Wednesday, October 14, 2009

One Sick Puppy

Well, first things first, we changed her name from Gracie to Maggie. I just didn't like the way Gracie sounded for a dog. And anyone who has a dog knows you sometimes call their name like 100 times. Besides, she just looks more like a Maggie to me.
OK, now for the not so fun part. She wasn't eating. Like, nothing. So we were concerned. I had made her new puppy appointment for Tuesday morning, but by Monday evening we didn't think she was going to make it. We were giving her water with a medicine dropper. Honestly, I couldn't stand the idea of losing yet another dog in 6 months and even though we had only had her a few days, Maggie had become part of our family. You pet people know what I'm talking about.
When she made it through the night we were surprised, and ecstatic. I took her to the vet only to find out she has hookworms, roundworms, Parvo and Cocidia. The doctor was amazed that she was still waging her tail and walking around on his exam table trying to climb on the scale. He sad with all that was wrong with her he would expect her to not be able to pick her own head up. We admitted her and they immediately got her on IV. He said dogs with Parvo have about a 50/50 shot, but that large breeds, like labs, tend to handle it better. He also said she seemed like a fighter.
PRAISE GOD! Yesterday afternoon the vet called with a good report. Maggie had not thrown up once all day, had not had even one accident in her cage and seemed "spunky." That's my girl! So this morning they are going to try some solid food and if she keeps it down he says we should be able to bring her home this afternoon!
It's been a crazy few days. 4 days ago I didn't even know she existed, but somehow I have fallen in love with her. I miss her being home with us. Hopefully thanks to a couple hundred bucks, and some TLC from the vet, Maggie will be a part of our family for a long time to come!