|Look how Tucker's coat is coming in!|
After the 24 hour "Chocolate Flu" Tucker A.K.A. Mr. Chips is almost normal. Chocolate toxicity is not to ignore!
He had a rather embarrassing issue with the runs (sounds and such that he never has experienced) but that was short lived thankfully and done all outside (thank goodness!). He wanted to drink lots of water if given the chance, but I had to limit that. Since he was given fluid under the skin I knew he was well hydrated.
Feeding him at noon, as suggested by the Vet., seemed to stay down, but later in the day I tried to feed him a little cottage cheese and that didn't stay down at all. Late in the evening I tried again with some white rice cooked in diluted chicken broth and he was able to keep that down.
He woke up once in the night with the runs but by mid morning on the next day he was ravenous for his doggie food and I let him eat a light meal to test his holding it down. He was back to his normal dinner that evening. He still wants to drink a lot of water so I feel he is still trying to flush his body of the toxins. With all that water he needs to go out more too which has out in the middle of the night for a potty run.
No more cookies Tucker!
|Stewie catching some rays|
On a different note. Tucker when it comes to meals, has been less than polite. Between the food aggression and his gulping down his food I have been quite busy trying to figure out the best strategy for handling him. Yesterday I read this great tidbit that suggested using a muffin tin to put a dogs kibble in. Brilliant! Here I've been searching online for dog dishes that are for slowing a dog down with large plastic prongs that stick up so they have to eat around them to obtain their food. I had been to our local pet supply but they did not carry them.
The muffin tin works fantastic. I have a 8 cup one that I spread his food in and it takes him quite some time to eat his meal now. This wouldn't work for those poochies that don't have a snout or for big snout dogs but for Tucker and his size snout it is just the right size. He sort of makes a mess at the start but he slows down and then cleans up any kibble that has fallen on the floor. If you have a large dog you could get a larger cup size muffin tin. He is improving on the food aggression but far from over his testy attitude and demands. He has it figured out in a short time that no food will come his way if he is acting out by jumping and barking. He has to sit and be quiet. I also thought I would change up where I feed them both rather than the same place as I am accustomed to. So I've been moving Tucker's food around the kitchen so that he won't think that spot is his food spot. Yes, he was even getting testy after feeding time if Stewie went near where he had been. I also pick up doggie dishes as soon as they are done.
Have a happy weekend to all of you! It's Oscar weekend and we always have an Academy Award Party at our house.