Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Her Ladyship, Miss Sadie, spend Monday night and much of Tuesday in the Intensive Care Unit of our University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Monday after supper, she began to show a whole bunch of problems, involving several of her systems. A quick call to the hospital and a chat with a clinician, and I took her in. The initial suspicion was an early onset of Addison's disease, a chronic condition of the adrenal glands. She was also dehydrated.

So after some IV fluids, lots of tests, and rest, Sadie was discharged. It is not Addison's, fortunately. The doctors still don't know what was wrong with her, but suspect she may have eaten something toxic in our back yard.  (Which is, in some ways, peculiar, as we use no chemicals in our gardening.) I guess this means that I won't be letting Miss Sadie out as freely as in the past. Which is sad for her. 

In the meantime, she is getting back to her "normal" self. A bit more rest, and no recurring symptoms, and she'll be just fine. My wallet, on the other hand. . . .


Rosaria Williams said...

Oh my! So glad she is back home and putting this behind.

The Blog Fodder said...

Do you have neighbours throwing poisoned hamburger over the fence? Might be nice to know what the toxic substance was, other than the lab bill would be two house payments.

Nancy said...

So happy Miss Sadie is doing better. And I do know what you mean about the pocket book when it comes to vet visits.

Jean said...

How upsetting for you and for Sadie. We are so glad she is back to normal.

Lulu is the first poodle we have ever insured against unexpected things like this. The premium is expensive and we hope never to need it but as she is the first puppy we had it seemed a good idea.

Anonymous said...

After giving Lucky antibiotics for YEARS with no actual diagnosis, I marched into the vet's and said "Don't you have an x-ray machine!?" When he said "yes", I said "Then you take this boy and x-ray him AND DON'T COME BACK til you know what is wrong."

He came back and said I'd have to put Lucky to sleep because he was totally impacted with kidney/bladder stones and was dying an excruciating death!!

I insisted on surgery. I insisted on STAYING there with a sleeping bag if necessary. Sometimes, you've gotta go rabid on them just to get some answers.

But for now, we'll just hug her tight and be grateful she's still with us.

Wendy said...

Oh, Miss Sadie - don't you get enough attention from the Bear without having to call in professional animal attention givers! Glad she is on the mend and hoping this was a one off - all puppies should have full romp of the yard wherever possible.

Rob-bear said...

Thanks for your concern and support, friends.

® Rosaria: We're all glad she's home.

® BF: I don't think it's anything "over the fence." Neighbours on both sides love her.

® Nancy: The Vet college have taken a great load off my . . . back pocket.

® Jean: Don't know whether one can get doggie health insurance here. I suspect the premium would be about the same as a trip to the vet hospital.

® Dana: These vets don't mess with me. I've worked with their boss (Director of the Vet Hospital) and his boss (Dean of the Vet College). Besides, they're really good at what they do. I've watched them at work when I've been on annual inspection tours of the facility.

® Wendy: I would be nice to give Her Ladyship the run of her yard. But there are some strange things out there, like fungi growing out of old trees. The Resident who discharged Sadie suggested Her Ladyship may have experienced a "dietary indiscretion." (That's straight from the discharge notes!) Those are the kinds of words Bear understands, and uses.

Gutsy Living said...

I am so happy she does not have a disease. My Cookie had a scary bleeding episode from her rear and I thought she was dying. They kept her overnight and after two days, she came home fine. Never knew what that was.

Rob-bear said...

®Sonia: Glad Cookie survived. Our animals really are part of the family.