Monday, January 16, 2017

Shiver Health Update

Last week Chico kept me up all night wheezing and sneezing and breathing snot bubbles.  Benadryl just wasn't cutting it, so I made an appointment for the vet the next morning.  I figured I might as well make an appointment for Shiver at the same time.
Chico's part of the appointment was over in a matter a few minutes.  He apparently has a cold and is on antibiotics. He's doing much better now, thankfully.  The steroid is still working and keeping those nasty cancer sores away.  He goes back in a couple of weeks for a checkup.
Shiver never seemed to 100% fully recover from his seizure or whatever it was that happened to him in mid November.  He got really close though and everything seemed fine for a few weeks.  He stopped the medication and started going downhill so he went back on it.  He seemed better over the next few weeks and all was well.  Only he started breathing heavily again and ate very little.  He used to be such a big eater, so this was particularly concerning.

The vet now thinks in addition to the heart failure, Shiver probably also has Cushings disease and diabetes.  He says we need to treat the heart failure first, because he won't have any chance if we don't get that under control.  He's on a much higher dosage of medication and we're giving it time to work.  We go back in a few weeks and will run some very expensive tests.  Once we have better answers, we'll talk about realistic treatment options.

I have no idea how I'm going to pay for any of this.  My job will be ending soon.  I make a decent wage, but I can barely cover the bills.  My credit card is maxed out.  Everytime I make a payment on it, it seems like something else happens and I have to use it again.  I'm literally drowning in debt.

Shiver is a fighter though.  I know that and I know that he's not ready to go yet.  So I'm praying for a miracle that everything will be OK.  Please keep him in your prayers.

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Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I hope you can work something out with your vet.

Julie said...

Sending you our very best wishes and POTP
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xxx

The Daily Pip said...

Oh gosh, I am sorry. I know that heart medication is expensive as that's what Pip was on, too. Maybe you can start another Go Fund Me page? I know you had one before. We are thinking about you and sending lots of support. XOXO

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

All paws crossed for Chico to be feeling better and for Shiver to respond well to the medication for his heart. We will also keep you in our thoughts and prayers in the hope that you find a new job soon. Hang in there.

Woos - Lightning and Misty

Ruby said...

Oh noes. I am so sorry abouts Shiver....butts happy that Chico is getting better. I am sendin' lots and lots of healin' vibes and POTP!!!!! You knows he is in my prayers every single night....and so are you
Ruby ♥♥

The Life of Riley said...

All our eight paws plus her fingers are crossed here in New Zealand. Our human and us two goldies are all thinking of you, Shiver and Chico.

Hailey and Zaphod and their Lady said...


Kathy G said...

Wishing the best for both of your cuties.

Sketching with Dogs said...

So sorry to hear poor Shiver might have Cushing's Disease, it made me so sad when I read that because I remember the heartache I went through when Bridge had it.
I think another go fund me page is an excellent idea.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Hugs, Lynne x

The Daily Pip said...

Just stopping by to send you some support and let you know we are thinking about you and sending lots of hugs!

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