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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Gizzy's blood test results

What a day we have had. Without going into too much detail, I'm wiped out...physically and emotionally. Between my noisy neighbor not letting me sleep last night, having night mares and Gizzy having the smelly sqirts on top of everything else that's wrong with him, I got hardly any sleep last night. I had to get up at 5:30 am to be at the Vet's at 7:30 am for Gizzy's X-ray and blood work. I took Weezie for company, only she needed another immunization and her anal glands extracted (which she didn't enjoy.) While Gizzy waited in his holding cell, I drove to McDonald's for coffee and a breakfast muffin, then stopped at the city park with Weezie to walk around since we had so much time to kill and it was too far for me to drive home and back again  - what a depressing place that park was (after seeing all that pretty nature right here.) It didn't help me walking Weezie without Gizzy, giving me a taste of what life will be like when he's gone...I wondered if I'll ever be able to feel that big love for another dog that I have for my little boy. He's been my constant companion for 11 years. He moved from CA to GA with me and has been there for me like no other. I will miss him deeply.

After the Vet did Gizzy's chest x-ray, he showed me how much his heart has increased in size since February which is why he's wheezing and coughing...he told me to call him back in the evening for the blood test results.

We didn't get back home till 1 pm and then had to wait for the test results. The Vet called me an hour ago informing me that Gizzy has kidney disease. His kidney functions are 2 1/2 times higher than they should be, which explains him drinking so much water. He decided to not change Gizzy's heart medication, but instead concentrate on the kidneys for now. He is putting him on K/D Science Diet (food for kidney failure) and a supplement called Epakitin, a powder I mix in with his food. I'll have to pick that up tomorrow morning at his Nashville clinic, which is just 22 miles from here, not 47.

Of course, the Vet didn't tell me how much time we have left, but he did say that Gizzy is 14 and there's just so much we can expect. I hope that the special food and medication will help him feel better and that we can enjoy each other for as long as we are given. My life will be empty without him, that's for sure, no matter how many other pets I get. He is and always will be my special boy and of course, there will never, ever be another Gizzy with the fly-away ears!



22 comments:

Parsley said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. We lost our first fur baby to kidney disease. It's so hard.

Ginny said...

I am so sorry for these results. But it could have been worse, and maybe the new meds and food will really help. Really, no one knows when our time will come, only God. And till then, you are giving Gizzy the most happy life he can possibly have, he has been really blessed to have you.

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Oh sad to read this post. Sending Gizzy Lots of Golden Thoughts n LOVE. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Mindy said...

Oh wow. What a rough day for you. I'm so sorry. Keep enjoying him!

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Liebe Doris,

Da kann man dir nur umarmen... Es kommt so plötzlich so etwas und es tut so weeh. Hast du ihm seid er 3 Jahre alt war? Er ist ja auch so an dich gewöhnt, Tiere die kennen jede Minute von uns und wissen genau was wir tun werden und wie wir uns fühlen. Wenn man krank ist dan trösten sie, weil die oft eher etwas spüren als Menschen.
Also geniesse jedem Tag mit ihm, es ist ein Geschenk was noch als Zugabe kommt da du schon wisst was kommen wird. Hoffentlich sind die Tierärzte auch so das sie ihm nicht unnötig leiden lassen...
Lieber Gruss,
Mariette

Linda in New Mexico said...

I am sorry to hear the results you got from the vet. Perhaps the new food and meds will help give him some more time.
Gizzy is such a special little dog/boy, hope the meds help him feel better at least.
Oma Linda
Sending healing thoughts for both of you. I know you have a heavy heart right now.

Beansieleigh said...

Oh Doris.. It does sound like this was quite a day for you, and it breaks my heart to hear YOUR heartache right now. Keeping Gizzy in my prayers, and hoping the meds will help. ((love-n-big hugs)) ~tina

glor said...

Oh Doris, so sorry. My Toby had the same, he was 16 and my baby. Don't think I could ever replace him either. Wish I could change this for you.

Anke said...

Doris, es tut mir wirklich sehr leid, dass die Resultate nicht besser waren. Jeder kann sehen wieviel dir dein Baby bedeutet und ich wuensche dir, dass die neuen Medikamente helfen. Geniesse die Zeit die du mit ihm hast!
Liebe Gruesse,
Anke

gin said...

I'm so sorry Gizzy is not feeling well and has some serious problems. Sending all my thoughts to you and Gizzy. Enjoy being together with him everyday.

Debi Y. said...

Sorry to hear about this Doris. Hopefully the food and the meds will help Gizzy. ((hugs))

Furry Bottoms said...

That has to be the hardest news... I am very sorry. Make the most of the time you have left with him!

marianne said...

Oh no......I am so sorry to hear this!
I thought the drining was a bad sign......
Well I hope he will do better with the new food.
And make every moment count now!
Of course there will never be a dog like Gizzy but your heart is just made to love animals and I am sure some dog can fill your heart again. Maybe Weezie. Doesn't mean you will ever forget Gizzy.
But it isn't so far yet.
So lets hope he will improve on the food and he has some quality time left to spend with you and Weezie.
I am in SF and spending a few days with Robin.
We have been talking about you and the doggies yesterday and about Gizzyś situation.
What a terrible day yesterday must have been for you.
Hope from now he will do a little better so he can enjoys his wonderful life with you a little longer.

Hugs from me

Heather - The Good Life said...

So sorry to hear the news on your beloved companion. I hope the special food and medication will help him to feel better. Take care.

Piappies World said...

Hi Doris and Gizzy,

We got our paws crossed for you both and we pray that you will enjoy many more moments together.

Love,
Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai, Wai-Max & Forgie (Tabby, too)

val said...

so sorry to here he is ill....I hope the new meds make him comfortable and that you have some more time with him.

Ann said...

Oh I'm so sorry to hear about Gizzy's test results. Hopefully the new food will help ease his discomfort. Our furbabies are so special to us. You and Gizzy are in my thoughts.

Deborah said...

Such a cute little guy...don't give up hope my friend...there is a chance that the meds and diet will work along with all the love and prayers from your friends here in blog land.

Healing love and light...Deborah

sprinkles said...

I'm so sorry, Doris. I've been there with a sick pet and it's never easy. I'll continue to keep you all in my prayers.

Hopefully the new meds and food will help.

Robin said...

Doris...I am late to comment..although Marianne and I were together in SF when we read this post. I am saying prayers that the new food and meds will extend Gizzy's life..... he IS a SPECIAL ONE...and the two of you have been through so much together...you have forged a bond strong as steel.

You are the BEST Mutti to him....and Wheezie too. They both know this....and living in a world where you KNOW you are loved and life is secure is what all animals should feel. Yours do.....

Sending you many, many, many hugs and much love! Kisses to Gizzy and Wheezie!!

Love to all,

♥ Robin ♥

Brandon - The dog with a blog said...

We are so furry sorry to hear this news.
I hope the new food & meds help!

Brandon's Raiser

reinaknits by the fire said...

Hi Doris~~I am sad to hear the news but Gizzy has alot of LOve from you everyday and knows it, feels it. The new food may help alot.
You are both in my prayers...hugz Gizzy every day and we must be happy smelling the roses til we cant. Big hugz, reina