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A Day At The Animal Hospital Is Like A Day Without Sunshine

Chanel

It's been quiet at the house today. Chanel, my sweet Lhasa-Pom had to go to the hospital this morning.

It all started on Sunday morning when she didn't want any breakfast. She started throwing up. This went on all day then into the night.

I made a call to the vet, Dr. Taylor and left a message. Later, he called and told me if she still felt bad in the morning to bring her in.

Sure enough as soon as I got out of bed she threw up again. I hated to take her, but I really didn't know what was wrong with her.

I loaded her in the car with her bunny and off we went to the animal hospital. An emergency case to be fit in their schedule. I gave her a kiss and assured her I would be back for her as soon as they would let me. I was relieved that Dr. Taylor would know something about her condition.

The home office was so quiet I couldn't work. I'm so used to having her around to keep me sane. I missed her barking at nothing, potty breaks and playing with her toys. So, I waited....to hear any news.

Finally around 3PM I got the call. She was pretty sick and had a fever.Now on antibiotics and a shot for nausea. Possibly pancreatitis or an infection of some sort. The bloodwork results tomorrow might give a clue. An x-ray showed nothing.

They did tell me I could take her homeand give her more of the antibiotic tonight. So I anxiously went to fetch her home. I really didn't want her sick and in a cage all night at the hospital even though she would get the best of care. I hope for good news tomorrow.

She has spent her evening under the bed, sleeping and weak as a kitten. No food for 2 days and throwing up might do that to you. She can barely walk. Anyway, I'm hoping she will feel better tomorrow. It's funny how our pets take over our lives. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Comment balloon 103 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • September 08 2008 09:14PM

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Oh Lizette, I hope your little sweetheart is feeling better soon.  I know what its like and it is a horrible feeling.  I hope she is okay!  What a sweet photo of Chanel and her bunny :)

Posted by Lisa Friedman, Central New Jersey Real Estate (Alliance Realtors) over 10 years ago

Lizette, I'm sorry to hear Chanel is so sick, poor thing. We do love our babies. Hope she's feeling better soon.

Posted by Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369 (Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management) over 10 years ago

Hi Lizette~ Poor little Chanel!  I hope she is feeling better soon.  Yes, our pets are part of our families, that's for sure!  Hope you get good news from the Vet and she is good as new for you!

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) over 10 years ago

Aww. I'm so sorry. I always have my kitty sleeping on the couch behind me... a little something extra I found while showing a vacant house. He got left behind. It broke my heart. So now he has a "bed" (2 fluffy blankets) on one side of the back of my office couch. And he has swatting toys sticking out from under a cushion. And he constantly jumps down and rubs against my chair, waiting for me to drop one hand down for a quick scratch under his chin. I can't imagine him not being here. I'll pray for Chanel. Yes, I pray for animals. God loves ALL His creatures. How old is she?

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) over 10 years ago

Lisa - Chanel looks so sad tonight. It breaks my heart to see her hurting. She hugs on her bunny to sleep just like a child. Thanks for the kind words.

Debbie - I sure hope we get some good news tomorrow. I've not seen her like this since when I got her. She almost died from some food that the breeder had given her. That's when she stole my heart and I had to do anything tho keep her alive. It is frightening to go through it again.

Vicki - Thanks for keeping her in your thoughts. She's a sweet little thing. I hate anything to hurt her.

Lisa - How could anyone leave a pet behind? Your kitty found a good home when he found you! I hope all the prayers help Chanel tonight. She just turned 3 last month.

 

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 10 years ago

God will make her all better.  She is adorable.  I had recently become a mommy to a 3 week old kitten.  I took her home with me after she was found all alone in a vacant home.  Today she is so full of life and love.

Posted by Angelia Garcia (Pure Realtors) over 10 years ago

Oh I hope the little "dust mop" (said with affection) gets better really quick -

Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago

Oh goodness...so sorry Lizette. I really hope she feels better soon...I know how our poof balls can surely make us into emotional roller coasters when something ails them.

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 10 years ago

Liz,

I get really involved with my pets. They are like people. I feel for you.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Oh Lizette, I feel terrible for you.  I am a dyed-in-the-wool animal person so understand how bad it feels when they are sick.  My little kitty was carried off by a coyote a couple of months ago (and came back a week later!), and I was crushed!  Chanel is just BEAUTIFUL, and I hope this morning Chanel is on the road to recovery. 

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing over 10 years ago

Lizette, oh I can imagine how you feel, she is so darn cute!! Let us know how she improves, you know I'm such a softy for animals. I do think she was still better off under your bed than all night at the vets'. The stress would have been fighting her body to get well.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 10 years ago

It is amazing how our pets do take over our lives.  They are just like children and always a pleasure to have around. Good luck on getting the results today.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 10 years ago

Dear-heart, I am so sorry your little darling does not feel well. I know exactly how you feel. I spent many a night nursing Einstein when he wasn't feeling well. He was a Rottweiler mixed and I talked about Stein so much at work people thought I had a five year old son before they found out I didn't have kids and he was a dog (LOL).  I will say a prayer for Chanel as well. GOD does love every single one of His creations.

Lizette, I hope your baby feels better really soon, and that you do too. Love, C. 

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

I hope the baby is back to her old CHanel self again soon.  It breaks my heart when they are feeling blue & you wish you could switch places with them. 

Posted by Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397 (Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net) over 10 years ago

Everyone - I haven't answered all day because Chanel is back at the hospital in critical condition. the tests came back as possible renal(Kidney) failure. I came home today to check on her and she didn't look like herself. I rushed her back to the hospital and the Dr. gave me the test results. She later was put on an IV, catheter and had an ultrasound. She needs your prayers. Please, please send a little prayer her way. I love her so.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 10 years ago

Will do, and will continue to do so. Love, C.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

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Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Thanks Carolyn - Even sweet little dogs need prayers sometimes. This is the first time in 3 years she had been away from me. I'm pretty upset. Chanel is my heart.  

Susie Blackmon called and I truly appreciate the love from my friends.Please keep praying that she can pull through this. I have no idea how it happened.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 10 years ago

Lizette, I think we ALL love Chanel.....I'm sorry to hear this but I'm sure with her mom's love she'll recover!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 10 years ago

Oh Lizette, So Sorry to hear about your baby.  My thoughts are with you and Chanel.

Posted by Lisa Friedman, Central New Jersey Real Estate (Alliance Realtors) over 10 years ago

The deep bonds we have with our pets can be very special. Sundance and I are sending prayers and good thoughts for Chanel to have a quick recovery.

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 10 years ago

Liz- My thoughts and prayers are with you- My Boomer is the joy of my life! Take care of yourself!

Posted by Barbara Carter, Serving Your Real Estate Needs in the Hudson Valle (C21 Alliance Realty Group) over 10 years ago

My heart goes out to you. I can only imagine what you are feeling and how difficult the experience is for you. Chanel is so precious.  I'm sending love and healing energy to Chanel and you Lizette.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 10 years ago

Lizette, I am hoping for the best.  We had a nerve-wracking, vet filled week here, but all is well for the moment.  Chanel is young and that may help.  Hopefully, your next post will tell us good news.  You are in my thoughts.

Posted by Elaine Hanson, REALTOR - Topanga, CA Real Estate Agent (Partners Trust Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Lizette,

I know exactly how you feel. I went through a similar situation with my male Lhsa Charlie. Actually we went through this 3 different times, then my naturalpathic vet put him on these digestive enzymes. I put them in his food every day and we haven't a problem since and that was a year and a half ago.

                                       I hope everything works out okay with Chanel.

Posted by Susan Peters, The Better it Looks the Better it Sells (Dove Realty Inc.) over 10 years ago

Lizette, I'm sorry to hear Chanel isn't feeling up to par.  Our pets are like our children in some ways and when they're sick, we hurt right along with them!  I hope she's feeling back to her old self soon!

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) over 10 years ago

Condition UPDATE:

Chanel made it through the night but still has a shaky road to follow to get out of the woods. Dr. Taylor thinks the ultrasound of her kidneys turned out normal (no tumor)and the IV fluids are flushing her system. The question will be if the antibiotics actually make this disappear and later will her kidneys operate normally on their own. Once the IV is taken off in a few days(if she makes it through this)the kidneys will be retested many times. We still don't know why this suddenly happened. I can't come up with a thing!

I am going to ask about Susan Peters idea of the digestive enzymes when I go over to the hospital today.

Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. I appreciate all of you caring about her. She's a sweet little girl not ready to be an angel.

Love,

Lizette & Chanel

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 10 years ago

Glad to hear there is hope. Please keep us updated when you can, sweetie. We'll keep praying, believing and hoping on our end while standing with you. Love, C.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Hi Lizette, I saw C's post about your precious dogs.. We have many dogs and love everyone of them. It's just like watching a child be sick.. I trust that Chanel WILL pull through with the Lord's help. God bless,

Posted by No Longer Active in Staging. No Longer Staging over 10 years ago

It sounds like you are doing a good job taking care of her.  She is lucky to have you.

Posted by Melody Botting, You Deserve The Best (Broker Associate PenFed Realty) over 10 years ago

Condition update Sept. 10 2008:

Dear Friends of Chanel,
 
Chanel desperately needs your prayers. Chanel is at the animal hospital battling kidney failure. She may not survive. The situation is a dire one and I'm hoping with enough heartfelt prayers from the people that know and love her will save her life. She will have a blood test in the morning to see if their has been improvement. Please pray that she is completely healed and well from the antibiotics and care. She has touched the hearts of everyone she has met and needs us now.
 
Thank you for doing this for her. Love will keep her alive.
 
Love, Lizette

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 10 years ago

Lizette~ I am so sorry to hear about your little Chanel being so sick....  we will all hope and pray for a miracle.  I know how much she means to you so I am sending "positive" thoughts and prayers your way.  Please know how much we all care about you and your adorable Chaneland only want the best for you.  Please keep us posted if you can.  Vickie 

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) over 10 years ago

I am praying very earnestly for dear little Chanel and you.   I know she means the world to you and she is indeed a precious, special little girl.   I loved her from the moment I saw her picture, as you know.   She is an angel on earth;  you are blessed to have her and she is blessed to have the best Mommie ever.    God will provide.

Posted by Connie King over 10 years ago

Hi Lizette... sorry that I just saw this blog today.  Of course, you and Chanel are both in my thoughts and prayers.  I hope that she is restored to full and complete heath very soon.  Please continue to keep us updated on her condition.

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 10 years ago

Lizette, how is our little baby doing today? I will try and call you later. Love, C.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

CONDITION UPDATE: Sept. 12, 2008

Thanks everyone for your prayers. I appreciate all the phone calls and emails that you care. She still needs your prayers.

I visited with Chanel today at the hospital. She is still on IV to keep liquids flushed through. She has had a series of x-rays today with barium dye to see if there is an obstruction in the intestines. I thought about this all last night and I honestly feel like there is a rawhide piece expanded and stuck somehow. I was surprised that they were checking for this before I got there today. She had had some tenderness in her abdomen when examined today. If something is found she will have surgery today to remove it. If this isn't what is wrong I just don't know what it could be. Please pray for her today.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 10 years ago

Hey sweetie, will continue to do so. Make sure you take some time for yourself and try to rest. Okay? <3 C.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

I hope all is going better this morning Lizette.  It is hard when they are so young.  I will pray for both of you.

Posted by Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi, Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) over 10 years ago

Condition Update: Sept. 13, 2008

I can honestly say that the power of prayer has keep Chanel in this world. She still has no diagnosis as to what has happened or may be still happening.

She will stay on IV till later this morning. They might let me keep her tonight and tomorrow and take her back in on Monday to go back on IV. Sooner, if I see she is crashing. I'm a bit scared to take her but a weekend at the vet with limited staff, I feel I can keep a very close eye on her.

They had been force feeding her 3x a day, so I might have to do that along w/ antibiotics and take her temp. Poor thing has been through the ringer.

Every test, xray, ultrasound, barium, Addisons test, pills, shots, IV and living in a cage(first time in her life!). Still, with the test results that are slightly improving she is still willing herself to stay here.

I am going to write further about this today to see if AR members might have a clue or can ask a kidney specialist why. I will need a good diet for her too. One that will help her stay healthy. She's not really safe yet. It still troubles me. We need to know the cause.

Keep her in your prayers that we get through this weekend OK. Dr. Taylor says we are in a gray zone prognosis.

I know she is going to be so thrilled to snuggle at home ene if it's just for a little while. Maybe my constant love and your prayer can do miracles.

XOXO,

Lizette & Chanel  

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 10 years ago

We are praying.    She is going to make it!   You are doing everything possible and God will do the rest.    Love you guys.

Posted by Connie King over 10 years ago

Hey sweetie, we absolutely love you and will keep you both in our prayers. You hang in there. Keep believing.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Condition Update: Sept. 14, 2008

Chanel made it though last night at home. I don't think I had any sleep. Still dealing with some throwing up once last night and once today. I give her antibiotics and Pepsid. Also I have started giving her some local honey to coat her tummy and throat. An old friend called to give me that idea. Honey also has lots of vitamins and nutrients she needs. The only food she has eaten has been small amounts force fed.

I'm watching her fluid intake today to see she stays hydrated. She's mostly staying under the bed and sleeping. She doesn't seem herself at all. Please keep sending your prayers for her. I'm quite concerned and trying not to be alarmed. She may have to be back in the hospital on IV tomorrow. Another blood test will be done to see if levels elevated.

Please pray that they start going down to a normal level.

Thanks everyone...you have been my lifeline.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 10 years ago

Lizette, Wishing only good thoughts for you and Chanel. Don't forget to take care of yourself and get some rest

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 10 years ago

Oh Lizette--Poor Chanel and poor you. You are such a good mommy to your little one. I hope she turns a corner and is doing better soon. You take care of yourself so you can continue to take good care of Chanel...she needs you. You will both be in my thoughts tonight!

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) over 10 years ago

Condition Update Sept.15, 2008:

I was absolutely terrified for Chanel all night.  I kept waking up and looked for her(she moved around in the house a lot) to see if she was still breathing. She had a bout with nausea and throwing up last night that left her shaking. I honestly felt like the antibiotics were hindering her progress. She only threw up after getting her pills. Usually an hour or so later. I gave her a bit of the honey and she had water then fell asleep.

This morning I took her right to the hospital to test her blood and see if being off the IV all weekend had hurt her. She was weak as a kitten. I also suggested to them that I didn't want them to give her the antibiotics while there. Her tests had not shown bacterial infection. I went home to wait and worry.

Out of the blue came a call from a homeopathic doctor in Lexington. She had been told about Chanel from a friend and had read about her in my newsletter. She wanted to help.  I truly believe she was sent like an angel to save her.

Dr. Taylor called and told me that Chanel was improved on one part of her blood work. That meant she was not getting worse as he had feared all weekend. I went to get her and go home. My plan is to get started with the natural healing today and no chemical medicine in her system. I truly hope we are turning corner here. Angels are being sent to help. All of your prayers are working. Our prayer chain is going to save her. I just feel it.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 10 years ago

Lizette:  I will pile my prayers on with everyone else's.  It's so hard to have a sick animal.  We wish they could talk to us and tell us what is wrong.  Sounds like you've assembled a good team to care for her.  And I'm glad her blood work has stablized.  God Bless you both!!

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 10 years ago

Hi Lizette,

I'm so glad you've found a vet who uses a wider range of treatments. Let's just pray you've turned a corner. One other little tip I got from my vet;

Pull out your best acting techniques and put on a happy, optimistic face for your pet. I know it's really hard when you are this distraught but remember you are the center of their universe. They pick up on your fear and become even more stressed.

                                 When this is over you should be eligible for an Academy Award!

 

Posted by Susan Peters, The Better it Looks the Better it Sells (Dove Realty Inc.) over 10 years ago

Lizette--I had to stop by and check to see how you and Chanel were doing...Was thinking about you both all day. I am certain Chanel does much better with you than anywhere else. Hopefully the new ideas will help too. Give Chanel a gentle pat from me! :)

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) over 10 years ago

Lizette, Wow!  Chanel has really been through a tough time and I do believe it has to be a miracle that she is still hanging in there!!  I'm sure the love you are giving her is keeping her going!  Good luck to you!

Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Condition Update Sept.16,2008:

We made it through another night! I found a way to keep her hydrated all night so she wouldn't be weak in the morning. I loaded 3 syringes of water then I would put one in her mouth when I got up to check on her.

Since 3:30P yesterday she has has some of the holistic supplements to assist her in healing. She trembles a bit an hour or so after I feed her(by syringe). I need to ask about that. The website for this doctor is www.rallieonhealth.com . I'm hoping this might build up her devestated digestive system to fight this better. We went off the antibiotics yesterday. I felt she couldn't tolerate them well and would throw up after taking them. I'm finding better ways to keep her from throwing up. One is by putting a little natural, raw, local honey in her mouth. This coats her throat and tummy plus has lots of good stuff in it. 

I'm hoping with your prayers that today could be her best day. She actually nibbled a dog cookie on her own yesterday! (although it came up later :~(  )

She likes a few ice cubes too. Today she has had a few visitors that she loves. It seems to have boosted her energy. I'm all for that!

Keep those prayers coming.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 10 years ago

Lizette - Thanks for all the updates - I read everything.  No clue as to anything to help you and your little darling. You 2 need to cuddle and nap.

Posted by Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals (Keller Williams Realty Professionals) over 10 years ago

Praying for your little Chanel, Lizette. I was struck by how much she looks like our little Gus (Shitzu/Maltese mix). We are just basket cases when he gets sick, and he recently had a bout that sounds very similar to what Chanel is going through, although he was only sick for a few days. I will have my wife, Lisa get in touch with you to share our experience.

Posted by Donald Apelian "Short Sale Specialist" (Meridian Financial / First American Financial) over 10 years ago

Lizette, I am praying for your little Chanel.  I am the proud owner of 6 pets and I was a veterinary nurse in my previous life (before real estate), and my heart breaks for you.  I know how tough it is to go through all this, but you are obviously doing everything you can for your best friend.  She is very lucky to have you.  My best to both of you.

Posted by Amy Hahn, Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC (Pine Knoll Shores Realty) over 10 years ago

Lizette, just checking in to see how Chanel is doing. I'm praying she is stronger and I'm so glad a vet reached out to you- due to your newsletter. Keep us posted.

Posted by Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369 (Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management) over 10 years ago

Condition Update Sept. 17, 2008

Your prayers are helping Chanel!Chanel today


I see little improvements each day. Small things that make me think she is coming back bit by bit. She gets a little life in her eyes when girlfriends and Mom come to see her. Yesterday, she walked over to her bed to get her bunny so she could give it to my friend. I was so surprised!
 
Later, she actually ate a tiny dog treat I had baked and it stayed down. No throwing up at all yesterday or today. That is BIG NEWS!

Today she is sleeping quite a bit. Maybe it was too much excitement for her seeing all the visitors.

The turn around may be the supplements from the holistic doctor and keeping her hydrated. Food 3x a day w/syringe. Not on her own yet. She will be tested again on Friday to see how her blood work looks. I pray it is getting into a more normal range.
 
I've turned into a 24/7 nurse but she's worth it. She's like a child to me. Lots of people prayed for her and maybe that is what has kept her here too. So far on my blog that story of her has been seen 700 times and people keep coming back for the daily updates. It's amazing all the help that has been offered. Like that holistic MD calling me to help. Amazing! 
 
Maybe she was put here for a higher purpose? She's been through a nightmare and the Dr. didn't think she would live. I can't imagine what she went through at the hospital, hooked up to an IV and living in a cage too. Poor thing. It warms my heart just to see her tiny improvements.
 
Pray that her test Friday is normal.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 10 years ago

Sweetie, I'm so glad she is comfy and making small improvements. We will continue to keep you both in our prayers. Love, C.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

I had a female Dobie cross years ago that had a bunny toy, too.

Glad to read that the baby is getting better.

Posted by Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals (Keller Williams Realty Professionals) over 10 years ago

This sounds IDENTICAL to what my girlfriend had going on with her two year old Pom. Bella was having problems getting sick ALL THE TIME, and eventually she would throw up so much she would dehydrate herself, get very lethargic, and we would have to rush her to the hospital and she would need to get fluids. I think my girlfriend spend roughly 2 grand saving her dogs life. She once mentioned while rocking her lifeless Pom back and forth that she would sell EVERYTHING she owned to save her. Scary part, she meant every word.

Anyway, Bella did this since she was a puppy. I think it happened over four different occassions. Kayla (my girlfriend) almost lost Bella the last time. The doctors would not give her ANY real answers as to why she was getting sick like this. I can finally tell you that we now know. Bella is allergic to EVERYTHING. Food, medicines, treats, everything! So everything was conteracting with eachother and making her worse. It is scary, we have to watch EVERYTHING that we have around, or buy, but Bella has been out of the woods for six months and going strong.

At 1 1/2 years old bella barely weighed 2 1/2 lbs, now six months later she is a full 4 pounds, which is right on target for her frame and age. She is lively, she RARELY gets sick anymore, and is healthy as can be.

so this is where I am getting at.....

It sounds like maybe you might want to look into that whole allergy thing. I know that you are working with natural healing now, but you might still want to have her tested for allergies. It cant hurt anything to just find out for sure.

Also,

When you feel like she is keeping stuff down and ready to eat on her own, keep her food plain. No treats, no normal doggy food for a while. Try the plain chicken puppy food, or broil chicken and white rice. You want bland food that wont send her belly into a fit.

If she still looks a little lifeless or tired even after not throwing up for a while you might want to put a little honey or caro syrup in her water, or syringe for a little bit. You dont need much just a little bit. Little dogs tend to lose ALL of their sugar when they get sick like that and have a hard time getting it back up. If she isnt getting a lot of food still it could still be down and thats what is making her not have any energy.

Let us (my girlfriend is over my shoulder telling me what to tell you) how she is doing. I hope this helps!

Posted by Tony Favata (First Class Properties) over 10 years ago

Condition Update Sept.18, 2008:

Today was a really good day for Chanel. I watched her do a few things that I used to see her do. A bit of her sparkle is coming back. I think the supplements are doing a great job! The real test will be tomorrow morning at Dr. Taylor's hospital. She will have a blood profile to see if there has been a change from last Monday. I have to think it is better because she looked like death warmed over last time and she still had improved numbers. Cross your fingers and believe that miracles like all the heartfelt prayers from Activerain members and friends really do work, Dr. Taylor and a holistic MD can make the difference in this little dogs life.

I'll let you know tomorrow what happens...

 

 

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 10 years ago

We all prayed for Chanel last night, good luck *fingers crossed*

Posted by Tony Favata (First Class Properties) about 10 years ago

It sounds like Chanel has turned the corner, Lizette. Let's hope your vet confirms this today after the new blood-work is done. Please keep us posted on her progress.

Posted by Donald Apelian "Short Sale Specialist" (Meridian Financial / First American Financial) about 10 years ago

Lizette,

I am so sorry to read about Chanel. I have been praying for both of you. I can only imagine the fear you must feel I have had Kiann for 11 1/2 yrs now I see her aging daily which scares me. Please let us know how she is doing and I will continue to pray. Do they know what it is?

Posted by Trace Galle (Designs by Trace) about 10 years ago

Condition Update Sept. 19, 2008:

Chanel made it through her vet checkup and blood test amazingly this morning. Her BUN level had dropped to 35 and creatinine 2.0. (our highest has been BUN 89 and creatinine 4.3!) I know that this has all come about because of all the caring people that prayed and offered help. Dr.Taylor was so pleased to see she was actually going into a more normal range. I think normal might be 20-30 BUN and 1.6 creatinine. I was so relieved today.

Chanel was so shaky when I got her home. She's lost another 5 ozs. Maybe weighs 13.6 now.  I think she had been afraid I was going to leave her there. Later she started eating on her own.

I'm so happy to see her improvements and now can see that we have a 3rd chance. The second one happened when she was a tiny baby and she almost died from eating Diamond dog food at the breeders before I picked her up. She didn't get sick until a few days after at my house. By then I loved her and spent the time trying to heal her. I also bought pet insurance. That sure has come in handy now!

I had almost thought that this episode might be something lingering from that earlier time. Right now ,I think that this happened from eating rawhide dog bones. They must have has arscenic, bleach or something on them that concentrated in her system then almost damaged her kidneys. When you buy these bones for dogs you don't really know what's in them or they might be from China. I feel we have dodged a bullet. I have learned a lot from this and met so many new friends that helped us cope and pray for us. Thank you everyone who stayed with us and commented or called each day. Many times it was what got me through my day. Just knowing I was not alone. 

If you have a pet and would like to post a pic and profile on Chanel's webpage we would love to have you join us. The website is www.iluvchanel.ning.com.

XOXO

Lizette & Chanel

Chanel

In case you missed earlier posts w/ Chanel:

Chanel's first video taken a few months ago.

Chanel's funny stories:
http://activerain.com/blogsview/134745/Chanel-is-not-just
 
http://activerain.com/blogsview/139235/Why-Feed-Your-Client
 
http://activerain.com/blogsview/170318/Chanel-Turns-Two-HAPPY
 
http://activerain.com/blogsview/282563/I-m-NOT-Invited
 
http://activerain.com/blogsview/313448/Chanel-says-All-I

 

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago

The baby is mending!!    Everything is going to be fine,  we just know it!

I am looking so forward to seeing all of you next weekend.    It will be a special double celebration.

Posted by Connie King about 10 years ago

Hey sweetie pie, I am so happy baby is coming along well. We will keep you both in our prayers. Thank you for the links to the Chanel blog posts. Very cool. Love, C.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Lizette - I'm new to this group and just saw the post about your baby Chanel.  I'm glad to hear she is improving!

My baby boy Taco passed away a year ago this past October.  He lived to be almost 15, and we battled cancer for years.  My heart goes out to you. 

I'm sending good thoughts and energy to both you and Chanel.

Posted by Tracie Mason, Holton, Coach & Virtual Assistant (Agent Assistant Network) about 10 years ago

I sending up healing thoughts and prayers for your sweet baby!

Posted by Jackie Kyles, ABR, CNE, SFR (Keller Williams Realty) about 10 years ago

Condition Update Sept. 20, 2008:

Chanel had another good day today. Improving all the time and being a little bossy too! She was barking for dog cookies today. You should have seen me outside in the front yard this morning trying to get a urine sample! Pretty hysterical...it didn't work out. Maybe Monday I will have better luck.

Dr. Taylor called to see how she was and tell me her white blood cell count was up and he thought she should be back on one of the antibiotics. I was hating to do that. She threw them up last time. Anyway...I talked w/ the holistic MD and she said the elevated white blood cell count might be normal since her body was healing. Also, to trust how she looks and not just the lab test. I do have to say that she is starting to look pretty normal. I still keep all the supplements(4) going in her system.

Thanks for all the comments and emails. This has been quite an ordeal and now is turning out well for Chanel. Hopefully, no future problems.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago

So glad to hear about Chanel's improvement, Lizette.  I hope she just gets better and bossier!

Posted by Elaine Hanson, REALTOR - Topanga, CA Real Estate Agent (Partners Trust Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Hi Lizette,

The fact that she's eating on her own and her energy level is up is a good sign. That white count might just be a result of an elevated stress level from being in the hospital again. Let's hope so.

                              It's too bad you can't draw the blood at home.

Posted by Susan Peters, The Better it Looks the Better it Sells (Dove Realty Inc.) about 10 years ago

Lizette:  I am so happy to be checking in and reading that Chanel is getting better.  Love, prayers and caring doctors go a long way.  I hope you are taking care of yourself as well.  When my furry ones have had serious illnesses, I always forgo food and sleep.  Take of you too!

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) about 10 years ago

Lizette - I just read your post and your updates about your baby Chanel. I hope she will continue to get better. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your girl Chanel.

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) about 10 years ago

Lizette, I'm so glad Chanel is doing so much better! You brought up an important point about the rawhide- from now on I am going to check WHERE my dog's items are manufactured. I don't have a lot of confidence in items coming from China.

Posted by Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369 (Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management) about 10 years ago

Lizette--Just stopped by to check in again to see how Chanel was doing...Glad to hear that she continues to improve! :)

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) about 10 years ago

So glad to see your baby is doing better! Kayla wants to know where you get all her hair clips from, and if she keeps them in for you?! Bella messes with hers till they come out and then she eats them, haha. I think its funny, kayla doesnt find it amusing though!

Posted by Tony Favata (First Class Properties) about 10 years ago

Lizette - hope that Chanel continues to improve. Don;t know how I missed this post before.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) about 10 years ago

Condition Update Sept. 22, 2008:

I finally was able to get a urine sample for Dr. Taylor today. I have a new respect for those guys. I ended up using a sterilized lid to do it. Chanel wondered what I was up to. He wants to see if her urine is concentrating or not. She wasn't really into breakfast this morning which set off my alarm bell in my head. She seems ok other than that. I am still giving her the supplements by syringe to make sure she gets them.

The dry food I had given her before she got sick was a new bag of Royal Canin #26. For some reason when I was offering her different things to see if she would eat while sick she would never touch that one. Last night she did eat about 5 pieces of RC. I wondered if that had any connection to her not wanting food today. I am going to take it back to Petsmart today just in case that was the reason she almost died. Supposedly there is not a recall on their food. I'm putting her back on completely organic to be safe. 

She is doing well but I watch her like a hawk in case there is some relapse. It sort of worries me. I can't believe how closes we came to disaster! Whew!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago

Hi Lizette,

I am so happy to read the latest updates and see she is doing better. I am sure you are feeling a bit better too. Do you give her pigs ears they are dried and like the rawhide bones? I heard at one time they were very bad for dogs but yet I still see them being sold. I will keep saying a little pray for her until we know she is safe!

Kiann sends her love too!

Posted by Trace Galle (Designs by Trace) about 10 years ago

Look how tuned in to her you are!  Good mommy.

Posted by Elaine Hanson, REALTOR - Topanga, CA Real Estate Agent (Partners Trust Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Hey sweetie, I think the organics will be best for her delicate little tummy. Be very careful with baby and I will still keep you guys in my prayers. I'm hoping and believing for a 100% recovery. Love, C.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

So glad to hear that Chanel is doing better!  Keep up the good work!

Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Thanks for the updates, Lizette. Sounds like Chanel is starting to turn the corner!

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) about 10 years ago

Condition Update Sept. 29, 2008:

We are so blessed to have so many people follow our post and check on Chanel. She had another blood test to see where her levels are today.

Her BUN - 20 and creatinine 1.9. (Normal dog range might be BUN 20 - 30 and creatinine 1.6) This is fantastic news!

Dr. Taylor was very please with her recovery. He thought that the kidneys might return to normal with 3 months at this rate of progress. Whew! What a nightmare this has been! I think the suppliments have made quite a difference in her health. I didn't ever put her back on the antibiotics.

In short, all the tests could not conclude what made her ill. After constantly thinking of what was different in her diet or what she could have been exposed to I can only think it was something in the rawhide chew bones. Maybe they were made in China or had arsenic, bleach or worse in them. I also know now that the pieces can expand and become lodged in the intestines! If you have any in your house throw them OUT! I will never give her anything like that again. Greenies are also dangerous because they don't break down in their system and can get stuck. 

Thank you for all your constant prayers and kindness. We are blessed to have you as a friends!

XOXO

Lizette & Chanel

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago

bella  used to eat greenies as well and she ALWAYS threw up about 12 hours later.... turns out her body couldnt digest the bigger pieces she would eat, and would reject it, and make her throw up. Pretty gross.

Posted by Tony Favata (First Class Properties) about 10 years ago

Tony - Please don't give Bella any more Greenies! Those things will cause you more problems than you need and could kill her.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago

Yeh, she is getting better, now you get some down time and recover yourself.

Maybe you should get a teddy bear for yourself since Chanel has the bunny.

Posted by Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals (Keller Williams Realty Professionals) about 10 years ago

What a journey with your beautiful Chanel.  Hope Chanel is on the mend and that you are able to get back to a "normal" life.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 10 years ago

Yeah we dont give them to her at all anymore, that is one of the things she is also allergic too [go firgure] lol.

Posted by Tony Favata (First Class Properties) about 10 years ago

Condition Update Oct.13,2008:

I thought I'd add this update because there are some of you that might be following along because you have a dog that has this condition too. Chanel had anoth blood test today. BUN 28 Creatinine 1.7. I'm not sure why her BUN is 8 points higher than the last time. Normal range is 20-30. I do like that the creatinine level has dropped a bit more. Dr. Taylor wants to test again in a month.

For awhile there she did drink a lot of water each day. Now not more than a bowl a day. In other ways she seems normal. More energy and doesn't sleep as much. One thing I did notice looking back on the days before she almost died was that her eyes watered a lot. Also, she slept endlessly and didn't seem interested in food. So if you start to see these signs in your pet you might want to have a blood test done to be sure. Especially in older dogs.

It's good to see the old Chanel again!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago

You are a true spirit of love. All the best to the two of you. Enjoyed reading your journey.

Posted by Christina Williams. REALTOR® TN property search & local insights (First Realty Company) about 10 years ago

I always enjoy reading about animals - totally faithful and dependent on us.  Thanks.

Posted by Bruce & Mary Smith, REALTORS, Savannah Lakes Village McCormick SC (Savannah Lakes Homes) almost 10 years ago

My dog is at the Hospital right now having surgery on his leg, but he should be back soon and better then ever. it is a lonely day at the house without BO here and our other dog Kilo seems to be lonely, and missing his pal.

 

Heather and Nancy

Posted by Nancy & Heather Cloward (Surterre Properties) almost 10 years ago

As a fellow pet lover, I totally feel your anxiety and nervousness.  I am sure your little fluffy friend will be just fine!

Posted by Isaac E. Chavez (Vermont REALTORS) almost 10 years ago

Oh I can understad how horable that would be But I am sure you cute little doggy will be fine!

-Peg

Posted by Peg Gilliland, Broker, GRI, CDPE (Charlottesville Solutions) almost 10 years ago

Lizette, Just saw the post and i can imagine your anxiety \. Glad to hear she is doing so much better. Love the bunny. Barbara

Posted by Barbara Raley, When you think of Real Estate, think of me! (The McNelis Group,LLC) almost 9 years ago

Lizette, such an adorable puppy!  Thank heaven she is feeling better now.  You must be exhausted from all this as well - don't forget to get yourself some rest and pay attention to your own diet as you go through this too...

Posted by Joanne O'Donnell (Chic Home Interiors) almost 9 years ago

Lizette-I just read your blog post after posting mine about my pomeranian who has pancreatitis.  How is Chanel doing these days?  I hope just fine.

Posted by Sun City Grand Homes; Surprise AZ Real Estate and Homes,Josee Plant Long Realty West Valley, Arizona Retirement Communities Specialist (Long Realty West Valley) almost 9 years ago

Chanels new haircutIt has been a few years now since this health scare and many people ask me how Chanel is doing.

Well...she has completely recovered! Our lives changed after that ordeal.

While she was in the hospital I had them give her only distilled water. I still keep her on this to keep her kidneys form having chlorine or any other harmful substances in it. Why take a chance.

All her food is organic and no treats made in China. Be sure to read those labels.

She finally had had a professional haircut.

Chanel will be turning 5 in a month and we plan a BIG party for her.

I truly believe all the support and prayers from our AR friends helped keep her on this earth.

Chanel will post a birthday story soon. Stay tuned!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 8 years ago

I truly hope your dog is feeling better soon. I may not know exactly how you feel; however, our dog was diagnosed with cancer just before Christmas, so, I feel your pain. Will be posting about our dog next week.

Posted by Yvonne Schnee (Keller Williams Realty Moorestown) over 6 years ago

Lizette... here I am 4 years later reading the post... she looks glorious and glad she made a great recovery...

Posted by Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets! (Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty) almost 6 years ago

Happy New Year Gay! Thanks for stopping by! Chanel is still hanging in there. She has battled malignant melanoma since Aug 2012. Hoping she can beat it.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) almost 6 years ago

It is incredible how we set ourselves up for the anguish of loosing a loved pet.  As I look back as high as the price is I have been blessed to be touched by them.   Bilbo. Donner but for a few weeks.  Grizzly.  And presently Halley.

Posted by Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227 over 4 years ago

Mark, thanks for the comment. We are so blessed to have them in our lives for what little time they are on this earth. Chanel made it to August 27, 2013. She had been diagnosed with melanoma in her left eye a year earlier. I was heartbroken, but was able to keep her alive and happy for a year. She gave me such happiness and was so beautiful even on the day she went to heaven. She had become a bit of a celebrity and had brought to me friends I would never have met if not for her being in my life. Heaven has another perfect angel. I'll see her again one day.

 

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 4 years ago

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