Maxi on the mend

Maxi recovering on her bed
Maxi recovering on her bed
After spending two nights in hospital Maxi is now at home with us, she seems quite bright and her appetite has returned. Although the initial diagnosis was unclear, a second ultrasound revealed that Maxi does indeed have pancreatitis. It is worrying, but at least we know what it is and how to look after her, it also makes me feel better knowing that she hasn’t eaten something she shouldn’t. Maxi has a pain patch to make her comfortable and is only allowed bland, low fat food in small batches for the next few days and for the long term she will remain on a low fat diet. Bundy will be eating similar food, he has a tendency to be a chunky dog and being 7 he is more at risk of developing pancreatitis as he gets older. Most of the time our dogs get fed healthy meals of lean mince and dry biscuits but we have indulged them a litte with juicy treats on occasion, no more of that and it probably wouldn’t hurt us to reduce our intake of fatty foods as well πŸ™‚

Thank you so much for all the good wishes and virtual hugs, it means alot to me and if Maxi could read I know she would be really chuffed.

Maxi waiting patiently for breakfast.
Maxi waiting patiently for breakfast.

As you can see Bundy is really excited to have Maxi at home
As you can see Bundy is really excited to have Maxi at home


18 thoughts on “Maxi on the mend

  1. Lyn April 21, 2014 / 10:45 am

    Beautiful Maxi, keep on getting better

  2. This Sydney Life April 21, 2014 / 11:44 am

    Lovely Maxi (and Bundy, too!). So glad you are home safe and sound. Bella changed to the B.A.R.F. diet 3 years ago and had more energy overnight. Something to consider?

    • twoblackdoggies April 21, 2014 / 1:09 pm

      Everyone is much happier today πŸ™‚
      Will look into the B.A.R.F diet, doesn’t hurt to explore alternatives. Thanks TSL and Bella.

  3. fredrieka April 21, 2014 / 8:46 pm

    poor baby take care of yourself.

    • twoblackdoggies April 22, 2014 / 9:58 am

      Thank you, she is doing well at home and has even found the energy and motivation to bark at some birds so we’re very happy πŸ™‚

    • twoblackdoggies April 23, 2014 / 9:48 am

      Me too! It is such a relief. She’s not terribly happy with her new diet though, will have to do some research and experiment a little πŸ™‚

  4. Misaki April 23, 2014 / 7:07 am

    Sorry I missed the drama, hope Maxi is feeling better. Sending loads of hugs to you xxx

    • twoblackdoggies April 23, 2014 / 9:49 am

      Thank you Misaki, Maxi is feeling much better and we love all the hugs πŸ™‚

  5. George Weaver April 23, 2014 / 12:58 pm

    Lordy, I was afraid to visit. I thought about Maxi for two days before I got the courage to come here. I just knew she was in pain and I was afraid it was something worse than pancreatitis. My dogs have had attacks of that, and always recover completely, so I know Maxi will be fine! Thank goodness! She looks so very sweet and happy. I love the one of her stretching. What a love she is, Sam. This news makes me very happy, and I know exactly how happy you are to have her back home. My Anabelle is thirteen too. Maxi will get used to the low fat food. She should be on a senior diet anyway. Hugs for Maxi and you too! πŸ™‚

    • twoblackdoggies April 24, 2014 / 8:47 am

      You are so sweet George, thank you so much for your concern. It was a worry when they still couldn’t give us a diagnosis after 24 hours, but a second ultra sound made all the difference. She is such a sweet dog and seems very happy to be home where she can bark at birds and curl up on her own bed πŸ™‚

  6. kareninhonolulu April 24, 2014 / 5:25 am

    Where would we be, what would our lives amount to, how can our hearts beat without our four legged friends? Good to have Maxi on the mend. She really does not look that fat. Hmm now I will have to worry about Mad Max. He is getting chunky in his later years.

    • twoblackdoggies April 24, 2014 / 8:51 am

      It is wonderful to have her home and doing well. I’d be lost without our doggies, they really provide us with so much love and companionship, not to mention they’re great therapy when you’re feeling down. Maxi is far from being overweight but we have spoiled them with extra treats especially when she gets a little fussy with her food. There will be no more of that though and we’ll also be lowering Bundy’s intake as well, being a staffordshire bull terrier he has a tendency to go barrel shaped quite quickly.

  7. Jackie Cangro April 26, 2014 / 10:15 pm

    So glad to hear Maxi is on the mend. It’s so hard when our pets are sick. They can’t tell us where it hurts or if they ate something they weren’t supposed to eat. Is pancreatitis something that will resolve itself or does Maxi have to be on special medications?

    • twoblackdoggies April 27, 2014 / 4:51 pm

      Thank you Jackie, it is hard when they’re sick and you don’t know how to help them. Pancreatitis means that Maxi will forever be on a low fat diet because it can recur and can be fatal if severe and not treated quickly. Thankfully Maxi’s ‘attack’ was relatively mild and it should be easy enough to manage without medication, fingers crossed πŸ™‚

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