Sunday, April 25, 2010

One step forward, two steps back

A marvellous start to yesterday, Digby's temperature fell and everyone was feeling upbeat. Then in the afternoon it began to rise again and it was off to the vet for another cortisone shot and a change of antibiotics as a blood test showed he still had too many white cells.

On waking this morning we thought he had vanished in the night but a quick search revealed he was hiding behind the bedroom curtain. His appetite has still not recovered and he's very sleepy. Will update later.


  1. Could it be possible that with the drop in his temperature he overdid himself a little bit? You know how it is with us humans, as soon as we begin to feel better we do too much and then we are back in bed. Maybe he should be restricted a bit so he rests more when he feels a little better.

    I have a strong feeling that, yes, this disease will take its toll on all of you but he will pull through. He's a fighter and look what he's overcome.

    Oftentimes animals will go to hide when they don't feel well and don't want the rest of the pack to know. They feel vulnerable and that's not a good feeling for anyone, man or beast.

    Continues prayers coming your way.

  2. I will not let go of my crossed fingers yet then, sending more bucketfuls of positive thoughts. xx

  3. Dear Angus and family
    A real rollercoaster! Just know you remain in our thoughts and prayers. We check often for updates. Sending lots of love your way. Be strong.
    With love

  4. Can't give advice. But want you to know we're thinking of Digby and you.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  5. I have all my four paws crossed for you.

  6. I know all too well the highs and lows of illness in our pups, and know the strength it takes to continue on--So Angus, know that just as I've been praying for Digby to regain his health, you and "the font" are included that you may also continue to have strength to get through this as well!! Thank-you for the update!

  7. Dear Angus and family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know your feelings all too well. Those pups wrap their little paws around your heart and squeeze.

    Digby is a fighter and I'm hoping that this rally will continue.

    Hugs to all,

  8. Your update was hiding below others more recent -- and we panicked until we found it. It sounds as though Digby is still fighting the good fight. We decided he must have a few terrier genes for for all this tenacity and fighting spirit!!

    We're sending our continued constant thoughts and prayers to you and the font -- and have been wondering how Wilf is handling all this.

    Joan and the Barkalots

  9. Sending our love and healing poodle powers for Digby's recovery. Stay strong little guy!


  10. I'm glad to hear he's still fighting the fight. It sounds like he is on the verge of breaking that fever though, which is good news!

  11. It sounds like a very turbulent up and down day. I do feel some optimism though - it really sounds like Digby is a fighter extraordinaire. So are you.

    I have an admission - I've never been able to tell the two boyz apart in your photos. But, if that's Digby sitting up in all those photos, he certainly looks stronger than the other day.

    My thoughts are with you. Try to stay strong. You love and attention undoubtedly are making a huge difference to Digby!

  12. Dearest Digby,
    We're pulling and praying and hoping for you and all your family for an up day with some more steps forward. You are so loved!

    Sending you soft, gentle pets,
    Cheyanne in Colorado

  13. Keep fighting Digby! You can do it!

  14. Sending hugs and comfort to Digby and all of you!!

  15. do you think the IV fluids helped digby with his fever? maybe another round of fluids would be good? i really hope he can get rid of this fever soon.
    hugs and prayers for digby!
    the booker man's mama

  16. He is obviously a tenacious fighter, a quality that is serving him well. With this new round of antibiotics, I am thinking good thoughts. I'm praying for Digby constantly. And for you and your wife as well. I know how very difficult this is. God Bless.

  17. Keep fighting Digby! Get your rest and know that we're thinking of you!

  18. Hang in there, Digby.

    We continue to keep our paws crossed for you. Please be ok really soon.

    -Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai, Wai-Max & the Piappies

  19. We hope that Digby starts taking only forward steps. Keep fighting and moving forward, Digby. You are in our thoughts. ♥

  20. Sending purrs and tail wags for the little guy.

  21. Hi everyone - we're thinking of you all and are sending healing thoughts your way. You can do it Digby!! We're all rooting for you, hang in there! Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

  22. Still sending good vibes and thoughts and prayers to Digby.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  23. w00fs, still wishing u well Digby...we all behind u 120%...

    b safe,

  24. Poor poor Digby. We're still sending loving thoughts across the Channel, (as well as some very negative vibes to those nasty horrid ticks)
    Best wishes,
    Gail and Bertie.

  25. Still sending wiry zen and crossing paws for Digby.

    Eric x

  26. It is a great relief to see Digby sitting up. Dreamt of him last night and the first page i visited today ws yours to chk for updates.
    maybe you can try some enzyme syrup to help bring his apptite back.
    it works well with Ginger n Buddy when they get a cold or something n lose their appetite.
    Just keep him warm nd hydratd.maybe just sips of soup.Please see if u can use a large dropper to help him drink if he is unwilling to do it himself

    Thank u so much for keeping us posted inspite of all u are going through.

    with prayers

  27. Soft woofie kisses to all and our continued pawreyers for healing and comfort.

    Bonnie and the support staff

  28. when we rescued our bella from the streets she had parvo and would go and hide insde our closets to be away fromt he pack. we continue to pray for you guys and the candle will ocntinue to light

    pibble wiggles
    the pittie pack

  29. Digby! You are getting better. Don't worry about set backs. Your mom is taking care of you. We are thinking of you.


  30. We're keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Get well soon Digby!
    Sending tons of good vibes your way.

  31. We're praying for you!! And sending tons of positive thoughts and vibes...

    Thank you so much for updating us...we can't even imagine how hard this is for you and dear Digby...

    Lots of hugs!!

    Scruffy, Lacie, Stan and Mumsie

  32. Hope Digby will have a speedy recovery soon... paws crossed and in our thoughts.

    Licks, hero

  33. Hiya Digby, sounds like you're heading in the right direction, keep it up buddy! Loads of schnauzer snuggles 'virtually' heading your way - JD and Max.