Thursday, December 29, 2011
I reported back to the shelter on Bea's health issues and her not eating well, and they advised me to force feed her and if she wasn't eating on her own in the AM to bring her in.
Last night I force fed her. She's so good that she lets me, but she doesn't like it and she tires of it easily. I got a few ounces in her, but I could tell it was depressing her. I tried new foods, but only gave her a bit so I didn't waste the whole can (we got the left overs ~The Crew) I had tried warming the food, and I tried stinky food, but I didn't try out and out seafood. All we had in the house was a can of clams. That wasn't appreciated (but we oh so appreciated those left overs!!! ~The Crew) and so we went out and got straight up tuna fish (want Want WANT!!!!) and that got her eating on her own. She ended up eating about half of the can.
Her weight was 11lbs 6 oz but this morning was 11lbs 8, so we are holding off on taking her in. She was very snuffily last night, so I am going to assume this is a case of she just couldn't smell the food and she wasn't going to just take my word for it that it was food.
Fingers crossed her nose clears up and she starts eating well on her own again. Her blood sugars are running in the 300 area, and we are holding off on insulin until she gets well. It is a far better option to leave her high for a long period of time then to risk it going too low for even a moment. Hypoglycemia can kill, hyperglycemia does damage but it takes a long time.