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08 July 2007 @ 04:52 pm
Lulu Belle  

so I am pretty much freaking out.... 

we just got home from seeing Lulu. We went there at 9am and she was ok. Not well by any means but she looked happy to see us and went on a walk with us. Then we go back at 2 and she woudlnt move. She started doing those hiccup convulsion things again. I was freaking out and there was no doctor there. Just a girl who cleans the cages and knows how to hook up her IV.

The girl was going to leave at 5pm and there would be NO ONE THERE until 7am! No way could I leave Lulu for that long. The dr said she needed to be taken out every couple of hours to pee and get the toxins out of her body.

So we took her to the emergency vet. She didnt even care we were getting in the car.. she is so sad. The dr felt her belly and she cried. So now they are going to do x-rays and see if she has any stones that are interferring with her kidneys.

The dr also said her vitals looked good which was reassuring because i felt like at any second she would just stop breathing. They are taking xrays now and doing more blood work. So tommorow morning we will find out if her blood looks better.

She is so tough and is normally such a fighter but the last time we saw her she looked like she didnt care anymore. She wouldnt even focus her little hazel eyes on me. I dont know if she just wouldnt move because she is in a lot of pain and bored and depressed.. or if shes like about to die or something. 

I didnt like the emergency vet people. they werent very nice. The dr was... but it is a 24 hour vet and there will always be a dr there. no way could i leave her at the vet i do like from 5pm-7am without going potty... that just kills me they were going to leave her for that long...she needs to pee as much as possible to get rid of the toxins.. 

so now i have no idea what to do in the morning. do i keep her at the emergency vet for however many days? do i take her back to the vet i like? but then she will be left alone at night? i guess we will see when we go back tonight.. see how nice they are being and how she looks and see what her cage set up looks like.. 

i am so scared if i hear a phone ring because i think its the vet calling to tell me she died. I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT HER. everytime i go to get Hog's leash and collar I accidently grab hers as well and its so depressing.. i havent even been able to give Hog and love because he makes me sad.. all i think about is Lulu when I see him.. If she died what would i do with all her things? her leash hanging on the wall on the boston plaque that says Lulu Belle. Her crate with her 3 different pink blankets and her purple water bottle. Her dog food stand that is pink with princess crowns... how can i go on??

i just want someone to tell me she isnt going to die but no one is saying that... i want to hear positive things but i get nothing. this is the most horribel thing i have ever been through. i have had animals die before but they were old... it was there time. LULU TURNED TWO JUNE 23RD. why is this happeneing?

 
 
I am feeling: worriedworried
 
 
Jennylittlesunflower on July 9th, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)
BIG HUGS. I am sure that if the vet was going to leave her over night she wasn't critical. They wouldn't do that; they would at least advise that she be taken to a different care facility. However, I think you did the right thing. I would leave her at the emergency vet where at least she can get round-the-clock care, and then consult with your regular vet about your options.

I have a feeling that if the worst was going to happen it would have already happened. I know no one wants to hear this, but try to take comfort in Hog and know that you are doing everything you can.

You remain, as always, in my prayers.
Genevieve: pic#63566777alwaysgenevieve on July 9th, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
thank you. yeah i just dont know if the girl knew enough to know if she was in a critical state or not. i didnt trust her judgement so i took her to the 24 hour place where at least someone will be with her at all times.

im trying to love on Hog and stuff but it's just so depressing. they like go together you know? its always hog and lulu or H&L not just Hog. ugh im just so sad.
Hr. Aufschnitt: Olive and Roxielunchmeat on July 9th, 2007 12:16 am (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear this, I think for the vet issue leave her with the 24 hour one for tonight and then go back into the office in the morning and see if you can talk to some of the other doctors that will be caring for her. If you're not happy with the clinic take her to the one you do like and see what they suggest.

Most emergency vets (this includes the receptionists and nurses)also expect to get calls from the owner while they have their pets as patients, don't hesitate to call.

Genevieve: bathtubalwaysgenevieve on July 9th, 2007 12:21 am (UTC)
yeah i just called. he seemed like he didnt want to talk much but he said lulu is resting comfortably with an iv... they took her out and she didnt pee.. which is very unlike Lulu. she is always peeing... i told him if they just say: "do your duty." she will go. he said he would try that...

i like the people at the other vet so much better but i like that with this vet someone is always there and they are taking her out.
a s h l e yashley_robin on July 9th, 2007 12:29 am (UTC)
I don't know if you've considered taking her to another vet? My and my bf's BT Henrietta almost died back in November. My regular vet was ready to put her down. I decided to take her somewhere else just as a last resort, and the vet there tried a bunch of new test the previous one hadn't. They ended up doing exploratory surgery and she came home the next day. I couldn't believe how fast she got well. I mean, we were so close to putting her to sleep.

This might not be the case with your situation, it sounds like you are doing everything you possibly can. But it's just a thought.

Lulu is in my thoughts, I keep logging on to get good news about her.

Genevieve: pic#63566777alwaysgenevieve on July 9th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
thank you. well if they suggested i put her down i would take her all the vets in la before i did that. i couldnt do that.. she is two for christs sake. thank god you didnt listen to your vet. what was wrong with Henrietta?

by the way the first vet (the non 24 hour one) has been WONDERFUL.. except for the fact that no one is there at night.

the 24 hour one i just took her there at 3 so cant reeally comment on how its going so far.
c'est moisarainc on July 9th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
:( this is so sad.

I'm sending positive thoughts lulu's way.
Genevieve: pic#63566757alwaysgenevieve on July 9th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
thank you
NHxsaltyx on July 9th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
Maybe you can work something out with your regular vet so that you can take her home each night and bring her back in the morning? That way someone would be keeping an eye on her and if you needed to, you could get her to the e-vet. I'm sure they can show you how her iv works so that she can stay on it at home. Our thoughts are with you all.
Genevieve: pic#63566757alwaysgenevieve on July 9th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
yeah i said to michael jokingly that maybe we could bring her iv home.. but i dont think they would allow it.. maybe is she was going to die or something they would?

but they add stuff to her bag... and we dont know anything about it.. plus if something were to happen she is already at the vet with professionals.
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Johnnyecksjohnnyecks on July 9th, 2007 01:24 am (UTC)
We're keeping you and Lulu in our thoughts and prayers. I can second that if a Dr. took her vitals and everything was looking good, that that is such a good sign. You should cling to that. I know how terrible these hours can be, of not knowing. I have been through it. Hang in there.
Genevieve: pic#63566821alwaysgenevieve on July 9th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)
thank you so much for your comment. yeah i felt better when she said her vitals were good :)
Anastasiaanarie111 on July 9th, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
I hope your baby gets better, so sorry she has to go through it :(
Genevieve: H&L kissesalwaysgenevieve on July 9th, 2007 02:34 am (UTC)
thank you
Stacysatyr8 on July 9th, 2007 02:22 am (UTC)
I know its scary now, its tough to not know how to fix our little angels, but you are doing all you can and she is in everyone's thoughts and prayers. I wish I knew more about this but I am having trouble finding personal experience stories. Have you been on the WoofBoards ever? It's a message board forum for BTs http://www.woofboard.com/

It's tough to find stuff sometimes though because noone really has "Kidney Problems" as a subject. Might be agood place to spark some converstions though, I think there's some Vets on there too.

We are very sorry for you all, Lulu is the reason we got Niko, so we feel a special place in our hearts for her.
Genevieve: pic#63566777alwaysgenevieve on July 9th, 2007 02:36 am (UTC)
i will probably go check out the woof board. awe thats so sweet about Niko. she is so lovely. thank you for thinking about Lu
Kimkimbalynne on July 9th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
You guys have been in our thoughts. Having a sick puppy is no fun.
I second the Woof Board suggestion- they are awesome over there!

Sending lots of positive vibes to you & Lulu!
Genevieve: bathtubalwaysgenevieve on July 9th, 2007 04:50 am (UTC)
im about to go check it out :)
jennygel7: Saidiejennygel7 on July 9th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
I'd be freaking out too. :(

Why would a vet leave a dog who is sick all night without having staff there or recommending and emergency clinic? That's crazy.

I've lost a dog before and it was heartbreaking. I hope that you don't have to go through this anytime soon. We're thinking about Lulu & you. Take comfort that lots of people are. It will be okay.
Genevieve: pic#63566821alwaysgenevieve on July 9th, 2007 04:51 am (UTC)
yeah we will talk to them about it in the morning.. for now she is with people 24 hours a day.
The Girl in the Self Imposed Box: saint bostonelisabat on July 9th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
I'm also curious as to why no ultrasound or x-rays were done. Also, is it possible that she got into rat or snail bait? Those can cause acute kidney failure, and are treatable as long as it's known what the dog got into (and it's treated early). While you may love your regular doctor's bedside manner, that does not mean that the emergency vet does not know what they are doing. In Emergency medicine, kidney failure is an extremely common thing and most E-Vets have a huge amount of experience with it. Other than poisons she may have gotten into, it could be genetic. It could be a shunt (although they are more common in livers), she is the right age for it to be showing up. I had a repeat patient for awhile, a golden retriever puppy who was born with severely malformed kidneys, it does happen. Hopefully that is not the case with Lulu. She does need an ultrasound to see if it is a shunt, or if there is another possible cause. Sometimes it can be fixed surgically. I can tell you that if treated properly, dogs and cats in renal failure can live for years. You will need to switch her diet to something low in protein (likely Science Diet K/D or Eukanuba NF) and either give her subcutaneous (under the skin) fluids at home. No respectable doctor will allow you to do IV fluids at home. There is too much risk involved, too much could go wrong and I'm sure you do not want to be responsible for hurting her. I really do hope that she improves and that the IV fluids flushing out her system does the trick to get her kidneys working again. It can happen. Don't lose hope. She is young and the young heal really well.

I'm sorry I have'nt been commenting much. My mother just died. I have been reading these posts and I've been very concerned about poor Lulu.

Oh, and the reason the E-Vet might seem gruff to you is that Emergency Clinics get insanely busy. I'm sure he/she is not meaning to come off that way. You may want to look into finding out if there are any non-emergency 24 hour hospitals in your area. They do exist. I know how expensive Emergency Clinics can be. A 24 hour hospital won't be open for 24 hours, it will keep normal business hours, but there will always be at least a qualified vet tech on the premises caring for her. Ask at the E-Clinic. They may be able to recommend someone. Believe me, at Emergency Clinics they have so many clients who don't care about their animals, it's a relief to find one who wants to do everything possible for their pets. You are rare and they appreciate that, even if they are too busy to express it.
Genevieve: pic#63566777alwaysgenevieve on July 9th, 2007 04:58 am (UTC)
i am so sorry about your mother. i cant believe you would take the time to comment to me after something like that just happened. thank you so much.

we just got back from seeing lulu and everything you said is what they said. i really dont think she got into any poisons but you never know what people throw on the ground around here...

i wouldnt be surprised if someone purposely threw poison on the ground... we dont live in the nicest area. they think it was something like snail bait because of the shaking and twitches she has...

but she got skinny and depresses and had stinky breath like a month ago. she definately wasnt shaking or acting like this or i would have taken her in. she still played and wiggled and was happy as can be.

thursday is when she got really really bad. so im not too sure about the posion.. im leaning more towards hereditary... but who knows. her sister has never had any health problems.

they are going to do an ultra sound tommorow if her blood results are bad. we should know the results of those in the morning. she is on a morphin drip now because she is in so much pain. they thought that was unusual....

my poor sweet girl. i really hope she makes it through this.
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