A Day At The Animal Hospital Is Like A Day Without Sunshine

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lizette Realty - Richmond KY 205403


It's been quiet at the house today. Chanel, my sweet Lhasa-Pom had to go to the hospital this morning.

It all started on Sunday morning when she didn't want any breakfast. She started throwing up. This went on all day then into the night.

I made a call to the vet, Dr. Taylor and left a message. Later, he called and told me if she still felt bad in the morning to bring her in.

Sure enough as soon as I got out of bed she threw up again. I hated to take her, but I really didn't know what was wrong with her.

I loaded her in the car with her bunny and off we went to the animal hospital. An emergency case to be fit in their schedule. I gave her a kiss and assured her I would be back for her as soon as they would let me. I was relieved that Dr. Taylor would know something about her condition.

The home office was so quiet I couldn't work. I'm so used to having her around to keep me sane. I missed her barking at nothing, potty breaks and playing with her toys. So, I waited....to hear any news.

Finally around 3PM I got the call. She was pretty sick and had a fever.Now on antibiotics and a shot for nausea. Possibly pancreatitis or an infection of some sort. The bloodwork results tomorrow might give a clue. An x-ray showed nothing.

They did tell me I could take her homeand give her more of the antibiotic tonight. So I anxiously went to fetch her home. I really didn't want her sick and in a cage all night at the hospital even though she would get the best of care. I hope for good news tomorrow.

She has spent her evening under the bed, sleeping and weak as a kitten. No food for 2 days and throwing up might do that to you. She can barely walk. Anyway, I'm hoping she will feel better tomorrow. It's funny how our pets take over our lives. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Comments (103)

Tony Favata
First Class Properties - Milford, DE

bella  used to eat greenies as well and she ALWAYS threw up about 12 hours later.... turns out her body couldnt digest the bigger pieces she would eat, and would reject it, and make her throw up. Pretty gross.

Oct 03, 2008 12:53 AM
Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes

Tony - Please don't give Bella any more Greenies! Those things will cause you more problems than you need and could kill her.

Oct 03, 2008 04:06 AM
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals

Yeh, she is getting better, now you get some down time and recover yourself.

Maybe you should get a teddy bear for yourself since Chanel has the bunny.

Oct 03, 2008 09:08 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

What a journey with your beautiful Chanel.  Hope Chanel is on the mend and that you are able to get back to a "normal" life.

Oct 03, 2008 01:07 PM
Tony Favata
First Class Properties - Milford, DE

Yeah we dont give them to her at all anymore, that is one of the things she is also allergic too [go firgure] lol.

Oct 09, 2008 01:00 AM
Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes

Condition Update Oct.13,2008:

I thought I'd add this update because there are some of you that might be following along because you have a dog that has this condition too. Chanel had anoth blood test today. BUN 28 Creatinine 1.7. I'm not sure why her BUN is 8 points higher than the last time. Normal range is 20-30. I do like that the creatinine level has dropped a bit more. Dr. Taylor wants to test again in a month.

For awhile there she did drink a lot of water each day. Now not more than a bowl a day. In other ways she seems normal. More energy and doesn't sleep as much. One thing I did notice looking back on the days before she almost died was that her eyes watered a lot. Also, she slept endlessly and didn't seem interested in food. So if you start to see these signs in your pet you might want to have a blood test done to be sure. Especially in older dogs.

It's good to see the old Chanel again!

Oct 13, 2008 09:09 AM
Christina Williams. REALTOR® TN property search & local insights
First Realty Company - Crossville, TN

You are a true spirit of love. All the best to the two of you. Enjoyed reading your journey.

Oct 18, 2008 10:03 PM
Bruce & Mary Smith
Savannah Lakes Homes - McCormick, SC
REALTORS, Savannah Lakes Village McCormick SC

I always enjoy reading about animals - totally faithful and dependent on us.  Thanks.

Dec 20, 2008 12:00 AM
Nancy & Heather Cloward
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

My dog is at the Hospital right now having surgery on his leg, but he should be back soon and better then ever. it is a lonely day at the house without BO here and our other dog Kilo seems to be lonely, and missing his pal.


Heather and Nancy

Jan 28, 2009 08:37 AM
Isaac E. Chavez
Vermont REALTORS - Montpelier, VT

As a fellow pet lover, I totally feel your anxiety and nervousness.  I am sure your little fluffy friend will be just fine!

Feb 26, 2009 06:03 AM
Peg Gilliland
Charlottesville Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
Broker, GRI, CDPE

Oh I can understad how horable that would be But I am sure you cute little doggy will be fine!


Mar 05, 2009 07:38 AM
Barbara Raley
The McNelis Group,LLC - Solomons, MD
When you think of Real Estate, think of me!

Lizette, Just saw the post and i can imagine your anxiety \. Glad to hear she is doing so much better. Love the bunny. Barbara

Feb 15, 2010 10:17 PM
Joanne O'Donnell
Chic Home Interiors - Oakland, CA

Lizette, such an adorable puppy!  Thank heaven she is feeling better now.  You must be exhausted from all this as well - don't forget to get yourself some rest and pay attention to your own diet as you go through this too...

Feb 16, 2010 12:48 AM
Sun City Grand Homes; Surprise AZ Real Estate and Homes,Josee Plant Long Realty West Valley
Long Realty West Valley - Surprise, AZ
Arizona Retirement Communities Specialist

Lizette-I just read your blog post after posting mine about my pomeranian who has pancreatitis.  How is Chanel doing these days?  I hope just fine.

Mar 08, 2010 03:02 PM
Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes

Chanels new haircutIt has been a few years now since this health scare and many people ask me how Chanel is doing.

Well...she has completely recovered! Our lives changed after that ordeal.

While she was in the hospital I had them give her only distilled water. I still keep her on this to keep her kidneys form having chlorine or any other harmful substances in it. Why take a chance.

All her food is organic and no treats made in China. Be sure to read those labels.

She finally had had a professional haircut.

Chanel will be turning 5 in a month and we plan a BIG party for her.

I truly believe all the support and prayers from our AR friends helped keep her on this earth.

Chanel will post a birthday story soon. Stay tuned!

Jul 11, 2010 03:06 AM
Yvonne Schnee
Keller Williams Realty Moorestown - Lumberton, NJ

I truly hope your dog is feeling better soon. I may not know exactly how you feel; however, our dog was diagnosed with cancer just before Christmas, so, I feel your pain. Will be posting about our dog next week.

Mar 30, 2012 10:59 AM
Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
As Real as Real Estate Gets!

Lizette... here I am 4 years later reading the post... she looks glorious and glad she made a great recovery...

Dec 31, 2012 09:13 AM
Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes

Happy New Year Gay! Thanks for stopping by! Chanel is still hanging in there. She has battled malignant melanoma since Aug 2012. Hoping she can beat it.

Dec 31, 2012 01:20 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

It is incredible how we set ourselves up for the anguish of loosing a loved pet.  As I look back as high as the price is I have been blessed to be touched by them.   Bilbo. Donner but for a few weeks.  Grizzly.  And presently Halley.

Jun 03, 2014 08:49 PM
Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes

Mark, thanks for the comment. We are so blessed to have them in our lives for what little time they are on this earth. Chanel made it to August 27, 2013. She had been diagnosed with melanoma in her left eye a year earlier. I was heartbroken, but was able to keep her alive and happy for a year. She gave me such happiness and was so beautiful even on the day she went to heaven. She had become a bit of a celebrity and had brought to me friends I would never have met if not for her being in my life. Heaven has another perfect angel. I'll see her again one day.


Jun 04, 2014 12:21 AM