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It started with a loud thunderstorm early Monday morning. I slept through it, but was told it was a loud one. Molly has been going through a bit of a fear stage and loud noises scare the heck out of her. She was alone downstairs with Winston and surely this storm scared her. Then the Memorial Day parade passed the end of our street...complete with noisy sirens and a marching band with a drum corps. She wouldn't go outside. Then there was the gun salute at the American Legion post around the corner. Ugh, my poor baby.

Then in the evening, her stomach started bugging her. She doesn't want to eat, will occasionally drink, and has low tolerance for her 4 month old brothers antics (I've broken up some potentially aggressive tussles throughout the evening). I took Winston for a walk to tire him out so he'd leave Molly alone so she could rest. She vomited once that I saw, not much in it...just yellowish and she ate it. If she vomited more, I haven't found it, but she is always quick to hide the evidence. She's eaten nothing out of the ordinary and I don't believe she got into anything. She did eat a bunch of dog treats at grandma's on Sunday, but other than that, nothing out of the ordinary. I'm stumped. Winston has a vet appointment for shots Tuesday morning. I'm going to see if they'll take Molly instead, or at least see her at some point. I'm not one to rush to the vet for a simple belly ache, but she is so unhappy and doesn't seem to be feeling better.

Thanks for the sympathetic ear...I'll let you know how she's doing.
 

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I'm so frustrated! I called the vet to see if they could take Molly instead of Winston and they said the allotted time for Winston was 15 minutes and that's not enough to do a full assessment on Molly. They can't see her at all. They have been caring for her since I got her in September and know her (and she knows them)...I don't want to switch vets but just might have to. The dog is throwing up any food in her stomach, pacing, and doesn't want anything to do with playing. Not my Molly.
 

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The worst part is that on many occasions they've run behind and I've waited 20-30 minutes past my scheduled time with no complaints. I figure they had a patient that needed more time and if it were my dog or cat, I'd want the dr to take that time. But when I needed it, it was an issue. I do like the vet and am glad they could accommodate us. Now to make Molly well again.
 

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Molly went to the vet and had 2 xrays done on her belly. Nothing showed, thankfully, but the dr said that doesn't mean something isn't blocking her. She's on anti-nausea meds, bland Science Diet canned food, and had fluid under the skin. She needs to go back tonight if she's vomiting over the meds. Otherwise, we wait for her to feel better and hopefully she'll poop soon!

Thanks for all the well wishes...she's sleeping on her bed, and it seems her baby brother got the clue that she isn't feeling good. Little brothers can be annoying like that!
 

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Molly is about the same. She threw up a couple of times last night and we ended up at the emergency vet. More x-rays, but nothing showed except a bunch of gas. She doesn't want food, but will drink her water. She got an injection of something to calm her belly, more fluids, and an nsaid injection to ease the stomach cramping. Still lethargic and out of sorts. She doesn't care for the Science Diet i/d canned food, no matter what I add. The ER vet called to check on her this morning and said she may not eat yet, but I could try Gerber baby food: turkey or chicken. Off to the store to get that and hope she'll eat something.

So, still no sign of blockage, thankfully, but a very expensive case of gastroenteritis. Winston is so bored and keeps checking if Molly's ready to play, but each time he gets a stern growl and he retreats. It's been a rough 36 hours and I am hoping she'll start showing signs of improvement soon.
 

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She's perking up slowly. No vomiting since the ER visit last night (knock on wood), which is awesome. A little poop this afternoon. She's still not eating...I've tried baby food, boiled hamburger and rice (even adding some sodium free chicken broth). She nibbles the baby food and then refuses it. Perhaps it's too soon. She has been eating ice cubes and curiously poking around outside when she goes potty - even saying hi to neighbors. She even attempted to play when Winston came out with her. She wears out quickly and gets grumpy...growling at me for no reason.

My big concern at this point is that she still won't eat. I think she'll perk up more if she does. Then there's the risk of dehydration. If she is still not interested in food at breakfast, I am going to call the vet again. They've been great - getting in contact with me and guiding me on watching for signs she needs to come in.

Thanks again for your caring concern. You are all such wonderful people (and hounds!).
 

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Well, she's still not eating much. Picked at some chicken I made for her. She has an antibiotic, in case this is a viral thing, but hasn't eaten enough to take it. I called the vet and she was admitted into their hospital this morning so they can take the time to run bloodwork, x-rays, and make sure she stays stable otherwise. She's herself this morning - but she's not, if you know what I mean. I'd have just kept her here with me if she was eating more, but she's eaten very little since Monday.

Winston is confused...looking for his big sister. I was sure I was going to have the neighborhood beating my door down from all the howling and crying he was doing when I left with Molly. Her illness is hard on all of us. We lost Zoey last June and all of this is probably magnified in my mind after going through that. I fear that I am extra sensitive to any little illness that my pets have and in my mind I am kinda freaking out.

Of course, I'll keep you all posted. I just want her home with me. Hopefully she won't have to stay more than the day, but who knows.
 

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So we are all but certain what's going on with Molly. She's likely got Addison's Disease (waiting for blood test confirmation). She'll be in the hospital tonight and hopefully home tomorrow as long as she responds to the treatment like she's supposed to. The vet went over things in detail and I think I caught most of it, though my head was going a million miles an hour. They say she is sick, but not real real bad. Once they get confirmation of Addison's, they'll start treating her for it with steroids to get her where she needs to be.

We will be pursuing lifelong treatment of injections, bloodwork, prednisone, and all the other adventures that come with this disease. I am thankful it only took one Addisonian episode and 2 days to come to this conclusion. I am sad that she is struck by this at a mere 10 months of age. I am hopeful that we will be successful in controlling this and that she will have a long, happy life. We will do what she needs and do right by her.

I will do a search on the forum to see what's been said about Addison's, but anyone who has experience with this - I welcome your stories and input. Thanks again to all of you who have read and even commented on this thread of mine. Your support is more valued than you know. I'll keep you posted with updates on Molly.
 

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Molly is set to come home today! Hooraaay! She's been confirmed with Addison's, so now we learn to live with it and keep her healthy.

I went to see her last night and she was moody and felt pretty bad, but did manage to eat some boiled chicken for me....enthusiastically too. She won't eat for the vet, but I will try to work my magic with her when she gets home.

Thank you all for your well wishes and healing drool. I know I keep saying that, but the support here is so so helpful.
 

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Molly and I appreciate your information, Wworm. I was thinking of getting an engraved tag for her collar that states that she has Addison's. The vet said it's important that ER docs know her condition if she's brought in. I was also thinking the thundershirt may be a good investment for her. She's in a fear period now at almost 11 mos old and I am hoping her fear decreases with age. Otherwise, I have to learn her stress tolerance and keep her calm.

Molly thinks it's quite interesting that she and JFK have something in common - though Mommy knew that fact, as she's a historian by trade ;)

Again, thanks Wworm McFreckles!
 

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She's not 100%, but she is definitely on the upswing. Eating more, up and around a lot. Still not feeling playful, but she's thinking about it. The tail is definitely up and wagging more than it has been all week. It's a relief to see :)
 

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Thanks, Jen. My husband found that site too and I've already joined the group. Good information from those who are dealing with it too.

Molly is progressing in her recovery each day. Today she was rolling around in the yard with Winston (he's really missed playing with her), but she tires easily and naps a lot. Friday she goes to the vet to get her electrolytes tested again and to have an overall recheck. Keeping my fingers crossed that she's where she needs to be. Tomorrow we cut back the prednisone a bit, so hopefully soon her potty habits will be good again. I just had her housebroken and now the pred makes her drink more and accidents are common. Poor Molly, she tries to tell me that she has to pee, but sometimes it sneaks up on her. Such is life.
 

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Worm,

I am eating now...but I don't like the dog food. I'd much rather have the chicken Momma makes for me. I also want more cheese (she says there are pills in there, but I don't taste them). The vet said I should eat baby carrots instead of Pupperonis so I don't get fat. I'm not so sure I like this doctor, even though she made me feel better. Momma likes her though, and she pays the bill.

Momma does tell me stories about history, but I don't listen. She says I am just like her students that way. I like the JFK McFreckles idea. In fact, we may drive to Cape Cod this summer to see my aunt who lives there. Maybe I'll get to see JFK McFreckles' house! Bet he has a great lawn. Maybe after Labor Day, because then dogs are allowed in the beaches. Momma said she came up with my name while she was vacationing there last year. Something about an Irish Pub. I dunno.

My brother is being annoying because I don't want to play with him. He barks and barks at me, so I bite his ears to make him be quiet. He's getting new teeth soon, so he is always biting me and Momma. Momma said I was never this bad...that's because I am a good dog. My brother is the devil!

BTW, you are a good looking basset too!

Love,
Molly
 

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Worm,

I do love carrots now!! At first, I didn't know what to do with them. Now I know to eat them before my hungry little brother takes it. He always takes my food, so Momma feeds me separately right now. He's a pain, but Momma says he's cute. Whatever!

I also love love love ice cubes. Anytime Momma or Daddy put some in a cup, they share some with us. I also eat strawberries! Bananas too. My absolute favorite is peanut butter, but I'm not allowed to have it all the time. Bad for my figure ;) When I was in the hospital last week, Momma came to visit and brought peanut butter. I thought since she went to all that trouble, I'd eat some. She was happy! So then I ate chicken...she was even happier! Crazy things make my Momma happy. What do you expect from someone who likes my little brother? Sigh.

I have to go to the dr tomorrow. Yuck! I'll let you know how I do :)

Naptime!

Love,
Molly :)
 
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