- 7 years ago
- Wedding: October 2010
Wednesday after I came home from work and changed, I noticed that one of our dogs, Boris, got into my gym bag. I realized this when I saw my punctured inhaler laying under his dog bed. I didn’t put two and two together because I then noticed and heard his breathing get heavier. I went over to him and his pulse was about to beat right out of his skin.
Funny is though, as I was petting him, he was relaxed but his breathing and heartrate were crazy. I then knew what it was (inhaler) and called our vet. It was after hours (7:15pm) and vet was just finishing up with last patient when I called the answer service picked up. I explained what happened and soon received a call from our vet’s office. Dr. Smith (name is changed) was finishing up with her last patient. I explained what happend again. They called back and I was told that Dr. Smith said she wasn’t worried about it and to just monitor him.
So I did. If the vet wasn’t worried, I wasn’t going to be worried…but I was. I made Boris sleep with me in the guest room that night and while he didn’t stir very much, I knew he had a fever because he was so hot to the touch. I kept checking his pulse throughout the night.
Now we’re at Thursday morning when my husband told me he thought something was wrong. Boris is VERY VERY food motivated. And when eating his breakfast, he stopped closed his eyes, stepped away and went to lay on his bed. He soon got back up and finished breakfast. But he was acting like Boris, so I didn’t take it for major concern. I alerted our dog walkers as to what happened the night before. Got home last night to a normal greeting by the door, nice walk and he ate dinner. Then I started noticing how lethargic he was acting and when I tested him to see if he would come into the kitchen for a ‘cookie’ he did perk up and come in. But once he was there, he was moving in slow motion. His eyes weren’t open as usual…rather 1/2 open and he took his cookie in slow mo, didn’t close his mouth and let the cookie drop out onto the floor. Again, from a dog who will turn cartwheels for treats, I immediately knew something was wrong.
I called the vet again. Dr. Green (name changed) was there. We like Dr. Green. I explained to girl on phone everything. I was told to call Animal Poison Control. So I did and at their suggestion, they wanted me to take Boris to vet so they could work with Dr. Green in helping Boris feel better. Off to the vet we went.
Dr. Green was finishing up with last patient and the girls who work there were all coming out and taking his heartrate and listening to his heart. Everything was normal. Finally go to see Dr. Green and discussed everything. She told me that he could’ve died last night (the inhaler night when Dr. Smith told me to not worry about it). And seeing that he did not die, he would pull through and be fine.
Pretty much he was amped from being on an amphetamine the night before. And now he was crashing and burning. Disoriented a little from the drug and being so tired from wearing on his system.
So I asked her, if YOU were on call last night (inhaler night) would you have told me to NOT worry? She looked at me and was like, ‘Are you trying to get me in trouble?’ I just told her…well, what if he did die and I didn’t bring him in because Dr. Smith said to not worry about it. She told me that she would’ve sent me to the closet emergency clinic to have him monitored, especially for heart issues.
Boris is doing well today, I’m actually leaving work at 2 today to just be there with him, as I can’t help but to still be a little worried.
Now what do I do about this Dr. Smith? I’m not happy AT ALL about her dismissal of my call…especially since my dog could’ve died. Now, I know he didn’t but in the back of my mind, there is always the what-if scenario. I’m a tad pissed off.
What would you do?