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Hobkin Update: A Night of Fretting

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Didn't sleep much last night. Hobkin's breathing has been erratic for the last couple days. There are periods where it's extremely rapid, about twice as fast as normal—almost panting, except skunks don't pant (at least Hobkin doesn't)—and then it returns back to normal. And it doesn't appear to be related to activity level.

Last night, his sides started heaving a little too. Not nearly as labored as in January, but enough to ramp up the worry. I would've liked to have started him on some oxygen therapy, but as luck would have it, (of course) Matthew returned the oxygen tanks on Tuesday. So at around 10:30 last night and after a lot of discussion, back-and-forth, and uncertain waffling, we decided to give Hobkin a dose of furosemide (the diuretic), since if it is fluid building up in his lungs again, I don't want to wait until they becomes dangerously filled before treating him. The counter-concern is that with giving Hobkin furosemide, there's the danger of him becoming dehydrated, which could be as life-threatening as pneumonia.

So we slipped Hobkin a furosemide tablet concealed in a blueberry, which meant he woke up every two hours to use the litter pan and I got up also to get him a little snack of veggies. Gotta push fluids and keep him hydrated and all. His appetite was excellent, thankfully, and he didn't seem distressed—aside from having to use the bathroom every two hours—but I couldn't tell whether there was any change in his breathing, good or bad. So Matthew's going to watch him today and if Hobkin doesn't get better or gets worse, it's back to the vet we go.

Actually, even if Hobkin's breathing does improve, we'll probably need to visit the vet in order to discuss adjusting his medication dosages. If the furosemide helps, it means fluid's definitely building up again, which means Hobkin's heart meds aren't working as well and need to be upped.

Gotta keep telling myself: "It's not that serious. We can handle this. It's not that serious."
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On February 24th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC), xjenavivex commented:
Much love to Hobkin and to your guys.
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On February 24th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, sweetie. Much appreciated.
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On February 24th, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC), melindadansky commented:
*hugs*
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On February 24th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
*hugs*
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On February 24th, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC), j_cheney commented:
Hang in there!
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On February 24th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, sweetie. Taking it day-by-day.
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On February 24th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC), lingtm commented:
It's always scary when one of your pets is sick. Hopefully, it's nothing serious and he'll be ok. He's just so cute!
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On February 24th, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I keep wishing and wishing that Hobkin could tell us how he's feeling, but he's remains stubbornly tight-lipped. Sigh.
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On February 24th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC), melissajm commented:
Hang in there. I hope it's just a little hiccup.
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On February 24th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, sweetie. Me too.
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On February 24th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC), madwriter commented:
Would it be weird of me to say "I can't imagine a Eugie without a Hobkin"? :)
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On February 24th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Not weird at all, 'cause I can't either.
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On February 24th, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC), mouseferatu commented:
Dunno what to say except I'm sorry. :-( We're pulling for you.
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On February 24th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, Mousiefangs. The pullin's are much appreciated.
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On February 24th, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC), shaolingrrl commented:
Hang in there, and give the Hobkin moochas smoochas for me.
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On February 24th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, hon. Will pass along extra nose kisses to the silly fuzzwit, most definitely.
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On February 25th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC), jmward14 commented:
Hoping it's just a hiccup, too, and sending lots of good thoughts and hugs, regardless.
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On February 25th, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, sweetie. Muchly appreciated.
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