Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I'm a Hypochondriac...For My Dog

Oh boy, oh boy!
I'm definitely feelin' like I need a vacation from my vacation.
I have worked straight through and keep getting shifts thrown at me, since we are short staffed.
It's a good thing that I have one more surprise guest post for tomorrow, and get to link up with Meg today!
If you will just please forgive me for being behind on emails and comments, I will be a happy girl.
 I PROMISE that you are all my top priority!

First, let me tell you that Grandma is doing GREAT!
Weiser, however, is not doing so great.  As a matter of fact- I rushed him to the Pet ER last night. I MIGHT have been overreacting, but he was having very shallow breathing and at times, seemed to have labored breathing, and had some nonsense going on in his rectal region. I fed him some rice, made sure he was eating and drinking, and watched him for awhile. His state didn't seem to change, so off we went.

Y'all- I cried at the vet.
They must have thought I was crazy, because by the time we got there, he was having NO issues.  They said he was stable, no fever, prostate was fine, and short of running complete diagnostics- they thought I should take him home and monitor him. I wanted them to do the tests, but at the same time, knew that doing all that at the Pet ER would be my whole paycheck.  I decided to take their advice and take him home.
At 2AM. Way past our bed time.

I know that he is acting different, but it could be allergies, anxiety, or any number of things.  Plus, I'm beginning to think that I am becoming a hypochondriac for my dog.  I keep thinking that because Will isn't home- something bad is going to happen.  I even told Will that I was afraid a raw spot on his foot was going to get infected and what if they had to amputate...Yes, I know this is worst case scenario, but that is how my mind is working right now.  To this he responded, "If he becomes an amputee, he's getting a peg leg- just so you know."

If I'm this worried about a dog, I think a kid will make me worry into an early grave.  I even told Will that if Weiser doesn't make it through this deployment- we aren't having kids.  I need to keep him alive and WELL, before I would even consider taking the life of a child into my hands.....

Alright, before I get too worked up, let's move on!

Sometimes: I overreact.
Always: I'd rather be safe than sorry.

Sometimes: I swear that I know that dogs can take care of themselves, and there is no need to rush them to the ER.
Always: When they look or act sick, it hurts my heart and I give in.

Sometimes: I think that it is too stressful taking care of Weiser (my first and only real pet) by myself.
Always: When I look into his eyes, I can't imagine my life without him.

Sometimes: I can't reach Will in times like these, and that makes me even more stressed.
Always: I know that he would give anything to be here, so I try to put my big girl pants on and do what I can.

Sometimes: I cry like a baby.
Always: Crying it out, is better than holding it in.

{He and Will, are my world}

OK, that is enough of that pity party.
If any of you have had similar issues with your dog- I will take any and all advice.
I have the day off, so I will be monitoring him all day and trying to recoup some rest myself.
Just so you know- if you read this pile of sadness- you are my new best friend.
In fact- after all your kind words about grandma yesterday, you are all ALREADY my best friends.


Jenn said...

Awww, I feel like I over-react with my dog sometimes too. I think it's sometimes harder with animals cuz you cant ask them whats wrong, you know? I think it's good you took him to the ER, at least you know he was stable then. Just keep an eye on him. He might be having trouble adjusting to any number of things and just be a little "off"....that happens to my dog too especially if I've been away for a bit.
Hang in there!!

Meghan @ More from Meg said...

I completely over-react with my dog! She is like my only child, so you can't help but get worked up! :)

Kimberly said...

I'm a crier too! It's okay.. sometimes we just need to let it out. And I swear I feel better after a good cry and a hot shower!

Kathryn said...

Awww! It will be ok, I promise. And I'm sure you will be a great mother! It's difficult with kids, and trust me I have over reacted with the kids and taken them to the doc, I think she thinks I'm crazy by now, but like you said, better to be safe than sorry.
Enjoy your day today and try to relax. Everything will be good!!!

Pamela said...

AW! Bless your heart!! I am the same way!! Our dogs are our babies!

MessyDirtyHair said...

awe this is so sweet! im the same way with my animals. i just love them so much! im glad your grandma is doing better!

im having a giveaway, you should check it out!

xo Kelly


Harlem Green said...

I am the same way... haha.. I am the biggest baby when it comes to my animal. We do not have children they are it!! Im right there with you.

Nikskie said...

i never have a dog, so i don't know how that feels. but i love my books, and it hurts me if someone doesn't take care of books. haha. i think i'm crazier than you

Sarah @ 90 Percent Blonde... said...

I completely over-react with my girls! They are like my kids and I want to keep them around forever so I'm always on high alert lol

Tabitha Mahoney said...

I hope he's feeling better, I can't imagine how parents do it either, way too much stress.


lori said...

i am so sorry that you're pup isn't feeling well. i am the same way about overreacting... we don't even have a dog. but if anything is wrong with my kitty, i know it. i think this is what will make us good parents ;)

Lesley @ my lively mind said...

I don't think you're overreacting. You would do the same with a child, so why not a dog. I can understand though about Will being gone and you thinking something may happen to Wieser. Maybe Wieser is just sad or something. Keep us updated!

Nikki said...

I hope Weiser starts feeling better! When we first got our dog I was a nervous wreck and was always worried that something was wrong with her (which there was not). Dogs are family so there is no such thing as over acting :)

Bonnie said...

I was the exact same way with my cat! It was almost obsessive of me. I couldn't help it.

Twitter: @GlamKitten88

TIffany Gabriel said...

I'm so glad to hear your grandma is doing better, what a sign of relief. Sorry to hear abt weiser but I am glad nothing major seems to be going on. Better be safe than not by taking him in to the ER. I would have done the same, you just never know.

Makin Memories Of Us said...

Coming over from Mama's Desires and Pacifiers. Love your blog! And I'm the same way with my dog. I don't have babies either, yet, so until then, he's for sure my baby! :)

Randi said...

you and I are on the same page with our fur-babies! :)


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