Tuesday, January 19


As promised, I told you I would share how Gracie is doing.  Needless to say, it's been a tough road. We returned to the vet last Tuesday for more blood work and an urinalysis. The blood panel now shows that Gracie is anemic, but all other factors were well within the "normal" range. The urine sample was sent to the mainland for more extensive tests and the results came back on friday-- and you guessed it----all "normal" ugh. I know my dog and I know something is off, we just can't seem to pinpoint the issue. The vet sent me home with instructions of giving Gracie cooked beef liver!!

Gracie went to work with me last Wednesday and did well, she enjoyed greeting the passengers. We got home and she was given her dinner and bam...the lethargic dog was back, listless and I could tell she was uncomfortable. I was up most of the night with her, neither one of us got much rest.  I went to work the next day and she stayed home for rest. There were no real changes thru the day and I had a feeling that maybe it's her GUT!!  Friday morning I was able to retrieve a fecal sample and dropped it by the vet. An hour or so later I got a call.....all things are "normal"  "Really?" I exclaimed. I have a very sick dog that tests NORMAL---that's just crazy!!   I was just sure that she had a intestinal parasite or bacteria.  The vet decided to put Gracie on a series of panacur ---just in case it is a parasite, which is still possible as some parasites are not always visible, ie; giardia , just depending on which stage of development they are in when we test.
We are on day 4 of the parasite medication and  Gracie is doing better. Her eyes are bright, she's talking again and is dragging me down the street for her potty walks. She is still rather thin, weak and prefers boiled chicken rather than her dry kibble--but at least she is eating again.

We are taking life one day at a time, knowing that we still really don't know what's causing the problem, but are hopeful that we've finally nipped this bug.   Thanks for all the well wishes and concerns.

On a side note: We brought Schatzie home on Friday, and we placed some of her ashes near the mango tree that she loved to sleep under. Gracie checks it out every time she goes out in the yard. Funny how she knows that her sissy is back home.



  1. I hope Gracie continues to get better. What a difficult time for you. Hugs.

  2. Oh, how frustrating! I sure hope that you have nipped this in the butt with the new medication. I'll keep my paws crossed that Gracie continues on this path of getting better.

  3. i do hope these meds work, and Gracie gets better each day. thanks for the update and i know you all miss Schatzie..

  4. Sending you lots of hugs and prayers Gracie
    Lily & Edward

  5. This is frustrating! We sure hope something will show up so you know what to do to get Gracie back to full health. Could she be mourning?

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

  6. Hoping she is on the mend and back to normal soon!

  7. We sure hope she keeps getting better! No one knows Gracie as well as you do -- if you see something is "off", then something is "off"!

  8. That is so scary and frustrating. We have our paws crossed she gets better.


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