Emeraude is feeling just a little better, just enough to eat a little and socialize. She is still tired and wobbly, but she’s glad to be home.
She even tolerates the boys’ visits without a hiss, probably because she’s not strong enough to hiss, and with her enlarged heart putting some stress on her breathing a hiss would be difficult, but we’ll take what we can get.
Even a little nose tap with Giuseppe—she actually seems to enjoy their company, and they might be more interested in trying to steal her food—safely tucked away when the door is open—but they would never be less than gentle with her. Their mama raised them right.
And I’ve always loved to watch her wash her face, so carefully, considering her shattered jaw from years ago.
Some symptoms have abated, the dark and tarry stool being one important one, which means whatever was causing some internal bleeding has stopped for now. I was most concerned her appetite was failing, and chewing and swallowing seemed to be a problem either from pain in her mouth or from trouble with breathing.
To help her with the acid reflux and general sour stomach she was experiencing I’d finally gotten a dose of famotadine or Pepcid AC into her as my veterinarian and I had discussed, though this was tricky as are pills in general with Emeraude. With the oddities of her broken jaw she is extra sensitive at foreign bodies in her mouth including food, and is expert at extricating them, so pills don’t last too long. I crushed the dose in a bit of water and syringed it into her mouth, risky as well since stressing her could put her right back into respiratory distress, and she could easily aspirate the liquid. She did crouch on the floor and just focus on breathing after the tiny dose, but perked up after a minute or two for a treat. Within hours she was eating heartily and as vocal as her normal self. It’s a little return to normalcy.
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