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3 April 2018 - 10:25 pm
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Welcome Home Clyde! Phew! You have been through too much buddy! You sure are one lucky pup and i hope that you recover well! Try not to eat such horrid things in the future lovey, it cause way too much stress on your pawrents.

Many years ago, my SharPei Keiko became anemic. They had to open her up as they saw some very strange things on her X-ray... they handed me some rocks, a dime, a penny and an earring that i had lost years before, plus the button that she had chewed off my leather jacket that i once loved! Dogs! I have to agree that some of them will eat absolutely ANYTHING!!! 

Get well soon Clyde heartheartheart

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So glad Clyde is HOME! Maybe that will get him to eat a little better too. If his appetite isn't wonderful you can try boiling some chicken breast and shredding it. Or you can make it easy and get one of those rotisserie chickens and pull the meat off of that. 

You must be so relieved to have him home. He is going to be ouchie for a little while, that's a heck of a surgery. He will probably rest better with you at home though.

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Yaaay Clydeclap Welcome home buddy!
Love they did not think he had osteo haha YES he did and he is still hopping on defying the odds and Clyde will recover from this slow but sure Clyde and no more ingesting pieces and parts ok?

Phew if only they learned from these things but I don't think they do? Who knows how long that was in there. Very lucky Clyde you are here to share!

More healing thoughts are coming to you both! Eat some food today for Mom !
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Clyde is doing really, really well. I boiled some chicken and made some rice, and after a little encouragement, he scarfed that down. I'm not sure how much I'm supposed to let him eat and/or drink at a time - I've been rationing his water a little bit because he seems to want to drink a lot all at once and that just seems like not such a good idea to me.

He is in a pen - one of those playpen things. This one has multiple panels that you can use or not, and I made kind of a rectangle shape but didn't secure one side because the wall is there. Well, Mr. Clyde figured out he could push his way out (I thought he'd be too tired and dopey to do that last night) and I found him laying on my bedroom floor when I got up this morning. I secured the pen all the way around, and now he's pushing the whole thing around. Silly boy - I had to duct tape it to the wall. 

So far, so good!

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Super glad to hear that Clyde is doing well, but you may be better to hold off on too much food and let him drink his water. This is just my oppinion, but because he had the anesthetic yesterday, like us after surgery, he is going to be thirsty! Water will be most critical over the next few days, just like when he recovered from his amputation! I would think that the same rules will apply here! 

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Hi Kristin!

So glad to hear that Clyde is recovering well clap  You might want to be careful with the rice, you don't want his stool to get too hard while he is recovering. If it is instant rice it probably does not have quite as much binding capabilities as long grained rice. Sweet potatoes are good, green beans, carrots. Maybe a little less rice and a little more veggies if he will eat it for you. Most dogs really like sweet potatoes. You can do rotisserie chicken, boiled ground beef, whatever he likes. 

If you have the luxury of giving him smaller amounts more often, that might be a good way to go. That way he doesn't have too much hitting his system at once. I would not worry about the water as much as the food and watching his poopicon_pngpoopicon_png  You can do the same thing with the water if he is really gobbling it up. Give him a couple of cups and then let him take a little break before giving him more.

Make sure the poopicon_pngconsistency is good and that he is not straining too much to go. That should start to get more regular as his eating and drinking increase. If he strains to poop and nothing comes out, or he seems to be getting constipated, call your vet. I know poop isn't pretty, but I would be looking at them for now just to make sure it all is coming out ok.

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That is pretty darn awesome that he's home! AND that you're able to work from home with him is even better. What a lucky dawg!

It's good to hear his spark is coming back. I can just picture an x-pen duct-taped to the wall. The things we do for our pets well-being 🙂

Yeah, making sure he doesn't gulp his water too fast and hard is a good thing. When our Wyatt Ray got aspiration pneumonia last year we believe he was drinking water so fast that he vomited it up, then swallowed it and it went down the wrong pipe. 

Keep on healing Clyde!

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Thanks everyone for comments and suggestions! Jackie, I was also worried about the rice. Only reason I did it was that was on his discharge papers as a suggested diet (boiled chicken and white rice). I gave him mainly chicken though, and not much, maybe a cup and a half. And it was microwave Jasmine rice. I let him have about a cup of water at a time, although I think he polished off a big bowl of water last night when he escaped from his pen.

My questions for the vet today are about the water, and how much I should be trying to get him to eat. I'm supposed to give the Sucra whatever stuff an hour before he eats - is that every time I try to feed him? That doesn't seem right. His incision looks good - its quite long and goes past his penis. The sutures in the penis area are puckered, but I'm guessing that is because of where they are. He's peeing like a champ but no poop. I can hardly wait for poop!

And we are back to our struggles with Tramadol - that was a tough pill for him to swallow when he had his amp, and that hasn't changed. He's much more tired this morning - probably still wiped out from yesterday. I'm at the office now but will leave around 1 and work from home the rest of the day. That's the plan at least through the end of this week.

Oh and just as an FYI - total cost of the surgery and hospitalization was $7031.00. That doesn't include the $2000 or so that I paid my own vet before discovering the problem.ugh

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I'm so pleased that you've got Clyde home and it sounds as though he's doing really well. Yeah, definitely check with the vet about the Sucra.  My Else had very serious gastrointestinal problems when she was tiny. In fact, she had all her intestines taken out when she was ten weeks old, (and put back in again, to be clear...) as they were trying to find a hole. She was also on boiled chicken and 'baby rice' – my understanding (might be wrong) was that some bulk was needed to get the intestines working. She was also prescribed "katalax" – not sure if you have that over there, just helps move things along. (While we're at it, I also had to apply vaseline using my finger to the inside of her anus - I don't believe you're at that stage, lol...).

Re the Tramadol, I'm sure you've tried all sorts, but just for what it's worth, I've found that if I stick it in a blob of pate, it goes down for mine no question.

Sorry about the cost. It's a hell of a shock to have that to contend with out of the blue on top of everything else.

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I think the Sucralfate is like every 6 or 8 hours, I cannot remember for sure. It should not be every time you feed him. Can you ask them for a different medication than Tramadol? Even Trazadone (I think) might make him a bit loopy, but I would take loopy over paranoid any day. That is just me. I don't think water can do anything but good for him, same with food, I would just take it in slower steps is all. Smaller amounts more frequent would be my approach, but that is just me. I have seen the surgery, assisted it a bunch of times, it's a big surgery. I always hang toward the side of caution, I guess I would rather be over cautious than the other way. I don't think you have to limit how much food he eats or how much water he wants, I would just give it in smaller servings. More so the food than water.

He is peeing, that is great. Means you are keeping him properly hydrated. Hydration is important in healthy BMs, no different than people. If he was dehydrating he would not be eliminating water so well.

Microwave jasmine rice sounds great to me. It isn't that long grain starchy rice that you have to boil for 25 minutes. You can ask them about the veggies (does he like veggies?) Mitch hates food, he drives me crazy.. but he will follow me around the house for a baked sweet potato.. too funny!

I know this is a huge financial burden for you, I am so sorry. It really sucks, but you did save Clyde's life. Obstruction is an awful way to go, it is very painful, excruciating. You have done a wonderful thing. I know you have heard this from others in here but let me say it plain and clear... You saved Clyde's life one more time. Most would have chosen euthanasia for that price. Many would have euthanized even if they could afford the surgery. You are his guardian angel and took care of him the best that he could possibly hope for.  (((Hug)))

Take care of yourself too. You need a little TLC right about now heart

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Clyde pooped!poopicon_pngpoopicon_pngpoopicon_pngWoo hoo! And ate a little bit of dinner. I spoke with a tech this afternoon, who suggested maybe backing of the Tramadol a little - he's on 1 and 1/2 tablets every 8-12 hours. So I let him go past 12 hours and he ate. I think the plan will be to go with a 12 hour time frame rather than 8, which was what I was doing. They don't want to give him Trazadone again, he reacted so strongly to it before, I think they thought they almost killed him. But he just was passed out. 

Yay for progress! I think I won't really be able to relax until his stitches are out, but the vet said the first 3-5 days were the most critical, and we have about passed that.

He's going to spend the night on the floor in the bedroom with me and the other dogs - no more jail breaks!

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Yaaay for poop. poopicon_pngclapThat is what I would have been nervous about and how it came out PHEW! Good job Clyde!! Whoo HOO for Poop! 

I hope you got your other questions answered by the Vet or Vet tech on Clyde's water and food the Sucralfate on how often to give it to Clyde. 

We have the  Ask A Vet forum you can always post in there too if you have more questions. I would stick with the diet that was on your discharge papers, no issue if there is a problem you are following their advice. Sounds like your on the upswing now!🙏 

I hope you all slept well last night! Keep healing Clyde you're doing great! thanks for the update!

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That is wonderful news! I am so happy for you clappoopicon_pngclap I hope you have a nice smooth uneventful day today!

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YAAAAAAAAAY FOR CLYDE 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂   HAPPY. poopicon_png  DANCE!! 🙂 🙂

Clyde, you never cease to amaze us!!!   Love you sweet boyheart

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Things have taken a bad turn. Please keep Clyde in your thoughts. They think he has a brain tumor, he's back at VCA. He's going to have an MRI to confirm, since there is a small chance it is something else. I am beyond devastated.

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