Thursday, July 24, 2008

Second Wind

The first time Travis showed signs of jaundice in early July, the vets shook their heads and looked at me like it was the kiss of death. He had to be put on fluids immediately. So when I clearly saw the jaundice on Sunday and Monday, I figured I'd better prepare for the worse. Well, yesterday and today he does not appear to be jaundice. His skin is much more normal looking, the whites of his eyes are white, and is pee is a fairly normal pale yellow. I am not sure why. I didn't do anything different. He is still drinking and peeing large quantities. He has had a couple of accidents. But I am starting to wonder if this is going to be something to manage for a period of time (I'm not even going to guess what amount of time that might be). We just need to take it day by day. I need to get back into a routine, start going to the gym again, take care of myself, and start planning out the week for the dogs. Normally, I try to plan out a training schedule. Now that I am training a green dog again, its important that we get to a variety of places each week, so Reagan isn't doing the same thing everyday. Lately, I have just wasted time planning for something bad to happen.

I probably should work Travis a little. When I try to just give him the freedom to do what he wants, he mostly just stands in front of me waiting to respond to my next request. So maybe I should ask him to do something so he continues to feel useful.

I did start him back on more antibiotics and drugs yesterday and this time we are doing some Prednisone.

Lastly, the difficulty in caring for Travis is that Stephen and I both work full-time and our jobs are about 20 miles in opposite directions of the house. It does not make sense to come home from work for lunch, but Travis just can't go 10 hours anymore. He does have access to pee pads, but we would prefer that he not have to use them. Next week, we are going to try some daycare at his grandparents' house. My parents just happen to live on the way to work for Stephen and they have been kind enough to come a couple of times a week to let Travis out during the day. I'm thinking that if he could stay with them during the day 2 days a week and I work at home 1 or 2 days a week, that just leaves a day or 2 for Stephen to cover by coming home for lunch. So I am excited about the new schedule.


Sientay L said...

Yay for a good day.
Wishing for more good days.

KF-in-Georgia said...

Okay, here's a stupid question from someone who doesn't have bare-skin children: Isn't there some sort of liver/bilirubin/jaundice issue that some newborns have? Something that is treated with funky lights? I vaguely remember my eldest nephew going back to the hospital for light treatments, but that was 25+ years ago, and my memory is going... ;)

Could light treatments help Travis in any way? And, addressing the now-he's-jaundiced/now-he's-not issue in your post, could exposure to--what? more sunlight?--have made any difference in how he's looking?

Whatever caused it, I'm glad he's doing better.

Denise- LessIsMore17 said...

Interesting about what kf had to say...
speaking of the kiss of death, we were always told that horses with a temp of 105 were on death's door- Lester and several other horses I know have spiked such a temp and lived to tell about it...
I also think it is important to keep Travis busy, that's what he loves after all...

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

KF, I have heard something like that before. I can't imagine Travis' would be caused by the lack of sun though. He used to sun more than he is now, but I have made sure while he is sick that he has the opportunity to sun everyday.


Anonymous said...


So glad to here of some improvement in Travis!! Yet, I'm sure the rollercoaster is taking it's toll on you.

It may be that taking him off the Doxy eased the strain on his liver enough to reduce the jaundice. If you've got him on a dose for TBDs, then this is probably even more likely. So many Greyhounds taking Doxy have liver problems. I've had two going to acute failure. The vet I use in Memphis recommends Tetracycline for dogs that can't handle Doxy. He says that often Greyhounds will deal with it better than they do the Doxy.

Sending white light and continued good thoughts your way,
Sharron in TN

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Sharron, that is really interesting what you said about the doxy. The jaundice appeared a few days after I started doxy. I honestly stopped the doxy just because I was tired of fighting with him over the medication and he was still getting worse. I'm glad you told me that. Looks like I accidentally did the right thing. Although my understanding is that Tetracycline and doxy are the same thing, but I could be wrong. Right now he is on Ciprofloxacin, Metronidazole, Prednisone, and ? something liver/gallbladder specific.