Sunday, December 03, 2006

And so it goes

Well, I thought Farley was better. He certainly improved through the course of the week. He got Kaopectate for a few days, along with pumpkin in his food, and so his diarrhea seemed to go away. Anyhow, I wasn't really worried . . . disappointed about spending so much money to get no answers, but relieved that he had nothing wrong. Hah!

Friday I went out for a few hours to curl on my mom's team, and when I got home he'd pooped in the entry way. Now, this dog does NOT have accidents in the house, so I knew his tummy was still upset. Still, that in itself wasn't odd, given the week he'd had.

Saturday morning he woke me up with his shivering . . . really hard core shakes, as if he was wet and cold (he was neither). I took him outside, and he did his business. Not that long afterward, he threw up. Not bile . . . it was a bunch of liquid with some undigested food in it. Odd, since he hadn't eaten since the night before. After he threw up he was really upset, and hiding around the corner from me. It was absolutely heartbreaking, since I wasn't in the least bit angry (how could I be???).

So yesterday I took him to see the emergency vet (my regular vet is closed on weekends). We discussed a few things, and I found out that Farley is running a temperature. I didn't know that. So we opted to have him admitted (which is NOT a decision I make lightly), so he could get IV fluids and IV antibiotics. I felt he needed a quiet night for resting, and I knew he'd get looked after (the vet was on call, so there was somebody at the clinic through the night).

This morning they called to tell me they'd gone ahead and done barium x-rays. There are blockages in the stomach and the small intestine, but they're not complete blockages. The vet wants to re x-ray at 6:00pm and call me then. He was also going to try and get ahold of my regular vet, to get the test results from Thursday. Then we may opt to do surgery, depending on how things look and compare to previous test results.

So, keep my Farley-boy in your thoughts and prayers if you could. I'm awfully worried about him. And Gracie misses her big brother.

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