Three Kids and a Dog

Monday, September 05, 2016

Sadie's Surgery

Almost two weeks ago Sadie started throwing up repeatedly. As soon as I got one mess cleaned up, she would throw up again. This was preceded by a night where she constantly had to go out. It must've been some bug we thought, but then she threw up one of her toys - whole!

I had already called the vet and we thought the toy was intact so no need for x-rays or any further investigation. However, two days later she still wasn't better so into the vet we went for x-rays. The x-ray didn't show any obstruction so they gave her fluids and pain meds and sent her home. Two days later, she still wasn't better. Back to the vet for more x- rays. Again, it showed nothing. They gave her more fluids and we said that if she wasn't better by the time she was scheduled to be spayed, four days later then they would make a longer incision to investigate.

By day four, she still wasn't herself so on the day of her spay we signed the papers to do an exploratory surgery to see what was going on. It didn't take long either. The vet called me from the OR pretty quickly to say they found another toy that she had swallowed whole entering into her small intestine. The surgery went well and the doctor called to say she knew she was feeling better because she walked by her crate with a donut hole and Sadie lifted her head, barked at her then stood up begging for the treat! So I picked her up that night between Austen and Peyton's curriculum night at school. But as soon as I got her home, blood started dripping and then squirting out of her incision. So we got back in the car and I drove her 45 minutes to the vet hospital. They kept her overnight and gave her an herb that they apparently use for gunshot victims to help stop the bleeding. It worked but took a few days so Sadie spent a few days post-surgery at the vet hospital. 

She just came home on Saturday with a lot of energy to burn! She's back to her old self but has to be low key due to the stitches and staples they used to close her up. She was wearing a cone around her head and a t-shirt to prevent her from gnawing at her stitches but she didn't love it and it hurt when she would run into us with the plastic. So we ordered a dog surgery suit. Not sure if I trust her to only have this on when we aren't home but as Peyton says "she looks really cute in it!"

We're just glad she's okay and feeling like herself again!

Sadie in her surgical suit (above and below) so she doesn't have to wear her "cone of shame" 24-7!


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