Saturday, January 31, 2009

Photo-Hunter: furry

Here's my furry boyfriend who got home from the hospital yesterday after an overnight stay with other furry friends. I brought him to the clinic on Thursday night after I noticed drops of blood coming out of his nose (I was scared to death!). I applied an icepack to stop the bleeding, but there were still droplets every few minutes. At the clinic, blood tests were done to determine what's causing the nose bleed, more blood tests to check his liver and kidneys. Fritz is so gentle he didn't even protest when a dextrose was attached to his foreleg and a cotton soaked in epinephrine was stuck to his nose. He was wagging his tail when I entered the examination room, and I almost cried when I left him there. But he growled at everyone while he was being kept in a cage, the vet told me.

Fritz was released on Friday afternoon---thank God, his liver and kidneys are OK, but he has an infection, the reason why his platelet count was too low. The vet suspects Ehrlichia infection, a bacteria from ticks. Although Fritz has no ticks, my landlord's askals have ticks so they're the culprit. Fritz was prescribed a cocktail of meds that he will be taking for a month---an antibiotic (doxycycline) to kill the bacteria, vitamin K1 (for blood coagulation), multi-vitamins and a supplement for anemia. There goes my weekend shopping budget...oh well, I'm just glad he's home and getting better.



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31 comments:

jennyL said...

aww im glad your "boyfriend" is back and well na hehe..

Happy photohunting!!
Here’s my entry: http://jennys-corner.com/2009/01/photohunt-furry.html

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Dogs could be as friendly as anything, true. I always wondered whether they do it on purpose ;-)

Incog & Nito said...

Fritz is so cute and furry. I'm glad he is better. Enjoy your day.

Shinade said...

Oh Fritz you are really beautiful!! I do so hope you are better soon!! Mine is up here.

http://shinade.blogspot.com/2009/01/its-cold-and-im-hungry.html

happy weekend:-)

Hugs for Fritz!!

JyLnC said...

What a beautiful face. I'm glad he's going to recover. Great photo.

If you have time stop by by photo hunt!
JyLnC's Furry Photohunt

julie said...

Wawa naman, good thing he is better :)

By the way, they are not called "askals" anymore, they are called "Aspen" for Asong Pinoy :)

stan said...

Get well soon! I;ve just adopted a Jack Russell but she's having this skin flaking prob. I have to wait for this weekend to be over before I can bring hher to a vet. So I can imagine your anxieity.

June said...

Oh is he sweet! So glad to hear all is OK...or at least under control. Our little pooch is still going through tests for Cushings syndrome. Very distressing to watch her be distressed. Be glad you're only set back your weekend shopping trip...they're definitely worth it though!

familiakhuletz said...

Ang cute ng nose!!! =)parang ang sarap yakapin ng doggie!

My PH entries are here and here. Hope you can hop by if you have the time. Thanks!

isaiah said...

i hope he will be alright

mirage2g said...

Of course, the perfect photo for the theme! This theme is made for you as well as Criz Lai :) Hope Fritz is better now, kawawa naman pag may ticks....naku! ENjoy the weekend!

Tarheel Rambler said...

What a good guy to put up with all of that. He looks like he's got a super disposition. It's appropriate that today's theme is Furry after all he's been through this week.

If you enjoy photo memes, I invite you to come check out Sunday Scenery.

Sreisaat said...

I hope he'll be alright. My Max had distemper when she was younger and she received a cocktail of injections every single day for three months, plus assorted meds that we mixed in her food. She had to be spoon-fed, too, because she was very weak. Thankfully, she survived - she's also the subject of my PH entry this week :)

Carver said...

What a beautiful boy. I hope he will be completely well soon.

Lene said...

Ooooooo, thats a cute, furry litle one, yes :) Say hello to your boyfriend from me - and have a nice weekend, both of you :)

Maureen Hayes said...

I'm so sorry you had such a scare with Fritz's health, but happy to hear you will recover. He is beautiful, and furry, and I am sure you are glad to have him again.

Please check out my furry post at:

http://beingchronicallyillisapill.blogspot.com/2009/01/photohunt-saturday-furry-friends.html

Happy Photo Hunt!

bing said...

he reminds me of our dog spag though spag is all white. hawa naman ang mga kapitbahay na askal, kagandang aso pa naman. it's good that he's back home.

FickleMinded said...

he's so cute, i hope he's feeling ok now.
thanks for stopping by.

jmb said...

He is a very handsome furry friend and I am glad that he is doing well now you have discovered what is wrong with him.

Happy weekend Luna

Edward said...

Poor dog, hope he recovers soon. :)

The Social Frog said...

What a beautiful dog :)

Photo Cache said...

I hope he gets better and stay well. How's it to have a furry boyfriend?

Leslie said...

Now he's precious! :)

http://lesliesmyers.blogspot.com/2009/01/photohuntfurry-tigger.html

Dennis Villegas said...

Beautiful, beautiful dog!

bernadette said...

I really understand your situation, Luna! Here are my home-made remedies or maintenance stuff that works as far as my personal experiences are concerned---garlic cloves (2-3 times a day for 3 days---one a month) and/or VCO as supplementary diet. The garlic when in the blood becomes a sort of disinfectant and not a favorite of ticks and fleas.

Napaboaniya said...

I'm glad he's fine and is discharged :)
Real handsome boy!

diXymiss said...

Darling doggie. So glad your furry companion got the care he needs. Hope he recovers soon! ThanX for stopping by.

the donG said...

lucky lucky dog! i also love dogs but i dont have one right now. lawstude has a dog like that.

luna miranda said...

hello, bernadette! thanks for idea! i'll definitely try cloves of garlic and VCO. namumulubi ako sa mahal ng mga meds! Fritz puked after taking sangobion, a blood vitamins...it's 16 pesos each and he'll be taking it for a month. I called the vet and she advised to replace it with ferrous sulfate. bakit kasi branded pa ang nasa prescription pwede naman pala yong inexpensive ferrous sulfate. hayyy!

luna miranda said...

hi, dong! i'd like to think that it's me who is lucky because i have Fritz. i'm sure every dog parent knows the feeling.:D

yes, i saw lawstude's dog...he's also cute.

bernadette said...

medicine is business too, Luna. My brod-in-law is a doctor and he intimates that they (doctors) are tied down to some form of ethics and one of them is not to push for less expensive organic or alternative meds.