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Thanks Benny! Yes, sleep will be nice, because its been two nights without much of it. The vet and I are just stumped as to what caused this; you are right, the blood work will tell us if its pancreatitis or hepatitis. I've gone over and over it and just don't think there is anything he could have gotten into that would be poisonous. He doesn't really ever get into anything, except cat poop
I agree - tripawds just shouldn't ever have to deal with anything else. Just doesn't seem fair. I'm so hoping he can come home tomorrow - if he isn't perky enough, I'll have to transfer him to a 24 hour hospital because my vet doesn't have overnight staff on the weekend. Fingers crossed!
I am glad the rads were clear Silly question, I know I have asked you several times if he had pooped. Reason being is that what you described sounded like he vomited poop. Obviously he is not constipated because the rads would have shown that. Is there a chance he got into the cat box and that was what he vomited? If that is a possibility maybe something in the cat litter made him sick? I am just throwing it out there because there has to be some explanation of what may have caused this to happen? We have a tootsie roll nose diving pup here too, I just shake my head
It sounds like Clyde is where he needs to be for the time being. I sure hope they can figure it out and fix it asap!
Jackie and Huck
Hi all - its been quite a day. To answer a couple of questions, yes he was pooping fine before this all started. And seemed perfectly fine until Wednesday.
So - today we went to the internal medicine doctor that is over an hour away (should be like 20 minutes, but I live in Los Angeles county). We were referred to VCA West LA. The internal medicine doctor did an ultrasound and said there appears to be an obstruction. He's having surgery now. $6500 to $7500! I maxed out every card I have. But, I couldn't put him to sleep for this fixable thing, although it is bowel surgery and it will be a tricky recovery probably. He was so good at the vet - brighter for sure. Blood work good, etc. so hopefully it will be uneventful. All of the doctors were amazed at him - the internal med doctor kind of implied she thought maybe it wasn't actually osteo until I confirmed his leg had been biopsied and the diagnosis confirmed.
This thread probably doesn't belong here anymore, but I don't know how to move it - if someone wants to, feel free! Keep good thoughts for my boy!
Omdddd!! I've never seen that surgery cost so much!!!! Then again I've never lived in California....
I've been in the middle of a ton of those surgeries, I'm a little shocked somebody didn't notice it before now.
Although it's an ouchie surgery, meaning he's gonna be tender for a while, the surgery is effective and should take care of his problem. When you said that he vomited that horrible stuff with the odor all my warning signs went wild. Obstruction will do that also. I am really curious to find out what he ate that obstructed him.
Anxiously awaiting your post to say he's ok and what the offender was. I'm so very sorry that the bill is that horrible. I wish it had been more reasonable.
Jackie and Huck ❤️
Oh, you can always start a new forum thread wherever it belongs best. Once you do that, copy that address and post it here. If you don't know how to do that I would be happy to help, just let me know in here and give me the name that you gave it and I'll post the link here.
22 February 2013
15 December 2015
So pleased this is fixable, but what an ordeal for you both! Thinking of you and waiting for updates. It’s gojng to be so good to have him home!
Meg, Clare and Angel Pie xxx
Meg, Mutt, aged around 9, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. Lives with Mum, Clare, watched over by Angel Pie and Angel Billie My life as a MEG-A-STAR
11 July 2016
18 October 2009
Thinking about you guys this morning and hoping the surgery went well and Clyde is on his way to feeling better.
Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls
Ditto... hoping Clyde is resting comfortably and will be home soon. They will probably hold on to him until they know he can eliminate ok. Sending wishes for a speedy and uncomplicated recovery.
Jackie and Huck
Hi again ( I'm sorry, I don't know your name other than Clyde's mom)
Checking in to see how your baby is doing. It hasn't been a ton of time, but getting a little worried here. When you get a chance would you please let us know how you're doing? You have a handful of people hoping you are all ok. No pressure, just concerned.
Hi! On top of everything, I seem to have come down with the flu. Anyway, his surgery went well. They found plastic (?!) and some sort of long string - the plastic was in his stomach at the juncture with his intestine, and the string went down into the intestines. They had to resect about 10 cm of bowel (I had to look out how much that is in inches, its nearly 4 inches) as it was dead and close to perforating.
The report this morning was really good - he had a good night. They are going to try to feed him something today - I need to call and find out whats going on now. They asked if I was going to come and visit, and I thought about it but he would have been upset when I had to leave him again. I should be able to take him home tomorrow. Then I have to figure out how to manage watching him and working - my new job isn't too keen on people working from home, but they at dog lovers so I'll work it out. My neighbors have volunteered to watch him- my thought is to have them come in the morning and then I work half days at the office.
I'm kind of low today. Between not feeling well and the shock of all of this, its not a great weekend. But Clyde sounds like he is doing as well as can be expected so I'm holding on to that. Thanks to all of you for caring!
22 February 2013
YAAAAAAAAAY FOR CLYDE!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
You have noooooo idea what a relief this is!!! We were all soooo worried!
When we donr hear back after surgery.....well....it's not always a good sign!!
You've earned the right to "be a @ittle @ow"...or a lot low! Being sick is just miserable, and then worrying about Clyde....And a new job...UGH!! 🙂
But Clyde is on the mend!! YAY!!!
JACKIE will see this and give you some good advice on recoveey. She wss the one who pretty much nailed what might have been going on before the Vet!!
Thank goodness you were persistent and got him in for more tests before things got realy, really bad!!
Clyde, we are all cheering for you sweet boy!!! You are one tuff dude!! 🙂
You take care of yourself, okay? Thz ks for updating.....HUGE RELIEF!
Lots of hugs!
Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!
Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!
Oh wow, yeah I'm breathing with little tears in my eyes. I know the odds in this surgery are wonderful, I guess your flu gave me worry. So sorry you got flue'd. I got the flu not long ago and it sucked!!
He's going to be tender for a while. If they give pain meds use them. When you said what he vomited I just knew...
Go slow with him. If you have to go and walk with him when he poops just do it for a while. They will use absorbable sutures for the intestines. You just need to make sure he can keep pooping. If they give you a special diet, that's why.
Prognosis on this surgery is wonderful. I'm just so sorry it cost that much money. Hell, I didn't pay that much for Huck's amp or for Mitchell's surgeries together!!
If I can help please just get in touch. If I don't have an answer I'm not a know it all, I will tell you.
Jackie, thank you so much. I really appreciate your insight. One good thing about this very expensive vet hospital is that they are good about keeping me updated. Vet called a little while ago and said Clyde is doing okay. I guess he spiked a little fever and they were concerned about possible pneumonia from his vomiting. But once again, his lungs were clear. Dr said fever gone now. Clyde also apparently got pretty agitated - vet asked if he was normally a nervous sort, and since Clyde is the 180 of that I was worried. They had to give him a mild sedative. He's probably just really upset about being in the hospital.
He's still not eating. He can't come home until he eats so we will see how that goes. I think I'm looking at paying additional $$$ to the 6500 I already had to pay up front. It was the worst feeling in the world yesterday when I thought I might have to give up on him due to $$. Thankfully I could scrape up that much through some creative financing - I put the bill on like 4 different cards. My mom is going to loan me some more to cover whatever I will owe when he is released. I should mention that I am 52 years old, and there is nothing more humbling that to have to ask my mom for help. But she's great that way.
No news is good news for now - they will call me again tomorrow morning after their rounds are done, unless there is some sort of emergency. Poor Clyde - he's been through so much.
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