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Max-A-Million
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May 24, 2019 at 13:14
• Eve
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We left this morning thinking we were letting Tillie get her wings so she could once again meet with The Sisters, Phoenix, Faith, and Stormie. But our vet said he had an idea he had checked up on.



The vet gives the dog fluids, IV Lactated Ringers, this is how it was written up on Tillies sheet. The fluids are done for two days. then we do fluids at home BUT under the skin as she needs it,  I think every other day.


He said he has seen dogs that were as bad as Tillie last 6 months, some a year and even two years.



Good or bad, please tell me your thoughts or if you have heard of this.



Thanks for any information you have or for your thoughts.



Eve



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Mark
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May 24, 2019 at 14:55
• Mark
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Eve,

I'm familiar with Sub-Q fluids (Ringers) since I administered them to both Katy and then Penny following our vet's instructions when they were each near end of life.

Katy didn't respond to the treatment but she was very ill and passed at 17 years old a couple of weeks after we started Sub-Q. When Penny began refusing food and water and became dehydrated, I gave her the same Sub-Q treatments and they helped for a while but she was very old (18 years!) and passed about 6 weeks later of kidney failure.

Tillie is several years younger than Penny so she may respond more readily to the fluids. What is your vet's diagnosis after doing blood tests?

Sending our love and best wishes for your little Tillie.

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Max-A-Million
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May 26, 2019 at 10:15
• Eve
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I am so sorry to read this, I know this may be the same results  for us but like you we are trying. 

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Diana
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May 27, 2019 at 03:02
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At the end of the day all you can do it try and hope that it will work. I often wonder why our vet never suggested putting her on a drip to help with her pneumonia but I guess he felt @ 16 years she was too old but to me she was my world I guess I should have tried someone else.

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Jeanie and Annabel
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May 24, 2019 at 16:02
• Jeanie
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I went through this with my Maggie.  I believe the sub Q fluids are done, when they are going in to kidney failure...isn't that right, Mark?

We never got to the point, where we did them at home, as she was then diagnosed with Cushing's and then started to have heart problems. After that, I had to let her go.

We are sending love and big hugs to you, Eve, Ed and of course, sweet Tillie.

Jeanie, Annabel and my precious Jolly @ RB

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Andrew
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May 24, 2019 at 17:06
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I have never had these administered to any of mine Eve so not much help but sending Big Prayers for Tillie to pick up  for you all...will keep looking for updates and  please know you are in our hearts and thinking of you .....Hugs and kisses Annie Andrew and Nimby with her wings xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Deb, Emmie and Angel Kelsie
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May 24, 2019 at 17:25
• Deborah
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I'm not too familiar with the process Eve but I do know that with all things, each pup is different. Tillie may respond very well to the treatment or she may not. Kelsie left us know when she was ready to get her wings and as hard as it was to let her go, we did what was best for her. We will keep all of you close to our hearts and pray that Tillie does well on the treatments if you decide to go that route. Whatever you decide, we know it will be out of love for Tillie.
Love, Deb, Emmie, and Angel Kelsie

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Robin and Mishchief @ Bridge
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May 24, 2019 at 21:46
• Robin
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I have heard of this. Are you a member of Col. Potter's Cairn Rescue Mentoring list (Yahoo)? I know this topic comes up often enough for me to know about it. You could ask on the list for advice. They always give great advice and support. I'm thinking of Tillie and hope she hangs in there. I know how much you love her and how quickly she bonded with your family after such a rough start. All her TC friends love her too! Love to Tillie and Max too, of course!

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Diana
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May 25, 2019 at 04:25
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I've never done it myself but hope it can help your little lass. Kelsi stopped eating when she was 16 years and 3 months she developed pneumonia and the vet gave her regular vitamin B12 injections to try and stimulate her appetite sadly it didn't work long for my girl she just couldn't fight off the pneumonia no matter how hard we tried.

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