Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Should I stay or should I go? I don't know...

Today was such a good day with Sammy. He seems like his normal self but the problem with that is...he is not a good listener. He wants to jump and go up and down the stairs. Does not want to stay in his little home and his look, like we hate him, just breaks my heart. I am kind of irritated because I feel like I am the one that had to figure out how to treat him. Is that not what I pay the vet for? Why would he not figure out that the anti inflammatories would help? I mean I do not know yet if this is going to be the entire answer to our problem but right now it is looking promising. The only problem now is Sammy has figured out that we are giving him pills in his favorite food...cheese and therefore does not want it. This now forces me to do it the hard way and basically force it in his mouth. Sometimes he is good at hiding it in his cheeks and then casually shaking his head only for us to see a pill flying out...he thinks he is sneeky. Anyway, I am happy he is feeling better and lets all continue to hope it stays that way.

So I am conflicted...we have the opportunity to go with my nephews and my sis and BIL camping this weekend. They went there for Memorial weekend and loved it. This time they got upgraded to a cabin and invited us to go. I really want to go. I originally said we would go before the whole Sammy thing got bad and now my nephews are very excited. But I am worried if I go. We would take Sammy to his moms. He would get much love and care there. The only thing I would worry about there is she has a puppy, a Pomeranian, and he is hyper crazy and I worry if that would get Sammy all hyped up. If he continues like he is, doing well then I really want to still go. If he is bad then for sure I would not go but I worry if I go...what if something bad happens? Am I horrible for wanting to go and leaving him? We so need to get away even it is camping...which I am not a big fan of but since it is in a cabin that does make it better. We have not done anything since we went to Florida almost now 2 years ago. We really need to go and have fun...but I worry about MY baby...I do not want anything to happen to Sammy. As of right now I would have to say I honestly think he will be ok...but I don't know...

I guess I will have to make a judgment tomorrow. We will be leaving on Friday and coming back Sunday. We will be about 3 hrs away so I guess IF we do decide to go then IF something bad were to happen then I could be home soon...ugh I do not know what to do...

10 comments:

Another Dreamer said...

I have no advice, it is such a hard decision. Lots of (*hugs*) on whatever you decide.

Demara said...

wow why does this opportunity have to present itself at this time??? ugh is right!!

I really hope Sammy is all better now...but I think while he's still on drugs I wouldn't go!

jill said...

My dog does the same thing! He figured out that I was putting the pill in a treat and would automatically spit out the treat (and pill). He'll eat the treat if he mushes it and doesn't feel anything weird in it. Crazy dogs :)

I have to give him pills by putting it way back in his throat, closing his mouth, and stroking his neck lightly until he licks his nose. I make him sit first and then straddle his back so I'm looking over the top of his head. If you don't do that, try it - it might be easier.

I think you should definitely go camping! Sammy will be in good hands (as you said) and you can always come home if anything goes wrong. Can you leave him with the crate so that if he gets too excited they could put him in there to chill out for a bit? Or maybe they could put him in a separate room (even a bathroom) to calm down if needed.

Good luck with whatever you decide! I know how it is to love a pet as your child. (I once cancelled a business trip because my dog was sick... talk about a seemingly lame excuse! hehe)

strongblonde said...

you are not horrible at all for whating to go.... :) i only have a cat and they are totally different, so i have no idea what to tell you. just know that whatever you decide: it's the right choice for you. seriously!! :)

xoxo

Barb said...

You are a good Mama. :)

Can you take him with you?

Eskimo_Kisses_4_U said...

You are a great mom to him! Don't doubt yourself.

As for giving him pills, there are a few tricks. One would be to switch up the food with his pill. Cheese one time, some sort of meat another time, and peanut butter. I was leary on the peanut butter, but the vet assured me that it would be ok for my dog. Don't give him peanut butter if you are unsure of him having an allergy, but most dogs we deal with don't have peanut allergies so we use it if we absolutely have to.

Also, try putting regular butter on it, sticking it in the back of Sammy's throat and stroke the neck until he licks his nose. The butter makes it hard for him to spit it out if it's already in the back of the throat. I usually chase it down with a piece of chicken or something of the sort...

Good luck and I hope you are able to go on your trip and that Sammy is on the road to recovery!

Bluebird said...

I'm trying to put myself in your shoes, and I really don't know what I would do!! The good thing would be, you really wouldn't be that far away if you ended up having to come home for some reason. . . ugh!

Michele said...

I have no idea what I would do. I'd take him with me, I think.

Kahla said...

Ugh, that's a tough one! Our Molly is like a baby to us and we always have a hard time in situations like this!

battynurse said...

No you are not horrible for wanting to go. I understand the feeling like it's a tough decision though. Whatever you decide I hope it goes well. I'm glad he's doing a bit better too. As far as the pills have you tried wrapping them in meat slices? My dog did awesome with pills that I wrapped in those really thin meat slices but then she swallowed it so quickly that I don't think she ever had to taste the pills. She would come running when I got the pill cutter out to half the tablet, she loved medicine time.