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  1. #331
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    thanks so much, hdsluckygirl....
    yes, have tried almost every liquid i could think of or that vets suggested...including vets at Tufts U School of Vet Medicine (nutrition department)...he turned down chicken and beef broth. he won't drink anything but melted low fat vanilla ice cream, and there is a limit to how much of that i can give him...
    he refused chicken broth, every kind of water mixed with other things...hates anything really cold, so ice cubes are out...he likes room temperature for water and food. he NEVER drank enough water...not as a baby puppy either. he thinks he is a camel....

    my spine got so tight tonite, i just caved and went into a hot shower until the hot water ran out completely...happens in houses (i never had it happen in apartment in Manhattan) now i will take muscle relaxer...at limit for today...and try to relax and sleep...

    thank you again for your kindness..it is much appreciated.

    jess...awaiting Sparky's return home
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    Hi Jess,

    I am really sorry to hear how baby Sparky is struggling right now…have you tried melting butter into chicken broth or beef broth? Maybe that will entice him.

    I hope he is a bit better today, and that you are able to enjoy Christmas today.
    Gayle, age 50
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    Poor Sparky.....Hoping he feels better for Christmas......

    BK my cat had FUS many years ago.......I guess it was the magnesium in the food, and switched his food....Heck, I even had my share of stone problems! Kidney and gall which are no fun....

    Merry Christmas

    Ed
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    Wow there are plenty of suggestions on getting a dog to drink. I hope something works.

    The sub-cutaneous fluids isn't that hard and my daughter's rabbit didn't mind. I watched a video on how to do it which was very helpful because I was a little wigged out at the thought. :-0 You pinch up the skin and push the needle in parallel between your fingers so it doesn't hit the muscle. I think you can do this and he may not notice and will feel so much better. The fluid goes in very quickly! It only took a minute... they said it didn't matter how fast it went in so I opened up the valve the whole way.

    I hope Baby Sparky comes home very soon. And I hope you can relax yourself so your back lets go a bit, Jess.

    Try to enjoy the day knowing he is in great hands. You can celebrate when he comes home.

    Best regards,
    Sharon
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    How is Sparky ? Is he home?
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    most grateful to you all...so kind of you to inquire about the
    sweet boy....

    Sparky came home Thursday nite and we had to take him back yesterday (Friday nite)....long story short he managed to get dirt all over, including on his surgical
    wound....vet cleaned it up and gave us more pain med in form of needles
    with buprenex....more powerful than morphine...helps with pain and sleeping
    for little guy...
    first time i gave him needle (at home) he jumped, looked at me and said "Oh no momma....not you too...???"

    but the Gabapentin they sent him home from surgery with does not do anything noticeable...Tramadol works but not enough... so shots help immensely....and they get him to sleep, too.

    i hope this third surgery is the last he ever needs & that he can go on to just be a puppy...play, take walks, run, wag and love everybody, the way he always has done.
    when puppy is feeling better, i will try some of suggestions to get him to drink
    more fluids....
    thanks again....to all

    jess....with her Sparky
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    I am glad that you is home with you. Take good care of himself and yourself as well.

    Melissa
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    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    April 21, 2020- another broken rod surgery

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    Sparky has the best momma possible. You have a kind heart and are compassionate with people and your sweet Sparky, too. I hope he heals quickly.

    Hugs,
    Karen & Puppy Lexi
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    thanks Melissa...
    he now has a "diaper" to alternate with cone...
    so he won't scrape anything if he "scoots" on ground
    cause wound itches as it heals...

    thanks Karen....ditto to you, too
    and Sparky makes everyone around him smile...he loves every
    person he meets...and gives joy everywhere he goes.
    he would send your adorable Lexi some puppy kisses if he could

    wishing all a peaceful and healthy (or healthi-er) 2015
    jess...& her Sparky
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    Hang in there, Jess!!

    I keep hoping Sparky will turn a corner real soon and start to feel better (you too)!!!!!

    Please keep us posted - I came on tonight specifically to see how he was doing - sorry the news wasn't better - maybe tomorrow it will be (fingers crossed)!!!
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    oh Maria...thank you so much...
    he is 5 days out...they said 10-14...
    he eats if hand fed chicken or roast beef...
    cone on most of time, as he cannot be trusted not to lick...

    sending you a private message....

    hugs and a puppy woof
    to you and Jackie

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    Jess,

    So glad baby Sparky is home and recovering.

    You will get him through this. So much for a little monkey puppy to understand.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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    thanks, Sharon
    Sparky seems to be holding his own....healing slowly....
    i think he is moving in the right direction....slowly.
    we shall see what the vet says on Wednesday (tomorrow)
    but i do not know if we will start subcutaneous fluids then...
    because Sparky has been thru so much lately....
    it may wait a little while longer...
    he has been drinking more water lately.
    i don't know if it is ENUF more.

    thanks so much for the support.

    jess...with her Sparky
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    hope these come thru
    this is my emotional support animal...needing some support
    himself....

    i went in to Manhattan to pain management doctor...just picked up
    medication prescriptions for myself...and rushed back to CT to pup.
    i was due for botox in upper spine, especially helpful now to shoulder
    pain in addition to upper spine...but would have to wait for following day to see
    pain doc himself for injections...and am delaying that until end January visit.

    jess...back with Sparky
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    Yes they posted! Such a little angel baby. :-)

    Hang in there. I am hoping if Sparky needs the fluids that he won't mind like my daughter's rabbit really didn't mind. You can get very good at this so that they hardly notice. I give my horse IM injections every two weeks to protect his joints. I have been doing this for years and he does not notice most of the time. That needle was smaller than the needle to push fluids into the rabbit but the experience with injecting my horse so much helped.

    The fluids go right under the skin, not into the muscle like my horse's shots.

    Jess, I have no doubt you can get good at this so that he hardly notices.

    Sharon

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    hope these come thru
    this is my emotional support animal...needing some support
    himself....

    i went in to Manhattan to pain management doctor...just picked up
    medication prescriptions for myself...and rushed back to CT to pup.
    i was due for botox in upper spine, especially helpful now to shoulder
    pain in addition to upper spine...but would have to wait for following day to see
    pain doc himself for injections...and am delaying that until end January visit.

    jess...back with Sparky
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

    No island of sanity.

    Question: What do you call alternative medicine that works?
    Answer: Medicine


    "We are all African."

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