In the following days, he started not wanting to eat his food. We thought maybe it was because he didn't like the small space of the van. We encouraged him to eat, and he did, with no ill side effects, but he was definitely off, though he still went for walks and seemed ok for the most part.
We decided to depart on Sunday instead of Monday, as the weather was supposed to turn and get rainy, and we really didn't want to deal with it at the campground, or travel in it if we could help it. We were done with being where we were, and the shakedown trip for our RV went really well. Ready to head home, we decided to take the Interstate, and drive the entire distance in one day. It ended being about 10 hours, which in reality, wasn't bad. We've done longer. Having a bathroom and kitchen with us, makes it even easier. At lunch time, I went into the galley and made a sandwich for Hubs, and had some left over chicken from my dinner out the evening before. Continued driving and made it home in one piece and in nice weather.
After arriving home, Evan started acting even more like he didn't feel well. There was vomiting and diarrhea. I contacted a friend of mine who is a veterinarian and asked her advice. She helped me think through things. I slept in the basement on a cot with both dogs on a bed beside me and whenever Evan had to go outside, I got up and walked 3 feet to the door to take him out. It wasn't a horrible night as he only really asked to go out once other than really early in the morning.
During the visit, blood was drawn for a senior panel, and urine was obtained. He didn't have a lot of urine as he'd peed before we went in. However, with the little we got, some blood was present. We were asked to spend at least an hour or 2 trying to get him to drink and urinate more for further testing. We went to a favorite deli to get lunch, and I got some ice chips for Evan to eat, which he loved. That helped hydrate him, since even when offered water, he didn't really want any.
We were able to get over 2 mls of urine and headed back to the vet clinic. The vet then did an x-ray and sonogram, and on the x-ray, it showed what is suspected to be a bladder stone. Not the news I expected to hear.
We headed home, with the news that next Wednesday, we have to head back up to the vet clinic, be there by 8 a.m., to drop my little boy off and leave him there. This makes me very sad as I know how attached he is to me, and how he hates being separated. He won't understand why he's there, in a cage, in a strange area. His bladder will not be allowed to be empty, and he will have a sonogram and x-ray again, and if it is, indeed, determined to be a stone, he will have surgery.
I'm very afraid. Last time I trusted a vet with my cat, where he had a procedure to flush his sinuses, he passed away under anesthesia. I trust this vet to do the very best she can do, but it makes me very nervous that my boy may not make it through this. This is more invasive than a dental cleaning, though they do both under general anesthesia. They have to cut into the bladder, remove the stone and any small ones that may not be visible on the x-ray, and close him up. The clinic doesn't have a night nurse any longer, so we will bring him home as I don't want to leave him all night with no one watching him. I will watch him closely and sleep with him and wake up any time he needs me. We won't be able to pick him up till 7 p.m. which will get us home quite late, but I will do what I have to for my little guy.
This dog is my heart dog. I got him shortly after my heart attack, did Therapy Dog work with him and everyone he meets, absolutely loves him. He's a people lover for sure. He really is a special dog, who totally understands me when I speak to him. It's like he's a little human being in that furry coat.
Last night, he started with diarrhea again. We are picking up some meds for him to start on to help with the diarrhea and also an antibiotic, which hopefully will help with his discomfort from the bladder stone. Today, he is snoozing comfortably. I think yesterday exhausted us all.
More on our travels in another post. I'm thinking of starting a new blog for our travels, but as usual, I'm having problems coming up with a good name for it. I'll work on that, and post about the travels. This blog is really personal and mostly is just helpful to me to work through things and get them out of my head, and since I have few followers and that's not really my goal of this blog, I will keep this and my travels separate.
I hope all is well in your world. Be well. Take care.