Saturday, July 21, 2012
Making Momma Worry
Yeah, I'm worrying a little about my Lou. She's not eating, she's losing weight, but she's also drinking a TON of water and peeing inside the house. I thought her increased thirst and decreased appetite might be side effects to her Tramadol (pain medication). We tried cutting back her pain medication for about a day, but then the following night I noticed she was trembling. So, we decided we might be trying to ween her off the pain medication too soon and resumed giving her two Tramadol in the morning and two more at night.
As for her desire to eat, it's hard to tell if she's just being picky or if she's genuinely not hungry. Justin and I ate dinner at restaurants almost every night this past week so that the girls wouldn't smell our food and think that they had any food options other than their own dog food. Despite our brilliant plan, Lexie never seemed interested in eating her own food. I got her to nibble some dog food a few nights ago, but it wasn't much, and I didn't see her eat again for two whole days afterwards. Obviously, this started to worry us, so Justin and I decided last night to give into Lexie's "hunger strike," if that's what it was, to see if she'd eat some people food. If she turned her nose up at the people food, then we'd know there was a more serious problem happening.
Well, after Lexie anxiously gobbled up an entire package of faux crab meat and two slices of American cheese last night, we've determined that she does still have an appetite after all. Now, the question is how do we get her to start eating dog food again?!?! We've thought about buying some canned food and mixing it in with her dry food, but you have to remember that Jocie and Sam are going to want to eat the canned food, too, and canned food is more expensive than dry food. Therefore, we're kind of afraid to "spoil" them on canned food, as well. Lexie HAS to eat, though! She's lost so much weight that I noticed her harness is actually falling off of her now. She also seems kind of weak on her feet.
Then, there's the issue of Lexie using the dining room rug as her new toilet. This is infuriating me, but I have no idea what to do! The couple of times that I've actually caught her peeing on the rug, I've told her "no," rushed her outside, and then praised her like crazy when she finished peeing in the grass. I just feel bad yelling at her too much because she drinks a TON of water, so I know she must have to pee a lot, and we're not there at all hours of the day to let her out every time she needs to go. I'm just worried that maybe this amount of thirst, especially coupled with a decreased appetite, could possibly be a sign that something isn't right. On the other hand, I'm also worried that she might get into the habit of peeing in the dining room whenever she has to go instead of trying to hold it until I can take her outside.
On a better note, her incisions are looking fantastic. The swelling over her right eye is looking better and better every day. Here is a comparison of how she looked Monday compared to how she looked yesterday:
You can see how much the swelling has gone down, and also how her eyes are kind of "sinking in" now. I just wish I could be happier about the healing progress, but for the time being I'm just too worried about everything else. She does have an appointment to have her stitches removed this coming Wednesday, though, so I plan to talk about all these concerns with Dr. Ellis.