I did carve Day 14 yesterday and took the photo but forgot to post it. In my defense, we’ve lost some sleep and have been worried and stressed over Mack, our long haired Chihuahua, because he‘s been sick since Saturday. We could see him slowly getting worse each day and by Sunday, he was a limp rag doll. He wouldn’t eat or drink fluids, which was totally unlike him. He’s our food thief so for him to visibly refuse food and water was scary.
We took him to the doggie ER on Sunday. His face was swollen and his eyes were puffy and we thought that he maybe had a sinus infection. The ER couldn’t find anything wrong and chalked it up to an allergic reaction and gave him Benadryl.
Monday came with him being unresponsive after the Benadryl so we stopped giving him that. We called our family vet and made an appointment but the earliest they could give us was Tuesday. I took Mack out into the sun for 15 minutes which helped and he ate and drank a little.
Tuesday came with rag doll Mack again but fortunately had a vet appointment. Our vet knows Mack pretty well and she could see he wasn’t right. They took blood work, etc, gave him an IV and some B12. We were all perplexed because he had no obvious issues so all we could do was wait for all the tests to come back.
A Wednesday morning and Mack was still lethargic. The vet called after lunch. Apparently when we traveled up North with Chloe and Mack, the week after Thanksgiving, Mack must have been bitten by a tick on the trip. Yes, they are on flea and tick meds. Nice to know that the $50 a dose flea and tick meds helped. NOT.
The vet explained to us that ticks in Florida are uncommon so it’s most likely he picked up something on the trip up North, maybe at a rest stop. They gave him prednisone and an antibiotic that we had to get at CVS. We had to crush the first doses and mix it with gravy to get them in him.
Today? He just shoved Chloe out of the way to get to her lunch so I gave her his lunch. He’s doing better today and is eating and drinking on his own, much to our relief. We had a scary stressful few days but he seems to be healing.
Whew! Here are today’s and yesterday’s stamps.