Sick Babies

It’s been a crazy week here at the ABC household. Artie has been suffering with terrible allergies. His eyes are runny and red, and the left eye is partially closed. I called the vet and set up an appointment, only to have to cancel it due to an appointment for myself. So Artie continues to suffer…although the eye rinse and Children’s Benedryl brings some relief. He will see the vet Monday morning.


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Artie and his sad allergy eyes 


Coby was our bigger concern. Coby wasn’t acting normal on Sunday. He couldn’t get comfortable, wouldn’t eat, and his stomach kept making lots of noises. On Monday, he appeared to feel a little better and ate some food. It was Tuesday morning that I discovered he had bright red blood in his runny stool. I immediately called the vet and took him in to get examined. While at the vet, he threw up three times, two times it was nothing but a pile of bright red blood.

After ruling out any type of worm, the vet discovered two of his bacteria levels were high. He was in rough shape so that vet encouraged me to hospitalize him. Reluctantly, I left him there around 11 am. They gave him IV fluids, medication to stop the vomiting and diarrhea, Pepcid, and antibiotics. He didn’t have any more vomiting or diarrhea after that point so I was able to pick him up from the vet at 5:30 pm that same day. They kept his IV port in his leg overnight just in case he needed fluids again the next day.


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Coby and his IV port 


After a really good night of sleep with mommy and daddy, Coby was still really tired and weak the next day. I took him back to the vet and they gave him some fluids under the skin and another shot of Pepcid. Pepcid helps with the intestinal bleeding.

So today, Thursday, is a better day. Cody ate well and had his first bowel movement since Tuesday. It was solid but covered with dark blood (which is better than bright red). He has also been more active. We will continue his antibiotic, Pepcid, and probiotic until he visits the doctor next Friday, May 20. We pray that everything is cleared up by then and that he will be back to his normal happy self!

It’s been some week!!!



Why does my Pet Itch and Scratch? 

Artie and Buddy are siblings, and they both suffer from skin issues/allergies. They have flaky skin, scabs, and bumps on their backs, and some times they get little pus filled bumps on their bellies. When this happens they go to the vet and get placed on an antibiotic because these bumps are a sign of a secondary bacterial infection.  

We have noticed this Spring that there has been an increase in their itching. They lick their paws and parts of their body. So we think we can finally determine that their allergies are related to grass or other outdoor Spring allergens. The issue is what do we do about it??? We feel so bad when they itch or their eyes look runny. 

They can have Children’s Benadryl or Children’s Zyrtec as prescribed by our vet, but we prefer not to give them medication unless they appear miserable. Both medications are in liquid form, so we give it by springe. They hate it!!! I suppose it could be added to their food and they may take it that way…may have to try that sometime. 

If your dog suffers from allergies or itchy skin, there are some procedures you and your vet can take to try to figure out the issue. Sometimes allergies are food related and other times environmental. See the attached article to find out more about allergies and itchy skin in pets.