We adopted our pit bull from one of the two nearby county shelters. We got her in January, got her fixed in February, and thought all was well. It, unfortunately, was not. I woke up this morning to the sound of our beloved Blue hacking up a lung. I got up and saw blood on my bed. I threw on some jeans and shoes and called the animal hospital down the road. The vet wasn't going to be in until after 9. I waited a few minutes, and watched as she covered my bed in the blood she was coughing up. I panicked, and called a vet in the next town over. It was a few minutes after 8 by that time. Their vet was in and they asked what was going on. I told them and they said to bring her immediately. After a test, she came back positive for heartworms. Her case of them is so severe that she could've died had I not brought her in immediately. There is still chance she may not make it, but I am praying and hoping she will pull through. This dog appears to have had a very hard life being abused before we got her. Our family loves her so much, and so does our Pomeranian. There were no signs of anything wrong with her before this morning, and I can't believe that she is in this bad of shape. I talked to the vet again around lunch time and she is still hanging on. If she makes it the rest of today and tonight, and is doing ok tomorrow morning, they plan on sending her home tomorrow afternoon. I have been pretty distraught about it, and I am by myself with my daughters because my husband wont be home for another couple of weeks.
I just checked on Blue, and she is still doing OK. The vet says it looks like she may be coming home tomorrow afternoon. I was told that we can drop by and visit her in the morning if we want because she will have to be there most all day tomorrow for observation. Thank you all for the cares and concern for my girl.
I picked Blue up this morning, several hours sooner than expected. She is still not out of the water, so to speak. She is suffering with heart failure the of issues, and has to take lots of meds and b on a special low sodium diet. After doing my own research, I am not satisfied with the vets choice of dog food. It is a prescription kind, and they want me to pay $53+ for a 17.5 lb bag. Keep in mind my dog is supposed to weigh about 70lbs when healthy. I checked into other options, and read several sites that say brown rice and chicken is good for dogs with heart problems. I am going to discuss this with the vet tomorrow, and frankly, I am not willing to pay 150-200 a month on dog food. It would be that on top of the hundreds and hundreds of dollars for vet bills. I am at my wits end, and need rest. Unfortunately, I have to stay up for another hour and a half to give her one last pill for today. It isn't certain she will make it, and is on strict crate rest for 3 months. Sorry that this turned into a vent... I'm exhausted.
I talked to the vet today about changing Blue's diet restrictions. I was not convinced that the outrageously expensive food was the best option. I did a ton of research about it, and decided chicken and brown rice would be a better alternative. Chicken and brown rice is very low in sodium (if not sodium free), and is often used to help people with heart problems. I came across a site that swears that chicken and rice is the way to go for dogs with health issues. Her vet talked to a specialist for animals with heart issues, and he agrees with me, and to add to my theory, he feels that keeping Blue eating a little of her own dog food that I have been feeding her will be best so we don't shock her system with totally new foods.
The fluid seems to be draining well. The kids sit by the crate and tell her that they wish she could play with them, but since she is sick, they can just talk to her and pet her. The Pomeranian keeps close check on her... (they are best friends!) Everything is going smoothly so far. I even made a special trip to the grocery store for some chicken and brown rice! Thank you everyone for watching the updates!