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Hello Everyone. I apologize in advance for this very long first post.
I lost my 2 year old little girl, Lola, a maltese-poodle-llaso mix on Dec 1st at a local conservation area when she was attacked and killed by a husky. Both my dogs were off leash at the time, I also have a 4 year old westie, Whiskey. We went there all the time for long walks and never had a problem. Going there was our favorite thing in the world to do. I’d let them go off-leash (everyone did) while we were on the trails and I’d leash them when we were on the bike path. Lola got spooked by two shepherd mixes and a husky that started charging her and took off – weird because she always came to me when she felt threatened. By the time I got to her (running as fast as I could) the husky had her on the ground and was shaking her to break her neck. She was still shrieking when I scooped her up. She was freaking out and bit my hand. I thought I had saved her, but she then she collapsed in my arms, dead. I have been so consumed grief, anger at the husky’s owner (who was nowhere around when this happened) and guilt for having her off-leash that I have been losing my mind. I will never have any of my dogs off-leash in a public place again.
Well, the happy news is that we received our new baby last Friday. Her name is Lucy. Lucy-Lou. She’s a beautiful little cream colored havanese girl born on October 7th. She’s getting along really well with Whiskey - which is a relief. He’s being very sweet and protective of her. He misses his sister Lola.
We had a scare last night when we discovered that the medication the vet had given us for both dogs (panacure – for intestinal parasites) had been mismarked and that Lucy had been getting the dosage meant for Whisky, who is 21 lbs heavier. It was her second dose and she seemed a little lethargic after eating it. She had had a little diarrhea the morning after the first dose and my husband told me that she vomited a bit mid-day after I had left for work. My husband, who had given it to them both days before I got home, mentioned that it was strange that Lucy’s packet had so much more powder in it than Whiskey’s. I panicked. We called the vet and they couldn’t figure out from her file how much medication had been dispensed. I wanted reassurance that this wasn’t a life-threatening situation so they wanted us to bring her down. There was a blizzard raging outside, so we wound up taking her to the local emergency center that was much closer. They checked out her vitals and they were fine. They did a blood sugar test and that was within normal range. According to the doggie PDR that they had she hadn’t received a lethal dose.
She seems fine this morning. I’m not sure what we’re going to do about a vet going forward, but I’m taking her off all medication for a week so that her stomach can settle down. Can you tell I’m a basket case?
At any rate, I need to figure out what to do about a vet going forward. This one has an excellent reputation, but now I’m skeptical. The emergency center vet didn’t want to confirm that Hyannis Veterinary had screwed up and was insistent that they are very competent. But they work on referrals from them. Can you tell I’m a basket case? I just want to relax and enjoy my new baby.
Okay, I’m done ranting. Again, hello all.