I had to take Kodi to the vet this afternoon. Poor little guy is not feeling well at all. He seems to be hurting all over, doesn't want to move, just wants to sleep, and he didn't eat supper last night or breakfast this morning. (and he is NOT a picky eater!!!) At one point when I went to check on him, and just gently stroked his side, he growled at me!!! Not a big mean growl, but a grumpy, "leave me alone" growl. He's never done that in his life!
Yesterday when he was tired in the morning, I thought it was because of our busy day on Sunday. But when he kept getting worse instead of better, I knew there was a problem. I called the vet first thing this morning, and set up an appointment for him.
The working hypothesis at this point is that although he tested negative for tick diseases, that's what PROBABLY is wrong with him. They also took blood to do a complete panel, and I'm supposed to bring them a stool sample tomorrow, just to rule out other possibilities. But I guess they can act sick before they develop enough antibodies to show in a titer, so a negative titer doesn't mean no tick-borne disease.
The problem is, he's not eating, so they can't start him on oral Doxy, or it will just make him sick to his stomach and likely to vomit the meds. So they gave him injections of an anti-inflamatory, Penicillin (which I guess is also effective against these diseases) and something to settle his stomach. Poor guy thought he was a pin cushion by the time he left the vet's office! And the whole time there, he either lay on the table, or lay on my lap. He looked so pathetic.
He's still pretty miserable tonight, but I made him boiled chicken and rice for supper, and he did eat a little of that before disappearing into his crate again. Tomorrow, when the full blood panel comes back, they'll decide exactly how they want to treat him. Right now I'm going to take him up to bed with me so I can keep an eye on him!