simply smiled at one another, but the significance of that moment was not lost on either of us.

Loki (and we) slept the entire night through. We all needed a good night sleep, but none more than Loki. This morning he is still very weak, but able to walk. He even ate a little food.

We’ve got an early follow-up appointment at the vet, so I’ve got to get going. Thanks everyone for all the kind words and concern. Loki’s a tough pup, and if anyone can get through this he can.

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6 Responses to “Quick update, early appointment with vet.”
  1. I’m really glad to hear he’s improving! It really is great to love your vet. Our vet has amazing doctors and receptionists who love our cat, and that makes all the difference. I’m not gonna lie and say Polly Walnuts loves GOING to the vet, but that’s a different story. We’ll be following along and thinking about all three of you.

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    • Thanks very much! I’m pleased to say that Loki did not need to stay at the vet, his catheter has been removed and he’s here at home resting. If nothing else goes wrong it will probably take him at least a week to fully recover. An Addisonian Crisis is extremely hard on any dog that suffers one, but on a large breed 17 year-old dog it’s especially brutal.

      Loki sends paw-fives out to everyone who’s been thinking of him. 🙂

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      • A female schnauzer. I’ve already bought 2 books on them and have been reading a bunch online. This is a bit off-topic but seeing as how well you take care of your dogs maybe you can give me some advice: what is your take on getting them spayed/neutered? I’ve already decided NOT to get her ears cropped as I’ve read that this can be very painful and doesn’t serve a functional purpose (other than aesthetics).

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        • I am 100% FOR spaying and neutering, so my advice would be definitely have her spayed.

          I’m 100% AGAINST ear cropping, so I salute your compassionate choice to not deform her ears and put her through the agony.

          Sounds like she’s going to have a wonderful home. 🙂

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