My 15 day old pup was lethargic with no appetite and couldn’t nurse. We rushed her to the vet. According to her, my pup Elsa had fever. She advised a CBC to be done, but I refused since I knew the major problem was no appetite to eat as well as being lethargic. So there was no laboratory investigation done.
She ordered IV medication for fever and I agreed. She prepared the drug. I asked and checked what she was preparing and she said "dexamethasone.” I asked her if this med was used for fever for dogs and she said yes.
I am a nurse, so that's why I was amazed about its action in animals. So I allowed her to give the medication. When I reached home I started to check the internet and whether it was indicated for pups. I was really surprised that this drug must be given to those severe cases, not with just simply those with fever and lethargy.
I am feeding her every two hours manually, without sleep 24/7. I love Elsa so much and that's why I can bear to sacrifice, but the outcome of medication is the worst. After a day, Elsa's condition became worse. She refused food and is now gasping for breath and disoriented. She had no facial expression anymore and I guess was comatose without muscle tone. The worst thing is she's refusing milk already. That's what I'm worried about. Maybe she will die before the dawn.
I am telling her to give me sign if she will survive by raising her head and she repeatedly did. I was in tears and praying to St. Francis of Assisi for his mercy. But just today at midnight I decide to give her to 2.5 ml milk due to her condition (gasping for breath) which will interfere with her breathing pattern. I am still hoping for a miracle to happen.