Lefty very sick
May 26, 2008 - Today I had to take
Lefty to the
vet. Twice. Yesterday he was
already a bit quiet, and this morning he was really sick. He wouldn't eat
or drink, and he'd also lost considerable
weight (almost 50 grams in only
two weeks time). The first time I took him to the vet, this was around
noon, his lungs were not clean but also not too bad, and his temperature
was a bit too low. The vet gave him a shot of antibiotics, and I brought
him home again, after which I returned to work.
When I came home in the evening, Lefty was way worse. I
couldn't even force a little water in his mouth, because he would spit it
out together with a sort of mucus. So we went to the vet, again. This time
his sounded considerably worse, and his temperature had dropped even more.
The vet injected some water to prevent dehydration, and she also gave him a
painkiller. I took Lefty home, again, and started him on
nebuliser therapy that same evening. Lefty
spent the night with me in my bedroom, inside the transport basket, on a
SnuggleSafe heat pad.
He made all sorts of terrible sounds during the night, and
the next morning he was no better, but at least he was still around. I put
him inside the "breathing machine"
four times that day, and in the afternoon he seemed a wee bit better. He
even drank some water from my finger, and he ate tiny bits of this and
The next couple of days he slowly improved, and by Friday
he was doing realtively well. In fact so well that the vet couldn't believe
it when I returned for a checkup (and for a
tooth trimming session). It was too
early to release Lefty from the hospital cage
yet, so instead Pancho joined gim. By Sunday
both returned to the big cage, and I reduced the
number of nebuliser sessions to twice a day. Lefty is doing alright now,
although he is still recovering.
May 28: Lefty eating regular food again