We got Becky from Brazoria County on 6/21/11.
June 21, 2011
Becky T. is HW positive, has whips and hooks, and the EU call came earlier. We chose to try to give her a chance. As of this afternoon she is eating a little and becoming more aware. She is a very thin girl with a long row to hoe.
June 22, 2011
Update from Vet; Becky is doing a little better. No iv fluids today. Eating on her own 4-5 times daily. Yesterday she didn’t know where the food was and today she is able to find it and actually enjoy it. She is on Baytril which is an antibiotic.
June 27, 2011
Becky was running a high temperature yesterday so she got sub Q fluids, today her temp is low. They said this is to be expected because of her condition. She has lost weight and Dr C says she is looking worse–is recommending sub Q fluids daily. (TC)
June 30, 2011
Becky was being transferred to VERGI this AM. (TC)
July 1, 2011
Blood work still shows elevated liver enzymes, so she’s got something going on with her liver, but they’re not sure at this point if it’s due to poisoning, dehydration, disease, or what. She is still not fully hydrated; the vet said it can take a while. For now the plan is to keep her on IV fluids until she is well hydrated and encourage her to eat. She is eating baby food and keeping it down. And she stands up and walks around slowly when they take her outside.
July 3, 2011
The vet tried to switch her to a higher calorie food, but she got nauseous, so they went back to the other food. They haven’t done any blood work yet today, but they said she’s looking a lot better and trying to make a little “nest” in her kennel.(FB)
July 7, 2011
They are still trying to get the right balance of food and meds for Becky to prevent diarrhea and keep her ammonia levels down (not enough meds = ammonia too high, too much meds = diarrhea). As soon as they get that adjusted, she can go to a foster… and they think that could be as early as today! She will need her meds three times a day (every 8 hours) and she will need a foster who is close to a vet so she can have her blood monitored for ammonia levels (I forgot to ask how often). We might want to have her stay a JV for a while first. Anyway, who ever fosters her needs to be strict with her diet. The temptation will be to let her eat us much as she wants because she’s so skinny, but she cannot tolerate a lot of protein. So she really needs an experienced foster (who won’t overfeed her or give her table scraps), and they need to realize they may be dealing with some diarrhea. The folks at VERGI say Becky is a sweetheart. (SC)
July 8, 2011
Becky is cleared to go “home” today. She has not been spayed yet and she is heartworm positive. Dr. Sutherland said she definitely would not put her through surgery right now. She said give her a couple of months to make sure her liver is going to be ok. Same thing with the heartworm treatment. We need to make sure she’s well enough to go through it. We can give her monthly preventative. She has been spoiled at VERGI. They are letting her sit up at the front desk.(SC) Suzanne’s husband Mike will pick Becky up today and they will foster.
October 10, 2011
Becky is still in foster and not quite ready for adoption yet!
October 17, 2011
Sweet little Becky lost her battle with liver disease October 17th. She had been doing extremely well, but suddenly fell very ill and, sadly, we were unable to save her. She brought much joy to her foster family in the short time she was with us. We hope she knew how much she was loved.