you are damned if you do..and damned if you don't..
Carol · Oct. 12, 2013
not really. but it makes a somewhat relevant title....while i was worrying about one thing, i found something bigger to worry about. anyway..no one is really damned for doing or not doing at saints...i just need to know if something was done or not.
when i was home for lunch today..owen blew up with liquid diarrhea three times. three times i cleaned his room, three times i hosed him off in the sink, three times i gave him fresh linens.
so i am thinking "what the hell did that dog eat for lunch?" he should have been on canned gastro but i forgot to leave a note about that so whatever he got different would have been my fault. still i wouldn't expect him to blow up like that over one meal in any case, at least not that quickly or that big!. so i was kind of curious to see what he had eaten that messed him up so big. i started calling around to the volunteers to see what owen might have eaten.
well...looks like owen wasn't fed.
so forget the diarrhea...now i am wondering hmm ...how many times do i assume the house littles, oldies, and frails... get fed a canned lunch when maybe for some reason they don't. and this is a concern for me. i have been making the assumption that everyone is eating well at lunch unless someone tells me differently. so if a dog suddenly stops eating on monday and i take them into the vet and the vet asks me when did so and so last eat..i will say he or she ate lunch on sunday..well now i am thinking that might not be accurate. they may not have eaten since friday and if no one said anything, i wouldn't know.
oh..shit...when i assume..i make an ass out of you and me. someone came up with this saying fora really good reason i think!
just for future reference...it is OK not to feed them if time is short or things are too busy or someone isn't quite sure how to feed whoever what... but please, please let me know if any or all of the dogs or cats miss their canned lunch so i know i have to follow up by either trying them again later if someone was sick or feeding the whole crew when i get home if time ran out and they all got missed. some of these guys, like owen are just too frail not to know if they haven't eaten during the day.
anyway..this is not intended to be a beat up on our very kind and hard working and deeply caring volunteers....this is a heads up for all of us..staff and volunteer...i need to know if someone has not eaten for any reason so please leave me a note.
so back to owen.... don't know why owen has diarrhea. maybe he was hungry and pigged out on dry food and it was too hard on his digestive tract..maybe he didn't eat anything at all and his GI tract got too acidic and irritated from being empty. maybe his diarrhea has nothing to do with eating or not eating at all...maybe he has a stomach flu, maybe he has something totally different going on...maybe, maybe, maybe... bottom line is..i still don't have a clue!
i will feed him some canned gastro when i get home and see what happens next...hopefully he is done blowing up.
poor owen, sucks to not feel well....he is such an utterly sweet, sweet, sweet, little old dog!
Sounds like you need an animal food list that your staff or volunteers can tick/date/time when they fed them..good luck