Thursday, September 20, 2007

Injections and Steak

I went for my second round of antibiotic injection again, got poked with needles twice and poked by the thermometer up where the sun doesn't shine. My fever is down, the breathing is a little better, but the vet said don't be too happy as it's still very bad.

Ideally, he would have preferred to draw out some samples from my lungs and test to see what kind of bacteria is attacking me so that he can prescribe the most effective antibiotics. But to do that I will have to be anaesthetized, and the vet says it's very risky for me if I do that right now, and I may not be able to survive that given my condition.

Here's a clip just to show how badly I usually pant now. I'm panting like that even though I'm not even exercising, and you can hear my heavy breathing.

So, the only thing they can do now for me is antibiotics and hope for the best. I have to come back to the vet everyday for injections for a week.

My M asked if the condition is really, really bad, how long more will I have and the vet says that dogs who are badly will usually go in a week. So if I survive this week of injections, there's hope for me. He also said to make sure that I eat.

So in a bid to make me eat, my M went to the supermarket just now and got me more steak! So for dinner tonight, I had pan fried steak and chicken with vegetables, mixed with yoghurt and fried egg. And in order not to disappoint her, I finished up all the steak. But I did leave behind some chicken and vegetables. My appetite is really not that good nowadays.


Oh, and my M's mum and colleague saw me today and they said I've lost weight. I think never has my M been so distressed that I lost weight, after all the effort she put in trying to put me on a diet. I'm now 23kg, down from 25kg. Even my skull has sunken.


See where the 2 arrows is? It never used to be so sunken. My M nows want me to put on weight again. Talk about contradiction! You can never seem to satisfy her!

Oh, and the vet said that I should be kept warm, better not sleep in air-conditioned room, so I guess tonight I'll have to sleep outside my M and MM's room. And to make sure that I can rest fully, they have sent Helios away to stay with Scuba for the time being so that he won't disturb me resting. So I'm kinda back into a one dog household.... for now.

So pray that this household will be back to a 2 dog household for a few more years to come.


Maggie & Mitch said...

Steak is good, Herbie! Eat up! We want you to stay strong so that you can run with Helios soon! Get lots of rest and plenty to eat, okay!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

your blog fan said...

poor herbie!
stay strong~

Lorenza said...

Hi, Herbie
I have my paws crossed for you! I am sure the meds will help you! Don't skip your meals, you need them!
Have a nice day

Arabella said...

don't worry about your injections - after all those needles they stuck in you, you are a pro. my grandpa had the same kind of infection - his human doctors tell him to keep breathing and keep eating. you do that too.

Sitka and Tia's BLAWG! said...

Oh Herbie and Mom...

Keep positive thoughts. We will continue to send them to both of you and will keep our paws crossed. Stay positive!


Anonymous said...

Get well soon, Herbie! Will be praying for his recovery.

Penny & Poppy said...

Herbie, please stay strong and get well VERY soon. We will be praying for your QUICK recovery!

Penny & Poppy (2 Aire-girls in the USA)

Charlie Kelley-Church said...

Opie sent me here! Stay strong Herbie! Mom and I will keep you in our prayers. Eating steak is good! I wish my mom gave me steak every meal.


Lacy said...

woofies herbie, u r breathing is sooo heavy...cant the vet give u octigin to help u wiff ur breathing, i saw it on er vets they can do that...and when my mama was in hospital in june she had to do the octigin thingy too..keep fighting herbie, u got a lot of prayers wishing u a speedy recovery..and u gotta eat to keep ur strength up...

;) lacylulu

Charlie said...

Oh Herbie! Rest and eat steak and hopefully that medicine will help your body shake off the nasty bugs. We're pulling for you!!
- Charlie

Randi said...

Herbie! You must get better!! Eat more steak, grab some blankets, get lots of rest! All of us at DWB are pulling for you & we all have our paws crossed & are saying our prayers for your speedy recovery! We love you Herbie! Now go eat some more steak!
Love & Licks & Snuggly Hugs just for Herbie!

Freda said...

Hey Herbies,

Don't bark like that. You're makin' me skardys. You need to get reeeallys strong and well and stay with us a long long times.
Crossed paws and ruffs.


Freda Ƨ

HHHHarry said...

I've got my paws crossed for you, and my mum is sending healing thoughts (that worked for me when I was sick)

Turbo the Sibe said...

I'm thinking of woo!

Shannon said...

Hey Herbie and M,
I'm following Herbie's sad story with hope for you guys that Herbie will pull through. Sending strength and positive healing wishes your way.

The Brat Pack said...

Dear Herbie,

We're rooting for you, we just know you're going to be ok. Hugs to all of you.

The Brat Pack & Maryann

Anonymous said...

Ohh Herbie....

I know Singapore is kind of warm may be M would like to consider putting a T-shirt over you to keep your chest warmer ??? May be aromatheraphy would help to ease your breathing a little ???

Herbie's M,

Stay strong. Don't kick yourself. You know you have done your best and always wanted nothing but the best for Herbie.

stripe said...

stripe beagle & her pup from malaysia praying for your speedy recovery, herbie!

Snowball said...


I am sorry to hear that you are sick. Lung infection is no joke. Can you ask your M to put some rice vinegar in the burner and burn in for 10 mins twice a day to keep the air around you as clean as possible? This method works to kill bacterials in the air.

Hope to hear good news from you soon.


Girl Girl Hamster said...

I'm keeping my paws crossed for you that you'll eat well and stay strong. And you'll get better so Helios can come back play with you again

~ Girl girl

Alex the crazy golden said...

Hello Herbie

I've been praying for you since I read about you. Will continue to pray hard for you. Eat the steak. They're good for you. I have a golden named Alex. He sends his love too! Get well soon.

Eddie N Peaches said...

Hang in there, Herbie! Be a trooper. We need you here on the DWB circuit!
Big Pooches Smooches,
Eddie, Peaches & Bella

Anonymous said...

Hi Herbie,

Yes, eat up and u will get well very very soon. Tell your M get u a Hepa air purifier as it help to cleanse the air...Maybe your M would like to check with the vet about Laryngeal paralysis at the next visit?
Will be praying for your speedo recovery!

Amber-Mae said...

Good thing that you are still eating... Most of us usually leave the veggies behind. You are panting real heavily in that video. I can see that you are a strong boy Herbie, your eyes are still bright & it's not time for you to go now. You are still considered young & should be living for another good 7 years. I sure hope the medication will help. Please get well soon!

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Natasha Fernz said...


Get well soon, ya? We'll be praying for you.

Big hug and lots of kisses
Cleo & Lucky

Sunshade said...

Ohhh Herbie.... it must be tough to be breathing like that... SIGH.. I hope you will be strong and get better soon!! Helios needs his big brother to learn from, and your mom needs you and WE NEED YOU!!

So please please be strong okay?

Love nibbles,
Miss Sunshade

T-man said...

Poor Herbie!! You let your mom help keep you comfortable and heal up the best you can. Take care of yourself. We'll be thinking of you.

T-man & CC-man

triple B's said...

Oh Herbie, We do wish the best for you. Rest, eat your food, get better. We want to hear good things about you and from you for a long time to come.

Joanne said...

Herbie! We are sending you all our prayers and blessings, and keeping all our fingers and toes and eyes and paws crossed for you. Hang in there, dear friend! - Reby, Pebbles and Casper

Asta said...

I'm pwaying fow you..pleez eat the steak and get stwongew! I'm just suwe the meds will help,also being in wawmth..I'm thinking of you and sending healing smoochie kisses