What We’ve Been Up to: Dealing with Illness – Part II

As I said on my previous post, on Monday 12th Nix was practically back to normal. She was already eating only her usual food two times a day and she seemed fine. However, in the evening again she had a bit of diarrhoea. It wasn’t as bad as the previous week, but Manel and I thought it had something to do with the antibiotics she was still taking.

However, the next day we found out the real reason. We had taken her with her dog sitter as both Manel and I had to be away for most of the day and we could’t take her with us. At around 4:00, the dog sitter sent me a message saying that Nix had thrown up, but she had also been eating grass and plants to purge herself, so I didn’t worry too much. However, an hour and a half later, she sent again a message and a video, telling me that Nix had thrown up again and that this time there were worms in the vomit. I’ll spare you the video of the worms.

Looking cute on Wednesday, the day after the worm incident.

This time I did worry. I called both the dog sitter and Manel, and Manel called the vet. It turned out that it was nothing major, the typical worms that dogs may catch. Many times they appear in their stool, but dogs can also throw them up. In any case, we decided to go back home, pick Nix up, and take her to the vet.

The vet prescribed the pills for worms, although he gave us a different brand than the last time. We were incredibly lucky that the dog sitter had sent us the video of the worms, as the vet was able to tell what kind they were and (I guess) give us the most appropriate de-worming pills for her.

Although it was a problem that, apparently, it was easy to deal with, I was a bit upset by the fact that we had de-wormed her in the first or second week of November. It’s not like we had forgotten or we had done something wrong. I guess there is a small chance that even if you de-worm your dog at the right time, the dog may still get worms.

We also told the vet that Nix’s stool had been a bit loose and diarrhoea-like, and he recommended switching foods and keep giving her antibiotics. In any case, however, he also prescribed the Advance Veterinary Diets: Gastroentereic Low Fat, a kibble made mainly of rice and corn which helps to regulate intestinal transit, and after five days, to start mixing it with her new food. You can really notice that the composition is different just by the colour of the kibble, which is much more orangey than usual. Nix was not enthusiastic about it, as she doesn’t like rice very much, but she ate it without a problem. However, given the choice, she’d probably choose any other type of kibble over this one.

The kibble we gave her to help regulate her internal transit. The price tag is funny: not a special price at all, considering it’s mainly made of rice and corn.

In terms of the worms, on Thursday Nix threw up again while she was with her dog sitter. This time there was what looked like a dead worm in the vomit. At first I worried a little bit, because on Wednesday she hadn’t thrown up, but then I realised that Nix spends a lot of time outside while she is with the dog sitter, and gets plenty of opportunity to eat grass and plants to purge herself. On the other hand, while she is at home, she only gets this opportunity when she goes out for her walks.

My completely unscientific theory about this is that she threw up because she wasn’t feeling 100% well and she decided to purge herself. Had she been at home on Thursday, I think she’d have felt perhaps a bit worse but in the end would have digested the worm/s and she wouldn’t have thrown up.

Fortunately, a week later she seems to have recovered. She is already eating standard food and her stool so far looks fine. She is no longer taking antibiotics. We still have to give her again another dose of de-worming pills next week, but I hope that we’re over and done with the worms. Let’s see if we can have quiet Christmas holidays…

We decided to take Nix shopping with us last Saturday, and she behaved really well. She really likes taking the train.

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