The latest on our beloved Hazel.

“Quick decisions are unsafe decisions.”

So said Sophocles. But too slow a decision, or no decision is, of course, a decision in its own right.
Last Tuesday in my update on Hazel Of art, and science I wrote:

It seemed to make sense that until we had confirmation of whether or not Hazel had a lung fungal infection, for which taking Fluconazole would be an excellent course of action, we should pause in her dose until the results were in.

At 08:45 this morning we had to take Brandy in to Lincoln Road Clinic for his neutering operation (that we heard a short time ago has gone well with no complications – he will be collected in about an hour). Dr. Codd asked after Hazel and we said that she was brighter but still not eating sufficient for her to be taking her medications.

Dr. Codd then made the eminently sensible observation that by not having Hazel on her meds we were, of course, letting the fungal infection continue its damage.

In response to the query as to why a fungal infection from either Mexico or Arizona had taken so long to appear, Dr. Codd added more sense to the situation. Namely, that there was evidence that fungal infections can lay dormat for quite long periods of time. Possibly in Hazel’s case the trigger for the infection becoming active was the additional stress on Hazel’s body systems from her recently contracting an Ehrlichia Infection from a local tick.

The final element for the argument of not delaying any longer Hazel’s healing medications was that the titre results would only be a result of one particular ‘brand’ of fungal infection. Dr. Codd said that it may well have been one of many other fungal infections that took hold of Hazel’s lungs.

So the decision was made to try Hazel on an oral anti-nausea med that would be much easier to administer. It is Ondansetron Orally. Also to cut down the dosage of the Fluconazole so that it doesn’t dampen Hazel’s appetite for food, a known side effect of Fluconazole, in quite such a dramatic fashion. (Note: Fluconazole is the least appetite suppressant compared to alternatives.)

So there we are.

We hang on to the fact that Hazel is still with us and coping with what is ailing her, albeit with a heightened stomach sensitivity that is complicating eating. Time is on our side.

A thousand thanks to all of you that have shown so much love and concern for our dear hazel.

Dear people, I must add this:
CAUTION: The following is offered by way of information reaching out to other loving dog owners. Please do not assume I have any specialist veterinarian knowledge and please do not take the following as a replacement for seeing your own vet.

Finally, Mike Shannon is my guest blogger with a lovely post for Earth Day 2016 that will be published in a little under 10 hours time. That is why this post has been published now.

17 thoughts on “The latest on our beloved Hazel.

  1. So glad she is in such kind and capable hands Paul! In my experience, once they start eating again, their energy and spirits come back quickly. One step at a time.
    Sending a hug to you all and tender Brandy.


  2. Thanks for the update Paul, Hazel seems to be holding her own. Healing prayers coming your way for a complete recovery for dear Hazel; she is a battler and hopefully she will get there.


    1. Back home a couple of hours with a sore and tired Brandy. Jean has coaxed a handful of food into Hazle after the anti-nausea pill. Then we, sorry Jean, got both a Doxy and half a tablet of Fluconazole into Hazle. Dr. Russ is on the phone to Jean checking on progress at this moment.

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  3. Still praying for Hazel. She needs some B12 injections if your vet has not done that yet. B12 stimulates the appetite. And please consider giving her some hemp oil (CBD). I have used it on pets that would not eat due to meds and or illness. I am not trying to promote anything. When push comes to shove and her need for food is on the line she needs some extra help. Mirtazapine works for some animals but if they are very sick and are on meds that diminishes the appetite, other treatment modalities can buy you time so that your dog can have the advantage of getting the needed meds into her system and keep her body from getting weaker.

    Sending healing thoughts and prayers Hazel’s way.


      1. Yes, indeed. I hope your vet is open minded. My dog Sally had two ilnnesses at once and I used Hemp and B12 to get her to eat. It does not hurt the dog and they begin to feel better and have more strength to fight whatever is making them sick.


      2. As it turned out, Jim did ring us last night and I read out your advice. Jim was very interested and would look into dosage guidance. Do you have dosage parameters for dogs? I’m trying to remember what Hazel weighed the last time we were at the clinic; think she was 44 lbs.

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      3. I clicked on just one site by going to Google. The site is listed below. I get the hemp from my daughter (She ships to California, Alabama, Florida, the Carolinas, etc. sells it from her web site) If you can not find it let me know and I will give you her web site. She ships all over but I am almost positive that some vet in Oregon sells it. I have included one web site for you to look at. The hemp dose I give is .5ml (1/2 ccc) for my dog. He is about 40 lbs but I give him more sometimes when he is in more pain. You can give with a dropper at first if she is not eating. It does not taste bad and some pets like the taste. I started my dog on it by adding hemp to a small can of tasty cat food. (.5ml for 44 lb dog or a bit more.

        B12 injectable is very easy to give subcu and even you can give it. Ask your vet to order a bottle for you.

        B12 (1000 mcg bottle) .5ml-.6 to .7ml. Overdosing is not a concern since the body excretes what is not used. My email address is Feel free to email me if you like.

        The CBD for Dogs formula has been developed by veterinarians and is designed with the health of our furry friends in mind. It’s the only legal pet product with CBD and is completely cruelty-free too! No animals have been harmed by any testing during the development of CBD for Dogs, so your pets can enjoy it with no guilt!

        Numerous studies have found cannabinoids and particularly CBD to have antitumor effects and anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, CBD has been shown to regulate and stimulate appetite, modulate pain and improve the overall vitality and health of animals.


  4. Paul and Jean I know Hazel is in the best of hands.. and is getting the best of care possible.. Sending my love and I hope this new method helps her keep her meds down..
    Love and Hugs for a wonderful weekend.. Take care. Sue


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