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Re: Hyzzie

Postby pat » Wed May 25, 2016 11:12 am

glad to hear she is making some improvement. guess sometimes it just takes awhile for a full recovery.
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Postby TamanduaGirl » Wed May 25, 2016 10:12 pm

Ultrasound results showed no tumors and actually looked pretty good, just really inflamed liver and digestive tract, and some kidney damage that we already knew she had but is not the primary cause of the current issues. She's had milk thistle&Sam-e supplement added to ease her liver inflammation and help healing and had Prilosec added for her tummy.

Lepto is still a possibility but they are sending her titers off now to find out. Lab also suggested toxic mushrooms but that's extremely unlikely since she hates mushrooms, we have none growing in the yard, and I saw her eat none at the park.

She's been eating more today, puperonni but she's eating. She also had a nice big loose poop which the vet said is good as getting rid of the bile can help her feel better too.

The vet said she is open to us coming in tomorrow to get a new catheter in, as vet prefers IV to sub-q, but think as long as she continues to do well on the sub-q we will all be happier without it.

She took a couple short walks down the front walk to the driveway, since she seemed to want to, had some time sitting in the yard with me, has been drinking some but spent most of the day sleeping to make up for yesterday's stress.
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Postby minervasden » Wed May 25, 2016 10:25 pm

Sounds like things are going in a positive direction. Any possibility Hyzzie munched on some other toxic plant?
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Postby Ana » Wed May 25, 2016 11:08 pm

Oh wow, so sorry to hear Hyzzie's been ill, thank goodness she's recovering!

It's great that you've got competent medical care available, it's awful to be in some underserved
backwoods area and need help unraveling a medical mystery.


.. lemme know if she wants some willow bark!
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Postby TamanduaGirl » Thu May 26, 2016 12:00 am

Yes it helps a lot. I've had a few bad vets before and some good ones but this one is fantastic and a perfect fit for me. I can sort of see why some people have said they don't like her though, like how she called Hyzzie a banana when we came in with her, lol, but that sort of thing actually helps calm me down. I mean if the Dr's joking maybe it's not really so bad sort of feels :)

She's been doing great since she got the Prilosec tonight

About an hour ago she came and got me to give her more puperoni. She ate almost 3 whole pieces, hand fed in tiny bite sizes, but she ate them eagerly.

Went to take Beaker for a walk after and she wanted to come along. She took some of her lamb treats for putting her harness on. She made it to the end of the driveway but didn't want to go back so I carried her to the mailboxes then she gave a squirm to get down so I turned and carried her home with no squirming. She came RUNNING to great me when I came back later after taking Beaker for a real walk. Ate some more pupperoni and followed us out to watch us pick some strawberries!
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Postby TamanduaGirl » Fri May 27, 2016 1:11 pm

So yesterday we needed more antibiotic and the vet wanted to have a look at Hyzzie again so we both had to go to the vet again but now we have enough antibiotic for 10 days to finish to the cycle. If the test comes back that she has lepto she will then get a round of doxycycline but if it's negative she'll be done with the antibiotics.

She ate great last night. A lot of chicken and had a normal formed poo today, yay! She is drinking well on her own now too.

She was still pretty yellow yesterday, though at first thought she looked good in my room but guess was the lighting as she was much yellower outside but was less so than she had been. So I researched her supplements she had been getting and picked the ones that will also lower bilirubin(what's making her yellow). COQ10, Chitosan, DHA(fish oil), Taurine, Curcumin. She is much less yellow today by at least half. She even did nibble at tiny bit at a bit of chicken but she normally isn't hungry till the evenings.
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Postby Ana » Fri May 27, 2016 4:41 pm

The slow climb back to health. :/ It's so exhausting for the caregivers, those little milestones
of progress we cling to (solid poop! YES!!). So glad she's getting better. Try to set aside some
time to treat yourself to something you enjoy, even just 15-20 minutes, so you've got something
to look forward to that's unrelated to caregiving. *hugs*
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Postby Ash » Fri May 27, 2016 8:54 pm

So good to hear. :) I'm happy she's doing better!

What do you mean "making her yellow?" Like her skin?
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Postby TamanduaGirl » Fri May 27, 2016 9:57 pm

YES. The whites of the eyes got bright yellow and her skin was too, ears and belly and when the vet looked gum and tongue, basically everything but you can see those parts. Google image search "Jaundiced eye" it's kind of gross but that's it.

I took this photo to show the vet how much less yellow she was today but if you go to the photo then click on it to make it bigger you can see it's still a bit yellow but nothing like before. Her eyes were like Pua's "curcumin stained fur" yellow. https://www.flickr.com/photos/tamanduagirl/26683100223

Every time I took Beaker for a walk Hyzzie would be waiting when I got back and take some food. First time just a nibble then after that she's been eating chicken well and even took some licks of the KD. I'm not really fond of the prescription though. But will need to try adding rice to her chicken , long as she keep eating it'll be better for her.
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Postby TamanduaGirl » Fri May 27, 2016 10:00 pm

Ana wrote:The slow climb back to health. :/ It's so exhausting for the caregivers, those little milestones
of progress we cling to (solid poop! YES!!). So glad she's getting better. Try to set aside some
time to treat yourself to something you enjoy, even just 15-20 minutes, so you've got something
to look forward to that's unrelated to caregiving. *hugs*


Thank you. I made cookies today.

Hyzzie wanted to try going on the evening walk but just made it to the end of the walkway so I carried her across the street but Beaker tried to make friends with a cat and that was scary so she squirmed and I let her down and she trotted home.
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Re: Hyzzie

Postby Ash » Fri May 27, 2016 10:14 pm

Ew, looked up some pictures. I'm glad I know what that looks like now just in case it happens to any of my animals. I've seen it in people, but it looks really strange in animals.

The picture of her from today looks a lot better than any of the other pictures I was looking at when I searched.
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Postby TamanduaGirl » Fri May 27, 2016 11:46 pm

Yeah much better. A scary thing in person when full on yellow. The yellow tongue looked especially sick. I was sure it was going to be the end for her. Glad I was wrong.
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Postby pat » Sat May 28, 2016 8:58 am

so very glad hear Hyzzie is improving :peng:
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Postby TamanduaGirl » Tue May 31, 2016 4:08 pm

Hyzzie is doing good. She was even out sunbathing by herself a couple times today and no more yellow at all.

She has since gone to lay in front of the living room AC instead.
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Re: Hyzzie

Postby TamanduaGirl » Tue Jun 07, 2016 4:24 pm

Today we helped Hyzzie say goodbye to this life She was just to tired and miserable to keep fighting today. She had a pretty good week though.

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