She ate a Beggin' Strip
We still don't know what the problem was, but maybe it could have been all the medications. That wasn't the answer entirely.
So, she had the surgery done to have her bowels sorted out, went to R.E.A.C.H. stayed a week at the vet's. That Friday evening, she was in pretty bad shape. She hadn't had any medication while there, she was just hooked up to an I.V. so she could stay hydrated. They were pushing the fluids, around four liters a day, to flush out her kidneys. She was urinating a gallon every hour. (Okay, not a gallon, but it sure seemed like it.) She had also been vomiting since she had been at R.E.A.C.H. Those turkeys were giving her drugs; a pain killer that had a side effect of vomiting and also an anti-vomiting drug. I asked if she had been complaining of being in pain, they said no, I said well then stop doing that! The doctor had told them to just give her the fluids, nothing else. They didn't listen.
She was laying in her kennel just shaking quite terribly. The GF and I were going to euthanize her that evening. As soon as the we had pretty much decided with the doctor that it would probably be the best thing to do as we found out she had been shaking like that all day, the vomiting had not subsided and the drooling was still extremely excessive, Bailey decided to get up and start walking around and "investigate the crime scene". (The drooling, by the way, had started at R.E.A.C.H.) At that point, both the doctor and us decided against it. It's really hard to put down an animal that's acting like it's just fine. So, we said we'd give her some more time.
The next morning we took her and some L.R.'s home, enough for a liter a day, so we could give her fluids subcutaneously at home. (We have a very nice and understanding doctor.) She started improving over the weekend. Not dramatically, but improving nonetheless. She was still drooling a lot and shaking, but not so bad. She was walking a bit better, too. Still clumsy, but better.
That Monday, we went back to the vet, and decided to back off of the fluids even more. A half liter every other day. The drooling stopped after a couple of days, and she started drinking water on her own. The vomiting also stopped. (Now, the vomiting wasn't large amounts. It was just bile. I think it was actually caused by how hungry she was.) I had been force feeding with a syringe. A little ground dog food with lots of water liquefied in a blender. I gradually stepped it up from about four ounces a day to about 10 or 12 ounces. I also changed the amounts. Now, I think what really helped her is this recipe: one 13.2oz. can of Pedigree Healthy Digestion, one cup of plain yogurt and five tablets of Metamucil topped off with cold water in a one liter blender; Liquefy. We noticed that Bailey had been going around eating whatever animal hair she can find. Not hard to do with two animals that shed a coat every day
. The doctor thinks it might be because she feels that she needs more fiber in her diet or my neighbor thinks it could be a protein thing. Either way, she's doing better. She's drinking more water on her own and now she's eating Beggin' Strips. Now to just get her to eat dry food.
Also, she's picked up her pace and is up to a trot. She's started playing with a toy, too. It's funny. She starts doing the tug-o-war with a normal grrr and as I pull the toy she escalates to whirrr. Like a toy motorcycle.