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Karen and Ruby
13th July 2011, 11:32 AM
For those of you whom are one of my facebook friend you may know that Ruby has been very poorly ove the last few days with Sickness and Diahorea.

To spare the long story she has been vomitting un digested food around 8-12 hours after eating it and had very red diarohea.
She went in to the vets 1st thing Monday morning- (this started on Sunday Morning) and they said probably just a virus and sent us home after having a good prod around her abdomen.

So Tuesday morning she finally indicated she was hungry so I boiled up a small amount of Chicken which she ate with gusto. Last night was a quite night and she had boiled chicken and rice for dinner and I thought we were over the worst.

But then this morning she vomitted up last nights un digested food after 12 hours! But she was hungry afterwards!

So straight back to the vets who are keeping her in to do all kinds of tests and Xrays...........

I miss her so much already and Charlie is inconsolable and lost with out her!

13th July 2011, 11:51 AM
I'm so sorry. Prayers to ruby and you.

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13th July 2011, 12:20 PM
I've been following on facebook and wish her all the best for a full recovery.
You've no choice other than to take her back and have this fully investigated.
Thinking of you both and hoping you have some positive news very soon.

Karen and Ruby
13th July 2011, 12:22 PM
I've been following on facebook and wish her all the best for a full recovery.
You've no choice other than to take her back and have this fully investigated.
Thinking of you both and hoping you have some positive news very soon.

I'm just glad the vets are finally talking it seriously- he was very concerned that it has been going on for 4 days!

I will have some news this afternoon!

13th July 2011, 12:54 PM
It's heartbreaking and scary to watch your little one suffer and not know why. I hope they find some answers for you. Are they doing a colonoscopy, x-rays , sonogram?

I will be praying for a quick and speedy recovery. Hugs to sweet Ruby.

Margaret C
13th July 2011, 01:00 PM
So sorry to hear this. Poor little Ruby.

I hope they find out what is wrong and she is soon home with you.

Karen and Ruby
13th July 2011, 01:19 PM
He said they would start by putting her on an IV and getting some meds in to her straight away.
then run a full blood screen he said amoungst other things that I cant quite remember he wanted to check red Blood Cells, White Blood Cells, Liver Enzymes, Electrolytes, organ function, check for Pancreitus and some other things as well and then if that didnt throw anything up then they would Xray and go from there!

But she wont be allowed home until she is eating and toiletting normally so who knows how long ill be with out her.

Im dropping her meds off later and am going to take in her soft buster collar just incase as she is terrified of the plastic ones.
Oh and her blankets of course!

Love my Cavaliers
13th July 2011, 01:48 PM
Oh poor Ruby, and poor you and Charlie too. You both must just be moping around the house without her. Hope you have some good news soon.

13th July 2011, 01:59 PM
I hope Ruby will be better soon. It is such a worry when they are sick and no-one seems to know why. Please keep us posted...... thinking of you and Ruby. xxx

13th July 2011, 02:15 PM
Poor Ruby, I will be keeping my fingers crossed for her. Hugs to you and Charlie. :hug:

13th July 2011, 02:32 PM
Hi Karen,
How frightening for you. Ive got everything crossed you'll have good news today. Sending hugs to you, Ruby and of course Charlie :hug:

Sydneys Mom
13th July 2011, 03:30 PM
Karen, so sorry to hear this. Sending love and good wishes your way. Please keep us posted on Ruby's condition.

13th July 2011, 04:03 PM
I'm so sorry. I hope the vet can find out what's wrong and have her back to normal soon :)

13th July 2011, 04:11 PM
So sorry -- was thinking pancreatitis perhaps. Nicki is good on digestive issues, if she sees this.

13th July 2011, 05:27 PM
Fingers crossed here that everything will be ok soon with Ruby.:xfngr:

13th July 2011, 05:48 PM
Hi Karen,
Sorry that Ruby is having digestive issues, I am experiencing the misery of diarrhea and blood with Jasper for the last 12-13 days, he is currently on his third course of treatment which seems to be working, he is on Nisamox tablets and Flagyl suspension, they are thinking it is a bacterial imbalance in his gut, they have sent his stools off for testing, if that is any help to you.

I really hope that they sort out Ruby's problem as soon as possible, thinking of you and gentle hugs to Ruby :hug:

13th July 2011, 05:52 PM
I am sending prayers right now for little Ruby.....want them to get to the bottom of this so she can feel better

13th July 2011, 06:14 PM
So sorry to hear this Karen it just sounds awful - it's horrid to see them ill like this and feel so helpless :(

The vet is testing for al the right things - I'm afraid Pancreatitis would be top of my list, usually they are in quite a bit of pain with that too but it's hard when they are already dealing with a very painful condition to discriminate. The fact that the food is undigested indicates pancreas involvement as that's where the digestive enzymes come from. Cavaliers are very prone to Pancreatitis anyway.

With the Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth we didn't get vomiting so much, it was mainly diarrhoea.

If it's coming out both ends it's unlikely to be a blockage.

The IV will rehydrate her which will make her feel better.

You will be in our thoughts, do hope that Ruby is soon feeling much much better, your vets are being very thorough which is what you need and although you don't want to be away from her, it's best she is there so that they can monitor her very closely and treat her appropriately.

13th July 2011, 06:53 PM
The blood chemistry screen with CBC is definitely the first step to rule out obvious things - however it may not definitively rule pancreatitis in or out if they just look at lipase and amylase since those values can be in normal range even in the presence of pancreatitis.

Not sure if they have this test in the UK, but in the US there is now a much more sensitive test for pancreatitis called the Spec cPL. This was developed by a GI vet guru at Texas A&M a couple of years ago.


The other way to more definitely rule pancreatitis in or out is by doing an abdominal ultrasound. A normal pancreas cannot be visualized on ultrasound (it is totally "dark") but a pancreas with pancreatitis will appear to "light up."

After a forum member's recent experience, I've made a mental note to myself to have an ultrasound done pretty quickly with any kind of GI upset that lasts more than a day or two so I've probably become more of an alarmist than I was prior to hearing of that experience.

On the subject of testing, here are links that discuss EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency) as there is yet another test specifically to diagnose this disease. (I don't think that this is Ruby's problem but just wanted to cover more about various available tests.) Beanie's (11 year old Cavalier that vets suspected had liver disease) mom posted on another forum that Beanie was finally diagnosed with EPI and not liver disease - which shows that some of these diseases can have atypical presentations since Beanie did not have "classic" symptoms. So these specialty tests can be our best friends even though it's sometimes difficult to get GP vets to run these tests depending on where you are located.


Karen, please keep us posted - we are all thinking of you and Ruby.


13th July 2011, 11:38 PM
Thinking of you and Ruby. Praying for a good outcome.

Karen and Ruby
13th July 2011, 11:54 PM
Thank you to all of you for your continued thoughts and prayers:o

Well I spoke to the Vet a little earlier this after noon (been at work all eve so my first chance to post) and they said that the blods didnt throw anything up and neither did the Xrays. So they are keeping her over night on the IV and will Ultra sound tomorrow!

I miss her dearly but to top off my day Ive just got home from work and Charlie has had to spend his first eveningalone since I got him and Ive come home to find his right eye is bright red along his 3rd eye lid and he is struggling to keep it open so what on earth he has been doing since Ive been out is beyond me!! Put some drops in and given him some Metacam to help him out!

If it doesn't rain it POURS!!!!!!!!

I'm hoping they will call me in the morning and give me some news- I dropped off her Medication this afternoon along with her bon bon pillow. They asked me if I wanted to see her but I didnt want to upset her and get her hopes up that she was coming home so I declined :cry*ing:

14th July 2011, 12:04 AM
:( prayers for you and ruby. Get well soon ruby!!!! Ur buddy and mommy need u!

14th July 2011, 12:13 AM
I'm so sorry! I am glad you are getting the ultrasound. I hope that will help find out more information. I'm thinking of you

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14th July 2011, 12:44 AM
Sending my prayers for your little Ruby. I hope she gets better soon and the vet finds out what is wrong.

14th July 2011, 01:03 AM
Thinking of you and little Ruby. We will be praying for her.

14th July 2011, 03:33 AM
Praying for you and Ruby (((hugs))).

Karen and Ruby
14th July 2011, 10:00 AM
Hi all,

I right this next to a very depressed little Boy:-(( Charlie is missing his big Sis very very much!

Well the vet called at 8am this morning and said that Ruby is doing well and they have decided to try her on some food as they can't be sure that the vomitting is over until she has eaten. So she will have had some breakfast by now!

I'm hopefull that she will be allowed home soon but all depends on what happens to the food!

Thank you all again for your words of support!

14th July 2011, 11:21 AM
Thanks Karen for keeping us updated. Poor Charlie. Fingers crossed Ruby keeps her food down. :hug:

14th July 2011, 12:20 PM
Hope Ruby manages to keep some food down and that she is home with you and Charlie soon :hug: