I wanted to Thank everyone here who responded to my earlier posts with equal hope and prayers for Chewchs recovery .I appreciated their kind words and prayers . It seems that my hope and optimism for Chewchs recovery soon turned to disappointment and despair.
It saddens me to no end to have to report here that Chewchs recovery was short lived and seemed to be due to the masking benefits of the IV fluids and temporary antibiotics. As the week progressed..he started to develop complications due to his (I now know) permanent kidney damage undoubtedly caused by the Hartz UltraGuard Flea and Tick drops.
By Tuesday evening Aug 30-th, Chewch started having difficulty breathing, I brought him in for emergency treatment which amounted to Xrays and more blood work. His earlier blood levels were very high in numbers indicating Kidney failure and he had developed a Heart Mur Mur and an enlarged heart( Congestive Heart Failure). His blood numbers improved but were still unhealthy according to the new blood work.
By Wednesday evening Chewch deteriorated to the point where I had no doubt what I had to do. I had promised not to allow him to suffer and I did not. I rushed him to the Red Bank Animal Hospital in NJ and spoke with the Vet on duty. He agreed Chewch was suffering and assured me of my decision; that euthenasia was the best for him. That day sadly came Wednesday, Sept 1st 2010
I held Chewch in my arms and kissed him goodbye. The Vet was very compassionate and as I held Chewch in my arms I felt him draw his last breath. I kissed him again and cried as I felt his little heart beat stop through my fingertips.
I had a private cremation done for him on Thursday September 9th. I will miss my best friend Chewch. I am angry that something that is meant to help my Dog caused him to Die. Shame on Hartz.
I do have a case number against Hartz for reimbursement for the nearly $1500 in Vet bills I have shelled out these past three weeks . I have to put together loads of paperwork , medical history and receipts which they require. I was told by the Hartz Rep that the case will be reviewed by thier Board and I will have an answer in about 90 days.