Saturday, March 6, 2010
When they're sick, do you feel it?
Something Mina ate yesterday really bothered her. She vomited up her food and then was uncomfortable for half the night. When Mina is uncomfortable, I cannot sleep. I'm uncomfortable. Even if she shows no symptoms during the day, if she's about to have problems with diarrhea at night, I somehow know and will remain alert and awake. When she's ready to go outside, she'll get up, stare at me, wag her tail in that submissive, fast wag, then leap off the bed and aim for the door. We go out together and I stand in the freezing cold at some ungodly hour and wait patiently (sometimes less so) for Mina to finish.
I feel bad for her. She's been checked out by vets and it's just some unspecified sensitive gut issue. There was a name for it, something akin to irritable bowel syndrome in humans. It is not curable and the simplest diet is the best for her. I am considering cooking her food to see if that helps at all. My guess is it won't, but couldn't hurt to try.
She is feeling quite chipper today and is eyeing the food I put out, waiting impatiently to be fed. Nothing can stop her love affair with food.
When your dogs are sick or suddenly need a midnight potty run, do you just know?