ashley jackson-pierce (shesbeenelected) wrote in boston_buddies,
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a much better afternoon

We went to vet #4 this afternoon, an older man who runs Wurster Animal Clinic with his wife. They were sweet to us and sweet to Pugsley, and he gave me the best feeling of all the vets we've seen thus far. He recommended doing two injections, a newer, non-arsenic based chemical which kills the adult heartworms without putting the dog in toxic shock. We were allowed to take Pugsley home after the injection, although he has to be confined for 4 weeks, at which point he'll recieve the second shot and have to go through another 4 weeks of very little to no activity. Dr. Wurster said that the only way we can guarantee a 100% recovery is to keep Pugsley's heartrate down-- this means no exersize, only going outside while on a leash, and not being able to play with Oliver until he's better. While Pugsley and Oliver are very sad about not being able to play together, I think they'll thank us for this later. They don't understand now, but it would be much harder on them if we lost Pugs. I fully trust that we made the right decision this afternoon-- Pugsley doesn't even seem to feel sick.

Dr. Wurster said that if Pugsley is just miserable and wants to play so bad that he cries, he can give him a light tranquilizer during the day. It'll make him less sad about not being able to play-- he'll just want to sleep. And we can give Oliver some much-needed one-on-one time while Pugsley sleeps. My poor little babies. They're so sad without each other.

Thank you all for being so supportive while we made our decision. I think he's going to be okay-- we just have to watch him closely and keep him calm. It sounds a lot easier than it is-- Mr. Firecracker Rosewater loves to play and has no idea why we won't let him.

I can't afford to drive down to Texas and talk to the people at Klein personally. I will write letters, email the owner, do what I can to make sure the other dogs are taken care of. But I don't want to get the shelter shut down-- the facility is such a nice one. Perhaps they need a new staff, though. And it won't hurt my feelings at all to ensure that they get one. Pugsley's fingernails alone would be cause enough for me to have someone take a closer look at their procedures. I don't want any other dogs to suffer because of their negligence. The woman who did most of this has been fired, so that's one major negative factor eliminated. I hope that, if nothing else, they will refund our adoption fees. I think they are financially responsible for his treatment here, but I don't know how to make them pay it. If anyone has ideas, please let me know. My head is so frazzled from worrying about Pugsley right now that I don't even know where to start with gettting financial help. And thank you so much, seethewizard, for your donation. It was unexpected but greatly appreciated-- It helped us more than you know.

EDIT: Post-injection, Pugsley is doing really well.  He and Oliver really want to play together, but at the moment he's sleeping in his kennel and Oliver is napping on the couch.  Earlier, Danny let him sleep with him on the big chair:





Since he's sick, he has to stay in his kennel most of the time. He's really mad that he won't be able to surf the web for the next 4 weeks. Hah:



♥,

--A
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