I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a dog flu. Let alone that it behaves pretty much the same way the flu works in us humans…diarrhea, vomiting, discomfort, lack of hunger, etc.
Our little guy has always had a sensitive stomach. It wasn’t uncommon on any give day for him to eat his food and throw it all back up a couple minutes later. And late night bouts with diarrhea, also not uncommon (TMI, I know).
So this time around, we didn’t think too much of things at first. It was only the fact that he threw up multiple times throughout the day and night, and then spent the entire day in the same spot all day. He never even got up to drink water.
Today, we took him to the vet. He seemed better this morning, even seemed happy to go outside (he didn’t know he was going to the vet, I’m sure). Right before we went to head out, he threw up (nothing because he hadn’t eaten) and there was blood. All the more reason to get him into the vet as soon as possible.
Well, I’m happy to report that after $500+ and 6 or so hours getting hydrated through IV, he’s doing much better. Basically, he had a flu-like thing. He came home, ate a little and then settled in snug as a bug in his doggie bed.
With luck (and love) he’ll make it through the night without any incident. If that’s the case he goes back into the vet tomorrow to get his IV port removed. If he gets sick again and throws up the little he ate, then it’s back in for more IV work.
Of course, I have to first make sure he doesn’t rip the damn port out first. He’s already started pulling off the snazzy yellow bandage. Luckily I had some no-stick bandage and wrapped some more. But I’ve no doubt that he’ll try again tonight while we’re all sleeping.
We shall see. I’m just glad it’s something quite mellow and nothing to really worry about.