July 17, 1990 -- August 22, 2003
fatal reaction to 'Grapes'
Kiki loved children.
A friend of mine came over with her new baby and Kiki insisted
upon being on the bed and making sure he was fine. My friend
took the picture and Jesse who is 4 yrs old now, has had
this picture by his bed since he was a baby.
I lost within
the last year my beloved Ridgeback Kiki. She was 13 and
perfectly healthy, she hadn't had a shot except for Rabies
since she was 5 and had been fed a semi raw diet for the
last 8 years of her life.
Kiki got into some grapes in June and although I read all
the articles I could find on it. Her initial blood work
the day after was fine and she was so healthy I figured
she hadn't eaten enough to bother her.
By July she was drinking extreme amounts of water and was
ravenous. Another blood work up showed she probably had
cushings. I did my homework on that also, and agreed to
let my vet treat her.
Kiki died within 2 weeks of starting the treatment for Cushings.
I blame myself and no one else. I was an informed owner,
I know the dangers of the treatment, which actually puts
the animal in Addison's disease but I went ahead anyway.
The treatment was successful but the patient died. In less
than a week after starting the Lyodrin (?) I was looking
at an old dog, she had totally changed. I said to my vet,
that I knew that we had killed her.
Seems Kiki probably had an over abundance of steroids in
her system for years which is why a 13 yr. old dog looked
and acted like an 8 yr. old. Once we started the treatment
and cut back on the natural steroids she changed before
Kiki died at home in her sleep just short of the 2 week
period after starting the treatment.
I knew she was going and I knew there was nothing that could
be done, so instead of dragging her to the emergency hospital
that night I let her go peacefully at home. My vet was very,
very upset and said had she known what would happen she
wouldn't have treated her.
I have very little faith in the veterinary community and
the more I deal with them the less I want to be around any
of them. I favor a more natural rearing, although I would
still spay and neuter everything. I was so happy to find
this site and group. I also belong to "JUSTSAYNO2VACCS"
and other group on yahoo.