Minnie is in Hospital
We got up this morning to a utility room awash with watery diarrhoea and blood (even up the walls) and a very very poorly Minnie. Luckily our vets was open first thing so got the first available appointment. However in the hour that we were waiting to go she deteriorated very quickly and by the time we got to the vets she could not even sit up. She was admitted as her temperature was very low and she was extremely dehydrated. They put her on a drip and gave her antibiotics as she had hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE). Not sure what was causing it, but as our Vets is not manned 24 hours, they wanted to stablilise her and run bloods before transferring her to the Emergency Hospital. We went and picked her up at midday and took her drip and all to the Emergency Hospital.
The vets at are EH are usually French, and the one we saw was absolutely marvellous. Minnie had lots of tests done, some more bloods were taken and she was X-Rayed in case she had a foreign body. The upshot at the moment is that she has Pancreatitis, not sure if it has been caused by something bacterial or viral or that there maybe something else going on. She was severly dehydrated and they are still trying to maintain her fluids. Her white cell count is up, but her protein levels are very low (or something like that) whatever that is, is not how it would normally occur, so they are having to be careful about bringing her fluid level up too quickly. We were allowed to stay with her the whole time and every step was fully explained to us. Her X-ray showed a very swollen stomach and also lots of nasty stuff still to come through her colon, but no obvious blockage. When we left her we felt we were leaving her in very good hands.
I have just spoken to the Vet and so far Minnie is holding her own. She is still dehydrated, but about to start her next lot of i/v antibiotics. She has apparently been out for a couple of wee's and managed to walk back in. She is starting to give little tail wags as well - so so far so good.
Right off now to do some reading up on Pancreatitis and if anyone else has had any similar experiences would love to hear from you.
Thank goodness you acted so quickly. Gentle hugs to Minnie and a big hug for you :hug:
So sorry to read this. Here's hoping Minnie will make a speedy recovery.
Sending hugs and best wishes your way.
Sending get well wishes to Minnie.
Poor Minnie - you must have got a big fright - here's hoping she is on the road to recovery now.
Trapper had pancreatitis a while ago but nothing as serious ad Minnie. He is on a special gastric food which seems to have kept it at bay.
Thinking of you and keeping our fingers and paws crossed here.
Oh goodness Sandra sorry to hear this, sounds horrendous :(
Thank goodness you acted so quickly, something like this is truly a veterinary emergency. Both your vet and the emergency hospital sound really thorough and caring, and it must help to feel confident with the care they are giving MInnie.
We will keep you both in our thoughts - and hoping that she makes a good recovery.
She might need adjustments to her diet, low fat is essential, but your vet will discuss that with you at the appropriate time.
It can be hard to get them eating again, smelly and favourite foods are really helpful. There are also veterinary diets that can be mixed with water to make a liquid that can be carefully syringed into the side of the dog's mouth but this is difficult to do and would need the vet to teach you.
Unfortunately I have been through this quite a few times, Unfortunately I have been through this quite a few times, research published in 2011 shows that Cavaliers may be predisposed to chronic pancreatitis.
I've done a new thread about Pancreatitis, causes, treatment etc and a diet for it here http://www.cavaliertalk.com/forums/s...t-pancreatitis
Oh Sandra, I hope she's feeling better. What a terrible morning for you to wake up to that. Poor wee soul, give her a tender hug and a kiss from us :)
Aww poor Minnie and you! I can't even imagine how scary that must have been!! Kisses from me and my puppy, too, and I hope she recovers quickly. Sounds like she'll be OK. :hug:
Keeping Minnie in my prayers.