Monday, 23 April 2012

The Trelawnyd Intensive Care Unit

Mabel has a pneumonia
I had suspected as much.
She has a rip roaring temperature and looks dreadful
Being an over bred Bulldog means that you have an extra short trachea
and therefore the route between mouth and lungs can be dangerously concise
Bacteria and foreign bodies love the shorter  route into lung tissue
Kennel club take note!

The vet was happy that I take Mabel home with antibiotics and anti inflammatories .
Because of some intensive" water-sprayer-in-the-mouth" therapy at least she is not too dehydrated at present.. if she were, he would have admitted her.

Mabel was happy that I took her home too 
The strangeness of the vets frightened her terribly and with great difficulty she took herself off to the surgery exit as I paid the bill, where she stared sadly at the Berlingo in the car park, waiting to get home.
Her need to get back to her "safe" little Trelawnyd world broke my heart

She looked s a poorly.dog when she returned to the kitchen sofa.
But has accepted hourly fluids squirted directly into her mouth
Hey Ho

64 comments:

  1. Poor Mabel. She has the best nurse though. Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery and all good wishes her way.

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  2. This beats House anyday. Get better soon, Mabel!

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  3. Get well soon, baby girl!
    m.

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  4. Get well sweet girl...you are in safe hands.

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  5. No place like home. Poor luv.

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  6. at least you know what you're dealing with now....sounds nasty... chicken soup all round then!! Get well soon Mabel!

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  7. Be glad Mabel is a dog. If she were a cat you'd have your work cut out to give her any medication. Yes, I know my bedside manner is terrible. It's been pointed out to me so many times I am beginning to believe it myself.

    Here's a thought, and Mabel won't like it: Since Mabel, like all self respecting bulldogs (overbred or not), looks a bit down in the mouth at the best of times, how does she adapt her facial expression at a time of acute suffering?

    If she liked them I'd send her grapes. I suppose you, John, could eat them instead. Nurses need nursing too.

    U

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  8. Glad you have a diagnosis, and a treatable one. At least this time you didn't have to try to convince the vet of your animal's illness.

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  9. I'm guessing that all of those years of gin, fags and playing the saxophone in smoke-filled nightclubs before her retirement has done her lungs a power of no good either.

    Make sure that her drip stand has wheels so that as soon as she feels well enough she can potter around in her hospital gown. There's nowt worse than being stuck in a dog-bed.

    Seriously - doggy grapes and a hug are in the post. Get well soon, Mabel!

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  10. Oh poor Mabel, I surely relate to her with my near death experience with Pneumonia at Christmas time. Surely she feels just awful. Hugs to her for me please, John, as she does look just so huggable. Hope the Meds work quickly for her. Try not to get too run down yourself in the process of nursing her back to health, and everything else you have on your "plate" !

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  11. Poor Mabel - hope she gets better really soon.

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  12. Feet up, a hot water bottle to cuddle,a cozy blanky, 101 Dalmations on DVD.....sweet Mable will soon be feeling much better.
    Jane xxxxxxxxxx (for Mabel...you get enough!)

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  13. Best wishes Mabel! Poor sweet thing. Look after her John! Spoil her silly.

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  14. Poor baby. As much as I love pure breeds, most of them have ailments associated with their breeds, and who did that...us humans. E.g I love pugs, but it breaks my heart to hear them snort and breeze.

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  15. Poor Mabel. I can well understand her desire to get out of the surgery with all its alarming equipment and back to the familiar surroundings of home. I know the feeling.

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  17. Just want to say that I love your blog; I think we must be dressed by the same stylist! I have to go to my neohew's graduation next month and don't (literally!) have a decent thing to wear...between gardens, barn, and house animals I am constantly bombarded by poo, mud, fur, feathers and fleece!...
    Hope your poor dog is on the mend; I usually have an ongoing due acct at the vets...

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  18. You're doing a wonderful job of caring for Mable and I think the love she feels from you is just as healing as any antibiotic on the market. You both are in my prayers...

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  19. With your excellent care, Mabel will get better.

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  20. Poor Mabel! She'll appreciate your 5* care. Hope she is better soon!

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  21. Oh, bless her....there's no place like home...there's no place like home....
    Hope she's soon back to her old self.

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  22. I'm so sorry to hear that Mabel is poorly John, I hope she gets well soon.
    Jo xx

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  23. Poor Mabel. Glad you got her to the vet and happy you got to take her home. No place like home to recoup.
    Connie

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  24. John, i'm glad you have a diagnosis, so you know what you and Mabel are up against.

    Sending healing t's and p's your way, and i've instructed the cats to send some purrs, too!

    megan

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  25. get well soon lovely girl x

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  26. She's in the best possible hands. My best wishes to her!

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  27. I don't know any sick dog that likes the vet's office and very few well ones. I hope Mabel gets well soon with all your TLC.

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  28. Poor Mabel! Hope you are giving her some extra cuddels.

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  29. Poor little Mabel! Hope she's feeling much better very soon!!

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  30. I am doing some catching up and am so sorry to hear that Mabel is not well. Poor baby. I hope that she is back to normal soon. Smudge just had soft pallet surgery and can breathe so much better now. I am like you, always worried about that dreaded pneumonia. I was reading recently that the standards for bulldogs are being reformed to combat a lot of these issues. I also saw the bulldog did not make it into the finals at Crufts because of health related issues. I am not a show person, but know that many of the issues are created by over breeding and vanity breeding...so sad to wreck such a beautiful and loving breed. Hugs to you and Mabel.

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  31. One of our cats was at the vets just recently as he was not eating or drinking, it turned out to be a hairball but I know exactly how you are feeling at this time.
    We also came home with syringes and re-hydrating stuff.
    The worst part is feeling so helpless but I'm sure once the antibiotics kick in Mabel will be fine.
    And yes, this over breeding needs putting right.
    Give Mabel a hug from me.
    Briony
    x

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  32. Oh bless her. GWS Mabel. xx

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  33. So sorry to read she is poorly, I hope she gets better soon.
    Give her a scritchy-scratch behind the ears for me ;)
    ~Jo

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  34. Dear Mabel.....please get better soon...we love you here at seaview cottage....

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  35. Oh dear poor Mabel. Having had a dear pug years ago I do appreciate the difficulties these breeds have with such infections. I do hope she pulls through safely John. Give her a hug from me - after all the loving care you have given her I am not surprised she was glad to get back home.

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  36. prayers for a speedy recovery for Mabel...sweet thing!

    how fortunate she is to have Nurse John and the Trelawnyd ICU,very fortunate indeed!

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  37. Hope Mabel gets better soon. Feel quite upset that she is sick!

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  38. No place like home when you're feeling a bit rough. Hope Mabel's on the mend again soon xx

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  39. Get well soon Mabel and all the best John.

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  40. Oh, poor Mabel! Nothing sadder than a sick doggy. Sending her hugs....
    Nancy in Iowa

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  41. Poor Mabel - in good hands though. Get well soon.

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  42. Poor Mabel. Wishing her a speedy recovery - you too, John! Jill is right - there are a lot of health issues created in the name of "pure breeding".

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  44. thanks for all the good wishes..I have passed them on to Joan Collins who is lying on a nest of pillows in the kitchen
    she still looks AnD SOUNDS dreadful but has eaten some chicken ( hand fed!) and has taken around half a litre of water ( in 50 ml) gulps (also hand fed)- I am determined not to let her get dehydrated.

    thanks everyone
    x

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  45. I wish I were there to help take care of her. I would be doing the exact same things you are, John.

    Sweet thoughts and prayers to you both.

    Love her to bits.

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  46. Mabel is in the best hands! xoxo

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  47. Hope Mabel soon feels better - she's a lovely dog. She's got a head start - professional nursing care at home!

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  48. Take care of yourself John. Mabel will begin to thrive with your care and love. I really admire your passion for your animals.

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  49. Sending GET WELL WISHES to Mabel. Hope she is feeling better soon! She couldn't be in better hands than you. She is a very lucky girl and I am sure she knows it!

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  50. If anyone can help her, you can, John. She's got the best of care.
    I hope Mabel recovers quickly.

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  51. Poor baby. I hope Mabel feels much better soon.

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  52. Poor Mabel. Sending so many good wishes to you both.

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  53. Hence the expression - "Sick as a dog!" Poor Mabel Denny and I wish her well and soon.

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  54. Oh John...I hope all will be okay and that she recovers. I know you must be heartsick and exhausted. My dogs are my babies as well.

    Lana

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  55. I know you're doing a good job taking care of her--Healing thoughts are coming her way from Virginia!!

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  56. I don't know if Mabel likes cats, but our 3 cats send their animal hugs her way. And ditto here for her human caregivers from us. Keeping you in our thoughts.

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  57. Sorry to hear that Mabel is ill. I'm glad that she was able to come home where she feels safe and loved -- that is the best possible news!

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  58. Poor Mabel! All good wishes for a speedy health return! Don't just lie about, Mabel, you must get those lungs strong the minute you're a bit better!

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  59. Poor sweet Mabel. I hope this finds her feeling better. Hugs and kisses to both of you.

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  60. Poor Mabel and poor you. I understand the worry of nursing a much loved doggy friend.

    Sending healing pats xx

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  61. Poor thing, I wish her a speedy recovery, she is lucky to have a kind man to look after her.

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  62. Get well soon Mabel. xxx

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  63. Indeed get well soon Mabel!

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