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 Post subject: My dog is an idiot and is in the hospital.
PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 3:14 pm 
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Short story: My dog climbed on the counter this morning, opened a bottle of Basko's arthritis medicine, and ate SEVENTY-TWO PILLS. Now she is in the hospital and has to stay at least 48 hours. Any good vibes you could throw her way would be great.

Long story: [Warning: Vomit ahead] My mom got up this morning and fed the dogs and then went to get coffee. I woke up about 1/2 an hour later and went downstairs. Tegan was lying on the sofa. Then I noticed small round tablets scattered on the floor in front of the crate. I looked in the crate, and there was a bottle of Deramaxx (It's an NSAID, similar to Rimadyl) that had been chewed open. I looked in the bottle, and there were only a few left. Because my stupid dog had eaten nearly all of them.

We took her to the vet, and they went through the whole inducing vomiting thing, just like that time my stupid dog ate a bunch of coffee pods. Tegan has a stomach of steel, so it took several doses of the tablets they stick in the eye and a dose of hydrogen peroxide before she puked. Then the vet went through the vomit with her hands and picked out all the chunks and examined them to see if they were pills or kibble. It was incredibly disgusting. Luckily, I had not eaten breakfast yet. They gave Tegan more peroxide and she vomited again, and the vets and techs went through the vomit again. Then they x-rayed her stomach, which looked pretty empty, so they figured she was done puking.

Then Tegan had to have activated charcoal poured down her throat. The vet said, "Oh, you're lucky! We have one bottle left. That's just enough!" It was awful. It's this thick black sludge that of course Tegan did not want to swallow, so I had to hold her head while the tech slowly syringed it into her mouth. It was dripping out of her mouth and all over my hands and arms and Tegan's fur. It took about 10 minutes because it had to be done so slowly to make sure she swallowed it. As soon as it was finished, Tegan took two steps away and puked up the entire forking bottle. The last one that they had. They had to call around to other vets to see if anyone had more in stock that they could give us. The only nearby vet that had any was the vet we used to go to. We stopped going there when we still had Sable, because the vet we usually used left, and I didn't really like the other ones there. But we never told them we were transferring. We just kind of never went back. So it was awkward. They gave us the bottle, and they had put Sable's name on the label, because that's what's still in their system. And that was ugh, because right now I really don't want to think about my dog who went into the hospital and then died.

So that was my morning. I spent about 2 hours at the vet and then I had to leave Tegan there on an IV. She has to say 48-96 hours. If she does well, she can come home after 48. The vet said we could take her to the emergency hospital if we felt more comfortable with that, but that's the place where Sable died, and I just can't even deal with that. And Tegan wasn't showing any signs of being sick, so I think she'll be fine at the regular vets. I hope. Please think good thoughts for my poor stupid dog.


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Urgh, how traumatising! I'm sorry you and Tegan had to go through that, and I will send my best good wishes to her!

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All my good vibes and encouraging thoughts to you and Tegan. She's lucky to have such a loving home, the poor sap. Rooting for you both!

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Dogs have a way of putting themselves in harm's way that's maddening to their humans!

Get well soon, Tegan, and don't be such a rascal in the future! You are worrying your mama!

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Oh no! I hope Tegan is fine.

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So many good thoughts and hugs for you, your family, and Tegan.

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How awful, I hope she's ok and home with you soon! <3


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Thanks, everyone. Her bloodwork was good except for her potassium being slightly low. They're hoping the IV fluids will take care of that. I feel really bad that she's in a cage there. But she spent most of her puppyhood in crates, so maybe it won't bother her.

All of the techs were asking, "Weren't we doing the same thing for this dog several months ago after she ate coffee?" Yep. That was Tegan. Who is never going to be allowed in the kitchen ever again.


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Poor Tegan!!! Hope she (and you!) are doing better soon!

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Maybe some child-proof cabinet locks?! Jeeeez what a rascal!

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I know, right? The bottle was way back on the counter, and there was stuff in front of it. And the bottle itself was childproof. She really had to work hard to poison herself!

The vet actually tried to give her the charcoal in food at first, but Tegan wouldn't touch the food, even when they offered a spoonful that had no charcoal in it. It was the super appetizing (to dogs at least) canned food they give to sick animals who aren't eating. And Tegan was turning her head away, like "Ew, no thanks." But she'll eat pills. And coffee grounds.


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Poor Tegan. Lots of good thoughts. I hope she's doing better soon and can come home. And doesn't eat anything else silly.

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You have my sympathy, one of Poppy's nicknames is suicide puppeh. If it can kill her, she will find it!


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Hugs, RC! And Tegan, please come home soon and stop eating stuff that is no good for you!!


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 Post subject: Re: My dog is an idiot and is in the hospital.
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The vet just called and asked if we could take Tegan home overnight and then bring her back in the morning. Apparently she kept getting tangled in the IV line and pulling it out, and then she peed all over herself. They think she'd be better off at home. Good job, Tegan. Even the vet can't deal with your nonsense.


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Oh heck! What a day for you two! Good vibes in abundance for Tegan. And some extra ones for you, too, RC! <3


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 Post subject: Re: My dog is an idiot and is in the hospital.
PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 8:19 pm 
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Tegan is home now. Her leg is all bandaged because they wanted to keep the vein open so they don't have to put in another IV tomorrow. They said she peed everywhere four times because of the high volume of fluids they were giving her. And then she pulled the IV line out and there was blood everywhere. The vet said, "You turn away for two minutes and she has wrecked everything! But she's sitting there looking so innocent!" and we were like, "YUP, that is the problem!" So she is home for the night, but we have to get her back there early tomorrow morning and she has to stay all day for more fluids. And they have to keep running bloods periodically to make sure everything is okay. I can't wait to see the final bill. I guess no one is getting xmas presents from me this year!


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Poor Tegan and poor you. That sucks a whole lot. I'm so glad to hear she is okay.

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Poor Tegan! I hope there is a rapid recovery. But really, dog, you need to never enter the kitchen again. Ever.

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Tegan!! what a crazy monkey you are! feel better.

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Oh, poor silly dog. Hope she recovers quickly.


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Poor Tegan!!! Sending her good thoughts.

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Tegan!! what a crazy monkey you are! feel better.


This. I am laughing, a little, because it is all kinds of ridiculous. But man, I can just imagine the stress all of you are feeling. I hope life's calmer and healthier soon.

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Well, at least she didn't pull at her bandage last night. I know because I was awake all night staring at her, because I was terrified she'd rip her IV catheter out. I did find out that she's a very restless sleeper. She'll be lying on her left side, then five minutes later switch to her right side, then flop onto her back with her feet in the air, then get up and rearrange all her toys before lying down again... I am really forking tired right now.

She is at the vet all day for more fluids. They said she is behaving herself today (so far). She is just so super talented at getting herself into trouble. When the vet called us yesterday, she said, "Could you take her home overnight? This dog has a death wish. I'm terrified she'll somehow find some weird way to hang herself or something if she stays here!" The staff kept reassuring us with, "Well, at least she's pretty!"


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Oh, Tegan! You've got to stop doing stuff like this!

I hope she's a-ok soon, and stays out of trouble after this, RC.

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