Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Update on Conor.... (again)

As of Wednesday morning he seems to be doing much better. No more shaking. I happened to have some skimmings from chicken noodle soup in the refrigerator which made it really easy to give him his three pills. We're going out for a couple hours and I'm a bit nervous about leaving him, but we are out of food, need to get some baking supplies to finish gifts, and am picking up our last batch of Christmas cards and gift tags at Walgreens. Thanks for the prayers and Lori, I had NO idea dogs could get sick like that! We only have colds, so I'm not sure where he picked it up from? The cat perhaps? Who knows. At least he appears to be on the mend.

Thanks for all the prayers on our behalf. It was a scary afternoon for me. At 1pm I let Conor outside and noticed that he had diarrhea. I didn't think much of it until he didn't ask to come in, but laid on the cement instead. It was 14 degrees out. Something was wrong. When I let him inside he wouldn't stop shaking. I sat with him on the living room floor while I ate my lunch. He didn't make any attempt to sniff my beef stew. Something was really, really wrong.

I let him back outside and he didn't even bother going down the steps. He laid down on the porch. I brought him back in and made a couple phone calls. Brian wasn't due home for over an hour so it was up to me to make the decision on what to do. The vet tech said it sounded like he needed to be seen so I quickly woke up Julia, got dressed, and told Sam to get his shoes on.

The vet is only 5 minutes from our house which is really nice. Conor gets worked up when we go somewhere and was shaking violently by the time we got there. They weighed him - 47 pounds. Took his temp - 105 degrees. He had a fever. Normal is 101. The vet did his exam and I paid the extra money to have the blood work done at the clinic. His white count was pretty much non existant which pointed to a virus and explained the fever.

Brian came and got the kids so I could listen to the doctor better and make payment arrangements.

Then we came home and he did this for two hours. He wasn't shaking as bad by this point, but who doesn't like to be covered up when they have fever chills?

He threw up a couple times, but that is par for the course with him. (He throws up at least once a week becuase of his anxiety) I just hope enough of the meds got absorbed first.

It's 11pm now and he's started shaking a bit again. We might not be out of the woods yet.


  1. :o( Poor baby.

    I would have wrapped mine up in a blankie too.

    Our dog ALWAYS get sick when we have the flu. Never fails.


  2. Oh, poor doggie. I've been thinking about you a lot this morning, hope things are going better now. I'm still praying!

  3. Poor little guy. Hope he is feeling better!!

  4. Awww poor puppy. I hope he starts feeling better. :( I just want to cuddle him seeing that picture.

  5. I can hardly stand reading this because it brings up such bad memories. Our dog - black lab - got very suddenly sick like this, too.

    How is Conor now?

  6. Okay - when a dog doesn't even SNIFF your food, you know you have problems.

    I will be praying for him and you guys!


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