Angel, our 12 1/2 year old sheltie, has been very sick this week. She started vomiting Wednesday, continued through Thursday (though all she was vomiting at that point was bile), and started having the runs the same day. Now, as she’s gotten older, she’s had bouts like this, but they usually self-remedy in a day or two. She’d been to the vet before for it, and we knew the routine to help her through it. But when the diarrhea continued on Friday, and she still wouldn’t eat (including her anti-nausea pills–wrapped in normally irresistable peanut butter–we’d been trying to get her to eat since Thursdsay), it was time to take her to the vet.
The vet gave her some subcutaneous fluids and a shot of the same meds we had at home, then pulled some blood to see if anything was off. Unfortunately, the tests showed her kidney, phosphorous, and potassium levels were high. The vet thinks this is a more chronic, rather than acute, problem, and that as she’s aged her ability to fight it has weakened. This would explain the increasing bouts of nausea and vomiting, the increasing loss of appetite in the last few months, and her general “I don’t feel too good” demeanor. She spends most of her days lying down.
I’ve posted about Angel here before, though it’s been a while. She had been my parents’ dog, but my father’s Parkinson’s and other medical conditions meant that there was just no time to attend to her. She became obese, painfully arthritic, and spent her days sleeping under the deck. We took her in, shaved the weight off of her (which helped her arthritis tremendously), and have kept her up to date on her sheets and teeth cleaning. I’d like to think we extended not just the length of her life, but the quality of it.
Since we had RuffLlama, she hasn’t received as much attention. Thankfully, as she has aged, she hasn’t needed as much. Most of the time she’s just happy to be with her pack, snoozing on the floor in the same room as us.
For now, we’re going to see if we can perk up her appetite with the anti-nausea meds. When she came home last night, she did eat a little, and drank plenty. But this morning, while we were able to give her her meds, she only ate a few bites of her breakfast. We’ll see if she doesn’t perk up in the next few days…but this is starting to look like the end.