Wednesday, September 14, 2011

We Won't Give Up

For those of you who have been following Samba's medical problems, you now that we've been fighting a kidney infection. She's taken three courses of antibiotics and had x-rays to look for stones or tumors. The x-rays looked really good with no sign of irregularities.

Last Wednesday she finished her third antibiotics, so Monday morning I took another urine sample to Dr B for analysis. I waited patiently hoping there would be no blood left in her urine. When Dr B came to talk to me I was disappointed again. He says we're moving in the right direction, but there is still a trace of blood.

This time we're trying a different course of action. On Friday I'll be dropping her Prednisone which may help. She's also taking both blueberry capsules and cranberry capsules daily and she's taking little white pills to try to increase the acidity of her urine. We're hoping that this combination will help her body to fight off the remaining infection.



These are the pills that Samba takes daily. She takes five of the little white ones three times a day. The others are for her MMM and her thyroid. Fortunately Samba is a good pill taker. I start all my dogs as puppies learning to take medicine so that in later life they don't fight taking a pill. I simply hand Samba each of her pills and she swallows them, no meat or cheese or peanut butter. She also doesn't get a treat afterwards, just a hug.

19 comments:

SissySees said...

What a superstar - both you and Samba. Gretchen is the first dog I've had who simply refused to learn to take pills, and we started VERY early.

Both dogs get "eyeball" treats. Sissy was so freaked out when that left eye was still in place and blind... and we're suckers, too soft to try to retrain her now.

Paws crossed and Sis will sling drool that this round will do the trick and Samba will soon have purely golden urine...

ArtemisiaFSS said...

We are glad that Samba is good about taking her medicine. We are purring that she feels better soon. Healing purrs, ~AFSS

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We hope this will do the trick for Samba - she so deserves a break - and Mom too. None of us are very good about taking pills, but hiding it works for all but Phantom.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Marjie said...

Wow, what a good girl. I hope this works for the poor girl.

Maggie and Mitch said...

You're a good girl to take all of your pills without a fuss, Samba!
Mom puts mine in with my food and hides them underneath my yogurt and I crunch them up with no problems either.

Love ya lots,
Maggie

Asta said...

Samba
nevew give up
youw family and you awe fighting so hawd and I'm pwaying and cwossing my paws to make suwe you lick this disease
smoochie kisses
ASTA

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Thanks for the update on your girl--I was actually wondering about her a couple of days ago. I hope the infection is totally knocked out in the next round.

Maggie Mae said...

Good girl Samba! More boxer puppy prayers is on da way to you! :)

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Anny said...

We sure hope this round works for Samba. She will be in our thoughts and prayers. Such a good pill taker she is... and that's a lot of pills even for a human.

Dom has always been a good pill taker until recently when one pill becomes too many. He has been good again lately.. and will take his pills wrapped in a piece of bread.. :D

Chewy said...

Samba is a great dog. I always have to have a treat with medicine. I hope Samba feels better!

Chewy

Benny and Lily said...

all our paws are crossed Samba
Benny & Lily

Stella said...

Here is our big hope and prayer for Samba that she will be infection free with perfect pee very soon.

We know how much you worry about her and we think you are doing a great job caring for this problem too.

Kisses.

Stella and Jo

gMarie said...

I'm calling you the next time I get a puppy. Every single day and possibly multiple times a day. Hope we live closer in time zones.

I am so trained that when I cleaned Beau's ears the other day, he walked over and stared at the cookie tin and Would Not Leave the kitchen until he'd been given his cookie for being good. Who trained who? g

ps - I hope this combo works for Dear Samba.

Daisy Boo said...

Hope you get better real soon!

bichonpawz said...

We have never heard of anybody taking their pills like such a good dog! Good for you too mama!! We sure do hope that these pills help Samba!!! Paws crossed!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

brooke said...

Awww that's a lot of pills in one day! We're sending you all our healing thoughts!

Bocci said...

Glad to hear that Samba is almost there-hope this round makes it 100% clear! And what a good girl!

Tucker The Crestie said...

Aww, we're sorry to hear this. We're crossing paws that Samba feels better soon! And what a good girl taking all those pills with no bribes!

Nichole said...

Good luck Samba! xoxo