Dog health update (because I know Mary is worried) …
Blue seems to be doing better. I showed up at the vet’s door at 8am with a baggie of feces in hand.
That turned out to be a good strategy because 1) I didn’t need an appointment and they analyzed it right then and there and 2) determined that Blue has clostridium bacteria in his gut which is okay in small amounts but it can get out of hand and cause problems 3) which was the diagnosis the last time he got this sick but 4) because the vet didn’t actually see him it only cost me $112 for the fecal sample and pills rather than the whopping $700 it cost last time.
I raced home with his pills, shoved them down his throat with a cold cuts chaser and cooked up a giant pot of rice and ground turkey, doctor’s orders.
He had the butt faucet once more today which looks like this …
I held onto the Rug Doctor until the last minute, redoing all the carpets just because. Blue doesn’t often get sick but when he does, it’s a disaster.
Pro tip, if you decide to get a Great Dane, invest in a Rug Doctor.
I’ve done at least 15 loads of laundry, what with Scheissehund throwing up in Itchy’s bed two days in a row (yes, he might be sick as well) and me using all the blankets in the house to cover rugs because it’s easier to throw a blanket in the washing machine on hot with bleach than it is to shampoo the carpets.
Blue is into the turkey and rice and showing some appetite (a good sign) but we are taking it slow. He’s had a couple servings and it didn’t immediately come flying out of his ass (another good sign). He even peed a few times which means he’s not too dehydrated.
I picked up a duck toy for him at the store – his fave – and he really perked up, he even pranced around with it. In other words, he isn’t acting like he’s on death’s door which is how he was acting this morning.
I’m going to watch movies with Blue in the living room tonight so Loony can get some sleep. I’m not certain we are out of the woods yet but it will be nice to have a sleepover with the big guy.
Sorry for all the drama, I get that way when he gets sick what with everyone telling me that he’s going to drop dead any day now because he’s a Dane and they don’t live very long.
Welp, at least the house is super clean and a friend dropped off a sandwich for me to share with Anita for lunch just as I was taking a break between floors. I am thankful for the kindness of my friends who take my pet crises as seriously as I do.