Thursday, November 19, 2015

Roxie Update & Unscheduled Vet Visit

Hey, guys!

Roxanne has been here four and a half weeks now! We're having another (thankfully much, much smaller) medical problem, so that's really all this post is about.

This entire process have been beyond exhausting and stressful, not to mention frustrating. It feels like something is always going wrong, or I'm constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop. She was sick, then much sicker, then she got better and better, and now we're having problems again. I just want smooth sailing! Good god, I think we've both earned it.

Roxie's been acting off since Tuesday. She's been having diarrhea, slight decrease in appetite, is a bit cranky and just overall really listless.  She's limping on her left front leg, the same one that had the swelling/limping/stiffness issues during her first week here.

She had some of The Honest Kitchen food for breakfast on Tuesday, and I'd initially written the diarrhea off as a new food. However, it hasn't lessened, despite her only getting her regular kibble again. She's drinking fine and staying hydrated, and it's not like "oh my god, she is pooping everywhere all the time". There's no increase in her pooping, just the consistency of it. (Gotta love the dog world for poop talk, right?)
She's still eating her normal amount and eating treats, just not with her usual gluttony.

She's backslid some on her crate guarding since she started having the problems. The lunging has not resurfaced, thank god, but the growling is back.

She's normally happy to follow me around the house and be where I am, trot around the yard, or lay by Nola in the evenings while I blog. Right now she only wants to be in her crate, and is sleeping more than normal.

She's on medicated baths every 48hrs, and is on Ivermectin, both for treating the mange. I didn't give her the bath or the Ivermectin yesterday in light of the problems cropping up. Perhaps it's some kind of sensitivity to it? It'd be odd if so, since she's been on it for nearly two weeks now. She did appear a bit more perky last night though, when she hadn't been dosed.

On the positive side: She's still eating and drinking, still sweet, eyes still bright, is still happy, and is growing in a lot of hair. I hope this is just a minor setback.

We have a 9am appointment with the vet today, so we'll see what's going on. Tried to get her in yesterday, but they didn't have any openings, and I don't trust another practice to work her case as well as our vets do. Send us some positive thoughts!

- Dachshund Mommy


  1. Our paws a crossed for you, Roxie! :)

  2. The change in attitude is probably normal considering she doesn't feel that great. This takes me back to the time when we did a rescue on two Jack Russell brothers, Tucker and Rusty. They were both fighting serious mange problems. Rusty handled the medicated baths OK but Tucker got quite ill after the baths. The vet had to really cut down on the medication in the bath and even then, Tucker wasn't himself for days after. Also, ask your vet about the medication used to treat the mange. Hopefully that's been improved since Tucker and Rusty's time. Tucker and Rusty both passed within a couple years of each other from cancer at a young age for Jacks. The specialists at the hospital told me the medication that was used for mange treatment back then was suspected to also be the cause for development of cancer in some dogs.

    POTP to Roxie. Hope she's feeling better soon.

  3. Roxie, you are in my prayers for sure. ALL of you are. She has been going through so much, as have you and you guys deserve some rest!! Keep us updated.

  4. Oh poor darling, sending lots of POTP your way
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  5. Oh no! I agree with Amber DaWeenie - her attitude is probably due to not feeling well. Hopefully it is nothing serious and the vet can figure out what's going on. Will be praying for you both.

  6. Lily has had poor stool since she was 11 weeks old and God only knows I have tried everything. Jasmine rice, boiled chicken, green beans carrots and a sweet potato with a teaspoon of pumpkin every other day has finally given this little one normal stool. I do throw in a tiny bit of Brothers Compleye kibble and a supplement. Good luck. I know how frustrating it can be
    Lily & Edward

  7. POTP to Roxy from all of us here. I had a bit of a loose poop the other day, but it went away by itself!!

  8. Sending the POTP Roxie's way! I hope it's nothing to serious!


  9. After seeing this latest picture I am thinking she has a fair bit of Rhodesian ridgeback in her. Hope she gets on the mend again very soon.

  10. I can't think what is causing the diarrhoea, strange that all these problems seem to have emerged together. Hope the vet visit goes well and they are able to pinpoint the problem.
    Sending lots of POTP and healing chi vibes.
    Lynne x

  11. Oh poor girl! I hope she feels better soon!

  12. Oh gurl! Sorry abouts the pooper-shooter troubles....I knows that sucks! I had that problem when I was a wee lass, and kinda throughout my younger years..I've been great the last couple of years, with no poopie problems. I'm sure your FABulous vettie can figure out what's goin' on! Sendin' lots of POTP !!
    Ruby ♥

  13. We hope the vet had some helpful answers for you. When Mabel was on an increasing dose of ivermectin we were to watch for vomiting or diarreah as the dose increased. You might ask your vet about Bravecto a flea and tick chew. One chew lasts 12 weeks and studies show it kills demodetic mites. It is what put Mabel over the top in getting rid of them.
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  14. We are sending POTP that the Vet visit goes well tomorrow!! You all soooo deserve a happily ever after!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  15. Awww sending you tons of POTP!!!! feel better sweet Roxie!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  16. I hope that it is just a temporary set back. Y'all definitely deserve some good times! Which Dr. Harvey's do you have her on? The Oracle beef is what my boys eat and it has them both having "perfect" poops consistently for the first time. You only have to add hot water to Oracle and wait 10 minutes. It has worked great for us. I am an ambassador so you can use my code and save 10%. I don't make a commission or anything but it will save you a little bit. It is BFTB1231. I know that you are spending a fortune on Roxie. ♥


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