Am I a bad dog mom? Maggie’s Miserable Weekend.
This weekend was supposed to be a mini-vacation for us. We had our dog sitter lined up to stay with Jack & Maggie and we were going down to San Diego to spend the weekend with my family. All that changed when Maggie threw-up three times within an hour on Friday morning and we spent our weekend at the vets instead.
All of our dogs have eaten grass when they have an upset stomach, they eat a bunch of grass, it irritates their stomach and they throw-up. Typically, that’s the end of it and they are fine after that initial bout and back to being Labs with voracious appetites. Not so with Maggie. Yes, she ate the grass and threw up the grass, but then ate some more grass and threw-up more grass and ate more grass and and then she started crying. Off to the vet.
Our regular vet did a full blood panel & special test to rule out pancreatitis (negative, thanks goodness) but it showed nothing else. We went home after getting a subcutaneous injection of fluids and some anti-nausea and anti-diarrhea medicine. She turned her nose up at anything to eat Friday night, and Saturday morning we were woken up at 3am to more of the same, vomiting> grass> more grass>distress>crying. We took her to the emergency vet.
An x-ray and ultrasound showed a mass of unidentifiable ‘stuff’ in her stomach – most likely the grass that she hadn’t yet vomited. They put her on IV fluids and we left her there for the day. She got through the day with no vomiting and the ‘mass’ appeared to be moving down into her small intestines – on it’s way out the back door. We brought her home Saturday evening and she seemed on the road to recovery. Sunday she really seemed back to herself – she pooped out a LOT of grass, but that allayed our other fear, that she had some type of blockage. She ate a bit of breakfast and even more dinner. She wouldn’t eat the nice boiled chicken I made her, and wanted her kibble, so that’s what we fed her.
Unfortunately, this morning it seems we’re on the same path again. She didn’t have much interest in breakfast and then threw up the minimal amount she got down. We’re debating now whether to give her some time – she’s sleeping soundly in my office as I write this – before we call the vet and poke and prod her some more. Obviously, whatever started this on Friday is still around, but the point of this post was to provide a lesson learned regarding my own behavior and not thinking through the consequences. I feel like a bad dog mom…
As I mentioned, dogs eat grass and usually throw -up, so I’ve never stopped them from eating it – they just throw it up – UNLESS they have been given anti-nausea medicine. That was a big mistake on my part on Saturday morning, to allow her to eat the grass after she had been given that medicine. The medicine inhibited her ability to vomit, and the grass she ingested morphed into this tight mass that irritated her stomach even more and caused a great deal of distress for her. Grass is hard to digest – that’s why it usually comes right back up – but poor Maggie had to digest it and poop out grass for 2 days now.
I feel terrible that she is still sick and that I contributed to it in some way by not thinking through the consequences of her grass-eating behavior.
A word of warning or a word of caution whenever your dog is given any medication, think through all of the potential repercussions and implications.
Any of you have a similar story to share with our readers? Something you unwittingly did that made things worse for your sick dog?
PS. To top off Maggie’s miserable weekend, she got stung by a bee last night right over her left eye…