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Thanksgiving day took a bad turn when Piper started getting very sick.  He couldn't keep anything down, and even when he didn't eat, he would vomit bile.  We were very thankful and lucky to find a somewhat local, excellent vet willing to come in and examine Piper on Thanksgiving day.  Long story short, Piper was admitted and his blood work showed extremely high liver levels.  "Off the charts" high according to the vet.  Surprisingly in his overnight stay he bounced back quite well.  By Friday he had had two injections of antibiotics and was keeping food and water down again.  He came home with a liver enzyme supplement and antibiotics to help support his liver in hopes it would recover.  We will return in two weeks for another blood draw to find out his status.  Worst case, he has liver disease and we will manage it as long as we can.  Best case would be he somehow took in a toxin and just had a bacterial or viral type infection and with time he will completely heal.  Until then, we wait and are thankful he is feeling well right now and enjoying life.

The Boys


  1. Praying for you guys.

    Leia also had to be on a liver supplement for a little while due to high enzyme levels. We tried everything to help her, but the only thing that actually did help was switching her to a raw food diet. Her liver enzymes weren't "off the chart" though.

    You can see her blood panels before and after here:

    Just a thought to try and help. :)

    1. Thank you! Anything helps! Do you feed freeze dried raw or straight up raw? I would have to educate myself as I wouldn't know how to make sure I am feeding all that is necessary at this point. I am interested though!

    2. I feed K9 Naturals, which is a frozen food. They have freeze dried also, but I prefer the frozen because it's easier to feed. It is a complete food that has everything they need, is screened multiple times for bacteria, etc. I did my research and even wrote a book about it (Not published yet. ;-) ) because I was so intent on getting the answers on raw.

      Feeding a "premade" food takes a lot of risks out of it. There's no risk of malnutrition, lower risk of bacteria, no risk of parasites, which are the three big risks with raw. You still have to handle it like you would any raw meat. (Wash your hands before and after, use stainless steel bowls and wash them after, don't let raw meat sit in the sun for days before eating it, etc.) but the benefit to the dog is well worth it.

      If you want to try "Prey Model Raw" I suggest checking out they are much better at it than I am. :)

      How is Murray doing? Any better?

  2. I am so glad that Piper is feeling better!!!! What a terrible thing to have happen on a holiday but I'm glad that a vet was there to help you. My departed dog ate poisonous mushrooms and damaged her liver. Our vet prescribed a supplement, milk thistle, to help her liver heal.

    This is my first visit. Great to meet you.

  3. Awwww. What a day you had! So glad things are moving in the right direction!

  4. Oh man, we hope Piper will make a full recovery, and soon!

  5. Oh no. Our paws are crossed for Piper. Ancient Pip has been the same and we have just finished the antibiotics and keeping our fingers crossed. We pray all will be OK for your fur baby.
    Best wishes Molly

  6. That is very scary...and especially on a holiday. It's wonderful that you were able to find a vet that would come over and assist you right away with Piper!! We sure do hope and pray that Piper is feeling much better and enjoying life each and every day! Paws crossed all around. Hugs to you is very worrisome when something is the matter and we aren't quite sure what it is!! xo Chloe, LadyBug and mama too.

  7. Oh no! You're in our thoughts guys... Hope everything is okay.... xoxo

  8. Whoa. That must been really scary! We're glad you managed to get a vet to visit on a holiday. We hope the antibiotics and liver enzyme supplement helps.

  9. Sp pleased you managed to get a vet. We hope the meds work, thinking of you xxoxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  10. We hope this is nothing serious. Power of the paw! Lee and Phod

  11. I am so sorry to hear this, waiting is the worst. We have had some experience with liver disease. Ping has chronic liver disease which was asymptomatic but diagonosed in blood work. She is on milk thistle and denamarin and also curcumin and ursodial. We were feedlign her a home cooked diet of fish and potatoes but she really did not like it and now we have switched to hills diet. I am in general not a fan of hills but Ping seems to be doing better on it.

    urban hounds now retro rover

  12. So sorry Piper got so sick (and, of course, on a holiday!). Hoping/praying for a full recovery!

  13. We hope Piper continues to feel better!

  14. We are crossing our paws it is nothing serious. Hope you are feeling much better soon Piper.
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

  15. Crossed paws that the medicines work!!!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  16. Praying for best case and good results from treatment!!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  17. I sure hope Piper is feeling better by now. I don't like to hear of any dog being sick especially at turkey time.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog
    Sweet William The Scot

  18. Oh yikes! Scary! Hopefully Piper is better?

    Monty and Harlow

  19. Oh Noes!!! How is Piper doin'? Paws are crossed real tight over heres!!!!
    Ruby ♥

  20. Hi there, we are popping in to see how Piper is doing?? Sending hugs to you all!
    xo Chloe and LadyBug


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