Our Chica is sick, as of this morning.
. We've had small dogs for almost a decade, but none of them has ever had uncontrollable diarrhea with bright red blood in it, followed by blood dripping out of them!! (Sorry so gross/TMI). I rushed Chica into our vet, and she diagnosed it as colitis, of unknown cause. She said it could be bacterial or from something strange she ingested. Bless our little Hoover dog, but she will eat absolutely anything
she can find on the ground in our yard/during potty breaks or on walks (and in fact I posted a rant on here about people not cleaning up their trash and/or their dogs' poo awhile back). I am constantly having to be on the look-out for anything dangerous they might try to gobble up! With the blood this morning, I was so worried Chica might have something I'd heard about with small breed dogs called HGE, but thankfully the vet didn't think so. She's having me give Chica's GI system a break from food until tomorrow morning, but she can have tiny amounts of honey periodically, to help keep her blood sugar up. (She's 7 lbs, so hypoglycemia isn't as much of a concern, but better to err on the side of caution). She laps that honey right up, but she's not drinking which of course has me concerned about dehydration, especially given the repeated loose stools. Her last episode of diarrhea was this afternoon though, so thankfully that seems to have stopped (for now, anyway). Tomorrow she will start on Amoxicillin and Sucralfate, and can have small amounts of wet/canned chicken and rice food. Since switching awhile back from Iams to a higher quality/4 star corn/wheat/soy free kibble (4Health), her stools have been great, but clearly she either caught a "tummy bug"/GI virus or ingested something she shouldn't have. Prayers for our little chi would sure be appreciated.
And, as if that isn't enough, we had to postpone Christmas with my extended family because my lower back began acting up (spasms). After a few days on a muscle relaxant, it has definitely improved, but I'm still pretty tight and uncomfortable. Also, my husband is now sick (he caught the "stomach flu" going around his work), and I'm taking our youngest in for a scheduled EEG at the hospital tomorrow morning, which can of course be pretty stressful for a kiddo...especially since the neurologist ordered it as a sleep deprived testing (i.e. keep them up late, get them up really early). I'm trying to live in the moment and focus on our many blessings, but right now our family (2 and 4 legged) will take all the prayers we can get! Thanks, all.