Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Note From Joey and Maggie

Maggie, September 9th, 2011

Your Long and Short of it All hostess 'Maggie' is in the hospital again, took her in yesterday morning.  Her appetite has been decreasing for several months, she often won't eat a meal, or will eat just half a meal; she is fed twice a day.  The last few weeks have been worse, she will skip a meal, and then hardly eat any of the next meal, but then sometimes she would eat a whole meal.  She didn't eat anything at all Wednesday or Thursday - her raw meat, tried plain raw turkey from the grocery store which she likes, tried cooking it, and that seemed to help, and then added some cooked fat free eggs, and she would like that, but only maybe 5 or 6 very small bites - and chewing it instead of gulping it.  Even tried kibble and canned dog food - she wouldn't touch it.
With her Cushing's disease, you would think that maybe she is being overdosed on her meds, which would cause her to not be hungry, but she was also drinking lots of water the last week like a Cushing's dog would do, and even had a few accidents in the house because of it, which is totally not like her. 
So took her in for an ACTH stimulation test to see where her levels are for Cushing's, and also a blood panel.  It turns out that her pancreatitis is back, which Cushing's predisposes her to.  This is bad news because now it seems that her pancreas is becoming a chronic issue. Her diet hasn't varied at all, she gets her low-fat raw food, and low-fat snacks, that's all. 
Not sure how long she'll be in the hospital - her amylase and lipase values are very high, and the vet usually keeps pancreatitis cases in for 4 days with no food, just IV hydration, to let the pancreas rest and hopefully get better.  She was drinking water at home this week though, so maybe she can come home early since she was doing that, and continue her on the no-food for a few more days and then look at her amylase and lipase values again.  Will know more by tomorrow probably.
Her pancreas simply must get better.  Damn Cushing's Disease.


36 comments:

Coloradolady said...

Oh, poor baby girl. I will be thinking about her and praying for a quick recovery. Sophie, Dora and Bailey send their love too!

Penelope said...

Good luck, Maggie! Lucy sends love and good wishes!

Whit said...

Poor, sweet Maggie! Milo and I will keep her in our prayers for a speedy recovery!

kalyxcorn said...

oh maggie girl, <3

Oscar and Hans said...

Oscar and Hans are pulling for you and sending PAWS-itive energy your way for a quick recovery! Get better soon!

impromptublogger said...

Get well soon Maggie! I had pancreatitis too when my gallbladder had to get removed and that is exactly what they did with me - no food or liquids (just IV) until it calmed back down. Poor baby.

Anonymous said...

Feel better soon, Maggie. You sure are tough!

Anonymous said...

Hang in there Maggie!

Honey/Teddy/Chili

cheyne923 said...

Oh Maggie May you simply must get better! We were worried when we saw that you wouldn't be going to the dachsie fest this weekend.
Hang in there, Joey and Carson, with all this good energy flowing to her, dear Maggie should get better soon.
Lots of love,
Melinda and Teagan

Anonymous said...

Sending healing wags your way little one!
Hope you feel better soon!
- Hildy & my mom Nancy

Alicia said...

Sweet, adorable Maggie...we truly hope that you feel much better very soon. Let's get that problematic pancreas working properly again!

Oskar

AMY ANN said...

You're in our prayers for a speedy recovery. Best wishes.

Cynthia Drummond said...

Oh No!

I'll be thinking of you, Maggie, and pulling for you to beat this damn thing.

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you and Maggie and sending white light and best wishes for a quick recovery. As a human I have battled stomach problems so I can relate to poor Maggie. Rest and a break from food should do the trick. Keep up the positive energy and trust the process. Maggie is lucky to be so loved.

jam said...

our thoughts and prayers are with maggie. love the mees doxies: (schnitzel; winfred; wilbur)

Kristina @ spabettie said...

Basil and I are sending Long Dog Love to you all right now - as well as prayers and healing energy for Maggie. <3

Anonymous said...

Get well, little one!
Lots of love, hugs and kisses!
Poland crew

Nickel and Ruby said...

aawww! best regards and get well soon Maggie! hey i have some news from hawaii about a puppy mill case but dont want to share until the verdict on monday. will let you know info soon....let us pray for a good outcome monday...aloha sheree, ruby, nickel, pretzel, cadbury & godiva.

Shar said...

I am so sorry to hear about Maggie, Carson, and understand what you're going through with that "damn Cushing's Disease." Sawyer had an ATCH stimulation test yesterday to see if he is on the right dose of Vetoryl, for which he has displayed no marked difference in his behavior. I was hoping for that youthful spark that everyone promised me when Sawyer started that medication, but it hasn't happened so far. The results will be in on Monday. He hasn't had any pancreatitis episodes yet if appetite is an indicator, maybe because he is newly diagnosed, but it is good that you made me aware of what the future will hold for him. And, like you with Maggie, my fight for Sawyer will continue!

~Shar, Sawyer, Abby, and foster Skittles

Anonymous said...

Oh Maggie MAggie I cry for you. Carson be strong. Lots of love coming your way.

Maggie&Ali

Anonymous said...

Prayers that Maggie feels better soon. Hugs for you too dad. Hang in there

Northern Star said...

Hope you are better soon Maggie!

Love Pepsi, Max and Sue

Anonymous said...

Sweet kisses and best wishes for Maggie. Stay strong Joey and Carson, she needs her wonderful strong men!

Wags n Licks,
Piper, Gracie, and Cyndy

Jayne D. and AnnieBelle said...

Poor little sweet Maggie - we hope you are soon feeling much better. We are so sorry to hear you are not well and have not been for a while. Please know that you are all in our prayers - Maggie, Carson and Joey - and that we will anxiously await your next update. May God Bless you and keep you and bring you much comfort. Love, Jayne and Annie

dachseeguy said...

Maggie, So sad to hear that you are not well you beautiful girl. Praying and hoping so hard for you return to good health and enjoying that great food Dad Carson prepares. Carson and Joey stay strong and positive for your wonderful girl. Dcahsiefest was an excellent event, but not the same without Carson and his two beautiful dogs there,
John & Ozzie

The Sheridan Avenue Boys said...

We're sending lots of doxie kisses your way Maggie!Feel better soon!

Gwiddle said...

:( how sad!!! I'm a doxie mama and I can't imagine whwat you must be feeling! I've never even heard of cushings before, is it common to the breed?? I hope she gets to go home soon!! <3

JANN said...

Very sorry to hear this news, will be keeping positive thoughts and prayers for Maggie. Hugs for all of you......

Wiener Divas said...

Maggie, you're in our thoughts & prayers <3 Trixie & Maeby

Anonymous said...

Prayers and fast healing go out to you Maggie. Your in our hearts!!

-Love & HUGS

Charity, Caron, & Amos

Anonymous said...

Maggie, feel better soon. You've got to look after your guys at home.

-Doxie hugs, kisses and tail wags!

Karen said...

Barney and I send hugs and kisses to all of you. Karen & Barney dog

Anonymous said...

Sending three wagging tails your way.... came here for an update so maybe no news is good news.

H/T/C

Linda Moss said...

We are so sorry to hear that sweet Maggie is having to endure pancreatitis again, we are sending prayers and good thoughts to all of you from another beautiful Maggie, Frankie and Linda

Keren Hening said...

Lots of love and wags from the Herd in Baltimore and a big sloppy wet kiss from Auntie Keren!

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