|10-15-2013 12:36 AM|
I must say, I am very pleased with Ikea's customer service! I emailed them right after writing my response and I got an email back today (Canadian Holiday - I emailed IKEA Canada, probably outsourced but still). Anyways, the lady tracked down the item name and number, found out it had been discontinued quite some time ago and still checked all the stock at their warehouses and stores in North America! She also said they outsource to different companies, once production is halted everything is liquidated. She seemed genuinely saddened that there wasn't an alternative to get another pig. She did offer some suggestion based on size, shape and texture as well as providing links to them and their line of soft toys. She also asked permission to share Sadie's story in case they want to run it for something - I said that was fine. Of course they're just trying to get me to buy more things, but it did mean a lot to me. I had also sent a picture of me, Sadie and the pig and she commented on Sadie and said she hopes I have many more years with her.
Isn't it funny how they get us panicked over certain, simple things? Not to say that these things very well could have been more major issues though! Sadie has been fine since, silly girl.
|10-14-2013 12:01 PM|
I hope Sadie is fine now and you have found her another pig. I am sorry, but I just read your entire thread for the first time and I laughed and laughed. After all that, what a simple thing Sadie was trying to tell you!
It reminded me of when I noticed Heidi was drinking A LOT of water. I immediately made a vet appt. They mentioned diabetes and a host of other serious illnesses. They ran a myriad of tests and I almost canceled a vacation, but the vet said not to. The tests all came back normal and the explanation was....wait for it...she was just thirsty!
|10-13-2013 12:58 PM|
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|10-11-2013 05:39 AM|
|GSDMUM||By the way, your forum name of autopsy survivor makes me have to ask what happened to you/how did you choose the name?|
|10-11-2013 05:37 AM|
I am sorry you had to go through al of this. Good thinking though about the pig toy. I would send Ikea the forum stories and see if they have some "mercy donations" I'm serious though, it can't hurt and you never know. Maybe if you buy a similar toy and rub it down with the smell of the other played with pig your dog may accept it as her pig?
It's ashamed they can't talk but good for you for figuring it out. Please update us on the tests and how she is doing.
|10-04-2013 09:00 PM|
After all these posts I think I figured out what the problem was.
We moved here in March, being the excellent procrastinators that we are, we still have unpacking to do. One thing is the dog toys, although they have some out. Anyways, Fynn and Bruce were playing with toys a couple of nights ago while Sadie was pacing and whining. My boyfriend asked where her pig was (a cheap toy that I got from Ikea for her years ago, it's this guinea pig: ). I think we've gone through about 40 over the past 7 years, swapping it out with new ones when they get all nasty. She LOVES them and we're down to the last one or two, they're nasty but we don't have anything to replace them with and they've been long since discontinued.
Anyways, right after we moved she was going nuts with one of them so I put it on top of a bookshelf so she would settle down. Apparently, she remembered that it was up there because the second I brought it down she stopped whining, played with it a bit and then curled up with it and fell asleep. She's been fine since and that was a few days ago. I'm obviously going to keep an eye on her, but she's been better behaved and seems calmer since she got it back. We're still going to do some of the bloodwork and possibly still take her to the neurologist anyways at some point.
While this solves one problem, it creates another. I have to find something similar to replace it with. Maybe I'll try to get in touch with Ikea and see if there's a surplus somewhere, lol, I have no idea. I've tried replacing it with their other cheap toys but no luck - she'll play with them for a few minutes but still wants her pig. The stupid things are going for $30 on eBay and it's a $3 toy!
|10-01-2013 12:39 PM|
I talked to one of the doctors at work yesterday about Sadie again, she has a dog with epilepsy as well. We were discussing the neurologist and she made a very good point, they're going to want to do a lot of testing, including bloodtests. It makes more sense for me to have all of the bloodwork done at the clinic I work at so I can bring those results with me to the neurologist when I take her there and get more bang for my buck so to speak, lol. We've decided on doing a full geriatric profile with t4 but that was as far as we got before we became really busy.
I went to Idexx's website (the reference lab we use) and noticed that they have neuro panels. I think we'll also do the neurological panel with lyme, west nile, and a few others. The benefit of this is that I will get a slight discount on the tests and I can pay it off over the course of a month or two rather than all at once.
We may be able to avoid even going to the neurologists if the tests show something, but I have a feeling they'll all come back normal... they always do.
Another thing she suggested was when she's having one of her bad nights, take her up to our other clinic and do bloodwork there to see if there are any abnormalities during one of those times, it may give us an indication as to what's going on.
|09-30-2013 01:46 PM|
I don't have any advice. I just want you to know how sorry I am that you and Sadie are going through this.
Sending warm hugs and good wishes.
|09-30-2013 01:35 PM|
I'll look into the supplements.
|09-30-2013 08:17 AM|
I'm so sorry you're having all these serious problems with your Sadie.
I don't know anything about what they charge vs a regular vet, but the University of Guelph has an excellent reputation ... since you're in Ontario, have you considered taking her there for a consultation?
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