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4th December 2009, 11:35 PM
I am sick as I write this. I will never forgive myself for being so stupid. I gave Bailey 10 times the amount of metacam I should have. I didn't realise until hours later and rushed her to the emergency vet. She is showing no symptoms yet but could go into kidney failure anywhere from now until two weeks from now.

My poor baby, I don't think I could cope if anything happens to her. I am wracked with guilt. Please pray for her.

5th December 2009, 12:07 AM
I hope Bailey is ok. Thinking of you and Bailey.

5th December 2009, 12:22 AM
Fingers crossed for Bailey -- hopefully it will all flush through the system and she will be fine. :xfngr:

5th December 2009, 12:38 AM
Unfortunately I did the same thing to kosmo when he went through his knee surgery. He suffered no adverse reactions and everything turned out fine. Good luck with your little one :flwr:

5th December 2009, 12:51 AM
I'll be thinking of you. My gut feeling is that you would see a bad reaction by now if there was going to be one. I hope so anyway. Is she taking charcoal? I have nursed someone after a suicide attempt and Dylan when my son gave him the wrong pill and both had charcoal for 2-4 days.

5th December 2009, 01:02 AM
I'll be thinking of you. My gut feeling is that you would see a bad reaction by now if there was going to be one. I hope so anyway. Is he taking charcoal? I have nursed someone after a suicide attempt and Dylan when my son gave him the wrong pill and both had charcoal for 2-4 days.

Yes. She has to stay at the emergency vet for 48 hours and they will pump her full of fluids/charcoal. I don't think I'll sleep a wink until I know she will be ok. The vet said nine times out of ten dogs are fine but I just feel awful. The fact that it was such a massive overdose and the fact we didn't realise until hours later just gives me a really bad feeling :cry*ing::(

5th December 2009, 01:07 AM
Sorry I said he instead of she. It was really hard to give Dylan charcoal so it's better Bailey is at the vets. Get some sleep Kimy :hug: I'll say a prayer for you.

5th December 2009, 01:30 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you & Kimy. Please keep us posted on her progress. I hope she will be just fine like Kosmo.

Cathy T
5th December 2009, 03:17 AM
Praying that she is in the 9 out of 10 category. Don't beat yourself up too bad, you won't be of any comfort to her. Accidents happen. I'm just glad you caught it and knew what had happened so you could get her treatment. Do keep us posted...prayers going out loud and strong.

Love my Cavaliers
5th December 2009, 04:10 AM
Last summer Madison got into some Advil and probably ate around 9-11 pills. Advil is an NSAID like Metacam. I didn't realize how sick she was until the next day when I took her to the vets for lethargy. Her lab values showed that she was in kidney failure. But after three days at the emergency hospital with IV fluids and medication, she pulled through fine. Wish I could say she learned her lesson, but she'd do it all over again if the opportunity presented itself. I learned my lesson though - never leave my purse unzipped on the floor when I go out. I kicked myself for such a stupid mistake - but it was a mistake and so many people on this board helped me get over my feelings of guilt. I hope Bailey pulls through without any problem like Madison and Kosmo did. As soon as you know she is safe and healthy you will be able to breathe easier. I hope you can sleep tonight.

5th December 2009, 08:42 AM
These things can happen,especially if the metacam needs to be syringed.
Metacam is a very old product and one of the safer NSAIDs, I take it myself and it's marvellous for neck pain.It goes through the body within 48 hours and try not to worry too much.Chances are she'll make a full recovery and right now she's probably wondering what all the fuss is about.

5th December 2009, 08:48 AM
Oh poor Bailey, my thoughts are with you and that is is one of the 9 out of 10. :xfngr: if he was going to have a bad reaction he would have had one now.

5th December 2009, 08:53 AM
Thinking of you and Bailey and praying everything will be ok.

5th December 2009, 09:04 AM
Thanks everyone. I called the vet and Bailey is still not showing any symptoms which is good. It's still early days though. I have to call again at lunch time and will be able to go up and see her later.

I still can't believe I did that. I am just so worried and feel so guilty. I haven't stopped crying since last night. I just pray there will be no kidney damage. I will never forgive myself if she dies.

Claire L
5th December 2009, 09:10 AM
Kimy I'm so sorry this has happened :hug:Bailey is in good hands now so please don't beat yourself up about it. It was an accident and we've all had them. When you see Bailey today, give her a kiss from all of us on here :lotsaluv:

5th December 2009, 09:18 AM
OK now dont panic. The fluid iv will flush it out no probs.

I have a cat (now 17) that had serious renal failure at 7 and was not expected to live. 2 vets disagreed over treatment,The Boss saying it was too late to do anything for her, the other (new boy) insisting he could flush it out by giving iv fluids at 10x normal rate for 24 hours. I was warned it was likely to be a kill or cure method, but it worked. Shes upstairs curled up in her bed right now. Its not an ideal method, but try it if you have to.

Mistakes happen, dont beat youself up about it.
Much love, thinking of you and wishing you both well.

5th December 2009, 09:36 AM
Lots of healing thoughts for little Bailey - her youth is on her side! We all make mistakes, so try to be kinder to yourself as your little ones need you to be strong :l*v:

5th December 2009, 09:45 AM
Not much help to you now, but easiest way to administer metacam is to take the dog's weight in Kg., double it, and drip it on the food.
maintenance dose is: dog's weight in Kg x2.
eg I have an 8kg bitch here - a D-cup girl - who gets 16 drops on her dinner.
My 7kg girl gets 14 drops.
I always round off the dose to the nearest Kg, eg. 7.8 kg wil be dosed as 8kg.
7.3 kg will be dosed as 7kg.
7.5kg gets 15 drops. Extra drop for the extra half kg.
Hope Bailey maskes a good recovery. She might be a bit dopey for the next couple of days, but don't beat yourself up - we all make errors from time to time. Vets too!

5th December 2009, 09:58 AM
Thinking of you and :xfngr: and everything else crossed that Bailey will be absolutely fine. Our little ones are very resiliant.

Once while we were away on holiday Cinders managed to get hold of my father in laws medication that was in his weekly pill box. She had a cocktail of heart, blood pressure, diabetic and pain killing medication and after a night at the vets on charcoal and fluids she came through absolutely fine.

Try not to beat yourself up too much - accidents happen to us all,:flwr:

5th December 2009, 10:04 AM
I am sure Bailey willl be fine, the fluids will probably flush the Metacam out of the system. We are keeping our fingers crossed for you.

5th December 2009, 11:37 AM
Thinking of you both, I'm sure she will be fine. These things happen so easily, so don't beat yourself up about it. Now you have an excuse to spoil her rotten when she gets home.

5th December 2009, 11:54 AM
So sorry to hear this - really hope that Bailey will make a complete recovery. It's good that she isn't showing any symptoms at present.

Take care of yourself - I know it's hard not to feel guilty, but these things happen and at least you realised and she is in the best place.

5th December 2009, 12:14 PM
Kimberly don't be so hard on yourself. You obviously love your little girl very much, that is so obvious! Mistakes happen, you're only human, and but by the grace of God that could have been any one of us here. We're all capable of making mistakes. The important thing is that you got her care as soon as you realized, she is being treated, and I'm praying will make a full recovery. If she saw you beating yourself up like this, what would she do? Probably snuggle up to you, lick your face, and try to cheer you up!

Praying for a full recovery!!!


Margaret C
5th December 2009, 12:16 PM
Poor you. You must have felt so dreadfully sick when you realised.

Sometimes busy and stressful lives mean we go on autopilot when doing things.
I have put down dinner bowls and then wondered if I had put the right medication in the right dish, sometimes I cannot even remember if I have added one of the pills at all.

I am keeping my fingers crossed for Bailey and for you.

My very best wishes,

5th December 2009, 12:59 PM
Thinking of you and Bailey.....we all make mistakes so please try not to feel bad.

My husband's aunt was in kidney failure a month ago and she only has one kidney! We all prepared for the worst but after a week in the ICU and a further three weeks in hospital she is now home and the kidney is starting to come back to normal. So hopefully little Bailey will be fine.

Hugs to you both :)

5th December 2009, 02:57 PM
Bless you, hopefully she will be just fine and she is in the best place right now.

Love my Cavaliers
5th December 2009, 02:58 PM
If she is not showing signs of distress yet, I would bet that she will be fine. Madison showed signs within 24 hours of eating the Advil - lethargy, not wanting to eat, etc. She was already in kidney failure according to her bloodwork and pulled through without any residual effects. I know it's hard not to beat yourself up about this, but like everyone has said, it was an accident and accidents happen to all of us. I too worried that Madison would die due to my stupid mistake - it's a natural response. I hope she comes home soon and covers you with kisses and lots of lap time.

How is Dylan doing without her? Bet he keeps looking for her. He'll be one happy boy when she comes home - especially with all the different scents she'll have on her from being in the hospital. Still praying for you Kimy.

5th December 2009, 06:32 PM
Just back from seeing Bailey. She seems absolutely fine at the moment and hasn't developed any symptoms as yet. All her blood work/tests are normal for now but the vet said that her kidneys could be fine one minute and then crash the next. They are keeping her on fluids until Monday morning and if she is still okay by then we can bring her home. The vet said that kidney failure can still happen in the next two weeks but if she is okay by Monday then the likelyhood is she will be fine :xfngr: The next 36 hours are going to be torture.

Dylan seems to be doing okay but he is definetly missing his big sis :( Hopefully he will get to see her soon.

5th December 2009, 09:14 PM
Dont worry Kim, she will be fine. Chronic (long term) kidney failure is not reversible, but can be managed with lifetime medication and diet. However Acute kidney failure (sudden onset - caused by poisoning) etc is reversible and that is why they are keeping her on iv fluids. It's to flush the kidneys out for her. If the BUN and creatine levels are ok so far, I cant think of any reason why that should change.:)

Chin up. Sending you a hug.

5th December 2009, 09:38 PM
I do hope that Bailey gets through this alright, I'm thinking of both of you. Please try not to beat yourself up over it. Sue

5th December 2009, 09:49 PM
Fingers crossed for a full recovery, don't beat yourself up about it, it wasn't intentional (easy said I know). I shudder when I remember what I once nearly done, was on auto pilot giving Rosie her optimmune when I stopped to realise I had super glue in my hand (I jest you not!) I noticed before I made contact with Rosie thank heaven!! can't believe we were stupid enough to keep them in the same drawer!!

6th December 2009, 09:37 AM
hugs for you both

6th December 2009, 04:28 PM
We went to see Bailey again today and she is doing great. Still no signs or symptoms and the vet thinks we will have her home tomorrow :D I'm really happy and feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my chest. I will feel even better tomorrow when she's home.

The vets have been great with her and she seems really settled. They let her out for a run about every couple of hours and she has made some new doggy friends. The vet said she helped herself to another dogs food this morning :rolleyes:. She really is a great dog. They even gave her a bath today :)

Here she is with my mum. She has a red bandage on her leg where her fluids are going:


Thanks again everyone for your support. I will post an update tomorrow when we have her home.


6th December 2009, 04:32 PM
Thanks for the update and so glad you are getting good news! :)

6th December 2009, 04:43 PM
I'm so glad she is doing well, isn't she a beauty too.

6th December 2009, 11:15 PM
Like everyone else I am keeping an eye on Baileys progress and I am delighted to hear things are going so well.:):):)

7th December 2009, 01:04 AM
:mexwav: thats great news.....hopefully now bailey will continue to get better and be home asap!!! :)

Daisy's Mom
7th December 2009, 01:53 AM
Sooo happy to hear good news about Bailey! And BTW, she is absolutely gorgeous! Such a feminine lady!

7th December 2009, 02:25 AM
Oh, so glad to hear the good news. She is gorgeous, and even after her ordeal......

7th December 2009, 04:24 AM
I am new here-sorry to read about all your troubles-scary! -but glad for the good outcome!

7th December 2009, 08:47 AM
Really pleased to see Bailey is coming home today. Seems like whilst you have been at home having a rotten time, shes been spoiled rotten by the vets and nurses :lol: - knew that would happen. She is pretty isnt she.
Best wishes

7th December 2009, 09:55 AM
So pleased that Bailey is coming home today. Looks like you have a good vet as well, that always helps.

7th December 2009, 11:54 AM
Great news...so pleased for you:)

7th December 2009, 01:36 PM
Thanks everyone. That's Bailey home! All her bloodwork was normal this morning and she seems just like her usual self :).

She has to go back on Friday to get her blood tested again. The vet has said it can take up to 2 weeks for her kidneys to start failing so unfortunately she is not out of the woods yet. They are really happy with her though so all I can do now is pray she will still be okay in 2 weeks :xfngr:.

7th December 2009, 01:37 PM
Fingers crossed all will remain well for Bailey.

Cathy T
7th December 2009, 03:39 PM
That is excellent news!!

Margaret C
7th December 2009, 04:38 PM
Glad she is home. Keeping everything crossed for the next two weeks.

15th December 2009, 09:34 PM
So glad she's home!! :)