Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Dad's Little Princess

Maggie at about 12 weeks old

When we posted yesterday that we were going to take a few days off Dachshund blogging, the reason was because Dad's work has gone simply insane this week, and all our efforts needed to focus on his work.  We certainly weren't expecting any complicated veterinary issues this week by any means.  But, we wanted to update that your 'Long and Short of it All' host 'Maggie' has become very ill.
Yesterday before Dad was leaving for work, he gave Joey and Maggie their breakfast, but Maggie refused to eat.  Now, sometimes this isn't a major issue, but generally when your dog refuses to eat, they are quite ill.  Given Maggie's Cushing's issues, and the fact that her medication dose was recently doubled, odds looked good that she was experiencing an Addisonian's crisis from her cortisol levels being too low, and if her potassium were to then get too low, it could be quite dangerous. 
So, Joey was left hanging by himself as Dad whisked Maggie off to the vets for immediate care.  Once at the vets, Maggie started to vomit.  Dad had to run to work, but Maggie vomited another 10 times after he left.  The vet looked at her cortisol and electrolytes, and her cortisol was still quite high, another indication that her meds are not working for her, especially after doubling her dose.  So, she wasn't having an Addisonian's crisis, and the vet did a complete panel on her.  Turns out her lipase was over 6,000.  Maggie has pancreatitis.  This is the same issue Joey had last fall after his surgery which nearly did him in. 
Lots of tests are being performed, and it doesn't look like the Cushing's medication she's on can cause this issue.  With pancreatitis, as we know, it's a wait and see game to see if the pancreas will naturally get better after three days of no food or water.  But in the meantime, she is in a lot of pain.  She's getting pain meds, anti-nauseants, and is on IV fluids.  The vet did mention that this looks to be more serious than most of the pancreatitis issues he's seen -  Of course - Maggie and Joey don't do anything just half way.
Dad and Joey went to visit her last night.  She's stable but in pain.  She looked up at the men in her life when they entered the room, and she had large amounts of drool coming down both sides of her mouth - a sick little girl.  She didn't potty for the vet tech at all, but Dad had them unhook her IV, and was able to get her to potty outside.  Got to spend a good 45 minutes with her and tell her how much we love her. 
Thanks so much for all the heart-warming comments yesterday.  They mean so much.  Talked with the vet this morning, and Maggie is about the same as yesterday, but her temp is slightly low.  So, we wait.

60 comments:

shortoldlady said...

Healing thoughts coming from NJ. Stay strong Maggie.

Anonymous said...

OMD, Carson and Joey, we have tears flowing here for Maggie. With every tear there is a prayer and keeping our paws crossed for a fast recovery. Maggie you can do it girl. Get well soon, we all love u.
LollyPop, Sass, Shilo and Miss Maggie from Que. Canada

s.kate said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and little Maggie! Speaking from experience, I wouldn't wish the loss of a sweet doxie baby on anyone. Hold your little girl tight and plenty of warm wishes will be flowing your way from Arkansas!
-S. Kate
[& Samson from the other side of Rainbow Bridge]

cheyne923 said...

Maggie, Maggie, Maggie we all love you and are sorry you are in so much pain. We are sending prayers, love and healing energy to you!
Carson and Joey, know that we all love you too and are with you in this. Jeeves and Melinda

Anonymous said...

Woof from the north of Germany! We wish we could put all our love and hope and energy and positive thoughts and prayers in a pill and send it to Maggie to make her feel better. Maggie, hang in! We are with you. Love and licks, Tobi & Ani (his favourite can-opener).

Anonymous said...

Maggie, your homegirls Lolita and Pandora send you their hopes and prayers. We all want you to be well. We want to see your tail wagging!

docsdox said...

OH NO!
Our prayers and doxie love go out to Maggie and your whole family. Get well soon!

- doxsdox, NewMama & Ramsay.

Jolyn7 said...

Just like Joey, we are sure Maggie will be fine in the end. We hope she isn't suffering too much now... :(

Take care and we'll be praying hard!!!

From: Jolyn & Jed

impromptublogger said...

Poor little Maggie! Max and I send get-well wishes and continued prayers. Get better little princess!

sundox said...

Sending good thoughts your way. Hope she gets well soon. Love the puppy picture. Such a sweet little girl.

Hugs!

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts are with you,Miss Maggie and your dad and brother, too. We know you will pull through it! Get well soon!

Love,
Ben, Katy, Bogie and Monty

Anonymous said...

Good luck, Maggie! Dachshunds are tough-- I'm sure you can get through this! My own dachshund got very sick this time last year and pulled through, and despite a few small relapses and issues, she's been as healthy and happy as ever. I think it's because of something I call 'dachshund magic' and I'm sure you have plenty of it too! Get well soon, Maggie!

mirjam said...

dear maggie, hang in there, you are sooooo loved by your dad and brother.
spring is here, the flowers are ready to be sniffed and the grass to be jumped on.
stay strong little girl, sending lots of love toward all of you.

Baxromana said...

Hi Maggie, we are praying for you that you will get better soon! Carson, we're keeping you in prayer too.

Baxter, Baxter's Mom and Dad

mamamouseiam said...

Waiting is soooo difficult. Be assured, you're not alone; lots of Dachsie folks have you in our thoughts and prayers. Get well soon, Maggie! :)

ISewNBake said...

Poor Maggie! We are all praying for her over here and hoping you can get her pain under control very soon.

Roberta, Addie, and Wrigley

doxieshar said...

I was unaware of Maggie's medical issues as reported yesterday because I was dealing with Sawyer's problems. He had his third mast cell tumor removed yesterday and is still experiencing elevated liver enzymes. As I read your post today, I was crying for two dachshunds, Sawyer and Maggie. May the Powers that Be shine down on these two gentle creatures today.

~Shar with Sawyer and Abby

Alicia said...

Maggie, you have all the love of Joey, Dad and family (including your extended Dachshund family) praying and rooting for you. Heal up and be strong sweet girl, relax and let the pain meds work for you. We all want you well again, and for your Dad to be able to catch his breath.
Saying prayers for y'all!

Jayne D. and Annie said...

Maggie, Carson and Joey, We are continuing to keep you all in our prayers. May God hear our healing prayers for sweet Maggie, and help to ease her pain, and may He bring comfort and courage to Carson as he goes through this difficult time. Love to all of you!! Jayne and Annie

Anonymous said...

The little doxies teach us all so much about love and strength and the power of positive thinking. Keep up all of your dedication and strong devotion and all will be well in the end. Everything happens for a reason and there is always a lesson to learn and a way to grow your love. Thank you for keeping us posted and for sharing the wonderful life story of Maggie and Joey. It has meant so much to so many of us and your blog is a reminder everyday of the goodness in the world.

Ruby and Penny said...

Oh Maggie. Sending tonnes of our healing doxie vibes your way. You can get thru this girlfriend.
Love Ruby & Penny

Theanne and Baron said...

Dear Maggie, Baron and I are so terribly sorry you have to be in pain, we continue to pray for you and are hopeful that you will start to improve. How wonderful that Dad and Joey had such a nice long visit with you! You're a trooper Maggie and though we don't know you in reality we love you all the same and your pain and discomfort has became ours too. God bless you sweet girl, Baron sends dachshund love...Theanne

Anonymous said...

We love you and have said our prayer for a painless recovery. hugs and kisses - Hildy

Gatinha said...

Please get well soon Maggie!!! You are such an wonderful doxie, you need to recover from this awful illness :(
Wishing you a quick and painless recovery.
Kisses from Portugal

Keren Hening said...

our thoughts are with all three of you and we hope you have a complete recovery. Auntie Keren and The Herd - Guinness, Merlin, Dr. Beau Leaky and Miz ImaDoraBelle.

Anonymous said...

Good vibes your way, Maggie! Paws are crossed.

Love, Nahlah

Whit said...

Milo and I will definitely keep Maggie and your whole 2 legged and 4 legged family in our prayers!
Hang in there Maggie!

Mary Anne said...

Good luck miss Maggie. We are all pulling for you. Get better, keep on fighting little love bug!!

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to wish you guys the best; I know how much time, money and pain you went through with Joey and I only hope that the same situation won't be needed for Maggie. We are all wishing you well from Ohio and please do keep us updated.

Bruce said...

Dear God touch Maggie today in her body, heal her. I speak peace into Maggies immune system & body. Heal her in Jesus name. Amen. Love from Oklahoma.

Jerry S. said...

Your Chicago friends all love you and wish the best for you, Maggie. Please feel better.

kalyxcorn said...

Hang in there Carson & Joey n Maggie. Always thinking the best for you and yours. :)

Jonathan said...

Maggs,
We are both pulling for you!
Dex and Red
senior weiners from Texas

Anonymous said...

Maggie, we are sending you our prayers and love from a tulip patch in SC! You are a strong girl and we know you will pull through this. Please get some rest and know we are hoping for a full recovery for you!!! Love, Bess and Millie (two sweet and stubborn Doxie babies)

Anonymous said...

Maggie,

Sweet girl, we are praying for you and hope that you will get better soon!

Best wishes from South Carolina,
Petie, Tiger and Faith and their mom

hillhouse1w said...

Your darling girl. I'm so sorry to hear she's struggling. You're blog has been a real source of support for me and I read your posts faithfully. As a result I feel I know your babies personally. What brings this closer to home is that I'm taking my own dachshund in for a cushing's test tomorrow. Will be thinking of your all day. Much love to Maggie and Joey.

Karen said...

I'm so terribly sorry. Thoughts and prayers and lots of love to all of you from Montana! XXOO From Barney dog and Karen.

dachseeguy said...

Oh Maggie, Please get better soon, John and Ozzie love you so much you beautiful doxie girl. This horrid malady must come on very suddenly for you looked super at the Saint Pat's Party. All our prayers and love to Maggie Carson and Joey-get better soon baby.
John and Ozzie(doxiemix)

Lexi said...

Maggie,

We are praying for you.

Lex and Bismarch.

Tanya said...

Oh no, poor Maggie! I'm so sorry you're having to go through this again after doing it with Joey not long ago. We'll be thinking about all of you and especially Maggie.

Tess Carter said...

Oh no!! Keeping poor little Maggie in my prayers!! Stay strong, girl!

Jablana said...

Dear Maggie! we hope you'll get better,keeping paws crossed sending lots of love an kisse your way!! sorry Joey none for you this time Maggie needs them more!
hang in there babe!!

Anonymous said...

Best of luck for you all.

lobster said...

Dear sweet Maggie May
We are sending you good thoughts from the UK.
Remember how much we all love you, especially your Dad and Joey.
Be brave and very courageous .
Much love
Paul, Caroline, Piggy & Louie xx

Francine said...

Prayers for Maggie....Get well soon little one

ChristaV said...

Dear Maggie, we send you all our love and wishes for comfort and recovery. The doxie world is standing behind Carson and Joey to support you all. Olga sends you specially tender doggy girlfriend wishes.

Anne said...

paws are crossed for you little girl!!!! we are sending all of our love and prayers your way...

i teared up reading about your daddy's visit with joey, but know you'll PULL THRU IT!!!! Those guys need you back home.

love,
Roxie Lou, Coco Beane and Auntie Em

Anonymous said...

(translating for my little girl, ,mini black/tan smoothcoat Mina) Maggie! Please get well soon! Think of all the things outside that need to be barked at! I'll bark at them for you while you're away and will cross my little paws that you're back home and all better very very soon. Much love and ladylike kisses, Mina.

Mufti, Naji and Marlo said...

With doggie and human tears flowing, we are praying for Maggie - and we're so sorry you must all go through this once again. From your Australian pals, Mufti, Naji and Marlo

bloghunds said...

We are hoping evewrything is OK with Maggie. We'll even make a HUGE exception and share our treats with her if that makes her feel better. Tons of wags from Mimi & Patty & their humans.

Ron and Raecheal said...

Oh poor Maggie! Peni and Beau (and we, their humans) send warm wishes and puppy prayers for a speedy recovery. Hugs!!

jam said...

sending good thoughts and prayers you're way maggie. take care.

Northern Star said...

So sorry to hear you are not well, hope you feel better soon soon Maggie,from Pepsi and Max

Anonymous said...

Maggie, the spring collars are out and it's time to shop. Please be well so you can do that. Love from your friend Kay.

Anonymous said...

thinking of you Maggie! get well soon and hang in there Joey and Dad. lots of love from Canada!

<3Taia & Slinky

Anonymous said...

Please get better baby Maggie! My heart broke when I read about how much pain you are in. I am praying for you in Hawaii.

Marley said...

My Lady and I are very sad to hear of your illness and pain, Maggie. Hang in their lovely girl! We are praying for you and your family. Much love is coming to you from all over!
Love Marley in India

Anonymous said...

Hi all dachies and Maggie/Joey's fans. Just checked out Baxters blog, he's a good friend of Maggie's (kalyxcornicopia)(on right hand side of this blog under Favorite Markings) and Baxter got some new news on Maggie. Check it out, we thought you would like to know cause dad Carson is sooooo busy. 4 dachies from Quebec.

Keren Hening said...

Now we all LOVE doxies - but be honest. Isn't that Maggie @ 12 weeks just the CUTEST???

Anonymous said...

Sending lots of positive vibes to the entire fam - Mom, Dad, Joey, but especially Maggie. Get better sweet girl!

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