Monday, March 18, 2013

She's Home

Good morning friends!

Thank you again, for all your prayers, love and good thoughts that you sent our way. We truly know that you all played a BIG part in getting Lily better.  

She's still not out of the woods as the infection is still there. Her fever is gone which is a blessing. When we brought her back in on Saturday her temperature was over 104. She became extremely dehydrated in just one day. We went from a very sick dog on Friday (our first visit to the Vet) to a critical crisis on Saturday. It's amazing just how quickly things can change for the worse. Her eyes are still REALLY red. If they don't clear up in the next few days, I will ask them again about it on Wednesday when I drop Muffin off for her tooth extraction.

I absolutely love our Florida Vet! They have amazing and talented Doctor's. They have a beautiful state of the art facility. It's a one stop shop. They do everything from grooming to surgery, from x-rays to therapy. Veterinary Healthcare Associates is the place to go on this side of Florida.

In the ICU, Lily was NEVER alone. They always have a few Tech's keeping an eye on our precious ones. There is always a Doctor there 24/7.

This is a picture of their ICU. When they built the facility, they knew that being in the ICU was tramatic enough for any pet. So they designed it with windows on the cages instead of "bars." Now that's smart thinking!!

Lily received the best care that one could ask for. Thank you VHA for taking such good care of our little girl.

As you can imagine, it was a glorious reunion when we went to pick her up last night. Of course I cried and cried when she came walking into the room. Yup, they let her walk on her own from the ICU to the waiting room where we were. As soon as she saw her Daddy and I, she went crazy. Yes, her Daddy shed a tear or two also.

Get me outta here and make it snappy Daddy!

Mommy said this is my "Badge of Honor"

She will remain on the antibiotics for two weeks. She's so tired so I know she will be getting plenty of rest which she needs. As of this morning she has been peeing with no problems. My BIG concern is she is NOT drinking! Maybe Puddles should come over and show us how to throw back some Bud's!

I even tried to give her some Kool-Aid last night which she did not drink. She will lick the drops off my finger but that's it.

Who knew it stained like that!
When I fed her this morning, I gave her some canned chicken and put all the juice in her bowl. She ate like a champ but still not drinking. I need to get her to drink some water. Any suggestions? I don't want her to end up back in the ICU again!
It's a BIG blessing to have our little love bug back home once again.


As you can see from this picture (taken this morning) she's very content to be back home, all tucked away next to me on 'our blogging couch."

I'm hitting the store now bcuz I have to buy an instant read thermometer so I can keep an eye on her temperature. It's a yucky job butt someone has to do it!

Keep them loving thoughts and good vibes coming! Our blogging family is the BEST!

Mommy Kim


  1. I'm so glad she's home! Big boxer kisses to you, brave girl!

  2. WHN uses a baby syringe to get us to drink- that worked quite well with Tasha when she was sick last fall with her back and was de=hydrated! ALso, chicken broth mixed in the kibbly bits will help too! (WHN still uses the syringe filled with water to help us take our pills- no fuss and very litle mess and we do drink the water- just depress the syringe slowly and we do drink!)

  3. We use the same technique as Agnes. A syringe of water every couple of hours. {Amber says...slowly please. Mommy tried to drown me once}

    Just doin our Hap-Pee dance that you're home, all safe and sound and getting better all the time. Just practice your hiding skills when you see Mom coming with the thermometer thingy.


  4. So good to hear Lily is home and improving. The syringe sounds like a good idea and maybe you could lace the water with of that juice from the chicken. Hope there is more improvement today.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  5. Do you have any chicken broth? Homemade would be best of course...just cook a whole chicken carcass (meat removed) in water in your crockpot for 8-however many hours. We use it with fosters. Tons of nutrients and delicious too!


  6. In addition to the syringe if you are adding water to her food and she is eating it that is good. Chicken broth might help too. You might want to add some water to the broth if it is too strong. Good luck and I know you will be keeping a close eye on her. Glad she is home now.


  7. Hi Lily's Mama!
    When my kiddos are sick and do not drink water, I fill up a syringe (no needle) and I put the syringe in their mouth and quickly pull the "trigger" works but you have to be quick.
    Much Love,
    Mama Mindy of The Slimmer Pugs & Purrs

  8. Hi there -

    I can't find the product several of us used to carry for our dogs, but this one seems close. I haven't personally used it or treated a dog so small so you can always check with your vet:
    Rehydrate (electrolyte solution for dogs)

    With the antibiotics will she consider yogurt or a probiotic? It might bring some of the gut flora in check which could be upsetting her stomach or might lead to diarrhea. Definitely talk with your vet. I have a much bigger dog so I have a little more play when they get this sick. I would hate for you to add yogurt since I don't know her and have the dairy make things worse.

    Hang in there, but definitely don't delay if she continues to not drink. A subcutaneous injection is usually fairly minimally evasive.

  9. Great news! So glad you are home Lily.

    Maybe some Pedialyte to drink.

    Love Ruby & Penny

  10. We can't really add anything to all those great suggestions. We were thinking of you yesterday and praying for good news. So glad Lily is home and getting better. Sending more POTP and healing vibes. Take care and rest up.
    Best wishes Molly

  11. Yippy Skippy Yahooooooo! This post made our day! So, so ,so happy Lily is home. What I do to get fluids into a sick dog is feed them can food really has a lot more water. Or ask your vet if they think you should do some sub q fluid. You would have to get a saline bag from them and it's just a few cc's under the skin. They would show you how. Thanks for keeping us posted Kim :)

  12. Yay Lily Belle we are so thrilled you are home. Now sweet thang you have to drink some water. I have a fresh flow water fountain...I love drinking from the water fall part.
    I wonder if possible you would drink from a fountain like that or possibly if you are held near the faucet. Lots of critters like to see their water rippling it intrigues them
    Just some thoughts.
    Hugs madi your BFFF

  13. Oh this iz just FANTABULOUS newz. We Beaglebratz haf bin readin'all the newz'n updatez'boutz Miss Lily Belle butt never did haf time tue comment anywhere. We r keepin'up our POTP an'alotta good healin'lite fur her. An'may-b her mom'ndad cood uze a little healin'tue - relax take big deep breathz an'relax sum more BUTT at the same time keep in touch with the dogtor if Miss Lily Belle keepz on not drinkin'n the syringe thing soundz good. Also, an this really soundz tue simple butt if one of us Beaglebratz ever don't drink much then mom dipz her fingerz in the water an'dropz water on the TOP part of our noze - rite by our air holez (mom callz'em our nostrilz).
    Waitin'fur more good newz,
    Shiloh'n Diva Shasta

  14. Glad you are home. Hope you are feeling better soon.

  15. I am so glad that she's doing well. Please give her ice-lollies if she's not drinking. I have done that with my babies...Waiting for more good news!

  16. The kind of Broth (Chix or Beef) that does NOT have salt/sodium added ... or MILK

    Now Lily Belle... you HAVE to drink. OK??? You scared the Poops outta us... no more of that.. DRINK Girrrrrl.

  17. Glad your home Lily Belle, best place to be when you don't feel so great. Drink, Drink, Drink, then pee a little, then Drink, Drink, thats what our vet said, watch for the pee.

    Your Pals
    Susie & Bites

  18. So glad she is home with you again!
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

  19. We are so glad Lily is home in her momma's arms where she belongs...we haven't been able to be on here much since friday but just wanted you to know we are thinking about you guys all the time. Mom said to tell you when zeusy was sick he loved to drink children's pedialyte ...we just bought it in the baby section and he like sodium free chicken broth. Sending you much hugs and prayers.
    stella rose and mags

  20. So happy the girl is back home. Now, Lily, you NEED to drink! Just do it!

    XXXOOO Daisy, bella & Roxy

  21. I am so glad she is home! My paws are crossed that she continues to heal!

    Your pal, Pip

  22. Yipee! I am really really happy about Lily's turnaround. Paws are crossed that she keeps getting stronger.

    For our pups, we use chicken broth (non or low fat) to get them to drink when they're sick. However, if Lily isn't drinking the juice from a can of chicken, broth might not work.

  23. Hi Y'all!

    My Human gives me Chicken Noodle Soup when I'm sick. If I can eat my food, she puts some over my food. She says that Humans take it when they are sick 'cause it helps keep them hydrated. The salt in it makes me thirsty.

    When Lily is feeling better, stop by and look up my post from March 19 and pick up an Award.

    Paws still crossed here,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  24. I am SO glad she's home!! Every now and then, Nola will get an upset tummy for no reason and won't want to eat or drink. Things I've dried: chicken broth, Gatorade (orange and yellow are her favorites), beef broth, Pedilyte, goat milk and human breast milk. Surprisingly, after having the human breast milk, her stomach issue clears up the next day. Kinda weird, I know.

    All our love,
    Nola and Amanda

  25. WE give the Search dogs Hydro Lyte when we are worried about dehydration. It has electrolyte replacement and Antioxidants. IT is tasty enough that they drink lots and lots of it. WE have ordered it online so I don't think you will be able to get it soon enough for LIlly but for future use for dehydration the site is

    we are keeping sweet Lilly in our prayers and hope she is doing much better by the time you read this.
    Bert and My Vickie

  26. Oh Lily! I has just returned to Blogville after a vacationing and I is so sorry to hear of your sicks! What a brave dog you is; and the dogtor's office looks so nice. I echoes many others when I says chicken broths, it is both hydrating and nourishing; I dranked it when I was very sick and it helped me a lot. Hope you has speedy recovery and that Muffin's dentals goes off without a hitch.


  27. YEA!!! Oh, it is sooooo great to see you home Lily Belle!!! Oh, i've been crossin' my paws soooo tight for you!
    Now gurl, you HAVE to drink!! Your worrying your Moms! I thinks Agnes and Amber's syringe is really good idea. This might sound strange, but when my Ma was in the Hospt. she was dehydrated butt did NOT want to drink at all! Sounded terriable and even hurt a little at furst (I don't know, shock to the tummy from not having fluid in it???? Don't really know), butts when she drank just a little, then a little more, then she started gettin' thirsty. If you use the syringe method to get just a little liquid in her, she might start drinking on her own. Just a thought, don't know if it translates to doggies! hehehe
    Keep us updated!

  28. Sending so many hugs and good vibes
    Benny & Lily

  29. I am so happy and relieved that Lily is on the mend. I am keeping paws crossed for her. Lily, my sweet pal, you need to drink something please. Mommy has used the syringe on me and it did work, so good luck. Thank you for the pawsitive update.

    Loveys Sasha

  30. Have to admit that is a pretty cool looking ICU... but still, we don't want her there anymore. Ever.

    Hear that Lily?? No more!

    Shelle, Milo, Dixie and Newby,


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