Friday, 14 March 2008

Please Let It Not Be Canine Distemper

The vet we usually go to in Sri Sinar was not opened on Mondays now. So we went to another one located in Bandar Sri Damansara instead as Kobe was in a really bad condition. Tears kept coming out from her eyes, she has been sneezing quite a lot, having difficulty in breathing, she wasn't active like she usually is for few days already and worst of all is we smelled blood in her tears! Even her body has a weird fishy smell =/

She used to enjoy her visits to the usual vet. But this time, she was rather scared. She kept climbing back, putting her front legs on my shoulders wanted me to carry her. No idea she if she doesn't like the new place or it's natural of her to do so when she's sick.

It's not abnormal for animals to fall sick. People must be wondering what is wrong with me getting all worried over small matter. But what got us worried was when the vet shaved off a small part of her fur in her ears and pokes a needle there in order to get some blood sample! Now, THAT's serious! Even you and I don't get our blood taken for tests.

Our hearts literally stopped when the vet is done looking into the microscope and started to explain what is going on with Kobe. He gave us a lecture on one of the chapter from the Biology text book. -_-"

Vet: Ok. I'll let you know what I found out. You know our blood consist of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets, right? Dogs have the same thing.
Us: Yeah. Ok.
Vet: And white blood cells are divided into a few types. You know what are they, right?
Us: (We had the blur-est looks on our faces!)
Vet: This is in the Form 5 syllabus. You guys took your SPM already?
Us: Er... yeah. But we forgot all about it already. (this is where we felt stupid *blush*)
Vet: Hmm.. Ok. They are Neutrophil, Eosinophil, Basophil, Lymphocyte, Monocytes and Macrophages. And those 3 up here is in the same group, where the rest is another group. What I found was she has lumps like we do when we have sore throats. Two at the neck and another two right behind her front legs.
Us: Uh huh.
Vet: From the blood samples, I found that there is an increase in Lymphocyte which is normal since she has sore throat. But another thing is, there is also an increase in Eosinophil, which deals with parasitic infections. I think she might have Distemper.
Us: What?! What's that? (very worried looks on our faces)
Vet: It's a type of parasitic infection. It is not certain. I'll be giving her antibiotics. You monitor her for 2-3 days and get back to me or Dr. Sit if she gets worse.

We just couldn't hide how worried we were. It's all written on our faces. The vet kept telling us that it is not a confirmation that she is infected. And we told to keep her rested and avoid playing with other dogs because it is contagious. This includes Pou Pou.

I'm not feeling well.......

We kept her indoors. Only let her out to poo and pee in the garden once in awhile. We had such hard times cleaning after her since she likes to go into the kitchen and pee on the floor when we were not looking! We googled about canine Distemper and we found that she has 6 out of the 10 symptoms of the disease! Even her paws are cracking and swollen! Distemper can be treated but not cured. Death is the only answer if you found out about it late :(

I'm bored staying indoors! But I can't go out :(

After two days on the medication, she got better. But her paws are still the same. We don't know what to expect. We'll soon find out when she's done with her antibiotics coz that's when she'll be getting her second shot of vaccination. Then we can ask to vet about it. I hope she'll be alright :(


David Cheong said...

omg, hopefully she'll be ok..

I remember when my dog was sick, was a hard time for me too!

Simon Seow said...

Hope she get well soon.