1am Sunday 1st February: I was woken to the sound of Indy whimpering and trembling! Immediately I rushed Indy to the Animal Emergency Centre.
The on duty vet commenced triage of Indy’s presenting condition; trembling, abdominal pain and fever. After running x-rays it was quickly determined that he had what appeared to be a small piece of raw chicken wing bone; approx 1 cm x .5cm stuck somewhere in his bowel. Concerned about a potential bowel perforation he was admitted to hospital, provided pain relief, IV fluids and was to be monitored very closely. We were advised to go home and wait for an update.
The problem was that in order for the bone to pass, Indy needed to eat. Refusing to comply, the vet suggested a “food trial”; this is when the fur-parent is asked to visit and try to encourage the patient to eat. Arriving with a small bag of boiled chicken thigh, a couple of his favourite toys and Amber in tow (her role was to be Indy’s emotional support or at the very least a food threat that would make him eat!)
Interestingly, Amber seemed to sense Indy was not far away as she panted and paced the room. Indy was ecstatic to see us, equally so were we. He raced back and forth with Amber frankly licking his muzzle. You would NEVER have guessed he was unwell! After almost inhaling the chicken, the vet suggested Indy be monitored in the comfort of his own home until the bone passed. I agreed to bring him back immediately if he experienced any level of pain or discomfort.
With the exception of now having to dissect his poo in search of the illusive piece of bone – GROSS! Everything seemed almost back to normal again. Wishful thinking?
3am Monday 2nd February: Indy starting yipping, spinning around and looking at his rear end. Recalling that the vet said pieces of bone can sometimes get stuck in the rectum. Ouch. I rushed him back to emergency. After a poke around in his bottom and some further x-rays, we were happy to learn that the bone was gone and his anal glands needed expressing – which could explain his discomfort. YUK!
The vet still focused on the cause of Indy’s yipping behaviour; proceeded to say that he was worried the problem was not just his Anal Glands, that Indy may be suffering from “Spinal Issues” or “Meningitis” – WHAT! I felt sick with dread and shocked that a small piece of bone obstruction could suddenly now be two very major medical conditions. Feeling at a terrible loss and not wanting to put Indy through any level of unnecessary and invasive testing, I decided to seek a second opinion.
4pm Tuesday 3rd February: Indy’s “local” vet undertook a thorough examination and concluded that Indy did not appear to have either of these conditions and looks to have pinched some muscles, quite possibly from being stretched out for multiple x-rays, that was the cause of his current discomfort. He was prescribed .15ml “Meloxicam” an anti-inflammatory drug once a day and advised against any running or jumping for a couple of days. The medication worked a treat and within hours Indy was well on his way to being his cheeky self again.
9am Wednesday 4th February: Indy started vomiting – A LOT! Back to the vet, a quick blood test was carried out to eliminate “Pancreatitis” as a cause; the vet believes that Indy may just have had a tummy upset from the medication. He was given an injection of “Convenia” to relieve vomiting and prescribed .5ml “Peptosyl” three times a day to line and settle his tummy.
The Last Few Days: Having cried for how many days, my swollen and puffy red eyes are finally going down, my twisted stomach is slowly untwisting and I have cautiously put the tissue box away; I breathe a sigh of relief as I say Indy is feeling much better. Amber is happy to have her cheeky little brother back again and I have learned that it would seem Indy will do whatever it takes to get out of being de-sexed…which coincidentally was supposed to happen on Wednesday.
Updated 14th April 2015: Read More On Indy’s Meningitis Diagnosis!!!
“A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running”
– Groucho Marx
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