Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Some good news














Went to see Damien this morning. Emma's blood test results still weren't back, a real pain, but he managed to get them faxed through eventually, had to wait a while, go up the shops for half an hour and then come back, but the good news is that her level of urea is back to almost normal. Her protein level is still a bit low, so he wants me to continue with the Hills kD food as her main diet but to add some other things to it to increase the protein a bit. Sooooo, this means I can now give her the odd doggie treat or some chicken in her dinner or some proper dog food as long as it doesn't make her sick or have diarrhea again. Obviously have to be careful still and not overfeed. Got to take her every two to three weeks just to be weighed and then have another blood test in about two months time. Will make life a lot easier from now on, fingers crossed anyway that she doesn't get upset stomach again. I'm still going to keep her on two or three small meals a day instead of what I used to give her, which was just dog biscuit treats really throughout the day and then her main meal at around 6pm. It means that I shall be able to use up all the other dog biscuit meals that I have here in sealed containers bit by bit instead of giving them all away, will save me some money. She still isn't very keen on the tinned version of the kD food, so maybe will just stick to the biscuit meal version and I can add a small amount of proper tinned dog food. Yay. Relief.

So today, she's had her normal ration of the diet food, plus two mini marrowbone treat biscs, and a thumb nail sized bit of chicken from my dinner. Two walks, once while we were waiting for the fax and this afternoon up the farm with Kate and the collies. So now she's fast asleep down the side of the sofa, snoring as usual!

7 comments:

Tricia said...

This really is some encouraging news Jan - What a lucky lady Emma is to have you looking after her.

Betty said...

Oh, I'm so glad it's good news for Emma; she's such a love. You are one of the very best pet guardians; all you have done for Emma is perfect for all the love she has given you, eh? Good on ya.

Pete said...

good news Jan.

Hope the snoring was good and loud :D

oldcrow61 said...

This is the best news I've heard in ages. A saying my father had "Bless her little cotton socks." Don't ask, lol, I haven't a clue what it means but it just came to mind.

avalon said...

So pleased for you jan what a weight off your mind, she sounds like one contented little girl now snoring away

Mary said...

Glad to hear that Emma is progressing well. I know how we worry about our dogs. We are going through similar problems with Raffles. It is strange how they really don;t like these special diet foods. They cost the earth, use ingredients i would really rather not feed them and they can't even make them palatable. The only good thing I can say about Royal canin is that they did replace the dried food that raffles would not eat with the tinned equivalent.

leazwell said...

We changed dog foods to go cheaper but ended up going back as one dog couldn't handle the food. Glad to read Emma is improving. It's so sad when our pets are down and out.