Monday, August 31, 2009

Update on Annie the Schnauzer

Annie the Schnauzer is doing fairly well for a sick girl. She pretty much slept her way through the weekend. I think she wanted to hide out in the RV as much as possible because of her funny looking shaved leg. As you can see in the photo, her left front leg had been shaved down so the doctor could insert the I.V. needle. I explained to her that the fur would grow back and everything would be OK.

She is tolerating her 3 new medications pretty well. I stick the 3 pills into a piece of cheese and then poke it back far into her mouth and hope she swallows it. We've been lucky except for one time when she managed to spit just one of the pills out. She has to go back to the doctor in a few days for a blood test to see if the digoxin has to be regulated. I'll ask the doctor at that time about her lack of appetite.

In the past I could hardly get her food into her bowl before she was gobbling it up. Now it can sit in the bowl for hours before she takes a bite or two. We do not push her...we let her decide when she wants to eat and how much. I am hoping this is an adjustment phase with the meds and it will get better in time.

Annie no longer wants to take much of a walk either. Once again...we leave that up to her and if she balks we take her right back to the RV. That might get better in time, also.

It's a good thing we'll be in Tumwater for a few months and she can see her regular doctor. There will be time to get her meds regulated and keep her monitored. She has not had a fainting spell or seizure since last week. We try not to let her get too excited and bring on another episode.

I'll be glad the end of December when we can get her out for some more traveling. Annie loves to go places and see new things just like we do. She really thinks she is people, and we will not tell her any different.

Would you?

Until next long for now!


squawmama said...

Oh how sweet is she... It will take time for her to adjust to the new meds and all... She is so darling I want to come and hug her...


Jerry and Suzy said...

Cute dog (ooops, people!), that Annie. We're all pulling for her out here in RV Land!