I love my puppies probably more than most people could even begin to imagine, let alone understand. Being an “animal” person has nothing to do with it…the deep connection has come from my plight in healing them. The bond has been formed throughout our struggles together. I have slept on a puppy bed all night with my little one just so I could hear his breathing.
When you hold your adorable, beloved puppy friend in your arms while he seizes for way too long and uses the bathroom and vomits all over you – the emotions as care-taker and mommy are overwhelming. When he comes out of it for a moment and looks at you for help – completely terrified – your heart breaks.
When you take him to the emergency multiple times, the regular vet, the neurologist, the dermatologist, the internist…and still leave with uncertainties – it breaks your heart. When you find yourself having a thirty minute conversation with the pharmacist…well, it’s hard all the way around.
I simply want their lives to be healthy and happy ones.
The health issues are not even centered around one of the puppies – but both. And, no, there is no relation or common factor. They each have their own separate things to deal with. I researched possible environmental causes as did all of their specialists, and we spent thousands on numerous tests…the fact is – they are individuals with specific health issues unrelated to the other.
They each have to take medication administered in twelve hour doses. Yes, this takes some planning around events and such.
They have somewhat special diets. I cook for them. They eat twice a day.
I don’t feel comfortable leaving the house for more than four hours at a time.
They are not allowed at puppy camp. Due to individual issues neither one of them are receiving necessary vaccines that puppy camps require…because it could mean more trouble for them physically.
I use a special liquid on calcium spots daily for one; I have to monitor him also for signs and symptoms and use one medication accordingly – which is constantly changing.
I have had to use a harness and a scarf - as a sling to help one of them walk for a week because he could not stand up.
I have hand fed them. I have cleaned and wrapped paws daily.
I have cleaned and medicated horrible body-wide skin infections twice a day that made me sick to my stomach. I will not post these pictures because they are so graphic and unbelievable…really.
I am only adding happy pictures of them.
I have taken pictures, videos, and copious notes to send to all of the multiple specialists. They each have a file, consisting of: a health log, CD's of X-Rays and MRI’s and Ultrasounds, Test Results and Doctor’s Notes – These files are kept up to date and at the ready in case of quick exit to the emergency.
I have canceled multiple trips, dinners, and events to be at home with them.
I have prayed, cried, got angry, begged and pleaded for their lives. I have even tried my hand at healing touch therapy and sent them positive thoughts and prayers through deep concentration and mediation.
I have researched until I became so overwhelmed that my head hurt.
My puppies are both fighters. They want to be well and healthy.
I have faith that this has not all been in vain.
11-year old Siberian Husky
He developed Idiopathic Epilepsy at age six.
It’s been an up and down road with various meds with various side effects along the way….tests, checkups and what not. We started with Phenobarbital, then Potassium Bromide (made him look like he had Parkinson’s) then Zonisamide plus Phenobarbital and currently trying to wean the pheno. Ursodiol, Milk Thistle, and Sam-e for protecting the liver…
He also had a 6-month long bout with a nasty skin infection in a location that could not be wrapped in any way…I went around the house cleaning up blood constantly. I washed and applied meds twice daily for like months on end. We had to use shots, meds, and a host of various interval runs of antibiotics, antivirals, and such.
His skin infection is gone!
5- year old Yellow Lab
Valley Fever Infection of the Brain.
It was a long road with about 30 different tests and appointments to diagnose – finally with a MRI.
Treatment has been long and arduous. He is an absolute trooper this one!
There have been set backs and crazy side effects.
Canine Cushings, Body-wide Calcinosis, Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia, terrible skin infections, laxity of the back paws, weeks of stomach upset and not eating, seizures, not to mention all of the other side effects that varied along with the different drugs given.
He is doing well now.
We are still monitoring, giving drugs, tweaking drugs, and taking it one day at a time. Improvement is on the horizon.
Although today the trembling and quivering was more pronounced and I don’t want to leave to run errands just yet - so I can watch him...he keeps stumbling a bit (an issue with one of his front paws).
What I have described here really does not even scratch the surface of everything we’ve dealt with facing the individual health issues of both of the boys…it is an ongoing healing process.
I’m not giving up on them and I have faith that they will continue to improve and be the happy, healthy, cute, adorable little babies I know they are. Yes, they are my “babies” – even though they weigh so much I could never lift them.
The various vet specialists have been amazing and I am so thankful for their continued care, assistance, and support with the entire healing process.
My Yellow Lab is my little baby and I love him so immensely that I cannot even begin to find the words to convey the bond we have. Of course, I love my Siberian bunches too!
If any of you have happy, healthy dogs that you adore – please do not take their health for granted and count your blessings.
– And, if you’re so inclined, send some positive thoughts our way! Please. Thank You – it would be much appreciated.