First, thank you for all of the support you've all shown. It helps. I haven't posted more because there hasn't been more to post, until now.

Last night Fidget stopped eating entirely...no treats, nada. Same thing this morning. So David took him over to the vet, where he burst out with bloody diarrhea in the waiting room. (Tarry, dried, blood, I mean.) He spent the day over there and they did some bloodwork, and would have stayed the night but that vet's office doesn't have any technicians there at night and we didn't want to leave him under those circumstances.
Best guess is he's got a bleeding ulcer. They've put him on Flagyl (the vet wanted him to be on IV Flagyl, but that wasn't going to happen today) and we have to try to get him off the steroids but that has its own downsides, which is why he's still on them.
He has an appointment with the internist at the other vet (the 24-hour one) tomorrow, although we might take him up tonight if he has more diarrhea (found a small clump, plus some vomit, in David's room just a little while ago) or if we think he needs to go for other reasons.

The vet also sent home some prescription food, so a little while ago we cautiously tried feeding him a little bit of it, by hand. He was quite eager to take that and even licked the bowl I had set it in when he was done, which is encouraging...now to see if it stays down. He's down to
15 lbs, from 20.

And yet, except for last night and this morning, he doesn't act sick... he's still as frisky as ever at bedtime and waking-up time and still makes a mad dash for home when I turn him loose after we get off the elevator when coming back in, and right now he's sitting on the floor next to me smiling.
In related news, my stepfather is in the hospital...he started coughing up blood last night and my mother took him to the ER. They don't know what the root cause of this is...he has so many things wrong with him at the moment, starting with emphysema, and his Coumadin level was way out of whack (blood is not always thicker than water!), so they're trying to get him stabilized. I can't do anything in his case except worry (he's in Florida) but my mother promises she'll keep me posted.

I'm beginning to hate April. Last year was Toby's diagnosis, this year it's Fidget, David's sister, and my stepfather. Enough, already!
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I'm beginning to hate April. Last year was Toby's diagnosis, this year it's Fidget, David's sister, and my stepfather. Enough, already!

April really isn't treating you well, is it? It'll be May a week from Saturday. Hold on. Good vibes to you and yours.
Cate
This is my first time posting to this NG but I wish you luck and hang in there. I went thru a hard time with one of my dogs in February and I feel for you.
I'm beginning to hate April. Last year was Toby's diagnosis, this year it's Fidget, David's sister, and my stepfather. Enough, already!

April really isn't treating you well, is it? It'll be May a week from Saturday. Hold on. Good vibes to you and yours.

I'm hangin' on. We just rushed Fidget up to the vet, since he had more bloody diarrhea and was vomiting blood as well. He has an appointment with the internist tomorrow and they'll try to stabilize him tonight.

Probably a bleeding ulcer. He'll have an endoscopy tomorrow to find out for sure.

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I'm so sorry. I do know how you feel. In one year, I lost 2 dogs and a cat, my nephew, and one of my best friends. I just couldn't wait for that year to be over.
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I'm hangin' on. We just rushed Fidget up to the vet, since he had more bloody diarrhea and was vomiting blood as well. He has an appointment with the internist tomorrow and they'll try to stabilize him tonight.

Dammit Kevin, this just sucks. Hope things improve and Fidget turns out to be okay. Lots of good vibes coming your way. Take care.

Suja
I hold you and Fidget in my thoughts.
Take care.
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I'm hangin' on. We just rushed Fidget up to the vet, since he had more bloody diarrhea and was vomiting ... they'll try to stabilize him tonight. Probably a bleeding ulcer. He'll have an endoscopy tomorrow to find out for sure.

Crap.Positive thoughts being sent from my den to yours,Kevin. I don't know why things like this always seem to happen in clumps, one right after another.
Terri
Wow, that really sucks,Kevin. I'm sorry to hear about all of it. PRayers coming your way.
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