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Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 4, 2012 - 11:30am PT
I'm really sorry to hear Teddy is ailing. I hope he feels better very soon. Do you think it's the plastic bag eating thing? Did that clear up? Thinking of you two.

And I'm glad to hear you'll get the thermostat thing taken care of there. Delaying action will only create more mechanical (and other) problems and be FAR more costly in the long (and in this case, short) run.
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Dec 4, 2012 - 12:11pm PT
If you are going to Albq, you could have Jeremys Mom look at it for you.































(completely unhelpful post, but it does bump this and anytime you can fit Jeremys Mom into a post, well it should be done.)
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 4, 2012 - 12:21pm PT
Ha! Locker - I saw it earlier and thought all sorts of very immature and pesky posts (a specialty of mine). Alas, I was working and too tired to be a pest. :) Still, I got a chuckle out of it too.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 4, 2012 - 12:58pm PT
That was meant to get a few laughs out of people (unless "a jolly" means a LOT more than just giving some guy, who you both know it ain't going there, a feeling of at least being recognized as a man.


Teddy saw the vet yesterday and she did not feel there was an obstruction in his abdomen from the symptoms (not tense in the abdomen, able to keep down water, and also a rectal exam). She said he is passing whatever is in him through, though there was a bit of duty which was hard...within reach. But to know for sure would be x-rays or a Laparoscopy, which would be the next step if that avenue would be pursued. I know it is a multi-thousand dollar operation if there were an obstruction and I hope people will not say cruel things at this time when I say I would not go that route. I love Teddy beyond anything and he has been as much a therapy dog for me as a regular dog.

She gave him injections which reduce vomit potential, and he hasn't vomited since. I gave him the first pill version this morning. He also got antibiotic injection yesterday, and his first pill this morning. He got most of those pills in him. I covered them with salmon oil to make the spit out more difficult and he luckily started chewing them as he attempted to get rid of them.

I put out food for him a while ago and he did come look at it twice, so that is a good sign. But he hasn't eaten any. Maybe he will later today, or after the next set of pills.

If I had to say what is going on, I would guess that Teddy is having Kidney failure, or a better situation would be that he has Diabetes. He was not drinking massive amounts of water though in the recent past though, which is a symptom in both those. Another for Diabetes is big appetite, while still losing weight. The vet said another possibility is Pancreatitis, which can happen when dogs eat strange things. Teddy would eat anything and though I tried to limit his ability to do so, he was always tricky about getting at the things to late for me to do anything.

So, yeah. I am having a tough time right now.


neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 4, 2012 - 03:46pm PT
hey there say, happigrrl...

i was wondering too, if there is some kind of fumes that may be bothering teddy... dogs etc, are suseptable to that...

but after reading that the vet took care of him already, they
got the situation handled, i see..

will still be praying for teddy...

JLP

Social climber
The internet
Dec 4, 2012 - 03:54pm PT
One more thought:

Pets are attracted to the taste of antifreeze...

http://www.2ndchance.info/antifreeze.htm

eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 4, 2012 - 04:10pm PT
One more thought:

Pets are attracted to the taste of antifreeze...

http://www.2ndchance.info/antifreeze.htm

GOOD DEDUCTION!

Happ. . . think about that and how Teddy's feeling.

?

OXOXO
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Dec 4, 2012 - 04:24pm PT
I know that antifreeze is poison for dogs(or any living being), but am glad it is mentioned because that is something a lot of people do not realize(also that dogs are interested in it's taste which makes it even worse).

I keep the jug in a spot he cannot get to for SURE and am always careful to it wash off if even the smallest dribble gets on the outside.

I got a referral to a guy who can look at the van, but haven't called yet as I was just so overwhelmed earlier, after writing about Teddy, that I could barely function. I will make the call soon.

He got a little walk and peed just now, and was stronger at the start. But he tired easily, which of course I understand. I am careful to try to get him a little work to keep moving, but not push him at all. He looked at the food again, but not a nibble yet. He does seem to be less uncomfortable than yesterday, middle night and early this morning and that is good. But when he goes to his water, the intake is bordering on too much. Bordering, but he is also not going to it regularly, so may be that he is taking more during the fewer times he drinks. Also, I guess it would really be the amount he would drink at a time if he was in good shape, and I am being hypervigilent, so maybe there is nothing to worry about with that.
Juan Maderita

Trad climber
"OBcean" San Diego, CA
Dec 4, 2012 - 05:08pm PT
My understanding is that in recent years, most or all automotive antifreeze has an added bittering agent. Too many pets, children (and spouses or ex-spouses) were dying.

There were Federal bills which never passed. Not sure currently, but it may be up to individual State legislation. Does anyone know the details?

Happy, when you asked "Really?" to my comment about losing a quart of coolant, I suppose that I didn't make it clear with my quotation marks around "use." To be clear, if you overfill the radiator to 1/8" below the neck, then as the engine warms, approximately 1 quart of coolant will expand and be ejected out the overflow tube and onto the road. So, you would lose a quart of coolant each time you overfill the radiator.

Hope your Teddy is getting well.
JLP

Social climber
The internet
Dec 4, 2012 - 05:51pm PT
So, you would lose a quart of coolant each time you overfill the radiator.
This is not correct. As the coolant gets hot and expands, it goes into the reservoir, changing it from the "Cool" fluid level to the "Hot" level. When the engine cools, it will draw the coolant back into the radiator/cooling system. This assumes no leaks and a working radiator cap. There should in fact be no air in the system - just coolant. That would be a sign of a problem. A correctly functioning system will purge itself of air, through the cap and into the overflow, then draw in coolant from the reservoir until the air is displaced.
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 4, 2012 - 05:53pm PT
Happ. . . I wasn't thinking about Teddy licking the jug of the stuff, I was more thinking of the possibility of him licking it off the ground where you park.

?

Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Dec 4, 2012 - 05:56pm PT
This is not correct. As the coolant gets hot and expands, it goes into the reservoir, changing it from the "Cool" fluid level to the "Hot" level. When the engine cools, it will draw the coolant back into the radiator/cooling system.

Normally that would be true, but as stated up thread, there is no reservoir, just a radiator.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 4, 2012 - 06:18pm PT
hey there say, happiegirrrl... not sure if this can ease your mind,
but STILL keep checking teddy, but:

read the medication warnings and notations:

some will say that your pet will be more thristy than usualy...

some will say this is normal...
some will say, appetitite will either increase or decrease, as well...

hard stuff to go through when 'babies' are sick..
and one the road, as we all know, how much worse...

hugs and best wishes and more prayers...
also, keep an eye out, on who helps you too, as--some folks can
have bad intentions, as well...

keep in touch with folks by phone, etc, as you do all this...




man oh man, will you HEAR A GEAT CHEER AND sighs of relief! when
you reach the finish line,:O :)
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 4, 2012 - 06:23pm PT
I hate to ask, but how old is Teddy? Wish him and you well. Having a sick pet is no bueno.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 4, 2012 - 07:15pm PT
EKat - Teddy wouldn't get the opportunity to lick something like that up. He is on a leash "in public" at almost all times, and he is never out of my direct sight.

He does snag food on walks - usually it is hidden in the grass and Teddy knows how to maneuver his way over and because of the retractable leash, he is like a frog with a foot long tongue - zzzzziiiipppp! And the food is in his mouth. Licking up a fluid wouldn't happen. Of course there is always the possibility, but on the "maybe this" list, I don't believe it is probable. But since I did tell the vet he got "something" unidentified on the night before he became ill, I guess it could be under the UFO(Unidentified Food Object) category which is already a possibility.

edit: Crimpergirl, Teddy is 12, 13 on January 1st. I went through almost this whole year saying he was 13, but his given birthday(because we don't have actual date) is January 1st, 2000
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 4, 2012 - 07:31pm PT
Oh, Happ. . . I'm glad Teddy hasn't had a chance to get into that stuff.

SO HAPPY FOR THAT!

I really hope you figure out how to get him back up to speed. . . poor little guy. . . everytime I see a photo of him I was to squeeeeeeze him and give him MAJOR DOG LOVE!

GOOD LUCK!

ox
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 5, 2012 - 03:27pm PT
Here is the updates:

Teddy saw the vet this morning and now we must wait to see how he responds to fluids and antibiotics. The main issue is there is something going on with his kidneys, but at this time we need to wait to find out what level the problem is at. The doctor says he also has in infection, and that his potassium level is very low(probably due to the vomiting). He is on IV fluids and staying tonight at the vets.

As for the van, my friend Kate suggested that since I had said the people at the vet office seemed to be very caring and careful, that maybe they might have a good mechanic suggestion. The front desk woman called the vet who had just seen Teddy - on lunch - to ask him if he had any ideas, and he gave the name of the guy he knows. When I called and mentioned the referral, the mechanic knew instantly. So either this vet has a lot of car troubles, or they are both just two good guys who know each other well.

I will go to the mechanic after I finish at the vet tomorrow. That feels very uncomfortable right now because this is all excruciatingly exhausting and I don't know what will happen at the vet office.

I am going to explain what happened with the van and see what he has to say.
Abend

Social climber
Dec 5, 2012 - 04:37pm PT
That was a good call on Kate's part regarding the mechanic. Sending healing vibes to you and Teddy.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 5, 2012 - 05:14pm PT
hey there say, happiegrrl... still praying and hoping...

has the vet said anything about this being harder on teddy, due to age, etc...

or, since dogs are not like humans, and usually in better shape, can they handle this stuff better...

it seems that one good night of rest at the vet, with all the help he is
getting would do him a great step forward to getting well...

god bless to you, and renewed hopes of good mechanic being around...
:)
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 5, 2012 - 05:20pm PT
Oh Teddie, little fluff of love, heal up!

Susan


Thinking of you Terrie!
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