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An Update About Larry

My Best Boy Doing What He Loves Most!

Please Keep My Boy In Your Thoughts

Mike and I adopted Larry from Labrador Retriever Rescue of Fresno on July 8th, 2016.  He is our fourth senior lab rescue, and is so very loved by everyone he meets (dogs, cats, and humans)!  And because he has such a loyal following, I thought everyone should be updated on what is currently going on.

Larry was diagnosed with severe pneumonia yesterday, most likely caused by aspiration (where a foreign substance is inhaled into the lungs accidentally – water, food, saliva, etc.).  He has had a very difficult couple of days.  (We all have.)  Larry and I were at the veterinary ER for several hours – him with a high fever, lethargy, severe cough, not overly responsive (and me with a broken heart, fearing the absolute worst).

They ran bloodwork, a urinalysis and did multiple X-Rays of his chest and abdomen.  He ended up having IV fluids, as well as IV antibiotics.  After about four hours at the facility, I brought him home, wondering if he’d make it through the night.  The ER vet had recommended we leave him overnight, but I just couldn’t fathom leaving him in a kennel away from home.  I knew that the staff would take excellent care of him, but it just wouldn’t be the same as having his mother’s love.  (FYI – this is not something I recommend anyone do with their pet.  The only reason I felt comfortable caring for him myself is due to my knowledge, training and skills in caring for animals that are ill.  Mike and I were ready in a heartbeat to take him back to the hospital immediately if he went into respiratory distress, which is a very possible scenario in a case of pneumonia.)

I “slept” downstairs with him, but we were up and down all night long.  He would wake up in fits of coughing, confused and upset.  He needed to go outside to potty almost every hour (most likely due to the IV fluids and the huge amount of water he was drinking).  Every time he moved or tried to turn over, the coughing was triggered.

The good news is, he is much more comfortable today!  Mike and I both stayed home with him.  He will be taking an extensive course of antibiotics for at least the next 10 days.  At that time, his primary veterinarian will re-evaluate his pneumonia (most likely with lung X-Rays).  Then she will determine whether he’ll need to continue the antibiotics for a longer period of time.  He will be unable to swim or do much in the way of exercise for a few weeks – we’ve been told to just let him exercise within his comfort level.  (Those of you who know Larry personally are laughing right now – you know you are!)  My lovable chocolate lab is not well known for being overly active, but instead excels at the art of napping (a habit that is currently a good thing)…

Larry will most likely be staying home from the pool for a few weeks, for his own health and safety.  Although his condition is not transmissible to other dogs, the excitement he feels when all his friends come to swim will need to be kept in check for a while.

I will write additional posts to update you all, and ask that you keep him in your thoughts and prayers.  And feel free to write him a note or comment below.  I will make sure he gets to read all of them!

18 Responses to An Update About Larry

  1. Oh my sweet friend!!!! I’m sorry you, Mike and specially “our” sweet Larry are going through this. I will have him in my prayers for sure, and I’m sending a little reiki your way. Healing vibes and lots of Smooches to that Gorgeous silver muzzle

  2. Oh sweet Larry, get well soon. The pool is not the same without you. Your Mama needs you so kick this thing in the butt and get back to resting at the spa. Thinking of you and your peeps. Bonnie, Brandy, and Pisco.

  3. Larry, I miss your calming presence and sweet, snoozy snuggles. Make sure you follow Mom’s, Dad’s and the Vet’s advice by resting (I’m glad you already have that part perfected) and please don’t inhale anything else that you aren’t supposed to! I recently completed Reiki 1 here in Australia, so I’ll send some healing energy your way too.

    I’m looking forward to a nuzzle hello when I return to see you with Gertrude!
    Love & best wishes,

  4. Dear Larry,

    I am sad you are not feeling good. You are so nice to me when I come to swim, like how you share your purple toy. Remember when we swam together? That was super fun. And then… Anyway, I miss you.

    Your friend,

  5. I’m sorry to hear about our Lovable Larry. Happy to hear that you have found what was causing his cough. He’s now on the road to recovery… I will miss not giving him “booty scratches” and hanging out with him at the pool. But it will only be for a few short weeks!
    Thoughts and Prayers to All of you!

  6. Oh, buddy! Reuben says get well soon, and I agree!
    Got you in the thoughts and prayers department, and keep us posted. Tell your mom to take care of herself, too!

  7. Oh poor dear sweet Larry. Thank you so much for keeping us updated. Tell Larry his friends Kato and Maybe said to get better and Now also his new friend Eddie. We’re all thinking of you 🙂. But also tell Larry’s Mom and Dad to take care and get rest as well. 💜

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