I'm finally getting a chance to post after bringing Lulah home on Saturday. I can't believe it's almost been a week since we got her!
Things have been pretty eventful. I will try not to make this a novel!
Picking Lulah up was quite the experience. Beth told me that her adult Havs would be "greeting" us at the door. She wasn't kidding! It was so much fun! I was laughing so hard, while we were surrounded by excited Havs looking for attention. They were all so sweet, and I loved it!
When we went into the puppy room, I spied Lulah right away. As soon as she saw me she ran to the edge of the ex-pen to see me!
The car ride home was good. It was about 45 minutes, so not too long. I had her wrapped in a blanket since it was so cold. She climbed up under my chin and stayed there the whole way home, panting quite heavily. I was worried that she might vomit, but she didn't. By the end of the car ride, she had calmed down.
Once we were home she met the boys and my parents, who were visiting from out of town. About 30 minutes after we got home, I put her on the Rascal Dog...and she took to it right away! Ever since, she's used it for both pee and poop (though if given the choice, she'd rather potty outside).
She ate well, and she slept well. She woke me once in the night to pee, and slept through the second night without waking me.
She has certainly made herself at home. It only took a couple of hours before all nervousness was gone, and her tail was curled up and her ears were perked, running around like she owned the place. She is quite the little girl!!!
Anyway, on the second day we noticed that her stool was a little loose. Beth had told us when we picked her up that at least one of the puppies had loose stool that started that morning, but she wasn't sure who it was. We tried feeding her rice, but she wouldn't eat much, and it didn't have any affect. We had an appointment with the vet, and mentioned it. We had brought a stool sample in, as Beth suggested, to test for worms, etc. We decided to have them test for parasites, just in case it was Giardia (though I really didn't think that was the case).
The evening of December 30th, Beth emailed saying that she had had the stool of the remaining puppies tested, and they all showed Coccidia. She suggested we get Lulah on Sulpha drugs as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the next 2 days all the veterinary offices were closed due to New Year's. We have one 24-hour emergency Vet clinic in Ottawa, so I called them on the 31st. They said they would need to test her stool, so they wouldn't be able to give her any medication for at least a couple of days, so we should just wait till our vet was open again, which was today. I was almost in tears, since her stool was getting looser and, while she was still eating, I had noticed her appetite decreasing a bit.
The last couple of days have been hell. We made sure she drank as much water as possible and got her to eat what we could. By this morning, her stool was like water. The first couple of days we had learned to recognize the signs when she needed to potty. The last couple of days, she hasn't even been able to give us a sign before she was pooping. I don't think she could control it at all, it was so loose. My carpet will never be the same (though I've been telling my husband that we need hardwood, so maybe this will lead to me getting my wish! :P)
We took her to the vet this afternoon. She weighed the exact same as she did when we brought her in the day after we got her (1.4kg), so at least she didn't lose any weight. The stool analysis showed Coccidia, as Beth had said. They gave Lulah some fluids and some low-fat bland kibble and canned food (Medi-Cal Gastro-Intestinal Puppy by Royal Canin), and started her on the Sulpha drugs.
She's slept most of the day. I'm not sure if it's the drugs, fighting this parasite, the stress of the day, or all of the above. But when she was awake she was playful and happy. She ate her dinner with fervor, which was so nice to see! She hasn't pooped since right after lunch, and it was very loose. That was before when went to the vet. I hope that will have changed sometime tomorrow. I was told that the drugs work quite quickly.
The last couple of nights have been awful, with her waking up 4 or 5 times in the night to poop. I used the Rascal Dog in our ensuite bathroom, since it's been -35C/F overnight. Since her poop was sooooo loose, it's been a big clean-up. I'm absolutely exhausted. Hopefully tonight will be different! I'm so glad I took the holidays off from work!!!
Despite all of this, we are so happy with our little girl. She is full of spunk and fun and sweetness (even when she's sick!). I'm totally head over heals! I will post pictures soon....as soon as I sort through the 10,000 pictures I've taken and pick a few!