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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

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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

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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...
:)
locker

Social climber
State of KUMBAYA!!!
Dec 5, 2012 - 05:15pm PT

Good luck with it all Terrie...

Especially with your pooch...

Hope the little critter feels better SOON!!!...

SCseagoat

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

Susan


Thinking of you Terrie!
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Dec 5, 2012 - 05:46pm PT
One thing the Vet said was that his very low potassium might be responsible for him feeling so poorly. I am torn to believe that was making him seem a lot worse, and would be remedied with the IV treatment, and not going into denial that tomorrow may be a very tough day.

Thanks for the kind words and thoughts. I am so tired it is hard to get much done in a day. I finished two chalkbags and still have another to go for an order I said would be in tomorrow's mail(they will be okay if a day late in sending, so I am not going to push it). And I called for the van appointment, but other than that I don't have much energy available.
happiegrrrl

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Topic Author's Reply - Dec 6, 2012 - 10:29am PT
Update: Good news.

Teddy isn't out of the woods, but all but one of his levels has returned to a normal range(yesterday there were some very serious elevations and too low's). I will pick him up at 11.

He is still incredibly week, and when I went to visit him I thought today was the day to say good bye. That may still come, because he has got to start eating again, which he hasn't yet. The doctor checked for Pancreatitis, which is very bad, and he does not have it. He will continue with antibiotics.

Teddy would have died from this had it not been for the insistence of Kate and Sonya that I take him in to the Vet, and their help in paying this bill. I don't have words to properly express all that is going on with that.


As for the van, I am taking it for a look-at once I get Teddy. Hopefully he will find nothing serious.
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Dec 6, 2012 - 11:14am PT
He is still incredibly week, and when I went to visit him I thought today was the day to say good bye. That may still come, because he has got to start eating again, which he hasn't yet.

Medical Marijuana? Really, kinda serious

locker

Social climber
State of KUMBAYA!!!
Dec 6, 2012 - 11:20am PT

Don't give your dog Medical Weed...

NOT a good idea!!!...

10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Dec 6, 2012 - 11:23am PT
Best of luck to Teddy, and you too Terrie
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Dec 6, 2012 - 01:36pm PT
For those who are more interested in the van - I got the green light to proceed. They listened to the story, checked the level, checked the temp gauge and drove it, and said they see no reason it isn't good to go. He told me that the higher elevation here will make an engine run hotter than it would in NY, which can explain why it does rest at the halfway mark when it would have been about 1/4 to 1/3 in NY. I mentioned the "get that thermostat out" suggestions and he didn't seem to think it would need to be done.

Of course I am still nervous, especially since this section of road is a long one until another sizable town. But there are several rest stops along it, as well as a few small towns. I am just going to have to take a deep breath and trust it will be okay.


Now, Teddy

Locker, no need to worry, I would never give Teddy pot. Jeepers Karl!

When I went to pick him up from the vet, his eyes were bright and he was supporting himself in the vet tech's arms. Big difference than the morning, but he was still asleep when I saw him then and they woke him up for me(which I wouldn't have done, but how would they have known).

Still clearly weak thought, but as I was on the way to mechanic I got lost and stopped somewhere for directions. When I got back to the van, I said "Let me look in on Teddy" and opened the side door, to be surprised by him laying right there with his feet folded over the side where the step-down in the door is.

I wondered if he was scared or wanted to pee, so I took him out and he started quickly limping(from the IV owie) over to potty spots. He got to a grassy opne and lifted his leg, and balanced on his own, and - yup, he had to pee! Quite a bit.

Then I put him in the van and he went right to the food dish and was like "Ummm, hello!" He drank a good drink of water as I was getting some food out and was very happy to see that food and ate it at once.

I could only give him a small amount, since he's been not eating, but he would have taken more. I will give him more in a few hours.
Riley Wyna

Trad climber
A crack near you
Dec 6, 2012 - 01:58pm PT
Good news - that is what I figured concerning the van - I wouldn't worry if I were you

Still worried about Teddy though...
t*r

Mountain climber
where the wild things are
Dec 6, 2012 - 01:59pm PT
was wondering about your van! good news. now you can let it go and focus on your pup...

sending up a prayer for teddy!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 6, 2012 - 02:20pm PT
Question for those more knowledgeable... Would the difference in elevation between upstate NY (quick search shows high point there at 2300 ft ish) and near Amarillo (elev 3600 ish) really matter that much? Does that elevation explanation make sense in this case? What happens during the rest of the travel if it does? Curious.

Glad Teddy is feeling better!
Hawkeye

climber
State of Mine
Dec 6, 2012 - 02:50pm PT
Question for those more knowledgeable... Would the difference in elevation between upstate NY (quick search shows high point there at 2300 ft ish) and near Amarillo (elev 3600 ish) really matter that much? Does that elevation explanation make sense in this case? What happens during the rest of the travel if it does? Curious.

Glad Teddy is feeling better!

doesnt make sense to me.

Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Dec 6, 2012 - 03:25pm PT
In a non-turbo charged vehicle you will experience a loss of power at altitude. Less power means less heat generated by the engine. The vehicle will use a little less gas, however that savings is usually lost from driving up and down hills. The altitude is not really a big factor on the route happie is on.

At higher elevations the air is thinner so the cooling ability of the air is reduced somewhat. In a properly operating cooling system there should be ample excess cooling capacity to provide for this loss of cooling. However if the cooling system is compromised by partial blockage or lack of fluid it could lead to overheating.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 6, 2012 - 03:36pm PT
Thanks Hawkeye and Jon. It seemed an odd explanation to me, but I also recognize I know little about cars, and even less about contemporary cars.
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