Emma did it again
Wednesday we got a case of sirloin form Sam's and cut it up. In doing so I threw the fat trimmings in the trash. I thought Emma left it alone, but she got sneaky on us and paid the price. Wednesday night she threw up a huge greasy/fatty mass that I was able to just scoop up. After the upchuck she seemed fine.
Yesterday morning while I was out to PT office visit for my back, she threw up again for the boss unit, but this time is was loose, with food and bile. This was about 10 AM and she did not Eat until about 2 that afternoon, when she ate normally. She was drinking normal all day.
Then about 8 last night she wanted out. She went pee normally then when to poop, but came up screaming. from then on she acted very hyper, and every time she tried to poop, she was in very bad pain (nothing came out on each try). She stunk badly from both ends too and had a slight greasy discharge from her butt.
About 10 I finally called the vet - got the on call one, and as we talked she could hear Emma howling / screaming in the background. She said bring her in and that she would meet us there. I got Emma in the truck with her in a lot of pain, and drove the 30 minutes into town. Emma seemed to calm down a bit, but it was hard to drive with her howling and whimpering. but once out of the truck at the vet she was howling/screaming again.
While standing outside the door, she screamed in pain, but this time some greasy yellow sludge came out (right in front of the door) I grabbed some paper towels and cleaned it up, just at the vet arrived. Emma had calmed down a bit by then.
I was surprised Emma gave the vet a quick lick and let her calm her (last time she would not let her touch her). So in we went. Vet was relieved that she had pooped a bit and looked at it to check of blood, etc, but none visible.
Full exam followed. No gut swelling, no bloat, gums OK, but Emma got very aggressive and snapped at her when she checked. Vet said normal reaction due to eye contact. I had to grab her snout quickly (Muzzle went on) Then the rectal check and temp check. Temp was 103 a bit high, but rectal check indicated no blockage at the hind end. Vet then took the muzzle off Emma and she was fine again with getting petted and loved up by the vet. Vet said she was at the proper weight and was very surprised at how soft her coat was and the excellent shape she was in. She asked what food I was using (Purina Pro Plan LB Puppy) and suggested now was the time to change over to std Adult. She wants to keep Emma at this weight (80 lbs) and body mass. She also noticed she seemed fine in her hips with no issue that night
While we were having the above discussion She checked a stool sample and found nothing, so after a discussion of what might of been in the trash, including chicken bones we made the call for the Xray to be sure. Vet did not think there was a blockage, but only way to know was to take a picture.
Muzzle back on to get the x ray and it was a chore holding Emma in position. She was in pain being lifted. Once done muzzle off and she was again fine with the vet. X ray came out good. She had food in her stomach, but no blockage. She did have some gas pockets normal with the diarrhea she had outside the door.
As time went on during the exam Emma seemed to be getting better and calmer. Emma got a shot to ease the intestinal pain and I was given Metronidazole to give her twice a day until gone. Also no food for 24 hours from her last feeding.
So at 12:45 AM we left the vet, but about $300 poorer
Today she is somewhat happy but tired, but very hungry. No vomit, pees OK but no effort to poop yet that I have seen. However no pain either, as she was doing her guarding the yard work this morning
I gave her the first cup of Brown Rice/chicken and cottage cheese a few minutes ago and she gobbled it right down. Now sleeping again. Next feeding about 7.
She seems to be on the mend. I cant wait for her to be back to her obnoxious self
I think I did the right thing, as I was worried about bloat and a major blockage. Emma was in a lot of pain and wanting constant comfort. We think there may have been a small bone in her stool that was causing pain as it passed.