|Unscheduled visit to Mom's
||[Sep. 6th, 2011|05:16 pm]
Well, Mom called me up Monday morning to say her 13-year-old Australian Shepherd, Secret Puppy, had been in the animal hospital for a couple of days, and would I be willing to come stay with her a couple of days when he came home and help? (He may be old and sick but he still weighs more than 50 pounds; she can't lift him.)
She picked me up that evening with Secret Puppy in the back seat, and I carried him into Mom's house to his pillow bed. At first he could barely lift his head, but he did manage small amounts of water when we held him up. We couldn't get any food or medications into him though. (5 prescriptions despite no firm diagnosis.) Despite that, but the end of the evening he was struggling to his feet and taking a few steps before we could even get over to him to help him up.
Today, though, he still won't eat -- indeed, I acquired a small bite puncture on one thumb just trying to get him to open his mouth. And, unsurprisingly, he's weaker. Mom was at first firmly against taking him back to the animal hospital, because she's not much of a truster of any kind of hospital. However, it looked to Mom's boyfriend and me like an IV may be the only way to get some nutrients and strength into him. So we called the nearby vet but her location doesn't have an overnight facility, but she agreed about the IV. Now Mom's boyfriend is taking Secret Puppy back to the animal hospital, rather far away from Mom's house but closer to his own, for an IV overnight to hopefully get some liquid and calories into him and stabilize him at least until the neurologists reports back on the tests run during his first stay. Mom can barely stand to leave him but she's got her other dog, Amber, here (and I'm kinda glad she has that distraction, someone she loves at least as much as Secret Puppy). And me, but frankly we're a bit more awkward with each other than Amber is with people she loves.
So we're all emotionally wrung out and that isn't going to stop anytime soon but I'll deal with it.