Must Love Pekes is a blog for those who love Pekingese, their looks, their antics, their personalities. It is written by me, Linda, and I have been rescuing Pekingese for over 15 years. Lots of them have gone through our home. We have loved them all.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
UPDATE ON CLARA
Clara has been w me about three months now.
I had to think about it. It doesn’t seem that long.
She was not healthy when she came to me.
Her mouth was in horrific shape, with teeth barely hanging on.
She couldn't hear anything. Nothing.
She had been shaved down, so I don't know what condition her coat was in.
Clara had been adopted from the rural shelter four years ago and then returned.
I don't think she was mistreated, but she was never taken to the vet.
She had to eat soft food because of her mouth condition, but she did eat.
I set up the baby crib/bassinet in our room next to the bed. At first, she wasn't too sure, but then after hanging out with us, she would wander over and ask to be put in to sleep. I had a blanket in there and a water bowl in case she got thirsty during the night. One night she did wrap the blanket around herself and I woke up during the night to her staring at me. I "unstuck" her, and she went right back to sleep. Her stare must have been very LOUD. :-)
Two weeks ago, the change in Clara from one day to the next was significant.
Her head was tilted to the right -- she stumbled as she walked.
She didn't want to eat or drink. There was such a change in her.
I thought stroke or vestibular disease-- of course, she went right to the vet. Bloodwork was done, ears were checked. Those were both fine. I watched her closely. After my vet consulted with a specialist, both felt that the other signs Clara was having could indicate a brain tumor. I was devastated.
Without doing an MRI, we can't be sure, but we can keep her comfortable and love her. She did begin to eat again, but only things I made-- not dog food. She loves boiled hot dogs-- with the water they were cooked in. We want to keep her hydrated, so she has been getting sub-q fluids when she needs them. Keeping her comfortable is my highest priority for her.
For now, Clara seems to be comfortable. She loves to be carried. She has medications to help with any brain issues she may have, and we will continue using those. My vet is very involved in her care. I know so many of you have been asking, "How's Clara." So, I did this blog to catch you up. I could only share with a few until I could accept the possible diagnosis myself. Clara could have a few months or she could beat the odds and live a long time. And she will not be put up for adoption, but live the rest of her life here, with us. We love her-- so that's okay. 💜