Hello Everyone From Oracoke USA!
The weather here has turned to winter again. Rain and gales and snow up on the northern beaches. I am ready for this to be over. I had a bit of a scare Thursday night. On Thursday morning after she had her breakfast, Greyson vomited it all back up. I really didn't think too much about it, who's dog hasn't regurgitated soon after eating it? She acted fine, maybe a little sheepish, like she thought she had done something wrong, but she wanted to play fetch with her ball. At dinner time I decided to be cautious, and I only fed her a small amount of boiled rice. Within and hour, she threw that little bit up. My first thought was, I am going to have to run to the vet in the morning. She seemed a little subdued, but nothing unusual. At about midnight, she stood up and had that look about her, like she way going to be sick again, so I took her out on the porch. This time she just threw up some frothy stuff, but it was pink & that scared me. So I called my vet, I couldn't get a ferry until 5 am, as they don't run after midnight, until 5. At this time, she acted like she was in pain, trembling and not able to get comfortable. The vet told me to keep her calm and relaxed, so I sat up all night, she eventually relaxed and went to sleep, but not me. At 4:30 am we left for the ferry and met the vet at 7 am. Greyson was dehydrated, they took blood, did an x-ray, checked her stool, which had noticeable blood in it, although she never had a bowel movement that day. One good sign was the way she ran across the parking lot to greet the vet when she saw her. They kept her overnight on IV fluids and antibiotic. All her blood work came back normal, although her white blood cell out was slightly elevated, which indicated infection. The x-rays found nothing, except she had a lot of gas in her intestines. I was able to go and get her on Saturday afternoon. The vet said she thought she had HGE hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. There is no test for it, they don't know what causes it, but it can be fatal if not treated immediately with IV fluids. It happens in perfectly healthy dogs. The can be fine one minute and very sick the next. Because they don't know the cause, there is no preventive treatment. I have never seen or heard of this, but will certainly be alert about it in the future. Greyson is doing well. She was eating at the vet and the vomiting had stopped, so we will see how dinner goes tonight. I will be watching her like a hawk for the next week or so. Very scary stuff. Aside from that, I have had a very quiet week. Everyone else is fine. I have put some old photos on this laptop off my old computer, so I have new(even thought they are old) photos to share of my girls when they were little. The old desk top is dying a slow death, so a new computer is next on the "to buy" list. Hopefully next week I will be able to tell you that Greyson is back to her normal bouncy self. I don't think she got much rest at the vets. She made friends with 2 kittens and a parrot.......my vet said I need to take them home with me too! Try to say warm and dry.
Goodness me Tricia, what a worrying time, you must have been frantic, it must have been so worrying and living on an island so far away from an emergency vet! Thank goodness she is home and now recovering. Hope you get new computer soon. You deserve a new toy!