Things have been rough lately. Bosco still can’t walk. It’s been almost 4 1/2 months. He started having diarrhea on his birthday (9/15). He had one day that it became bloody. The vet said that the Prednisone he takes could be causing the problem. She suggested a course of Flagile. We did that, he got better, and then a few days after finishing the med he started to have more stomach issues. So, the vet said he could stay on the med indefinitely. (That broke my heart because it means we are doing palliative care now.). So, we continued to give the flagile and things got better again until he stopped eating the bland foods the vet wanted him on. Because he would not eat I offered other foods. He liked steak and canned tuna. So I was thrilled he was eating but it’s causing diarrhea again.
Its been several days now now that he has had very soft stool or full blown diarrhea. His rear end is so swollen and he’s bleeding a little. I have been cleaning him as gently as possible with baby wipes but it’s taking a toll. The blood is definitely coming from his skin/ external. Has anyone dealt with this? Is there anything I can put on him to help? Aloe or tucks pads maybe? I texted my holistic vet about it but haven’t heard back yet.
The holistic vet did give us a referral to another vet who does euthanasia. She’s basically a hospice vet. It looks like she takes paw prints, paw impressions, and other things along with euthanasia and cremation. I guess it’s a small comfort to feel prepared in case we have to make that decision. Although I would like to let things happen naturally if it’s possible, without Bosco being in pain. This is really hard.
I’m wondering if anyone has had difficulty dealing with family or friends who have different views or would make different choices for thier pets? I’m dealing with a crappy situation with a friend and I just don’t know what to do. I would welcome any advice.
I have a friend who I used to work out with a lot and I work with her too. As Bosco’s health declined and especially as his mobility declined I or my husband had to be home with him. So, we were able to work out out schedules so that one of us could be here. That meant that I couldn’t go to the gym often. I explained all of this to my friend but she began to act differently arround me (quiet). This friend also got engaged a year ago. She sent me a save the date card. She invited me to her bachelorette party and wedding shower. I couldn’t go to either because my husband was working and I had no one to care for Bosco. We would need a vet tech to watch him because he needs his bladder expressed and we have to turn him to avoid pressure sores because he can’t. It’s hard and it’s very physical.
So, I have explained the situation to my friend and apologized for not making it. I got her a shower gift. On the day of her bachelorette party, I texted her to say that I hoped she had fun and that I wish I could be there. She seemed happy I did that. Then a month before the wedding she texted to ask how she should get the wedding invitation to me. I thought it was an odd question and I assumed she didn’t want to mail it so save money. So she said she would send it through the office mail system. Well you can guess where this is going. I never got an invitation. And, the wedding is this Saterday out of town. She texted me two days ago and asked me if I would watch her dog for her while she was “Out of town”! !! So…clearly the invitation wasn’t lost in the mail. I very politely gave her a reference for a pet sitting company that I thought did a great job. It’s been radio silence since then. What would you do? I know she is mad that I didn’t come to her shower but my heart dog needed me. I didn’t have any good options. Also she never asks me how Bosco is doing or how I am holding up. I thought that I left the mean girl crap behind in middle school. What do I do?
ok, enough self pity. Let’s end this post on a pawsitive note. Here’s my tripawd calander submission photo. This was just last spring but it feels so long ago. He was so energetic and had a great time at Hilton Head!
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