Those of you who read the Chronicles of the Horse Forum will know what this means.
It is a long standing Coth tradition to jingle one's curb chains in an effort to send well meaning or healing wishes to another horseman or a sick animal.
Tonite we could use a few jingles for Beau Dog. The vet believes he has gotten into some rat poison, but we won't know for sure until labs come back tomorrow.
What we do know is that he is coughing up blood and his lungs are full of fluid (blood or infection).
He has been given a large dose of Vitamin K and is on antibiotics. Until we know if this is working we have to somehow keep a 2 year old Shepherd calm and quiet. Not an easy task, even when they are under the weather!
Believe it or not we don't have any 24 hour emergency vet care available in the immediate area. So I got a very mixed message when I spoke with the vet on Saturday morning. We had dropped Beau off at the clinic before work and she called soon after I got to the lab. Telling me that I had a VERY sick dog, with a not very good prognosis, yet I needed to pick him up by 3pm. WTF??? Great.
It worked out OK though, he had quit wheezing and coughing for the most part and was content to just hang out on a blanket next to my chair all evening.
I spent last night sleeping on the couch with Beau bedded down on a fluffy pallet in the living room. He is getting chicken breast and lunch meat, as he can't have anything that could scratch his throat or intestines due to the fact his blood won't clot properly.
We don't know how or where or exactly when he was exposed, so this raises its own issues of concern!