Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Some News...

Well, I do have some news for you guys. The veterinary clinic at GDB has decided that the antibiotics that she was on the few days leading up to her arrival at GDB had pretty much cleared up the virus. They also know that he has some sort of infection (WAY too high white blood count) but they can't seem to find the infection. They are basically giving her a sort of blanket medicine,that covers many different infections, and it seems to be working. She will have more tests done on the 25th, and if they turn out okay, she can come home on the 30th!!! A long time for a pup at the kennel, but as long as she is healthy, I'm not complaining! =D

However, with this medical issue, we have stumbled across a behavioral issue as well. Pilaf LOVES water, to an extreme extent. If you place 7 full bowls of water on the ground, she will drink everything in all of them. She "tanks up" on water, and will drink until you tell her to stop. She doesn't lose her head or anything, she just keeps drinking as if she is still thirsty. If you call her name however, or touch her or anything like that, she will immediately stop and come to you, but then she will go back to the water. She has done this since we first got her, and I always shrugged it of as a "golden thing," as did some other experienced raisers in our club. So from the beginning, I just limited her water and would fill up her bowl every couple of hours rather than leaving it full for her all the time. This tanking up on water isn't a good thing, as it can seriously hurt her if she drinks too much. So she is on several water protocols, and we hope they work!

On another note, I will be gone for the next 2 weeks to various camps. I am looking forward to catching up on your blogs when I get back!!!


Lisa and Ellie said...

Glad to hear Pilaf is doing better and getting over her infection. Good luck on the water thing. I know some of the dogs in our group had to be "taught" how to drink because they were excessive drinkers.

raiserally said...

Glad to hear there's improvement! I had a similar infection myself last year that they have no idea where it was or what it was but the blanket antibiotic seemed to take care of it!

At least she stops drinking /grin/ Both Eclipse and Eva (although she's a special case) wouldn't quit drinking unless they were literally pulled away from the water or it was picked up. I hope the protocol works! And I hope she gets to come home!