Pony Party: Leptospirosis

Thanks to all of you for your comments in my pony party last week. After a full week at the vet, my pups are now at home, though they’re not out of the woods yet. Both tails started wagging as soon as they walked in the door. And we got them to eat a bit. They’ve both had a really rough week, with maladies ranging from kidney failure to incontinence to jaundice. Have you ever seen a yellow dog? Not fur color – I mean yellow skin. It’s not a pretty sight. Both have lost over 2 lbs. In one case, that’s 20% of his body weight. For the other, it’s 15%. This hasn’t been a fun week. But, the vet is hopeful. We’ll just have to wait and see. They appear comfortable, though frail. Poor pups.

The most likely cause is leptospirosis, though that’s not confirmed yet. Pretty scary little bacteria, I must say. And, we have to take precautions, because it is zoonotic. But at least my pups are home.

Thanks again for all your kind wishes. I hope to be able to comment today, but that will depend on my schedule.


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    • RiaD on April 29, 2008 at 00:14

    I know YOU & mr.pickle feel so much better having the wee gherkins back home! such a relief!!

    I hope being home will make them feel soooo much better & they’ll really start eating well & gain back lost weight.

    happy, continued recovery thoughts for them both!

  1. What a week. I’m exhausted, and I just want to get home to my pups.

  2. Wow, I looked it up and those particular bacteria are on the rise among dogs.

    They must be survivor puppies. Be thinking of you and yours.

  3. I’m just now figuring out that “Turing Test” isn’t just one person.

    Don’t I feel like a salted dill.

  4. im glad the pups are back where they belong!  tell them never to scare me like that again!!!  😉

  5. The pups are home!  With your tender love and care they will feel better every day.    

    Thanks for the news Pickle – be careful that you don’t catch LEPtospirosis yourself.  eek!

    • Alma on April 29, 2008 at 06:00

    LOL fur-people.  🙂

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