Wednesday, 7 March 2018

A Day and a Half.

Today has been very hard going to say the very least.   I should have been going to my Writers' Group at ten o'clock, but events overtook.  

Tess, my ten year old Border Terrier, was not at all well yesterday and ate absolutely nothing at all = nor did she have a drink.   This morning there was no improvement so as soon as the vet opened at 8.30 I telephoned and got an appointment just after 9. 

After a thorough examination the vet took a blood test and said she would telephone me later in the day.   I returned home and got lunch.  Friend S came to take Tess for a walk but she really was not well enough to go far - although she did enjoy it.
Luckily S was still there when the vet phoned as my hearing is not brilliant  on the phone.  The outcome is that she needs to have a scan - this is to be done early on Friday morning.   I was told to go back to the vets and collect anti biotics and a pain killer to tide her through until then - so off I went again, taking my shopping list with me so that I could call on the way back and do some shopping.

Wh en I tried to give Tess the antibiotics she screamed with pain everytime I went anywhere near her mouth (her breath is very bad) and would not accept them.   So it was back to the vets again for injections of both anti biotics and pain killers - enough to last through to Friday morning. Tess is asleep in her bed, comfortable at last and I am shattered - I am having a lunch party here on Saturday so need to have an early night!

I wonder if her problem is just severe toothache - I  hope it is nothing more serious.   Certainly her breath smells absolutely foul which may be an indication.

36 comments:

Penhill said...

Oh no poor Tess.It may be as you say a problem with her teeth.Let us hope it is something that can be easily remedied.Thinking of you both.

Jules said...

Poor Tess. It must be hard on the both of you. My old terrier would occasionally get severe inflammation at the very back of her teeth which resulted in pain, her not eating and having very bad breath. It soon cleared up with antibiotics. Maybe it is something similar.
I hope Tess is soon on the mend. X

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Poor old Tess. I hope things improve soon.

Rachel Phillips said...

I hope tomorrow is a better day Weave.x

Jacqui Fenner-Dixon said...

So sorry to hear this Weaver. Hoping that it's a tooth problem, as they are fairly easy to fix. I know it's easy to say, but try not to worry too much xxx

Joanne Noragon said...

Poor doggie. Hope it all improves.

Derek Faulkner said...

It sure sounds like it good be something in the mouth area, can't believe the vet didn't check the mouth out. Has she chewed something on a walk out and got something stuck in her throat. Does she drink at all at the moment.

angryparsnip said...

Dear Tess, iwinston want you to get better right now !

cheers, parsnip and mandibles

Theresa Young said...

I hope all goes well and the vet can tell you what's wrong with Tess. And I hope once Tess get treatment she'll feels better. It's very nerve-racking when your loved one are not well - whether they are on two legs or four legs.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks to you all for your good wishes. Special thanks to you Winston!
She did not even drink for 24 hours but the vet gave me some special food in the form of pate which I mixed with warm water. Tess drank that eagerly so got some sustenance and some liquid, which was good. I will keep you informed.

jinxxxygirl said...

It may very well be an indication of a very bad tooth infection Pat. And i hope with all my heart that that is all it is.. My sister in law's cat is suffering with bad teeth as she will not take it to a vet. It has whittled away to skin and bones as it cannot eat.. The cat is not the type to be handled so its been impossible to get a good look. Both you and Tess be well.. Hugs! deb

justjill said...

Fingers crossed its the teeth. x Everything does point to that.

Bonnie said...

As others have said, it does sound like it could be a tooth infection. That is something that can be dealt with simply by pulling any infected teeth. We had a cat that had quite a few teeth pulled and he did quite well afterwards. Tess is a good friend and I know this is upsetting. I hope she is well soon.

donna baker said...

I hope the vet will look in her mouth at her teeth before a scan. Even though I brush my dogs teeth, last yearly cleaning, Sister lost four teeth. And she is the best one when I brush her teeth. I think you are right in that she has an infection. I sure hope she's feeling better. I can't get a pill down Emmy either and crush them up and put in a syringe and squirt down her throat. Oh Tess. Let us know when you hear anything.

Jill said...

I'll be sending positive thoughts to Tess and you. I know how worrisome it can be when your pet is not feeling well.

John Gray said...

They often bounce back after a day of antibiotics
George has similar bad breath.
Chin up dearheartxx

Tom Stephenson said...

Poor Weave. It does sound like toothache to me, but I am no vet - I have just had many toothaches myself. I hope all is tranquil again for you soon. X

the veg artist said...

We've been through this with a cat with tooth problems as well. The fact that she could eat what sounds like a soup does hint towards teeth. Hope she picks up soon. Isn't it a pity they can't talk to us?

Jenny said...

Poor Tess, you feel helpless when they are ill don't you. One of our cats was very much out of sorts and it turned out to be a tooth, after the extraction she picked up no end so fingers crossed for Tess.

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

I don't know about other dog health problems, but I do know that dogs with bad teeth have horrible breath odor. Our Fuzzy Pomeranian had to have some teeth pulled last year. The really bad breath was what made me think he had a dental problem going on. He is due for his yearly vaccinations and I have noticed his breath getting bad and would not doubt that he may be suffering from some dental problems again. He had a couple of days where he refused to eat anything with lumps, including his all time favorite, low fat cottage cheese. He started eating his regular favorites again, but I still suspect dental problems. He is 13 years old now. I will worry about dental work being done on him. Even though he is acting perky and healthy.

Gabrielle Howard Gengler said...

I’m sorry you had a rough day! I was glad to read the update that Tess ate some pate. Gabs

Bea said...

Poor Tess! Hopefully, it's a dental issue that can be easily remedied.

Cro Magnon said...

Poor thing. Hopefully you are right and it will turn out to be a tooth. Dogs suffer as much as us.

p.s. I see you have the Witch Doctor back (above). I sympathise.

Librarian said...

Like others here said, surely the vet has looked at her teeth and mouth?

thelma said...

Its horrible when a companion dog is ill, keeping my fingers crossed for Tess that it is just her teeth.

Heather said...

Poor Tess, and poor you with all that worry. I do hope it is nothing serious and that the removal of the offending tooth will sort her out.

Minigranny said...

Hopefully it will be a dental problem and can be sorted out. Poor Tess and poor you - hope all gets better soon!

Elizabeth said...

please keep us posted!
poor Tess
poor you!
x

liparifam said...

Bless her heart :( I'll bet it's a dental issue. My 12 year old had three teeth removed recently, and her breath was awful before!! And if Tess is screaming with pain when you touch the mouth - well, you have to think that's the problem. Glad they started the antibiotics, as infection is the real danger...

Dartford Warbler said...

Poor Little Tess and what a worry for you! Hoping that it is "just" tooth related and that she will soon feel better with her antibiotics and painkillers. Thinking of you both. DWx

mrsnesbitt said...

Poor little soul.
Give her a hug from us all.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks to you all = you are a comfort. Tess goes in for her scan in the morning and I intend to ask the vet to remove any bad teeth while she is there if that is possible.

Christina said...

Poor Tess, I hope she gets the treatment she needs quickly. Sometimes it would be so practical if animals could talk with us to tell us what hurts. I hope you get a good night's sleep.

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Glad they started the antibiotics, as infection is the real danger...


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