Chairman Bao is a Shih Tzu. We travel a lot. I drive. He watches. We've logged at least 10,000 miles and he's never once said, Sweetheart, don't you think you should stop and ask someone?

Wednesday, February 09, 2011


Bao has been terribly ill since Sunday. Three days -- and nearly $1000 later -- we still don't even know for sure what's wrong.

He has periodic, wracking stomach spasms. His whole little body wrenches. He hasn't eaten anything since Sunday night, although he's drinking water. But every time he takes a drink it sets off more spasms.

The x-rays showed nothing amiss. The blood tests came back negative for everything. Kidneys, liver, lungs, all doing what they should. His electrolytes are good. His blood pressure is excellent. No neurological symptoms, either.

The spasms are painful but because of Bao's heart condition, Dr. Mike doesn't want to use pain killers, because they'll raise his blood pressure. Infant anti-gas medicine and juvenile Immodium seem to be helping with the symptoms. But what's causing this? At the moment, the best guess is some kind of extremely nasty, anaerobic bacteria in his gastrointestinal tract. He's taking medicine for that, but so far the bacteria -- if that's what they are -- are winning.

I am beside myself. I'm afraid that if I leave him alone, he'll stop breathing and die. This is irrational, but after three sleepless nights the ghosts and goblins come out to play.

Any ideas? Help!

5 Comments:

Blogger Lacy said...

w00fs, just wondering, u went to Mexico not to long ago...did he eat something there..or mayb went swimming and got a parasite? I watch that show a lot, lol, and i cant remember the name..."strangers within" i think it is...it comes on syfy channel...some very bad stuff cause heartacke for people at times..might b worth having ur vet check into it..

b safe,
rocky

7:17 PM

 
Blogger Albireo said...

Ensure that Bao continues to get fluids. Buy some liquid dog food (Dog Sure is sold at amazon.com) or liquefy your own food in a blender so he can lap up some nutrition while you wait for him to feel better. As author Alston Chase says, We Give Our Hearts to Dogs to Tear.

7:39 PM

 
Blogger Mango said...

How terrible for you. I know that you are doing whatever you can for the little guy. We'll keep you both in our thoughts and hope for a diagnosis and recovery.

Mango Momma

3:59 AM

 
Blogger Tish said...

To Chairman Bao and his human, you're in our thoughts and prayers. Stay strong. Maybe treating him to some loving can help, take a look here http://www.naturalk9supplies.com

6:28 PM

 
Blogger Miss Poppy said...

Oh! I feel so sorry for Boa! And for you of course. I know how it feels not to be able to help them get rid of this awefull pain and setting the alarm clock every hour to check if he's oke... Let's hope it's just a bacterial infection and that he'll back to his old self soon !
Fingers crossed !
Chris, Miss Poppy and Lily

9:36 PM

 

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