Monday, February 10, 2014

Update on Tasha's Poisoning

Several of you have contacted me directly about Tasha's recovery. thank you for your concern, and anyone who knows me, knows how much my pets me to me. They make me laugh, curl up with me when I'm sick. keep me moving, and frequently inspire character development. Tasha herself is much like Twig. We sometimes refer to her a Nursie-dog. She also sat with me day and night when I was suffering from a horrific asthma attack a few years back, and I swear she can detect my husband's seizures an hour before they occur. The least we can do is return the favor.

We saw our vet for a follow-up on Saturday. He ran a lot of chemistry on her blood and urine. The result is that my crazy little dog is chemically out of whack. Her pH is 8 when it should be a 3 or 4. She is registering low on some things and too on others. Her urine is forming crystals that glittered among the white blood cells on the slide. Jim is great. He takes his time, and even shows us what he sees directly. Really, we got a look at the slides. To a science nerd like me, that's pretty cool.

So what comes next? I am converting her to a high animal protein food, and keeping an eye on her. It will take time for the poison to leave her body. The good news is that no organ damage has appeared. We pounced on the problem, and headed off a disaster, and because she had a full belly, the plant food bound tothe kibble and make a quick exit when she vomited.

Tasha still gets tired quickly, and gives up on play long before our much older dog. She is fine, but she is just not Tasha. She is taking cranberry extract to support her urinary tract and getting the rest she needs to recover. She should be back to her old self in a few weeks.

Please remember pets can get into trouble quickly. If you love them, keep them away from all chemicals. If you wouldn't eat it, they shouldn't have access to it either.
Post a Comment