Nov 5, 2008

Vitamin E

I haven't been blogging for as long as we've had Rory so many of you don't know about my poor baby's health issues.

About a month after we got her, we found out she had a whipworm which was seriously upsetting her poor little tummy.  She lost A LOT of weight while we fought it.  She then had a bacterial overgrowth, first in her small intestines, and then when she was over that it came back in her large intestines.  This sort of complication is apparently common with whipworms - but that doesn't make it any easier!

We finally got over all of these tummy issues in June and she started putting on some weight.  Until then she had never gotten above 6.2lbs (and has dropped below 5lbs at one point).  Based on her height, her healthy weight is probably 8-12lbs.  

We took her to the opthamologist yesterday to have her little eyes checked out (remember why?)  Well it turns out - her eye issues are because she didn't eat for a while.  She has a Vitamin E deficiency.  I'm so excited because this is something we can easily fix - a few vitamins and some tasty treats and she'll be good to go!


  1. thank goodness this is an easy fix :) whew!

  2. Awww! Bless her little heart! It sounds a lot like the problems my golden, Harry, had when I first got him. Poor baby fought with round worm, which caused him to loose a LOT of weight and have a terrible coat, and at the same time had the worst kennel cough I've ever heard in a dog...all when he was just three months old. One night it was so bad, I literally was running stop lights at 1 in the morning to take him to the emergency vet. Thankfully, he's better now, and has grown up to be a great dog! Hang in there, and I'm so glad that it sounds like Rory is finally on the road to recovery!! :)

  3. I'm so glad that the eye issue will hopefully work out easily. She's looks like just the sweetest little thing.

  4. Aw, poor little girl! I hope she's doing better!

    What kind of dog is she? She looks like a chihuahua-sized husky. :) I love her little face. I want to just eat it up!