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In the house of broken animals

Rosie Roo has tummy trouble, to the point where I took her to the vet last night. Vet was concerned (apart fom the immediate problem) that she is still so very thin - she has put on a kilo or so since she has been here, but after two days of not eating, that's already falling off again. She just isnt' a big eater, and it's hard to tempt her appetite : her bowl is often left half-full. So, vet said 'OK, we will take her out the back, get some blood samples and give her an antibiotic and antinausea jab'.

Pretending not to be the obsessively neurotic dog-owner that I actually am, I nodded and handed over the lead, and the vet managed with some difficulty to persuade Rosie to come with her. 2 minutes later, I can hear terrified screams coming from the back room, and meet a chastened vet, with stinky anal gland stuff all over her shoes, leading an extremely woebegone Rosie Roo. They did not manage to give her the anti-nausea injection because, in the vet's words she was 'seriously wigging out'.

I think next time I will insist, as I had to do with Az, that Rosie should receive all possible treatment with me and Brythen present. I know vets, and particularly vet nurses, like to take dogs off into the back room because they think dogs are often calmer without a worried owner flapping, but I honestly don't think I flap *that* much, and I'm pretty sure that Rosie would be calmer with a familiar person for company. Also, I am not that confident that the 'calmer without the owner' thing is not actually shut down and fearful. Hum.

She has eaten a tiny bit of chicken this morning, and at least no more vomit or diarrhoea, but she hasn't got out of bed. On the other hand, it's wet and horrible today (although still rather too warm: big thunderstorm last night), and the Salukoids are often reluctant to get up n wet days. Brythen did get up and have breakfast, but he's gone back to bed now.


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18th Jul, 2014 12:03 (UTC)
Oh dear, poor Rosie Ro, I hope she picks up soon.
19th Jul, 2014 12:04 (UTC)
She seems to be feeling a bit better today. Phew!
19th Jul, 2014 12:34 (UTC)
Oh, I am glad - onwards and upwards I hope!
18th Jul, 2014 12:04 (UTC)
Poor Rosie Roo! I hope she can put on some weight, and that the weather gets more Salukoid-friendly.
19th Jul, 2014 12:05 (UTC)
I was starting to get seriously worried yesterday, but she has perked up today, managed a walk and although unimpressed by dogfood, I have persuaded her to take some roast chicken and stewed lamb heart. I feel dogs should not need such fare, but there's no question she's absurdly thin.
18th Jul, 2014 12:17 (UTC)
Poor Rosie. I hope she gets better soon!

I have to ask, though: Did the terrified screaming issue from the dog or the vet? The mental picture of the chastened, stinky vet reminds me of the last page of my favourite Mog book, "Mog and the Vee Ee Tee," which goes something like, "The next morning, Mog was better. Mog was absolutely, completely better. And the vet was almost better, too."
18th Jul, 2014 13:45 (UTC)
LOL. I did wonder if the vet would wash her shoes and trousers or if she would throw them out, they were VERY... glandy. But perhaps you expect to be hit by the odd anal gland explosion if you are a vet.

But no, the tragic screaming was all Rosie Roo. She IS a bit of a drama queen, but I think she was really upset as well. She's very jumpy today. :-( I hope that soon she will follow Mog's example and be completely better!
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19th Jul, 2014 12:10 (UTC)
Things seem to be improving today, so I'm hopeful we might be getting through it. Now I just need to get the rest of the antibiotic course into her. *eek*
25th Jul, 2014 13:17 (UTC)
How is she now?
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