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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Betty has the Blues

Betty hasn't been feeling well. 

She is suffering from 
Potassium Bromide Toxicity again. 
The signs started showing around Tuesday and were undeniable by Friday morning.

Her vet has been trying to slowly reduce the amount of PB she takes to a more appropriate level for her size. When we adopted her, she was on 500mg. A dog her size is only supposed to be on appx. 250mg. Before she got sick with PB Toxicity this 2nd time, she was down to 400mg, but it was still too much.

Friday afternoon Dr. Stephens reduced her PB in half. He also considered flushing her system with saline solution, but since she was still able to walk and function normally he decided against it. 

Friday night was the first night Betty didn't get her PB pill. I must admit I was so anxious that without it, she would have a seizure. But she did just fine through the night. 

Today she is already showing some signs of improvement. But she's still not feeling very well. 
Nurse Stella has been by her side making sure she's comfortable while I'm working in the office.

I realize it might be tempting to send a care package, but the fat little ones are still following their diet. No foodables allowed. Unless it's a box of Sees candy for the management...



Stubby said...

Hi Shannon! I'm so sorry to hear that Betty isn't feeling good. I know Stella is a good nurse and that Betty is in good hands. I'm sending healing vibes because that's all I can send since Uncle Sam took all my treat money.

Stubby xoxo

Benny and Lily said...

Oh poor Betty
We are keeping all our paws crossed for you. Now we know why mom had to stay home with you
Benny & Lily

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Shanon
We hope Betty gets to feeling better soon.
We will cross our paws for her so that she gets better and so the doctor and nurse Stella know what to do for her.
Its no fun to be sicky. And it scares our pawrents.
Nitey nite

Those Elgin Pugs said...

Oh Shannon ~

Poor Betty. We all send well wishes and hope she will be back to herself in no times. Maybe a great big....pffttt...poof...will help hers to feels better. Stella also looks like she is being a great caregiver too. When anyone is sick in this house...Anakin is our nurse man.
big hugs,
Josie, Izzy, Anakin

the booker man said...

i'm so sorry miss betty has the sickies. :( please get better soon, miss betty, and nurse stella, keep takin' good care of your sister!!
the booker man

Salinger The Pug said...

Aw man...poor Betty!!!

Does this reduction in meds by chance cause a reduction in her toxic gas? I'm just looking for a bright spot in this!

Give her some snuggles and kisses on her adorable smushed face from us.

S-Dog and Laura

Yoda & Brutus said...

Poor Betty :( Hope she feels better soon! I am sure Stella is being a good nurse.

I caught Yoda & Brutus trying to sneak into the food cupboard and they already had a box half full of treats to send - luckily I caught them in time :)

Pugs & Kisses,

Cindy (Yoda & Brutus)

Lola said...

Oh, I'm so very sorry to learn about this. I never even heard Potassium Bromide Toxicity before but it sounds bad. I'm so glad that she's improving. If Stella would like to borrow my nurse's cap I'd be happy to share.

wags, licks and healing thoughts,


Winston (smilingpug) said...

oh dear poor Betty. Get better quick. On another note.... OMG email me your address. I have something to send you along the line of Sees but only better!
Our email addy is on our blog.

BRUTUS said...

So sorry to hear... All paws and fingers crossed for you here! Poor Betty... But with my Stella as her nurse, I'm sure she'll come through with flying colors. Keep your chin up Betty, we're rooting for ya!!

Michelle & Brutus

dw said...

Awww, Nurse Stella is doing a great job of keeping an eye on Betty. I'm hoping she's feeling better real soon!

Ms. ~K said...

Oh Sweet Betty, Please continue to improve...I've missed being able to check on y'all while I was hospital!
Hugs and belly rubss,

Freya's Human said...

Poor Betty, I hope she starts to feel better soon! *Sending healing vibes*


Freya and hooman

Wilma said...

Betty dear,
Please feel better soon. I need all my bloggy friends to be on top of their games. I get way too nervous otherwise. We will be sending helaing vibes your way


Aaaah, poor Betty! Sounds like she needs some prayers. We will say some for her right now!

Riley and Star.

Hank said...

Shannon, honey....that's too bad about Betty. Looks like Stella's got it under control, though.

I'll be sure tuh keep an eye on the foodables around here. It'd be just like O'Mally tuh ship 'em out to ya. (She don't listen very good.)

Hugs -


Melissa and Emmitt said...

emmitt and i are sending lots of love to miss betty!
she is a lucky girl to have all of you.
stella is a wonderful nurse!
we are always here if you need anything at all!
m & e

Mango said...

I will send my Mango vibes which are better than foodables any day. Poor Miss Betty. Please feel better.


Frankie Furter said...

Betty I have my Paws Crossed for you. I hope you feel better very much quick. I know that you have a wonderful nurse looking after you.

Diane said...

I'm so terribly sorry to hear about Betty. Looks like she couldn't be in better hands. Sister Stella is taking very good care of her. At least you're seeing improvement & that is wonderful! I am keeping my fingers crossed she will be good as new very soon!
Big hugs to all.....Diane

Mary at Marby Bulldogs said...

((((hugs to Betty)))) we are sending BIG bully wishes that you are better very, very soon!

Mary and the bullies

Ike said...

Aw that sucks! You've probably already tried this (or are currently doing it) but if not, has your vet tried using potassium bromide and phenobarbital at the same time?

The Two Country Poodles said...

Oh my dog...We are so sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. We will puppy pray that you get better!

Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo & Bobo & Uncle Puppy by proxy

Sequoia & Petunia said...

Betty we hope you feel better super soon! We love our farty friend! And Stella is doing a great job nursing you back to health.

Stella, Gunther and Betty said...

Thanks everyone! Betty is feeling a little better. Not 100% but she's definitely on her way.

Heya Ike! Betty is currently on potassium bromide and phenobarbital. She's also on Keppra so we can get her off the Potassium bromide altogether since she has a sensitivity to it. The vet thinks she's just been given too much and it turns toxic to her system.

Frenchie kisses to all! (Don't worry, Betty hasn't recycled any poop today...)

Tucker said...

Poor Betty. I hope she feels better soon. Maybe ice cream would make her feel better.

woof - Tucker

Lilo, The Great Rock Eater said...

Poor Betty!! We do hope you feel better soon!!! We'll be thinking about you!!!



Dip-Dip and The Bridge said...

Oh Betty, poor little love. We hope you are feeling much better very soon.
Glad your mum and Stella are there to take good care of you.
Dip Bridge and Elliot xx

agent99 said...

Oh Thank God your feeling better, Betty. Dontch know there's a GAS crisis in this country?!
Good think Stella was there to help,

Gen & the Foo

Tammy said...

Our thoughts are with your little sweetheart.

GAIL said...

Oh poor Betty ( and you Shannon). Stella, you be sure to take good care of her. We are sending positive healing thoughts your way!cocia

Anonymous said...

Oh, poor Betty! On the other hand, not only does she have nurse Stella's care, I am certain she couldn't have better care overall. I hope she gets well again, soon and please let Gunther know if he's needed. His sister is far more important than any date night.
Get well, my furiend!

Pearl said...


I am going to need an update ASAP! How are you feeling today?!?!

I know you are in good hands, sweet girl. Feel better.