it is stressful when we have animals seriously ill.
Carol · May 31, 2009
the vet was here by 7 am so that was good because i got to talk with him about gilbert. he is much improved today..he is able to swallow when syringed water. i spent an hour tonight with him teaching him to eat and drink from a bowl again. he is still not all that great at it but at least he is trying. he can stand up and lay down on his own. he is more aware of what is going on around him and his temperature is finally down.
the really bad thing right now is...gilbert is totally blind. this is a result of the hundreds of seizures he had yesterday. there is some real profound brain deficits...some of it will come back to him, including maybe his vision...we just have to wait out this post seizure period (it could be several weeks) to see how much, if any, permanent damage there was.
in the meantime...he needs very frequent hand or syringed food and water, monitering to ensure he gets enough of both and lots of gentle emotional, social and tactile stimulation to prevent hopelessness and depression because he is so isolated and vulnerable.
it is a tough go for gilbert right now.
spritely's leg crapped out tonight. she is in pain and will not eat. i hosed the leg down for quite awhile and forced her anti-inflamatory pain meds into her. hopefully they will kick in enough so she can eat cuz i have more meds in her food which she really needs.
i will check her and gilbert both before dark and really hope they both have a decent night.
jewel and phoebe just got into really big trouble. i am not in the mood for their stupid prima donna shit while they pretend to try to kill each other.
i told them both they better shut up, knock it off and go to bed right now...so they did..it is the tone of voice (the one that clearly spells dead dog) that makes them both occasionally listen so well.
the good dogs all went to bed too...they do not like that very angry tone of voice as they are not sure if they are included so better safe than sorry and they went to bed too.
bed sounds like a good idea for me too once i am sure spritely and gilbert are good for the night.