Saturday, January 30, 2010

I Feel Like A Pet Insurance Salesman...

I guess I just am hoping that others will consider the option of getting it. Today it paid off again for me. Yesterday, Harvey starting acting strange. Harvey has never been sick. I call him "healthy like a horse Harvey". He is usually the "life of the party" type of dog - happy and playful from morning til night, but suddenly he was just laying like a rag not moving. He even got so tired in the first block of our walk that I had to pick him up and carry him home. I knew something was REALLY wrong, but thought I would observe him during the night. I got up every 30 minutes to check his eyes, gums and pulse. ...Actually I kind of found it hard finding his pulse, and I think Harvey knew this because I would get nervous and start lifing all his legs, sticking my fingers underneath looking for any place that would beat. After about two times of enduring this from me, he then just gave me a big breath out when I put my hand on his side to prove that he was alive. Anyways, this morning, he even looked worse so I carried him out on a pillow to the truck and headed off to the Emergency Animal Hospital. Usually in the truck Pearl yaps at him constantly to let him know that his true traveling place should be the far back corner of the cab, but today it was as if she knew how sick he was because she laid down next to him on the pillow and put her head across his neck. The vet at the hospital was great, and did a blood panel and x-ray. He was actually the best vet I have found in America and Canada so far - extremely attentive and took the time to go over the blood work in detail. It looks like Harvey has pancreatitis. This is very serious and he is resting until the medicines start working. We are trying to get the infection out of the pancreas so that means he can't have any food - only fluids....but getting him to take even that is hard at the moment. I got the idea to boil chicken breast and drain the broth off. Miraculously he sipped the bowl so I am relieved about that. I am hoping tomorrow morning to see a positive change. I have turned on the hot blanket on the bed and hopefully that will make him feel good as he sleeps tonight. Okay, must run. Love to everyone, d :-) ....oh yes, today was $750, so I am thankful I put that $20 put per month....

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