the NZ meat rabbits arrived just as I was loading chewie (the new dog) up into the car.
the two girls are together in the first pen, the boy is alone in the back pen. these guys are not spayed and neutered yet so don't let them get together. they all need names.
Dr. Katz kindly agreed to see chewie after hours..he is a very sick dog. he is a 13 yr old lab who is a cruelty case...dripping foul purulent sludge from his eyes and mouth, emaciated, weak and running a fever.
chewie has a tumor on the back of his tongue..it is inoperable. he is on a ton of meds...three different oral antibiotics, antibiotic eye cream, anti-inflammatories, pain meds and probiotics. if we can perk him up, get the infected tumor under control. get some weight on him and just get him feeling a bit better...we will then try steroids to try to shrink the tumor.
we will see how he progresses over the weekend..if he improves, we will continue to treat him palliatively for as long as he can have quality of life. if however he does not improve by Tuesday, I think we should let him go.
chewie is a very sweet and beautiful dog..so much like black buddy. however...none of the dogs are to be anywhere near him when he is eating..he is a starved dog and I do not want anything bad to happen. I would prefer he is not around any other dogs for now until we see which way he will go...he is not only starved...he is also very sick and will not want other dogs in his face.
letting the other dogs in and out of the mp room is going to be problematic..for now take them around to the front yard on a leash. I will figure out a better spot for him than in the mp room back entrance way..but I am too tired to do it tonight.
chewie is not to have any dry food...too hard to swallow and he may choke..he is only to have canned gastro three times a day. also because his mouth is currently so horribly gross...he will need his water bowls cleaned and freshened several times a day. I will take care of his meds and feeding on the weekend.
so here we go again...hope is floating for a very sick old dog at SAINTS.
(thx lynne for coming up and letting the dogs out while I was gone!!!)
(edited to add..i have changed the spelling of his name to CHEWIE *(the dog) to differentiate him from CHEWY*( the goat.)