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    Default Roller coaster day for Bonnie

    What a day yesterday was 12 hours at vets and a roller coaster of emotions. Bonnie was showing signs of struggling to breath, thinking she was suffering paralysis as a result of her SM we rushed her down to our local vet in the morning, where they found a swelling in her throat...we thought that was good news maybe easy solution remove foreign object. She was placed on O2 while the vets tried unsuccessfully to insert breathing tube. x-ray showed swelling in her throat and fluid on her chest and abdomen...first thought possible heart failure...what more could go wrong for this little dog? Emotions thinking today might be the day to let her go at a young age of 3. Well more did go wrong..when they moved her to do another x-ray she went into cardiac arrest. Our wonderful local vets brought her back, but we now had to try and move her to a specialist vet 1hr away and she was unable to go without O2, trying to get portable o2 was becoming a problem...to the rescue came the local fire brigade who loaned their oxy viva.

    We just made the journey to the vets with our local vet in the back seat with her (the O2 cylinder ran out about 1min away), rushed her in where she was again stabilised after going blue a few times, huge swelling completely blocking her airways, vets thinking tumor. Again thinking we were going to lose her today a CT scan was done, so we could make the right decision. Low and behold fluid was found and gunky pus was syringed out. She had a massive abscess, her only chance was surgery though risky. Vet cleaned out the abcess and said it was one of the most putrid smells. Surgery a success so far. Now just waiting for swelling in her throat to go down and hoping none of the pus is in her lungs. She has a tracheotomy tube and is on O2 still and massive antibiotics.

    I'm glad it wasn't her SM, heart failure or a tumor, because I think I would have been making a hard decision. It was something unrelated and probably caused by a grass seed. But aren't our Cavs stoic creatures they just keep fighting. She is not out of the woods yet but things are looking up. I think the only reason we work is to look after our dear pets.


    Paula and Molly (missing her sister Bonnie)

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    Oh no, what an awful day for you. I hope Bonnie is holding her own and will be okay. Thinking of you xxx
    Kathleen
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    That's just awful. I hope Bonnie will be ok and make a good recovery.
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    Oh my! What a fright!!! You did all the right things, thank goodness she has such a fast acting mommy. I hope and pray things continue to look up for her!!

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    Oh goodness - poor Bonnie. Sending her lots of get well wishes.
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    What wonderful vets you have...
    and what an amazing determined little cavalier you have.
    Please let us know how she does throughout the day.Hoping that she now makes a quick and uneventful recovery and you get her home safely where she belongs.
    Wishing you all the best,
    Sins

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    Default update on Bonnie

    Bonnie has got through yesterday's surgery quite well, she looks brighter than she has in a little while, so makes me wonder if this was brewing and because of all her other problems it was missed. Anyway she is still on O2, currently in one of those incubators they place premi babies in, with a great view of all activities going on at the vets. She is welcoming all hugs from her carers, I think they said she wants hugs as much as needing her O2. Her lungs had a bit of a hiding yesterday so need time to recover. Still keeping fingers crossed but definately looking up from yesterday, with her tail wagging when we visited.

    Paula and Molly(Bonnie's sister)

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    Hi Paula

    Bxxxxxx Amazing the fabulous three ,well done to you all ,you your Vet and Bonnie and the Fire Brigade .
    Brian M

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    in tears reading your post what an emotional day for all of you. I'm so sorry that Bonnie had to go through this. Bonnie is so strong and is putting up a great fight! My thoughts are going out to Bonnie and to your family I also have to say what a wonderful place you live and just wonderful people surrounding you, I'm so glad so many people stepped up to help

    Becky

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    Wow, Kudos to your vet for going beyond the normal caring scenario and actually riding with you to the emergency center! What an emotional day for you! I'm glad she seems to be on the mend. Amazing that a little grass seed could cause that much trouble. The sonderful thing is that Bonnie won't remember that she almost died. She'll just remember the caring and the loving treatment that she received. I hope you can bring her home soon. Molly must be just moping around.
    Bev
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