Excuse the lack of update post since Thursday, but if we're friends on Facebook, then you already know a lot of what we've been dealing with since then. For everyone else, here's the cliff notes...
Zeus was supposed to go in to see Dr. C on Thursday afternoon, however she noticed he was on the schedule for what I had thought were mega esophagus issues and called to have us come in earlier. She felt as though Zeus was actually vomiting all night long on Wednesday, and not regurgitating from his mega-e.
They gave my boy fluids, as well as anti-nausea and Pepcid injections. After I got him home, I went back to work for a few hours hoping he would settle down. But when I returned home, he was still dry heaving and clearly not feeling well. After calling Dr. C, she made me realize that the best place for Zeus to spend Thursday evening was at the 24/7 emergency vet where he could get fluids by IV and be monitored overnight. Much to my crazy-protective-Mama habits of never wanting my kids to be away from me (some of you may remember way back when Zeus had his TPLO surgery and we elected to bring a 130 pound groggy boy home that night), I agreed.
The staff at the 24/7 vet is wonderful as well. We had been there twice before with Lola (although not for any overnights) and already knew how much we loved them. The Dr. was wonderful with Zeus and straight away she had thought he was now coughing and not "wretching." They hooked him up to IV fluids and gave another anti-nausea injection, and the plan was for abdominal x-rays overnight if he began to vomit at all.
Dr. C thought that we'd get a good night's sleep with Zeus in good hands, but boy was she wrong - I tossed and turned all night, making for 2 sleepless nights in a row. The 24/7 called us at 7:00am Friday, as planned, and informed me that while she did not see any vomiting, he did develop quite a cough overnight. She was pretty confident he had aspiration pneumonia again and they gave him an early morning injection of antibiotics. We picked Zeus up shortly after that, and scheduled an 11:00am appointment with Dr. C for chest x-rays and further diagnosis...
Aspiration pneumonia was confirmed, but thankfully his chest x-ray did not look as bad as the first time we battled this back in August (after his vestibular disease). The reason for Wednesday's vomiting was not found in any of his blood work, which all came back normal (elevated liver levels, of course, but we've been watching those for years), and his pancreatic test was negative. Dr. C opted to start Zeus on 2 antibiotics, and back home we went.
He spent the rest of Friday resting, and ate a few very small meals (although he was clearly asking for more food). Saturday was pretty uneventful... lots of sleeping, he ate well but did have one very small regurgitation after a big drink of water. Yesterday it was rather unseasonably warm outside, so he got to spend some time lounging on the back porch. There was a lot of sleeping, but also a bit more coughing than on Saturday. I'm hoping that's just the "productive cough," as Dr. C calls it, getting all the junk out of his lungs.
This morning he was coughing, and he did spit up a few kibbles overnight. I'm hoping that was just a little regurgitation and we're not slipping back to the vomiting. We're all a little tired and our wallet is pretty empty, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Please keep the good vibes coming... we could really use them right now!