FIDGET ROUND THE BEND
"He got right up my nose!" Ella
A large class underway on the famous green carpet...
OF CRUFTS AND CARPETS
"Catch me if you can, sucker!"
"Just wait till next time....."
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Saga of a woman old enough to know better who lets her life be governed by the ridiculous hobby of breeding and showing dogs, musing on life, the twenty first century, Cameron and his mini-me, and the occasional sheep.
"IN DOG YEARS, I`M DEAD"
Thursday, April 07, 2011
There were many visits to the vet, and many antibiotics were tried. Poor Ella, oozing unmentionable stuff from eyes and nose, was poked and prodded, had the unmentionable thermometer inserted (at which her eyes bug out), and when she tried her best growl (described once as the sound of a very wet angry wasp) she blew bubbles instead.
Her appetite went. I kept her going on Complan, administered by syringe - an unspeakably messy process. As the vet commented, "Complan + saliva = instant glue. " At least they now make it in chicken flavour....I just remembered the one original flavour, Yuck.
I tried her on everything. I invited Shelby to show her how tasty these offerings were, and he responded nobly to the task. I think he may look back on these weeks as some of the best in his life.
I had some success with ice cream. As I brought in the carton, every bitch who has ever had a litter converged on it quickly. I always give ice cream during a whelping, reckoning that something cool and delicious involving liquid, calcium and a whopping big sugar rush is no bad thing when you are working hard to push out puppies. They had never forgotten.
I gave some to Allegra, who looked very thoughtful and could imagine her thinking; "Wait a minute! Ice cream and I`m not having contractions! I don`t even remember getting pregnant! Has my short term memory gone?"
At last the vet tried a new antibiotic, and it did the trick. She had the injection on Monday, and the improvement since has been remarkable. She is still not eating much, but is back to her old cheerful self, and her nose and eyes are clear..
I hope the worst is over.
Oh, and I have found a cheap vet! At last!
But so far, she really does seem to be n the mend.
Jarred baby food does sound a better alternative - cleaner too!
Ella seems much better now, but I am still trying to improve her appetite.