I was not in the mood to blog for this whole week. Lele was down with her worst ever diarrhea. It all happens on the wee hours of Tuesday where she woke up several times and constantly rushing to her paper tray. This is not the first time she had diarrhea as I recalled her first 2 months with us, she visited the vet 3 times for diarrhea cases. Ever since, she is on restricted diet and her health improved. At times, the diarrhea disease do caught on her, but it will be over like 1 day. But for this time round, it worsen when she poo a pile of bloody mucus s*** 3 times in a row. Immediately, I rush her to the nearby vet clinic, The Animal Doctors (10 mins drive) rather than our usual Toa Payoh Vet.
Lele was attended by Ms Dr Ryan. She gave a through examination and conclude that it may be one of those diarrhea due to food contamination and overheat cause by our recent visit to Bishan dog run. She discussed the option to have lele hospitalise however I prefer to have her home which it will be more comfy for her. We will have to monitor her situation and should her condition worsen in 1-2 days, it will be back to the vet. Lele was given 2 injections and a water hump for her diarrhea. A water hump is look-alike camel hump where the vet infuse water on her back between the front shoulders blade. The water hump will slowly absorb into her blood stream and subside within hours to prevent her from dehydration. Lele came out from the room looking discomfort as she kept scratching on her mountainous hump. She was then on a 24 hours fast. The very night was a nightmare. Me and my MIL was unable to sleep as lele was constant awake feeling discomfort and her legs was seen trembling in pain. We can see her going through the agony by her facial expressions and behavior.
Next day morning, Wednesday, we try to have her eating food but she rejected. She was so lethargic and restless. Without food, it is not advisable to have the medication. So we decided to let her rest and gave her an early dinner. Well unexpectedly, she refused food once again. We had to force feed her this time round to get something into the stomach before the medication. It was tough to see her in such suffering condition. We decided if she still refuse food tomorrow, it will be back to the vet.
Thanks God, things change for better the very next day. She finally caught a good wink and slept through the night. She woke up slighty bubbly and gave me a wake up licking call. She was able to eat her morning meal on her own and played with her favourite squeaky ball. But most of the time, we were getting her to rest as she has yet to recover fully.
Finally after 2 days of constipation on thursday and Friday + 1 day of watery soft poo on Saturday, lele has s*** a good firm poo today. She has also regain back her energetic and mischievous self by running aimlessly in the house, grabbing things she should not have and tugging the toys with us stronger than ever. All this ordeal have left me and my MIL extreme eye bags and body aches from the sleepless night. I cannot imagine going through ever again. Lele is our precious, she is more than a pet, she is part of the family and my MIL doting grand-doghter.
PS: Thanks to all for the concerns and wishes given when lele was going through the distress.
Day 12 of Le Le Season – As per my earlier post, Sleeping Beauty on 28th April 2011, we sent lele to the vet the next day. Lele has been visiting the vets at The Animal Doctors in Ang Mo Kio since we got her. I have found their services overall satisfactory but appointments booking for specific vet seems to be difficult. Every furkid is a precious to their pawrents (paw-parents). So I decided to widen my choices.
I went online and found Toa Payoh Vets which is nearer to my home. Frankly speaking when we arrived the location, the first impression of the place is not good. It is located at industrial area and seems a bit run-down. The outlook of the reception area is not appealing at all. Honestly, this is what most of the consumers nowadays look out when patronizing a store. Well, I do had the urge to back out the moment I’ve stepped in. My appointment was at 4.30pm but because I’m late for 10mins (no excuse to be late, my fault). I ended up waiting around 5.30pm for the vet to see us with nobody in line. Understand the vet was conducting an operation the time we arrive. Looking back at all my initial negative reactions, yet I conclude the overall vet visit a definate worthwhile.
Finally, it’s our turn. Dr Vanessa Lin came to greet us. She has made an immerse impression. Her friendly, bubbly and genuine character made me feel like home and my lele is safe in her hands. After her detailed examination, lele condition is worst than we expected. Her tail has to be shave bald as the hair coat around the tail conceal the infected area. 60% of lele tail was practically red and wounded with pus. My heart sunk when I see her in such agony.
I asked Dr Vanessa what’s the cause. She clearly explained to me there are 2 reasons, one is due to her heat where lele can get irritated and tempermental. Secondly is due to her anal glands which causes irritation to her buttocks area hence causing lele to chew at her own tail to relieve some discomfort. True enough, Dr Vanessa show us how to relieve lele’s anal gland and she squirt out a full sac of blackish liquid (base on her expertise). The waste from the anal gland smells purgent and fishy.
After which, Dr Vanessa gave us lele’s medication and explained clearly the usage + the dos and do nots. Le le will be due for revisiting 2 weeks later. Dr Vanessa has been the best vet I’ve seen whom have answer every of my questions with patience and guidance. She has earned my respect and I would definately bring lele back to her.
There’s a saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. So don’t judge a vet by its clinic. Dr Vanessa Lin from Toa Payoh vets, Thank You. Thumbs up, Highly Recommended.
Lele’s shaved tail. @_@ Lele and her KONG Cloud Collar.