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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Gio Update - Sunday Morning

Things aren't looking as positive as they were yesterday. I just got back from the vet college for a visit with Gio and a talk with the vet.

They have re-run some bloodwork and it looks as if the swelling in his pancreas has gotten a little bit worse. The vet said that while some things are looking up, others are not as good as they were. They've given him a 50% chance of making it through this.

They have started plasma transfusions to try and bring the swelling down and bind up the loose pancreatic enzymes. And put him on more potent anti-nausea medication. He was offered a little bit of food this morning, which he only grudgingly ate ... mind you, it was probably Science Diet so I can't really blame the guy for snubbing it. But he is continuing to throw up, so they can't really offer him anything more than the tiniest of bits to judge whether he has an appetite back or not.



We are pulling for Gio and look forward to reading your next post. We are keeping our paws crossed and sending positive collie vibes your way. He is a young pup, so we are hoping for the best and that he is with you for many more years.

Dog Speed,

Essex & Deacon

Raising Addie said...

Gio seems like a strong pup. We know he can pull through this.

Our hearts are just breaking for you.

We will keep praying for him.

All of our paws are crossed for him.

Lots of Luv & Kisses
Addie and Lucie

Dawn said...

Oh I hope he pulls through. He seems like a wonderful dog. We will keep him and you in our prayers. Stay strong Gio!!

Bluedog said...

We will be praying for Gio and we just know he will pull through this!!

Hope that things will soon get better with him.

Dooby & Zimba

Lindsey said...

I've been a loyal follower of your blog ever since you gave me foot trimming advice on Sheltie Nation. I just want you to know that Gio is in my thoughts and prayers. I wish him all the best and will continue hoping for a full recovery!

Diana said...

We hope Gio starts to get better soon. You are in our prayers. Diana

Opy - the Original GruffPuppy said...

Hang in there buddy - we are all thinking of you and sending you "the power of the paw".



Gussie said...

I'm so sorry to find out Gio's poorly. We'll keep everything crossed for him.

Winterdark said...

Hang in there Gio. We're sending get well thoughts your way.
Bolo & Family

Lacy said...

w00f's Sooo sorry to hear this news about is sending all my good thoughts and healing prayers to him...

b safe,

Lybertygirl said...

Sending healing thoughts from your herding kin - Lyberty Cardigans

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

We are just catching up and have only just seen this. We are so sorry that Gio is poorly.

We are sending our good wishes and prayers for him to get well soon.

Holly & Zac...XX

Shad0whawk said...

Sorry to hear about Gio and his condition. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your fur people. When my Tru (Oversized F Tri) got into some ham pieces she had an attack of pancriatitas. While her amalayse and Lypase levels were not astronimic they were elevated. I took her to the vet and they placed her on IV fluids. She was the same way as Gio in as much as she wouldn't piddle for them. I would go in the morning and afternoon and walk her and hang out for as long as they would let me. It was at least 5 days before they even tried a little of the canned PD. So it seems to me that they may have tried solid food a little bit early with Gio. Also you mention he is still on pain meds. I know some of those drugs can cause upset, especially when nothing is in the stomach.

I'm no expert and not a vet by any stretch of the imagination and I've never had any fur person who suffered from seizures. But when I read your blog I felt that I had to at least mention what Tru went thru with her incident.

As I mentioned before, our thoughts and prayers are with you and Gio. He is a fighter.

(May God stand between you and harm in all the empty places that you must walk)

wally said...

So sorry to hear about Gio's illness. We have our many paws crossed that he recovers and soon.

wally t.

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