Last night, Fidget threw up just before bedtime, and since then has refused to eat anything... I couldn't even get him to take his pills this morning. David came home about noon, and Fidget was very glad to see him, but wouldn't take any sort of treat. We decided to take him down to the emergency vet we took Toby to, because they have more kinds of diagnostic equipment and his regular vets are at a total loss. The internist we really like is down there, and it's possible he'll see Fidget tomorrow rather than waiting until Wednesday, which is the earliest we could get a real appointment.
I'm glad we did. The vet we talked to today pointed out, among other things, that there is a known drug interaction between theophylline and Baytril, both of which Fidget is taking. They're not supposed to be given together without monitoring the theophylline levels, which hasn't been done (never even been suggested). She reviews the part of his file which the regular vet faxed down (the whole thing is 60 pages, so they only faxed the most-recent 17 or so) and said that what she would do is take him off all of his medications, because she doesn't think he actually needs them...adding that they can always be added back if the necessity does arise. None of the conditions he's taking the meds for are life-threatening, so she makes sense.
She also pointed out that he is not in any immediate danger (he's lost three pounds in the past few weeks, but she said "you should see some of the skeletons we get in here from time to time there's something to worry about") and, although the not-eating thing does have to be addressed, David and I don't need to be worrying about Fidget dying from this. Which is a big relief right there.
She also doesn't think adhesions from his big surgery are an issue, since they tend to show up and cause problems right after surgery, not four years later. Since his regular vets were basically throwing up their hands for lack of anything else to test for, and were recommending exploratory surgery, this was also a big relief.
They're keeping Fidget at least until tomorrow, giving him IV fluids since he hasn't eaten. He will have new X-rays today and an ultrasound either tomorrow or Tuesday, and she was going to draw blood tonight before starting the fluids so that it will be available for any tests the doctor decides to run tomorrow.
They let us in to say goodnight to him. He's not thrilled to be there, and we aren't thrilled to have to have him there, either. But this is the first step to getting our real Fidget back, the one who is so enthusiastic about getting his dinner that he aroos while we're putting it together.
But of course now the house is completely silent except for the noises we make ourselves. That's too quiet.

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Wow, that's a very good thing to know. Glad you have found a vet with both some encouragement and also some sound advice. I'm so glad you took him in and that positive measures are going on.
Thinking of you all. You have had way too much to deal with. Best wishes for Fidget's short stay and no complications.
Deb
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I am so sorry that Fidget is having to stay there tonight. The news from the vet sounded promising, though, and I hope that although it takes you away from him for a night or two, it brings back the Fidget that you knew before all of this started happening. I'll be thinking of all three of you and look forward to happy updates in the coming days.

Shelley & Rusty
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Arrgh - sounds like another one of those bad news - good news - bad news light and shadow sitations. I want to wake up in the morning and hear good news - no more, I'm sure, than you do.
I'll keep you all in my thoughts.
Diane Blackman
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But of course now the house is completely silent except for the noises we make ourselves. That's too quiet.

Yes, that it is. But I am wondering. Could the fact that Fidget is at the vets, and being taken care of have had something to do with your dream?? Allowed you to get into a state of mind where the dream could occur??

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But of course now the house is completely silent except for the noises we make ourselves. That's too quiet.

AAAK! I'll say! It would make sense to take him off his meds & then see what he needs after the drugs leave his system. I'd call the regular vet and discuss what the emergency vet said about the potential of the drug interaction causing Fidget's problems.
You and David have certainly been through the ringer. I hope Fidget comes home a.s.a.p. and begins to feel better very soon. Hope you are also feeling better. This has to be so very emotionally & physically draining. Our pack sends their best...
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You and David have certainly been through the ringer. I hope Fidget comes home a.s.a.p. and begins to feel better very soon. Hope you are also feeling better. This has to be so very emotionally & physically draining. Our pack sends their best...

You forgot "financially". :-(
I appreciate the good thoughts.

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But of course now the house is completely silent except for the noises we make ourselves. That's too quiet.

Trip and Wojo send doggy noises as well as best wishes up I95.

Beth
But of course now the house is completely silent except for the noises we make ourselves. That's too quiet.

Yes, that it is. But I am wondering. Could the fact that Fidget is at the vets, and being taken care of have had something to do with your dream?? Allowed you to get into a state of mind where the dream could occur??

Well, except that I had it before we took Fidget in. I think it just reflects that I'm growing not "used to", perhaps, and not quite "resigned", but somewhere in between to the fact that Toby is gone. Regardless of where it came from, I'm still feeling calm and peaceful from that dream.

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