Thursday, December 30, 2010
Yesterday we brought Lou into the vet clinic where they did a routine x-ray. This didn't show much other than that she was full of gas. She had stopped vomiting so we were told to feed her a tablespoon of canned dog food every two hours. She did her business several times and we...err...my husband...carefully checked through it as directed.
She slept most of the day but seemed fine. This morning she was out in our back garden chasing rabbits, tail wagging, and generally being the nutty dog that she is. Took her back for the follow-up x-ray which now showed the semi-hard chewie (they don't digest them but the rawhide does get softer the longer it is in the digestive system) and it is progressing nicely.
Today, we were sent home with three cans of a different food and we have to feed her about 1/4 can every two hours. She also has to be walked twice to see if she can pass this on her own. If not, tomorrow they will make a decision to open her up.
At this point, we are relieved to see her feeling herself. Our vet clinic is fantastic and even though they are not on call over the holiday weekend, they told us they would not make us drive 1 hour to see the other clinic. We are very pleased and Lou is looking and acting a lot better. Maddy, on the otherhand, is sulking slightly as he hasn't been the centre of our attention! Funny little critters, aren't they!
Keep those paws and fingers crossed!
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Poor Louisa! Despite having heard the warnings about giving rawhide chews to dogs, John and I bought some for Lou and Maddy at Costco. I'm mean, they can't be that bad if even the more reputable pet stores sell them, right? Wrong!
We are not exactly feeling like pet owners of the year today! Monday night, Lou was chewing on a 10 inch piece of rawhide "bone" and eventually got it down to a couple of inches in length. Just as I was reaching it to throw it out (we would take them away from her when they got to the choke-able length) she managed to get the core of it out and she chewed on it and then swallowed it!
Thinking that thousands of dogs do this everyday, we decided to just watch her to see if it passed through. Well, yesterday was the day of eating grass, vomiting, eating everything she could get her mouth around, vomiting, urging, etc. She was miserable last night so we called the emergency vet number and reached one at her home.
We were told to remove all water and food from her reach (as well as anything else she felt like eating (we removed Maddy to higher ground....excuse my humour!) and tried to settle her down. We were to bring her to the clinic this morning for x-rays.
What a night! She couldn't settle for very long and kept pacing the floor. Finally my husband allowed her into our bed and wrapped his arms around her and she seemed to relax a wee bit. This morning she awoke and seemed a bit more chipper and she raced into the clinic (apparently most dogs so have a miraculous recovery once they merely walk through the clinic doors!) and was most indignant that she had to be stay there for several hours.
X-ray was inconclusive since the very nature of rawhide makes it hard to be picked up with a regular scan. She was released to us with strict orders to check her poo (such a charming job!!!) and to limit her access to water. She is allowed to have 1 tablespoon of special wet food every few hours!
Good news is that she kept down her the tablespoon of wet food but the bad news is that she hasn't taken a sip of water since last night. She also did two poops, one of which was just that and the other full of grass. She slept most of the afternoon and seems a lot better than yesterday.
Tomorrow she has to undergo a series of barium x-rays which will hopefully tell us where in her digestive tract the piece of rawhide is in. It might be in area that will require surgery to remove!
Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. I know a lot of you are animal lovers and you know the guilt both John and I are feeling at this time. No more rawhide chews for our dogs....ever!!!!
P.S. Thought I would share my deviousness with you all.....because some of you think I'm a nice person. I work with two men, one of which is the over-educated, no common sense type. He married a woman just like him and their child is both of them spit out. They have hearts of gold, but no common sense, no manners, etc. Well, guess who showed up at my house this morning with a box of biscuits?! My husband actually hid in our basement and I was left to entertain and try to keep a conversation going. I can't begin to tell you about this man and his daughter and I know it sounds like I'm picking faults but when you have to ask a grown man to stop farting, picking his nose, etc. in front of you......are you getting the hint!? Anyway, after about 1 hour, I excused myself to run downstairs and I went to the bathroom, called my mother and begged her to call me pretending to be the vet clinic calling about Lou. My mom then called and gave a performance worthy of an Academy Award and told us the vet needed to see us. It worked like a charm and we even drove to the vet clinic....they split their sides laughing at the trick I had my mother pull, but they also know the man I work with! I hope you don't think less of me....yes, I know it wasn't very nice but you really got to meet this guy!
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Happy Boxing Day to you all and no, Boxing Day isn't named after people fighting over after-Christmas sales....although it would seem rather apt. Here on the island, our stores are not allowed to be open on Boxing Day but Tim Hortons did re-open this morning so off John and I went. There were several really excited children there but one little boy really stood out. He was in the line up and couldn't keep still so finally his father told him he could go up to the display case and wait there. We were chatting him up and asked him what he was going to have and he said, "either one doughnut or five timbits". His father said, "no, the deal is four timbits or one doughnut". The little four year old boy pipes up with "but its Christmas and Santa said I could have five this time" (we applauded his negotiation skills). But the funniest thing was when his father warned him that Santa was still keeping an eye out on little boys and girls and the little boy puts his head on an angle and said, "Daddy, everybody knows Santa is sleeping all day today".
Anyway, we are off to spend our evening meal with family and to exchange our presents. Maddy and Lou have to stay home but a neighbour will walk them for us. I walked 3.5 km last night despite a really sore throat....maybe not the wisest thing to do because the dampness certainly didn't cure my throat. My husband is wishing my voice would go....just for a few hours...or so he says! Ha!
Have a great day!
P.S. Timbits are the centres of doughnuts for all you non-Canadians!
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