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MelanieBnG

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Hello, everyone:

I haven't been on in a while....I've been trying to keep busy whilst I grieve for our beloved Jackson. I've been doing better, but every day I think about him, and every day I'm sad....and every day I'm angry....but I get through the day.

I hope everyone is doing well. I miss you all, and I will try to be better about checking in with all of you.

I, do, however need some positive thoughts and prayers for my 5 year old Red Heeler, Ginger.

She is going to the vet tomorrow morning at 9:30 to be looked at. She hasn't been feeling quite right. She's had the "blahs" for about a week or so. Not so much lethargic, but just kind of....blah. I've noticed that her water intake and urine output is a lot more than it used to be. She came down with a bout of poopy troubles yesterday. She's been eating when she feels like it....meaning that she doesn't eat as soon as I put food in her bowl, but will eat eventually....usually when I say "Eat your food, baby" and stand next to her...she's always done this.

Ginger has tested postive for Lymes...I have treated it.  From what I understand, it gets treated, but is still in the bloodstream, but dormant. I am panicked that she has something really wrong with her...I'm afraid of renal failure (although she still is up and running around, barking her face off) or something else with her kidneys. I fear the worst. I don't know why, but I do.

I hope maybe she's just a little under the weather and it's nothing serious. I'm beside myself with worry about my sweet girl. She has started snipping at certain people from time to time lately, too. She NEVER has snipped at ME. She snipped at my boyfriend, and her "dad's" girlfriend's daughter. She won't snip at me or her dad.

Any ideas? Has anyone ever dealt with this type of behavior or these symptoms? Please send positive thoughts and prayers Ginger's way. I don't want my baby girl to be sick :(

Love you all.

Melanie
cwigg99723

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Good to hear from you, but sorry that Ginger is not feeling good.  Just my thought, perhaps a blader infection.  But you still need to take her to the vet.  Even if it is a bladder infection, she needs meds for it.  I guess dogs get bladder infections???? 
 
I have been meaning to send you a PM to see how you and your Mom are doing. 
 
Be sure and let us know how Ginger is doing.
LukesDad

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Melanie, good to hear from you.  It seems the time has been going by so quickly (7 weeks for Luke, 4 weeks for Lil), and at other times it seems like only yesterday!

It's a good move to get Ginger checked out thoroughly.  I know you're frightened about what the vet might say, but it also may be something easily fixed.  Remember that you've got an angel watching over you and your family now, who will help you along the way!

Prayers sent your way for continuing health for Ginger.  Please wish your family the best for me, as well!

God Bless!  Rick 
MelanieBnG

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Well, I took Ginger in this morning. No lumps or bumps, temperature is normal, stools are normal. Gums aren't tacky, eyes are bright.

He drew some blood and it's going to be sent off to the lab and I will know more tomorrow morning. I even gave him a urine sample...I walked around with a ladle until she went pee (LOL!!!) 

Soooo.....now it's the waiting game. :( I HATE the waiting game. 
rottiesrule

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Maybe Ginger is diabetic? They will urinate more and be off their food, and have diarrhea. I hope for good news for you and Ginger!

meg

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hi     cant remember the last  time i was here i been sick    had  cancer   but i am ok  now      i need someone to  talk to  i thought  i was over  missing  my dog  that died 3 years ago   cant stop thinking of her everytime i see someone witth there dog or i hear someone talk about there pets makes  me sad angry  to  it hurts  so  much  my heart is broken  the gate was left open  she  got  out  she  must of ate  something   i should of not let it haapen  my fault  feel like i am being  punshed    dont know what  to  do    meg

MelanieBnG

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The vet did mention diabetes as a possibility.....I don't want her to have that either, though :( I just hope my mind has been playing tricks on me and she is really fine.  I suspense of that phone call is driving me crazy!
Mare

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I am glad you took Ginger to the vet.  I know the waiting game is not fun at all.  I will keep her in my prayers!  Please let us know what the doc finds out.

Mare

LukesDad

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Melanie, I actually thought of diabetes as a possibility, too......but I'm not the expert.  Luke had diabetes the last three years of his life, but they were largely quality years.  His initial symptoms also included increased thirst and urination, along with frequent messes.  But once I got him stabilized on insulin, tightened up his diet and exercise, he did very well.

But, let's not jump the gun....could be a number of other things less serious, as well!

Rick
MelanieBnG

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Oh, Rick -

I have been reading up on Canine diabetes. Luke was insulin dependent? How did you manage everything?
LukesDad

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Melanie, it was never a question for me whether I was willing or able to manage it.....it was just charge in and do it.  When Luke was first diagnosed, at 10 years old, one of the first things the vet brought up was the possibility of euthanasia, given the expense, time commitment, etc.  I remember how angry I got!!  This is my baby!  I'll do whatever I have to, as long as Luke is relatively healthy and happy. 

I will never regret the decision.  Luke got stabilized on insulin within about a week, and his symptoms declined dramatically.  During those three years, Luke ate better than we did!  I cooked up a combination of beef roast, chicken breasts and lean pork roast, mixed them all together and put them on a bed of mini-chunk Iams.  He ate that twice a day until a week and a half before he passed.  I gave him two shots of insulin per day, morning and evening, and we walked nightly, even though the distances became less and less towards the end.  As I look back, I was nervous about being able to care for him adequately, but it worked out well.  Those last three years kept him happy and feeling well, until his final illness.  As you can imagine, when he stopped eating after Lil got sick, it threw his diabetes all out of whack, and he declined quickly.  I believe that he wanted to prepare the way for Lil! 

It might seem strange to you, but caring for Luke during that time was a strong bonding time for the both of us.  The locked in routine of the feedings, shots and walks became a large, expected part of both of our lives.  Luke was so good about taking his shots, even though I know I wouldn't always do it exactly right and it would hurt him.  But, he never snapped at me.....gave me a couple of warning growls a few times....but we would always spend time with ear and belly scratching afterwards, and I'd tell him what a good boy he was.  How I miss those times, along with all of the other things we all did together.

It's never a chore to take care of those you love, and who love you!  Rick 
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