Max is feeling much better

by on Apr.10, 2009, under Family, God is testing me, Max


Looks like the medication is working. We noticed a significant difference in Max’s behavior yesterday morning. He was more alert, came to greet us, his ears were up and was wagging his tail.  He still wasn’t eating as much but I did notice he had nibbled on the canned “medicated” dog food we left him – the one he dropped in the dirt remember? The Vet said it was going to be bland and I guess Max was just confirming that to us. When I got home yesterday, he had eaten most of it.

Max is Better!While I was outside with him, I asked him, “Where’s your ball?” And he immediately began searching the yard for his purple ball he loves to have me throw around with him. He looked for a bit but then got tired and just came over to sit with me. That was my cue to ask Joaquin to go get his IV bag for his next treatment – 2 times a day, 150ccs until it runs out. I had to hold Max this time since he was feeling better but he was a good dog and took his medication.

This morning my son is with me while I’m working from home. We went to check on Max and give him his dose of medication and again, he’s improving. I even heard him bark for the first time in a couple of days. Max is a great watch dog and it was comforting to hear that he was back on the job.

Thank you all for the kind words and support for Max, I’m positive those well wishes helped him as well.


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One event shy of a good country song

by on Apr.08, 2009, under Family, God is testing me, Max, Musings

Max sick with IV bag

I took our dog, Max to the Vet tonight. He’d been acting strange all day yesterday and was very lethargic and just not as energetic as we’re used to seeing him. No perky ears, no wagging tail. My son, Joaquin was worried because when he went to feed him that night – he just stayed in the spot by the side of the house – didn’t even come greet him. Joaquin mentioned that to me and I told him to give him fresh water and we’ll see how Max was in the morning.

Early Tuesday, Max was in the same spot and Joaquin got even more worried. He said Max looked like he couldn’t “poop.” I looked out the window and sure enough – there was Max in that awkward “C position” trying to do his business. So while getting ready for work and school, we did some quick online research and apparently for constipated dogs – some canned pumpkin might help things along. God bless her, Liz actually had some in the pantry. We scooped some out – put it on a plate next to him (Max didn’t even look up) and left him for the day. I patted him on the head and told Max I would come home later that day to check on him. Oh by the way – no pink eye for me. For those of you wondering – you’re supposed to get pink eye if you watch a dog poop.

Around 5pm I came home and he still wasn’t feeling good. Now I was worried. What if Max had an obstruction – so I took him straight to our Vet. Poor Max – he was poked, prodded and inspected at the office and they even did a blood test to rule out an infection.

Max's blood reportHe has diarrhea, is dehydrated and the Vet stated in some “medical term” that basically something did not agree with him. She couldn’t feel any blockage along the way – you can just visualize what they had to do to check…poor Max – but the blood test was somewhat revealing. They even let me keep the print out – man, back in my younger days – if we DID take our dog to the Vet – he would just give our dog a once over in horn-rimmed glasses and diagnose by sight – times have changed.

The Vet said he should be on fluids and asked if I was comfortable with giving him those through an IV? They prepared this IV bag with a concoction of antibiotic fluids – it looked like urine from someone that just wasn’t taking care of themselves. The Vet tech showed me how to pull up his skin (by his neck) and make a “tent” , insert this BIG A$$ needle into and under his skin (not into a vein) and pump 150ccs of the concoction by squeezing the bag with my free hand. Acknowledging the procedure, I became a Mobile Infantry Vet Medic – I can do it all.

max not feeling good close upThe final indignity was to shove a pain killer down Max’s throat before we left. He was so exhausted that while the Vet was explaining the blood test,  he actually laid down, on his side in the Vet’s examination room floor!

I got him home with all his Meds, extra needles and some dog food that should help. Vet said he might feel better in the morning once the fluids kick in but that I needed to give him another 150ccs twice a day till the bag runs out. I’ll have Joaquin and Emmy to help me too. Max is a good watch dog and we’d do anything for him – as he would for us.

I have to say it again, with everything happening – I’m just one life event from completing a good country song.

…and I thought I was going to have trouble posting content on this blog…



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Run down Radar Dog

by on Jan.18, 2009, under Family, Max

Max is doing better. He seems to be his old self again – barking and wagging his tail. He’s able to sleep with the homemade e collar as well. One more day and he won’t have to wear anymore.

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Radar Dog

by on Jan.17, 2009, under Family, Max

Our dog Max had to go to the vet this morning. He had pulled back a nail while trying to get at an armadillo across the fence. He kept hitting the fence and broke/pulled back the nail. The Vet said it was pretty bad and he would have to be sedated since they would have to cut it back pretty far. 

So we left him at the Vet and 3 hours later he came home with a bandage. They told us we should try and keep him from chewing on the bandage so they said we could buy an “e collar” – found out later it called an Elizabeth Collar – go figure. We also got pain and antibiotic medication for him and left for home. 

I jumped on the internet looking for a cheap e collar and then stumbled across a DIY one. Hmmm…I can make that. So I did. He only has to wear it for two days and he hates it. But, it works.

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