- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2012
I posted this update on the originial thread, but was afraid it’d get missed. So here is a link to the first thread: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/pukey-puppy#axzz2Kuq8CLey
Update: The surgery went well and they got the rock out. They checked his intestines for any other possible foreign objects (such as chapstick tube chunks or rug tassle strings) but thankfully found nothing else. The poor baby has a 4.5-5 inch incision on his belly and it’s 3 levels deep of stitches (stomach, muscles, skin).
We picked him up at 5pm on Tuesday. He was so drugged that his eyes were rolled in the back of his head and he couldn’t walk. We got him home and DH carried him in and set him down. Buster Bear didn’t move and slept for 4 hours. Around 9 he woke up, but was still very groggy and drugged. He opened his eyes but wouldn’t lift his head. We got some ice cubes and he would lick them in our hands without lifting his head.
After a little while, he got up when we asked him if he needed to go potty. We were able to get him outside to pee. I then tried to coax him slowly up the stairs (per the vet’s suggestion to just make him go up slowly) and he only went a couple steps before refusing to move. My husband then carried him upstairs to our room and he slept until about 11:30 when he first started crying. I laid on the floor next to him all night. He didn’t move a muscle. Just laid there whining and whimpering. It broke my heart.
Wednesday morning he walked down the stairs himself and went with us outside to go potty. The vet gave us special gastronintestinal canned food to mix with water and feed him. He refused to eat more than few licks. We then had to put the cone on him for the first time. Poor guy thinks he is in trouble.
DH had to go to work on Wednesday but I stayed home with him all day. I called the vet about his refusal to eat. They told me to boil some ground beef then chop it as finely as possible and see if he’d eat that. He ate 3/4 a cup. The vet then told me we had to mix the ground beef in with the canned stuff at his next meal. He ate only a small amount of that. We even tried warming it up after the vet suggested it might tempt him more if it was a warm meal. Also, almost all day yesterday (Wednesday) Buster Bear insisted that he lay in my lap, not next to me. He needed comfort.
The vet has had us keep him on a leash in the house so we can help him walk at a slow speed and make sure he doesn’t try getting on the furniture. DH tried to get him to walk up the stairs last night and unfortunately Buster Bear still tried to take the stairs a little fast and seemed to hurt himself. He made it about 4 stairs before stopping and waiting for my DH to carry him the rest of the way. This morning Buster Bear refused to even try going down the stairs himself. DH is his elevator for now.
He is still not eating very much at all. DH is staying home from work today to care for him and DH slept on the floor next to him all last night so I could sleep before work today. He got up a few times but DH said he never cried like the night before. Today (Thursday) DH had to call the vet again about Buster Bear not eating and they told him to add in rice. That got Buster Bear to eat a little more than he has been. So half of the canned gastrointestinal food is now being replaced with beef and rice (1/4c beef to 3/4c rice). We’re hoping he gets more of an appetite and willingness to eat more soon.
With his cone on, he doesn’t fit in the crate. So tomorrow I am taking another vacation day so that I can stay home and care for him. My husband and I are getting a doggy sitter for tomorrow night since we are scheduled to sing at a Valentine’s banquet. I just can’t leave him alone. 🙁 My poor little baby. This weekend we have to get a bigger crate because we just can’t stay home all next week.