I'm afraid I may have given you a wrong impression with my post. So
in case I did, this is meant to reassure you :-)
> Newsgroups: rec.pets.dogs.health
Yup - looks as though it was my post <blush>.
> Don't worry! I would NEVER do anything without consulting my vet first.
> He is a kind man who I call with any concerns at all and my pup gets
> regular medical attention. I love my doggie too much to take her little
> life in my own hands. Thank you for your concern.
Of course. Actually, my reply to your thanks to somebody else here
was intended to remind everybody that unqualified, and sometimes,
excruciatingly bad, advice is sometimes posted here. A few people
do it repeatedly, and you happened to have thanked one of those.
Which could mislead other readers here. I normally don't bother to
criticize; on the rare occasion, when I see what I think may
endanger readers' dogs - I will.
> I always find people here very supportive, and when I have a crisis, I l
> feel better to hear other's opinions, and I like to know if people have
> been through similar things, and in some ways this helps my wait. It also
> helps me to ask formulate questions to ask my vet since I am a novice yt
> this puppy mommyhood stuff. I don't know the ethics of the doggie channel
> here, so I apologize if I should not be doing this.
The ethics are, while you can say anything you want, this IS a
newsgroup on dog health, and you might want to include in your own
view of it a "do no harm" clause. Not that you yourself are doing
any directly. Quite the contrary; you're setting a good example,
particularly with posts like this beautiful one to which I'm
responding. Finding support and gaining information is an admirable
use of this newsgroup, as is providing your own reactions,
descriptions - worries - and love for your dog. Sharing all these
things is a Good Thing <g>.
> Waiting to find out what is wrong with my baby is the hardest part. Today
Ohhhh, my sympathies; yes, that's the hardest part.
> I am waiting to hear the results of her lymph node biopsy. The doctor
> says it's only a 5% chance that it could be anything cancerous, but I am
> still worried out of my skull.
I'm old, tough, and stringy. And still I feel much the way you do
when my dog is sick. I use a particular technique to help me get
through when I'm worried about my dog. I tell myself not to try to
predict, not to speculate about what I don't know. I tell myself to
take each moment as it comes, and to keep myself on as even a keel
as possible, for my dog's sake - because I know my body chemistry
and feelings will be communicated to my dog. So I take as rigorous
control as I can of my doings, and my body, and I try to be as good
a Mommy as I can for my dog, without causing anxiety by pampering
the dog unduly. I DO go out of my way to meet obvious needs, to
soothe a fevered brow at times, as needed, to massage, nurse, feed,
whatever is necessary, and I set my routines around my dog's needs,
yet still try to approximate for the dog its expected rituals, when
appropriate. This is "nursing mode" for me - actually, for me AND
my dog <g>.
> Petunia has been sleeping at the vet since
> Sunday, after a bout of trying ulcer meds, & her exploratory surgery. He
> says that she recovered well, and is doing great keeping food down. His
> theory is stil ulcers and an infection. I miss snuggling with my ***
That is one of the hard things. You sound very capable. Petunia
sounds delightful. Please keep us posted, and accept, in the
meantime, our very best wishes to her and to you.
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