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   Posted 5/22/2008 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hubby and daughter left town on Wed to go househunting in North Carolina.  I came home from work on Thurs to find the rottie with a lame front leg.  He could barely walk.  Didn't eat his dinner or his breakfast the next a.m.  So I took him to the vet on Friday, and they wanted to do his annual fecal sample, so I said, "sure."  The vet came back and said that his stool was loose and bloody.  I had just watched him drop a load in my hostas out front right before we left, and it had looked normal to me.  They wanted to xray his gut as well as his leg.  Sure!  What's an extra 50 bucks good for, if not an xray.  So he comes back in, shows me the xray of his leg, which is fine, then shows me his gut, which has a large round metallic object in it.  They kept him overnight, gave him an emetic and some food.  Nothing came up but food.  They let me take him home on Saturday, but I had to give him canned food for GI problems (and of course, the other dogs were insanely jealous), and check his BM's for foreign objects.  No BM's...and no foreign objects.  200 bucks at the vet. 
In the meantime, I got the Grandbaby on Friday night.  Saturday morning, my other daughter came up from Louisville on her way to Cleveland to drop off the grandpuppies.  My grandbaby was scratching her head alot, so I had Aunty, who has better eyes than I, check her head.  She found nits.  UGH!!!  So I was left to delouse the poor little thing.  75 bucks on shampoo and delousing combs and sprays and new hairbrushes and combs.  Sprayed down the whole house, took all the bedding and clothes to the basement, put in a load, and when I went back down to check basement was full of smoke and the stench of burning rubber.  Joy.  Packed all the crap up in the car and headed for the laundry mat.  30 bucks to wash and dry clothes!  I couldn't believe it!  We had dinner at 11:00 that night. 
Sunday, Pudge couldn't stand himself up.  I had to pick up the front end, hurry around to the back end and pick it up before the front end slid back down.  No BM's, no foreign objects.  Took the grandbaby down to the creek to play.  The new boots she had gotten in April were already too small, started rubbing on her feet, and we climbed back up the hill with lots of tears.  OMG.  Such a drama queen.
Monday, I hauled Pudge back to the vet.  More xrays.  And now some bloodwork.  Another couple hundred bucks.  They'll call me tomorrow.  Tuesday evening, bring him in Wednesday.  Red bcc is low, white bcc is high, and the radiologist thinks he may have peritonitis on top of a foreign object.  So back to the vet on Wednesday.  More xrays.  An ultrasound.  Surgery.  Made it through with flying colors. Randy went to see him today.  He thinks the foreign object is a computer mouse ball.  We haven't had a computer mouse with a ball in it for years!
I have tomorrow and Monday off.  Hope this weekend is more restful than last!
Have a great Memorial Day, Gang.
Love and exhausted hugs...
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   Posted 5/23/2008 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
My gosh, I feel for you. No one should have all that at one time. Please let us know how everything turns out. Hope you have a nice Memorial day but with all you have going on I would be surprised. Good luck. love Joyce
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   Posted 5/23/2008 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow what a busy time! So sorry that all this is happening. Please let us know how Pudge is doing, I always feel sad for sick animals. I pray that he will be fine. Bev, I hope you get some rest and I too hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

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   Posted 5/23/2008 3:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, now that is a lot to deal with.  I'm so sorry you have had such a rough time.  I hope Pudge is OK.
My cat, when she was still a kitten, had a similar situation.   They thought she swallowed something and/or had peritonitis.  She had exploratory surgery and the found nothing.  For a week (including 1 overnight stay), I had to take her daily for tests and antibiotics.  Finally, after about a week, her fever went away and they never could say what it was.  However, I believe it was caused by the terrible nuetering surgery she had at the humane society, which was just days before she got sick.  I will never take another animal there for spaying/neutering.  On top of them causing her pain and surgery and ME money, they didn't do a good job at removing everything.  So, for several years after that, she had 'fake heat'.  Meaning, for a week about once or twice a year, she would act as if she was in heat.  The first time it happened, I thought she broke her back or something.  I took her to the emergency animal hospital, because of course this was at night.  When they said there was nothing wrong and she was acting like she was in heat, I just about hit the roof! 
I hope your holiday weekend is uneventful!
L & H,

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   Posted 5/24/2008 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
OMG After reading all these I think I will go back to bed and cover my head. At least if I go to bed and lie down the dogs will come with me and then they stay out of trouble. I can picture my new little boy eating a mouse ball. He eats everything and sometimes it disagrees with him and he has to upchuck. Yesterday he went into the living room where the carpet is a very light tan and left three spots of grass and assorted leaves, green and nasty. Thank God for Resolve. I won't share what he left in the dining room where the carpet is green. He eats bugs, too. Oh well, although the sun is shining and it is pretty out, it will be too hot to sit out and enjoy so I may as well go read. Take care of all the furry friends! Hugs MK

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   Posted 5/27/2008 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
OMG! Bev, sounds like you need an extra large box of Calgon for your bath. How's the dog doing? Better I hope. Sounds like my yongest sister and the problems she has had with her chocolate lab. Never ends. Sympathetic hugs, Lauri

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Post Edited (MNlady13) : 5/27/2008 3:15:01 PM (GMT-6)

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