Veterinary Advice

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  1. The Incorrigible Steel Burrito VII

    The Incorrigible Steel Burrito VII Well-Known Member

    Oct 19, 2014
    As SI is the internet's premier source for medical advice, we often forget that its also the internet's best source for veterinary expertise. (I think they even do some surf forecasting here...)

    So my new puppy, Willow, had surgery today. She had a pretty gnarly blockage. She is 7 months old Bernese Mountain Dog, and lost a ton of weight from puking hardcore for a day and then not eating these past few days. We thought at first she passed most of the toy (rope toy), as was evidenced by rope-turds. We gave her mineral oil to see if she would pass what, if anything, was left of it but she didn't. Not eating, not pooping, still drinking. I was skeptical to bring her in for not eating because when I first got her she nearly starved herself to death and had to go to the vet for tests/fluids/x-rays/etc, and wouldn't eat dry food, wet food, rice, chicken, people food, taco bell, anything. It turned out she was just such a picky eater that she had to have the very specific exact puppy food she had before we got her, same size kibble, same specific content (not just brand), etc. And then, two days later, she started eating anything. So I wondered, optimistically, if she had pooped out the rope and maybe she was being picky again after that bout. But yesterday when she was looking viva-la-Auschwitz we figured it was time to get her to the vet again.

    So they said the rope popped through her intestines in two spots, and they had to remove parts of her stomach and stitch them back together. They said she has a "good chance" of recovering.

    I seek the wisdome of the forume. Has anyone experienced this, and what type of recovery are we looking at? Details are welcome.
  2. ScobeyviIIe

    ScobeyviIIe Well-Known Member

    Nov 3, 2015

  3. yankee

    yankee Well-Known Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    That really sucks, U2B. Sorry for your dog, and the fam. Expensive, too.

    Had one dog, 70 lb Samoyed / Akita, up & die from volvulus. Horrendous. I empathize with what you're going through.

    Other than don't pay any attention to hannabanana's self-centered tales of life with his wife, that's it from here.
  4. chicharronne

    chicharronne Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    That crap happens even if you're careful. I gave my dog Brujo, as a teen, an indestructable Kong chew toy. He chewed it to bits and I thought I got all the chunks as he spat them out. He started to puke up everything, and it was cool when wiping up(right away). It was a Sunday and we were poor so weekend vet wasn't an option. We stayed with him and in the middle of the night he stood up, got a weird look and shot a end of a Kong out his azz. God loves us.
  5. The Incorrigible Steel Burrito VII

    The Incorrigible Steel Burrito VII Well-Known Member

    Oct 19, 2014
    my dad once spooned hardened toy poop out of my childhood dogs butt.

    the vet did not sound too optimistic. i guess they took 2' of intestine out.
  6. mattinvb

    mattinvb Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2014
    took a couple feet of intestine from my good friend's ches bay retriever. She made a full recovery. Just follow the vets orders.
  7. Iggy

    Iggy Well-Known Member

    Jun 14, 2014
    I had a border collie when I was a teenager that had a blockage and had surgery. The dog recovered just fine but it was an expensive surgery.

    I have a doberman now that has eaten my wife's stockings on two occasions and luckily he passed everything on his own.
  8. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    Damn man sorry to hear about this. Hope she gets better. I will read the deets more thoroughly and offer any potential advise I might have when I get to a pc.
  9. garbanzobean

    garbanzobean Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2010
    My wife's family in the rural south goes through numerous dogs. Strays show up and hang out eating table scraps until they endear themselves enough to get some kibbles. Most end up in a ditch after raiding the neighbors chicken coop full of slugs or antifreeze. Some have survived amazingly and even get a collar but never inside the house or in a dog run. Then there are the really poor folks and their pit bull packs w/ the occasional mauled child. Survival of the fittest. Good luck w/ your pet amigo.
  10. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    My woman swears by Care Credit, basically a credit card for expensive vet bills...look into pet insurance as well.
  11. The Incorrigible Steel Burrito VII

    The Incorrigible Steel Burrito VII Well-Known Member

    Oct 19, 2014
    Willow did not make it through the night. She died at the vets. Sigh.... Merry ****ing Christmas.
  12. Scarecrow

    Scarecrow Well-Known Member

    Nov 30, 2007
    So sorry, that's awfully sad.
  13. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    Damn man, so sorry to hear that.
  14. Iggy

    Iggy Well-Known Member

    Jun 14, 2014
    Sorry to hear that. It's always tough losing a pet.
  15. The Lonesome Tractor

    The Lonesome Tractor Well-Known Member

    Feb 13, 2012
    That's no easy feat U2B. My buddy had a berner that passed away a year or so ago. Great dogs.

    Stay positive bud, clearly she had an impact on you and your family. Sometimes the best people, animals, & feelings in your life are too short lived... but the memories your share and the things your learn from them will last a lifetime.

    CBSCREWBY Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2012
    That sucks, man. My condolences.

    BANANABREAD Active Member

    Aug 8, 2013
    Sorry about Willow...did all you could.
  18. misfit27

    misfit27 Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2013
    Sorry to hear about this, I lost my dog to a blockage a few years ago. I took him in, they said he was fine, we repeated for 2 days. By the time I got a second opinion he was rushed into surgery and it was too late. That was in 2007 and I still have a hard time thinking about it. Get a second opinion. If your dog doesn't look right, get him/her checked. As much as it sucks to spend money, it is and will always be less important than your best friend.
  19. misfit27

    misfit27 Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2013
    Oh man, I missed the second page. So sorry.
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