Patch has Jaundice

Hello Blog Friends,

So sorry I haven’t been here to respond to comments or to post any Blog Karaoke! I am not in a singing mood right now! This is also me rambling on and I apologize in advance if it doesn’t make sense. It has been a rough night and I also just can’t seem to turn my leaky eyes off right now!

We took Patch, my 11 and a half year old dalmatian, to the Doc again today for his imazol shot! He has been diagnosed with ehrlichiosis, a tick born autoimmune disease. The treatment for this disease is antibiotics forever and a shot every month. The Doc mentioned that Patch needed to lose some weight to aid in his arthritis and/or difficulty to walk from the disease. Well, you asked for it Doc and you got it. He weighed 47 pounds today. That is entirely too much weight loss in such a little time! My poor baby is wasting away. He weighed 42 pounds when I got him almost 11 years ago.

The last two weeks he hasn’t hardly ate anything. I am usually good at checking on signs of various ailments he has but I feel soooooo horrible that I completely missed the sign of jaundice. We explained to the Doc his eating habits and that he was drinking plenty of water but his pee was bright yellow (a sign of hepatic failure). Doc lifts his eyelids back and wallah~his whites of his eyes are yellow. Doc said he has jaundice and hepatic liver. At that instant it was like his skin turned yellow immediately. While the Doc discussed with me what we need to do Patch got sick right there in the Doc’s office. It was just liquid with a piece of a milkbone. He also got sick in the car. Since we got home (about 5:30 p.m.) Patch has had straight up liquid poop and can’t control it. I have been scrubbing carpets, mopping floors, washing dog towels, and wiping Patch’s butt all evening. Doc said to give Patch Milk Thistle to aid with his liver. We got it but we can’t get him to take it-with anything-or even force it down. Aaaahhhh!

Doc said that if he isn’t holding down his water he would have to be brought back in and be put on an IV. Well either everything has hit tonight and/or he is having a major reaction to the shot. I just don’t know what to do! I am calling the Doc first thing in the morning (8:00 a.m.) and telling him Jedd will be bringing him in after he gets off of work (10:30 a.m.).

Please continue to pray for Patch right now and I would appreciate your prayers too as this is soooo difficult for me at such a crazy time too! I haven’t missed a day of work this year, but I am tempted to call in the morning and try to get a sub. When I do need a sub though for some reason our Sec. can’t seem to find one. Anywho~prayers for Patch are being accepted right now!

Thanks so much!


p.s. For those that don’t know what we have been through since Thanksgiving 2007 trying to figure out what is wrong with Patch, please read my Dogs page to catch up on all of the stories!

14 Responses

  1. Definitely in my prayers… you and Patch both. *hugs*

    Thank you so much, Lofter! I really appreciate it! It was soooo hard to bring myself to post an update~but I believe in the power of prayer and felt I needed to get the prayers started-again!

  2. Oh, I’m so sorry that you’re going through this. I hope he starts feeling better soon! I’ll keep you in my prayers!

    Thank you~we are needing them right now!

  3. Think of you and praying for Patch

    Thank you so much! I ended up staying up with him all night-catching a little nap here and there. Whew-am I tired right now-hehe! I had gone to bed at 1:00 and got back up with him and just stayed with him. We went out 3 times to poop-not pretty and one time he got sick-again. I feel so bad-I should have just brought him to the Vet last week-aaahhhh! Thanks again!

  4. Mere, I am so sorry to hear this. I am praying for your sweet Patch, you, and the Dr. (for wisdom.) I took off a day from work for Rusty a couple of months ago, that is a whole nother story. If you need personal time and have some left in the books, they can’t force you to stay or come in. Of course it is easier not to come in at all.We have been forced to use aides as subs here on occasion. Your baby needs you, so no guilty feelings about school, they will find a way.

    My prayers are with you. Take care of yourself as well as Patch.


  5. […] on May 9, 2008 by Mercedes I have been up all night with a few very short naps here and there. Patch isn’t doing well at all! Hopefully he will go back to Doc and Doc can get some fluids and/or […]

  6. I’m sorry to hear that Patch is having such a rough time. Poor baby! Prayers for both you and Patch!


    Ginger and Mr. Woody K. Nibs wishing the best for their buddy Patch.

  7. Oh Mer,
    So sorry to hear Patch is so sick. I know that has been so upsetting for you. I will be remembering both of you. I so hope you took off work.

  8. Poor Patch! Thanks for stopping by Dennis’s blog and sharing your information, we will definitely be getting Tucker checked for this disorder!

  9. I hope you took a day off. It’s nerve-racking trying to concentrate on work with that much stuff on your mind! Praying for you to stay strong. I hope they can fix patch up so he can give you more years togethe–YEARS, not months! 😉 {{{BIG HUGS}}}

  10. Praying for patch. Hang in there girlfriend. HUGS!

  11. Oh, so sorry about your poor baby! I know it is so hard when they are sick. Hope he is starting to feel better quick.

  12. Thank you so much for all of your thoughts and prayers. I can’t reply to each and every one today…we had to put Patch down yesterday evening. I am trying to write a post about it-so hard to do right now. We decided he shouldn’t suffer anymore. I am so thankful for each and everyone of you!

    R.I.P. Patch…Patchy Poo-I love you!

  13. Ooooh noooo not again. I sure hope everything gets under control again. You will be in my prayers.

  14. Mercedes…. I am soooo sorry for your loss…
    This year has not been good for any of us as I sit here tearing up as I type.

    I am still so sad over losing Bruno but it will eventually get easier I know. I hope you are doing okay and sorry I have not checked your page in a while.

    Be strong and know he is in a better place. In fact maybe he is playing with Bruno, Bill , and Emmitt : ~)
    right now

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