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21 October 2003 @ 11:55 pm
Sometimes inspiration comes in the weirdest places...  
...We just got back from a LONG and pretty eye-opening night at the vet's office. Sydney had been having her little "not eating" problems again. :( We thought it might've been another tick, so we'd been searching her for ticks for the past few days - but didn't find a thing. So I scheduled an appointment with the vet for this Thursday because she was completely not herself again. :(

Except that we really started to worry when we got home and we noticed that Sydney wouldn't even eat her favorite treats anymore. :( She was also getting so weak that she was stumbling a lot and almost falling down. We ended up taking her in tonight to another office our vet referred to us that was about a half an hour away and stayed open until 10pm.

It must've been "Sick Sydney" day there because our dog was the third pet with the name Sydney to be admitted that night with an illness (at the same time!) The other two were much worse off than our dog and sitting there, waiting for Sydney's turn with the vet, I was so thankful for our dog's health. One of the Sydney's was a prize-winning Yorkshire Terrier who had eaten a bullfrog and they're weren't sure if she'd make it. :( Her owner was frantic and crying (the breeder of the prize-winning dog was even there yelling at the poor, grief-stricken owner - which I thought was really uncalled for). The other Sydney was a cat who was sedated and going in for some kind of emergency surgery. :( With all of that going on around us, I felt extremely blessed that our dog's problem was just that she hadn't eaten in a few days.

Our Sydney finally got to see the vet at about 9pm. They ran a few blood tests and said that Sydney could be suffering from diabetes, or a condition (I forgot what it was called) that appears in middle aged dogs that causes them to over-produce steroids, or it could be a urinary track infection. They really won't know until tomorrow, but they sent us home with some antibiotics and instructions to feed Sydney her favorite table foods (like boiled chicken and rice).

On the way out of the vet's office, I spoke with the lady who owned the Yorkshire and she was commenting on what a pretty dog our Sydney was and gave me advice on what to feed her when she's sick. It really warmed my heart that in her time of anguish, she could actually take time out to worry about someone else's pet enough to try to help us. I didn't know what to say to her except that I hoped her dog would be okay and that I would be thinking of them.

I was really stunned. I don't think I'll be able to forget this night or the lady who owned the Yorkshire - because as cynical as I was when I went in, I actually left the vet's office with a renewed faith in people. :)

I'm off to hug my dog and get some rest. *HUGS* to you all.
 
 
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starstruck113 on October 22nd, 2003 03:11 am (UTC)
I'm glad your dog is well!! There was a two day period when my dog didn't eat at all, so we took him to the vet and they said he over-ate a few days before! We gave him a hambone leftover from dinner - a big, once in a lifetime treat for him! - and he totally stuffed himself with that. Being a little 9 pound dog, it was obviously too much for him and he obviously doesn't know his limits when it comes to eating! :-p Glad Sydney seems to be okay!
Sherishutterbug93 on October 22nd, 2003 03:39 am (UTC)
Thanks, Lauren. We're glad that it isn't anything life-threatening like the others who were in that office tonight. And it's a good thing that nothing was seriously wrong with your dog - he was just full. Hopefully Sydney will be okay - they even gave her an injection under the skin of Pepcid AC to calm her stomach. :P
the artist formerly known asnikki42 on October 22nd, 2003 05:50 am (UTC)
This reinforces my belief that pet lovers are the best poeple! I hope Sydney is feeling better soon.
Kananigirl: awwkananigirl on October 22nd, 2003 05:58 am (UTC)
I'm glad Sydney is going to be okay!

I have to admit there are some really nice people out there that still do care. Nice to know that they still exists.
I'm just a girl in the world...i_am_angieface on October 22nd, 2003 07:03 am (UTC)
Awww, that was really sweet of that women to offer you her advice. Give Sydney an extra hug for me! I bed she will be excited to get that table food! *HUGS*
Stylesrush2112 on October 22nd, 2003 07:07 am (UTC)
:(
Having a sick puppy is horrible, I'm so sorry. Hope she pulls out soon!
With a spark: Michi close-upconchispa on October 22nd, 2003 07:26 am (UTC)
Hugs to you and your doggie. Hope she is as good as new soon.
irisheyes77 on October 22nd, 2003 08:10 am (UTC)
First off, that is an adorable picture of her in your icon!

My parents had a dog with diabetes and then another dog who had lupus believe it or not. I hope that for Sydney's sake, what she has is just an infection that can be cleared up with some antibiotics.

Please keep us updated!
Care: mecareleswhisper on October 22nd, 2003 03:03 pm (UTC)
It's amazing that other people will care for others even during their rough times. That's wonderful. I hope Sydney is alright. :) *hugs*
Sabine: Lauser Kopfsabine10 on October 22nd, 2003 04:18 pm (UTC)
I hope that Sydney feels better soon. Please, give her a hug from me.

The first Sheltie, who was (if I think of the pictures) more like Sydney in regard to the figure, also liked not to eat something during one vacation. First he still liked to eat liver sausage but then he stopped eating. It was the weekend when we drove back home. Only two days and he already was so weak that he could no longer really walk and so I visited the vet with him at a Sunday evening. Someway, he had caught a cold stomach. The vet told me that he was not so weak because of not eating but, seemingly, he also had not drunk enough and that would be much more important than eating. He got some injections under the skin to improve his water balance, had to eat diet and to drink only boiled water. But he felt better after some days. Sometimes, I wish dogs could speak.

I actually left the vet's office with a renewed faith in people. :)
I do understand that very well :) and I hope that her dog is going to be all right.

I hope you got some rest. *Hugs*
orion74 on October 22nd, 2003 11:16 pm (UTC)
I hope that Sydney is going to be okay! I know how terrible it feels when one of your "babies" is ill and you feel helpless. I hope the antibiotics kick in soon. That was really kind of the lady who owned the Yorkshire to be so friendly. It's too bad that there aren't more kind-hearted people in the world like that!