June 21, 2013

White Dog complained when Steve got home from teaching at 11:00 pm, "I guess it is no longer Friday-Is-Saturday at our house! This is going to take some getting used to." By the time Steve had a bite to eat and every one went for walks it was nearing one am."

Steve and I woke simultaneously to the sound of choking and gasping. It was Puff. Instantly Steve was at her side checking her throat and squeezing her sides. The White Dog Army surrounded her in groggy concern.

She wasn't choking but was having difficulty breathing. After a few minutes of unsuccessful percussive tapping to loosen gunk in her lungs, we were dressed in 2 minutes and headed out the door to the ER. It was 2 am, but all of the WDA wanted to come along; even Quinn had been roused from his peaceful slumber. Puff was still gasping. "No, dear loves, you cannot go but you CAN send the power of the Army to your sister."

At that hour traffic, blessedly, was nonexistent but the ride still seemed to last hours as Steve speed across town and I held the wheezing shaking Puff in my arms massaging her lungs and throat. She gacked up foamy mucus-y phlegm but it did not help her breathing.

We squealed into the all-night Emergency Hospital and said a quick prayer of thanks...the parking lot was deserted. We had to wait to be let in and immediately the tech took our girl back to triage.

A short while later, the ER vet came out to fill in the details of what had happened.

Puff is our Heartworm+ Stage 3 survivor who carries forever pulmonary damage, bronchial scarring, and a collapsing trachea. We almost lost her last year during an episode very similar to tonight triggered by bacterial pneumonia so we are always very aware of her breathing and energy level. Early in the week we noticed the she was dragging a bit more than the heat justified and we increased her maintenance dose of prednisone to be safe.

Early today I sensed she was having occasional short moments of breathlessness, especially after jumping onto the chair or playing with White Dog. I called Dr. Julia's office and we agreed that we should be alert but that it was nothing alarming. Just to be safe, "because you know these always get out of control on the weekend" Dr. Julia prescribed an antibiotic and cough suppressant. The antibiotic to start now and the suppressant "if it was needed."

At the ER, the vet reassured us that Puff's lungs sounded clear and her heart good. The wheezing and gasping was upper respiratory. She was not running a fever and her oxygen saturation was low but not dangerously so. They put our baby girl in the oxygen kennel and began antibiotics.

The plan was to keep her overnight in oxygen and to have the internist look her over and possibly do more diagnostics in the morning. We are pretty certain that this is an infection that aggressively bloomed before our antibiotics had a chance and that once get her airways clear enough to take in enough air, she will recover and fight the infection.

There is no worse feeling in the world than leaving your sick baby behind in a cage...except walking in the door at home and trying to explain to five anxious faces why their sister is not with us. From the victory dance over Quinn's progress to this...the reason this momma has grey hairs aplenty.


ra husky said...

All our prayers dear Puff!!

RA, Isis & NanĂ¼k

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Oh Puff, you little sweetheart. Paws crossed here you will be home real soon with your wonderful WDA, mum and dad. That must have been very scarey. Take care everybuddy. We're thinking of you. No worries, and LOVE, Stella and Rory

Brian said...

Oh dear Puff, we all send you our very best purrs and prayers for some quick feel better.

rottrover said...

Puff, we're sending you big, deep breaths! And some POTP for good measure.

Bart, Ruby and Otto

The Slimmer Pugs, Kitties, and Mama said...

Puff sweetie!! Wesa loves yous and yousa have our full power of the paw support behind you!!
Much Luvums,
The Slimmer Puggums
George, Gracie, Toby, Lily, & Mimi

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Oh dear, not been a good week for you or for us - we hope Puff is doing much better now. All paws crossed.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Puff- I am sending you lots of healing magic bubbles and love!

Ginger Jasper said...

Sweet darling we are sending purrs and prayers and the power of the paw and so hope it will be help. Your mum and dad will be so worried and we know that feeling. You are in our hearts. Hugs GJ x