19 December 2007 @ 09:42 pm
Another sick puppy...  
So, my wife and I were watching Star Trek in the bedroom last night, and our 4-yr old boston Leo came in with his head hung low. He was acting weird, sad-looking, I guess. He jumped up on the bed, sat down, and started coughing and wheezing. At first it just sounded like a "normal" coughing/hyperventelating attack that he gets when he gets to excited, but it got worse, and he started drooling and and spitting up white foam.

We took him to the emergency vet, who told us he was in some sort of abdominal pain, and they wanted to do an xray/radiograph. Well, the pictures confirmed our suspicions: Leo got into the trash. We suspected either chicken bones or aluminium foil to be the cause. They told us that because of where it was lodged in his stomach, they would need to do surgery to get it out.

So, we wen't ahead with the surgery, and picked him up this morning. It turns out he ate a whole mess of chicken bones, and they were blocking his sphincter and there was no way he would be able to pass them. He was in plenty of pain and discomfort, and if we wouldn't have taken him in when we did, it could have gotten much worse.

Anyway, we took him to our regular vet today, who is keeping him for a few days for observation. He's doing good, we're going to visit him again tommorow. They want to keep him on IV fluids for a few days instead of feeding, so that his stomach has time to heal, and so they can make sure the bones didn't leave any cuts on the inside of his stomach.

Our other dog, (a 1-yr old boston) Talulah, is taking it very badly. When we had Leo home for a few hours this morning before our regular vet opened, she was freaking out. All day today she has been running in circles looking for Leo, and every time we let her out to the back yard, she takes two steps out the back door and stops to wait for Leo. She looks so sad...

Anyway, Leo is recovering well. Lesson learned: Keep the trash can away from the doggers.

Nancy: Stella Bella Blue - little lady 004thebabynancy on December 20th, 2007 03:11 am (UTC)
egads. glad to hear he's convalescing...
hello_blondie on December 20th, 2007 03:45 am (UTC)
SO glad to hear he is recuperating!

Our little guy ate a finishing nail two days before Thanksgiving but luckily he passed it without incident the afternoon before Thanksgiving. What sucked about that was that there was no way to prevent it, he found it in the grass while going potty and before we could wrestle it out of his mouth he swallowed it -_-
vixvix on December 20th, 2007 04:09 am (UTC)
Ohs noes! Glad you guys caught it in time! :(
hysteric glamour: shmoopyunquietmind on December 20th, 2007 05:10 am (UTC)
So scary! Hope Leo is home soon.
jasmine: jackjasmines97 on December 20th, 2007 12:07 pm (UTC)
Poor Leo! I'm glad to hear that he's doing well now and I hope he can come home soon.
Kimkimbalynne on December 20th, 2007 01:10 pm (UTC)
Poor Leo! Glad to hear he's on his way back to healthy & hope he can come home soon!
rubybleu on December 20th, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
Oh poor Leo! Sending good BT vibes his way and hope he can be home for Christmas with you!
asavasasavas on December 20th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you/they caught it before it became even more serious!

Last week, Geech somehow got in the trash to retrieve a destroyed toy. I have no idea how he did it -- the can is three times his height and has a closed lid. Somehow he got the toy out (which was under other trash!) without knocking down the trash can! Now that I know he can do this, I have to be extra careful with the trash.

Curious little dogs can really get themselves in trouble :(

Best wishes to Leo!
Celtcelticgent on December 20th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)

I'm just a girl: Heart lovecute_bunny on December 21st, 2007 03:09 am (UTC)
I'm glad you caught it in time! I always worry when I have to throw something in the trash like bones or onions. One dog got into the trash once but no one has since, so I think they pretty much ignore it.

Hope he makes a full recovery soon!
figglesfiggles on December 23rd, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)
Poor baby.... So glad he's going to be okay!

*sigh* They are so very good at getting into things they shouldn't.