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So pleased to hear Clyde’s safely through surgery and will be feeling so much better soon. Looking forward to your update that he’s back home where he belongs. I hope your flu is behind you soon too. A pretty wretched weekend all round, though thank heavens, one with a positive ending.

The money thing sucks. I totally get it, having been there with Meg. I’m still paying off the money I borrowed trying to save her leg. Once that’s cleared, I’ll start paying back the cost of removing it. You have to laugh, because really what the hell else is there to do?

Poor Clyde – he’s been through so much.

Indeed, but also lucky, lucky Clyde to have such a caring and vigilant Momma.

Big hug for you both,

Meg, Clare and Angel Pie xxx

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I am so sorry for both of you. Yes, that is just the worst feeling. Makes no difference how old you are, that kind of money would hurt most people, I know it would for me and my husband. What we have had in vet bills alone in the last year has hurt a bunch. 

If he does not eat, maybe you can go to the hospital and feed him. Bring a shirt or something like that, that you have worn and leave it with him if it is not time for him to come home. Having your smell will help comfort him. Having you there may incline him to eat. I had to do that recently with Mitch when he had his surgery. He wasn’t eating for anybody. I went and fed him A/D by hand, literally. I scooped it out of the can with my hand and fed it to him.  If you can bring some of the A/D home with you to feed him for a couple of days its a really good post op food. 

You have both been through it, hopefully this will be your turning point and things will get better from here. I wonder what on earth that he ate. You got him there just in time thank goodness. If the hospital is not too far, just go see him if you are well enough. That can make a big difference for them. I will be thinking of you guys today at work, I will probably slip in if I can to check your progress. 

Wishing you both speedy recovery and sending hugs your way,

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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!  

First very relieved to hear Clyde did well and they found what was obstructing him! Plastic OMC and string UGH I am glad they found what the issue was and able to get it out successfully! Do you have any idea what that was? I imagine that is why it showed in the ultrasound and not in the x-ray? I feel terrible for you both!  

I am sorry you have the flu on top of all this with Clyde UGH Glad you have support and people to help you! 

Take care of you both and let us know when your up to that Clyde is home please. 

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2 April 2018 - 8:31 am
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Oh my goodness you and Clyde have really been run thru the mill!  Sending healing thoughts and prayers for you both!  May today be the day that things start going upward for you both!  Sending huge hugs to you both!  Wonderful you’ve got a good support system near you (mom and neighbors)!  That’s invaluable!

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YIKES! I’m just catching up on Clyde’s situation. Obstructions are the worst! Wyatt Ray knows all about that and I hate to think about the decisions we would have had to make when he had his surgeries, if we didn’t have pet insurance. Ugh. That level of care is sooo expensive.

But the good news is, as expensive as VCA West L.A. is, they are a stellar specialty center, Clyde is in wonderful care. Be good to yourself and get well soon, he will be home in no time at all. Oh and I think continuing your topic here is fine until he’s 100% well.

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So today was kind of blah. This morning’s report was that while he rested pretty well last night, he got agitated this morning and they had to give him what I learned tonight was Trazadone. He also regurgitated some this morning and still wasn’t eating.

Because he wasn’t eating, I decided to go visit this evening (visiting hours are from 7-8 p.m.) to see if I could get him going. Well, he was one drugged up puppy. The attendant told me that they did get him to eat two small cans of food in the afternoon and he’d stopped regurgitating. The surgeon came by and talked to me as well. He said that the Trazadone really, really knocked him out – to the point they thought something bad had happened. So no more Trazadone for Clyde. He also said they took him outside for a little bit to pee, and he hopped around some. They have switched him to Tramadol – and I realized later after the vet left that Tramadol makes him anxious, causes him to pant, etc. He reacts to it. So I told the tech, who said he would tell the surgeon. Clyde just seems to be pretty sensitive to drugs.

He did wag his tail and thought about getting up a couple of times, but generally was just totally out of it. Which I guess I should have expected. It was hard to see him like that, had flashbacks to the osteo recovery. And then I remembered he did pretty well with that, so hopefully he’ll do the same here. I did not get to see his incision, but I did get to see what caused all of this – and I have absolutely no idea what it is. It is a very flexible, long, hard plastic thing with little segmented grooves – it looked like a long, hard worm. It had the circumference of a needle. No clue at all, I’ve never seen anything like it. There was a bunch of his fur stuck to it. Wonder how long it was in there.

So, that’s the update for today. I so wish he felt better. The vet said he’s just being really cautious with him, and I appreciate that. He will assess him in the morning and maybe I’ll get to take him home tomorrow. I sure hope so!

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Good morning Kristin,

Wow, almost sounds like a tiny zip tie. Maybe they will opt for another medication. Has he ever had a Fentanyl patch? That can still make him groggy but it goes on the skin and is a great pain medication. I bet he was glad to see his mama, even though he was too gorked out to get up. You got the wag, so even through his pink elephants he knew you were there. 

Just my observations from being a surgical tech in the past (it is only my opinion) Seems that any surgery involving bladders or intestines are just ouchy surgeries, moreso than many others. I just think those are super tender areas. Recovery is usually really good, but they definitely have a rough first few days. 

Keeping you in my thoughts. 

Bunches of hugs,

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Hi Jackie – yes, it did look something like a micro zip tie. But with the circumference of a string. So weird. He was on a Fentanyl patch after his amputation and did well on that. I don’t know if they’ll switch him to that or not. He has quite a fancy set up – I now know why the hospital costs so much! Beautiful facility, all state of the art. He is in a stall which is the size of a large walk in shower, with a nice heated pad to sleep on and all the fancy gadgets that you would find in a people hospital. I was impressed for sure! I met his dedicated tech – I guess they assign their techs to a small number of pets for dedicated care. He was very nice and very caring. Made me feel a little better about the overall cost of all of this, it truly is an amazing facility. 

So now I’m waiting for this morning’s update which I should get around 9:30 or so if they follow the last few days’ pattern. Fingers crossed I get to bring him home today!

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Fingers, toes, and all paws crossed for you!!❤️❤️❤️

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Geez, this has ro be sooo hard for you.   And hard for Clyde too.  Has Jackie said though, he’s seeing pink elephants. 

I’m glad the drug situation is figured out now.  Poor fella’, wired up tight from one drug and then almost comatose on the other!

He IS eating and he peed AND WAGGED HIS TAIL FOR HIS MAMMA!! 🙂 🙂

And that “thing” in his tummy…..hmmm.  Was it HIS fur wrapped arpund it?  He ate whatever it was because it was mixed in with something tasty.  Just wondering if he found some poor critter carcass thst somehow had that in it.  Crazy weird whatever it was. Or somehow was caught up in something outside and got entangled in his fur and heppicked and chewed at it. Crazy weird.

We’ll watch for your update.  Lots of pawsitive energy your way!

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

PS…Okay yiu techies.  What’s that pain blocker that is now being given with surgeries that’s supppsed to be really effective??   Starts with “No…

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HI Lawcat,

Just want to chime in that I know all about the maxing of the credit cards. Clyde is so very lucky that you are his Hooman.

My Cookie had her amputation 16 days ago and if that’s not hard enough you have additional complications. Sheeshwhatever

I am pulling for you BIG TIME that everything settles down and recovery can begin in earnest. We are thinking of you and pulling for you and Clyde BIG TIME!!

all the best from me n Cookie!

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Clyde is home! Woo hoo! He’s super tired – was excited to get out of the hospital, had to hop to the car, a 2 hour ride home in LA traffic, and excitement to see all his buddies here at home. He is in a pen in my living room, just like he was nearly 2 years ago after his amputation. He came home with Cerenia, Tramadol, omeprazole, and sucralfate.  He’s not interested in eating, although they said they got him to eat if they fed him by hand. I think he’s just a little overwhelmed and tired now. I’ll try again later to feed him.

I’m going to work from home part time for the next few days to keep an eye on him. I’m so happy he’s home!

Oh – none of the doctors I encountered initially believed he really has osteosarcoma because he’s still here laughingI had to keep telling each new one I met that yes, his leg was indeed biopsied and osteo confirmed. Ha!

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OVER THE MOON HAPPY!!:-):-):-):-):-)   CLYDE THE MIRACLE DAWG IS HOME!!! 🙂 🙂    GRINNING!   GRINNING GREAT VIG GRIN 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

I’m sure he is tired, and pretty darn weak too.  Poor fella’ hasn’t had a good meal that he could keep dpwn for a week!!

You can maybe get some good rest yourself tonight!

And I’m really glad Clyde could educator the Vets that  No dog has a timeframe stamped on their but and no dog is a statistic!!! 🙂 🙂   And Clyde didn’t do chemo either!!  YAAAAAAAAAY FOR CLYDE 🙂 🙂 🙂

Happy hugs!

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