Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The longest walk

My  husband and I have a running joke about how he wishes we could get rid of the dog, so after the dog got me up at 5:30am this morning to go take a dump in the yard, I jokingly told him that he might get his wish because I was going to kill her for waking me up so early. At that point in the day, I thought she just had an upset stomach from eating her own shit in the yard (she really chows down).

By 7:30am she seemed to be fine, so I fed her like usual. As background, my dog will randomly vomit and/or have bowel issues for no reason and it can be completely isolated so I don't really freak out when it happens. About 2 hours after she ate, she was bugging me to go for a run by poking my Brooks and whining so I figured she felt better.

It was a cool, but very humid morning but I still wanted to try to get 4 miles done before I went to the party store to get supplies for Faith's birthday party this weekend. We got over a mile from the house and Peanut just starting vomiting, but she didn't stop running. It was fairly impressive, since she was just vomiting as she trotted along. At first I wasn't too concerned, but after the 3rd time she vomited in about a minute, I turned around to head back home. I had to make her stop running because she's so used to just running next to me without stopping that I wasn't sure she'd let me know she needed to walk.

Peanut normally gets really excited to turn around towards home and wants to pick up the pace, but this time she didn't even seem to notice. She was continuing to vomit as she walked, but by this point it was just foam. As I looked at her walking, I noticed she was dripping something onto the pavement behind her: liquid dog poop was just running out of her. That's when I knew it was really bad because she obviously couldn't control it.

OMG, I can't believe you just told the internet that. I'm so embarrassed. 


I called the vet as we were walking back and arranged to bring her in for an emergency appointment as soon as I was able to get her home. In just a short time, Peanut was rapidly declining. I was starting to seriously worry  that she wouldn't make it back under her own power. I thought about calling someone to come pick us up, but then I looked at my vomit and shit covered dog and realized I don't know anyone who likes me that much (other than my husband who isn't even in this time zone right now).

I had to pep talk her up the big hill into our neighborhood and I squirted cool water into her mouth to rinse out the vomit foam. It felt like it took hours, but we eventually made it home and I quickly put her on the back deck so I could clean her up a little and then got Faith dressed and ready to go. By the time I brought Peanut back inside to go to my car in the garage, she was barely able to walk and I had to lift her into the car. She was eerily quiet the whole car trip (she normally barks and whines the whole way) wasn't even able to stay upright.

When we arrived at the vet, I had to carry Faith in first and park her in front of the big fish tank and then dash back outside to carry Peanut inside. Once I got her inside, she just sprawled on the linoleum and wouldn't move. I had to ask them to please hurry and take us back because my dog never acts like this and there is something seriously wrong, so they took us back as quickly as possible.

Even with our "emergency" status, we still had to wait a while (there were other emergencies there and I heard them talking about doing CPR on a dog in the back, so I was cool with waiting). I had to concentrate on keeping Faith happy by using Dog Fancy magazine as story book since I forgot to bring toys in my haste to get there. When they came in to draw blood from Peanut I had to take Faith out of the room because she got so upset. I don't blame her, it's not normally bad but Peanut's blood pressure was so low that they had a really hard time getting anything to come out.

Once it was noon, I went out and asked if there was anyway I could leave Peanut there and come back after nap time but they said the doctor was just about to come in to talk to me about hospitalization. I was shocked to hear that because I really thought they were just going to say that my dog just had an upset stomach and was being dramatic about it.

I'm not dramatic, I'm just very emotive 

It turns out that Peanut's liver levels were so high that they had to dilute the sample to even get a reading (normal liver level = 100, Peanut's level = 3600+). They don't know why it happened, but it could be from a toxin that she ingested or from an infection. Her anti-seizure medication is hard on her liver, but that would cause a gradual decline, not an acute situation like this. I asked the vet if she was in liver failure and the vet said "We don't know yet, but we will if she doesn't respond to treatment". I also asked her if Peanut was going to be ok and she said "I can't make any promises...but you need a liver to live".

The whole time we were at the vet Faith was getting increasingly upset about Peanut just laying on the floor. She kept repeating "PAY NUHH" and trying to hug her. I felt really awful about her being upset, but there wasn't anything I could do. Once I signed the consent forms to hospitalize Peanut, they came and took her into the back for IV treatments and Faith cried as they took her away.

Peanut, you're the only one who really "gets" me

Right now I have to wait and see how Peanut responds to treatment. If she's not stable enough by the end of the day, I'll transport her to a 24 hour clinic about an hour away so she can have supervision all night. Otherwise, she'll stay where she is until at least tomorrow. The vet assured me that the liver is a very forgiving organ and I'm hoping she's right about that. It's driving me crazy not knowing what made Peanut so sick and I'm also not thrilled that I can't sit with her. She's my velcro dog, my ever present shadow, and I hate the idea that she's wondering where I am.

My furry sidekick 

I will update this as I get more information and hopefully she'll bounce back to normal and we can laugh about my dramatic "My dog almost DIED" story later.

4:45pm Update: Just talked to the vet and Peanut is doing a little better. The fluids have helped her blood pressure get back up to normal and she was able to stand up and go outside to do her business. It's crazy for me to think how happy I am to hear that when just this morning she was running around the house, but it's still an improvement over how she was when I left her. She is going to stay at the local animal hospital overnight and I'll get another update in the morning. We won't know for sure that she's getting better until they recheck her liver and that won't happen until tomorrow afternoon.

8:15am Update: I called as soon as the animal hospital opened to see how Peanut made it through the night and they said she seems to be in good spirits and didn't have any accidents overnight. I was really worried about her overnight because we had bad thunderstorms and Peanut usually needs to be held because she get scared, but they reported that she's in a good mood this morning so I guess she decided to not hold a grudge. The vet wasn't there yet, but I'll hear more from them later today. It was good to hear that she's standing up on her own and begging for people to come pet her and the receptionist promised to give her extra pets this morning.

9:30am Update: The vet called and said that Peanut is eating again (big relief!) and isn't having any accidents. Clinically, she has met the guidelines for discharge, but we still have to wait and see how her liver is doing because she might need another 24 hours of IV fluids. I should hear about that this afternoon!

2:45pm Update: I spoke to the vet about Peanut's latest blood work and we got shocking news: her liver levels have returned to normal! The vet was really surprised to see that and think that her case lines up pretty well with ingesting a toxic mold, like the kind that might grow in dog poop that's sitting out in the yard (yeah, my dog is gross). I get to go pick up Peanut and bring her home later this afternoon which is the best news ever. She'll be on medications for a few days to clear up the rest of the infection and she also had to go off her seizure medicine to give her liver a break, so it could be an interesting few days but at least she'll be home!

75 comments:

  1. oh no! Thinking of you and Peanut

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  2. Poor poor Peanut. Bungee and I are praying for her.

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  3. I am so sorry to hear about Peanut! I melt down quickly when something is wrong with our pets so I am sure that you are having a rough day. I will cross my fingers that she can get some rest and relief.

    Lauren at admireyourown.blogspot.com

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  4. I hope she's ok so that your blog can be less depressing and back to its normal self where you talk about eating crappy food and post funny animated gifs.

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  5. Oh, Kara...so sorry you have to deal with this on your own while your husband is away! And that it upset Faith. Hope you hear some good news soon. I know what you mean with worrying about what your dog is thinking being at the hospital alone! We had to do that one night before with Molly- I'm hoping she was drugged enough that she didn't think about it.

    On a lighter note- I am glad to hear that Molly isn't the only dog who now eats her own poo. She seems to have just figured this out about a month ago (then again, we didn't have a yard before then...so we always picked it up right away while walking).

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  6. I will be sending Peanut positive thoughts. It's so hard to have a sick animal and not knowing what they need or why you had to leave them at the vet's. I hope there is some good news to hear soon.

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  7. Poor Peanut, I was crying reading this. Cola and I are sending healing liver thoughts to Peanut and are praying for a speedy recovery. How scary to have to deal with all that.

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  8. Sending get-well-Peanut vibes your way!!!!! Poor girl =(

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  9. Oh no! Poor Peanut and poor you guys, too :( How awful! I hope, hope, hope she gets all better really soon. I will (constantly) check back for updates about her. Sending positive thoughts her way!

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  10. So sorry to hear this, hope they get her stabilized and on the road to recovery.

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  11. Poor Peanut! Hope she is feeling better soon - the vet is right, the liver is very forgiving, so hopefully she'll bounce right back and be out running with you again in no time. Sending happy thoughts your way.

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  12. Positive thoughts for Peanut!!

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  13. =(

    I don't know what to say. Obviously I hope she gets better. Duh.

    =(

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  14. Poor puppy dog. Kara, I'm so sorry you have to deal with this. It's heartbreaking. Poor Faith she's so young; hard for her to understand. As I said, I'll say a prayer to St. Francis.

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  15. Pippi is sending her feel better vibes! I hope they are able to figure out what it was. I know what the Velcro dog thing is like!

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  16. sadness. :( I hope your doggy is ok.

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  17. This breaks my heart :( Hope Peanut is back to her spunky self very soon!

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  18. Why do these things always happen when husbands are out of town? I hope Peanut heals quickly and that this can be just another funny story later! Hugs!

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  19. Aww poor Peanut! I hope she gets better ASAP!!!!

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  20. thinking about y'all. I know the feeling :(

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  21. How scary and sad for all of you. Hoping for a happy unpdate soon.

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  22. I'm so sorry Peanut is sick. I hope she is able to bounce back quick.

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  23. I'm so sorry to hear that about Peanut - sending good vibes your way.

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  24. I'm so sorry to hear about Peanut! This post made me cry! I hope she's going to be OK and home soon!

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  25. I'm SO sorry to hear about Peanut! Our dogs are our babies! I know how hard it can be. Hope she feels better soon and that you are able to have some peace while you wait for news!!

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  26. oh my god, poor peanut! i hope she's OK!!! that's awful. i would be a nervous wreck!

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  27. Wow, Kara, what a scary morning - not what I was expecting what I started reading your post. I'll make sure our pups send healing doggie vibes down to Peanut. And I'll send some your way, too.

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  28. Hugs to you all, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Peanut's speedy recovery!

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  29. Why do they have to wait to recheck til tomorrow AFTERNOON? If I could, I'd teleport Pippi there to stay with you tonight.

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    1. They need to wait until she's on IV fluids for at least 24 hours to give her liver a chance to get flushed out. She also needs to be eat and drink and keep down to be released and she hasn't done that yet, so she has to stay there anyway.

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  30. Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry. How scary it came on so quick. She'll be okay, keep busy and keep us updated!

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  31. I am so sorry. That is so scary! Glad she is getting a little better. We actually also had to take my doggy to Three Notch Vet today because she has a rash that looks infected, nothing quite as serious as Peanut!!! Hope you get more good news soon.

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  32. The part about Faith was so sad! Poor Peanut--I just think she's the greatest looking dog. I hope she gets through this OK. I'm sorry this is all happening while your husband is in another time zone.

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  33. I'm sorry to hear about Peanut! I hope she feels better soon. She is such a trooper to go for a run while feeling so sick. Isn't it amazing what dogs will do for us? Love them so much.

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    1. I know and I feel so guilty for taking her for a run just because she asked for it. I should be the responsible one, not her!

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    2. Oh don't feel guilty! It's not like you knew at the time. Maybe she thought it would make her feel better too. Especially with the Endorphins and all. My sister read a study that said, other than people, dogs are one of the only animals that get happy feelings from running.

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  34. oh gosh that is scary! I hope Peanut gets better soon, sending positive thoughts her way!

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  35. What a terrible day! I read the update that says Peanut it doing better - hopefully he is doing even better by morning.

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  36. Oh Kara, I am SO SORRY about Peanut!! I've got all my fingers crossed that she is feeling back to normal tomorrow. Dogs are such an important part of family so I can sympathize.

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  37. Poor Peanut - and poor you guys. I hope you get good news tomorrow!

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  38. Oh poor puppy! I hope Peanut gets better soon! Thinking about you!

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  39. Poor Peanut! I'm glad she's starting to do a little better and I hope tomorrow everything checks out okay. It must have been so scary to see her like that :(. Sending lots of good vibes to Peanut!

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  40. Thinking of you and peanut. Its never easy when a pet gets sick.

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  41. I hope Peanut is OK. It's so hard. I kept opening up this post and thought about reading earlier, but closed it until tonight when I know I could just go to bed after because I knew it would spur a lot of emotion. I was right! Ha. I am thinking about you.

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  42. I am so sorry. Poor little Peanut. I hope she is feeling better tomorrow.
    :-(

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  43. Here's hoping you get good news in the morning! I'm just glad you were with her when it happened.

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  44. Hy swetie! this is beautiful! if you want to follow each other just tell me, kisses!

    FashionSpot.ro

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    1. Are you fucking kidding me? Did you even READ this post before just scrolling down to try to hock your spam website? Go fuck yourself. Kisses!

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    2. Congrats! You talk so beautiful for a mother!

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    3. Yeah, I talk real pretty. It's almost like English is my native language and I know how to read before commenting.

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  45. Oh no. I hope Peanut recovers quickly.

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  46. Poor Peanut! I'm glad that it seems she is recovering. I hope you get good news today!

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  47. OMG Kara!!! Poor Peanut and Poor Faith and Poor You! That's so scary and heart breaking! I'm going to actively keep checking your updates and praying for a recovered Peanut! I'm so sorry this is happening :-(

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  48. Hi Kara, long time blog lurker here...I always love reading your blog (in fact, you were one of my inspirations to start running recently) and I really enjoy seeing how you're doing. Just wanted to say that I was really sad yesterday to see that Peanut's ill - hope she keeps improving and is home soon!

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  49. I know how you feel, those storms were terrible, but hopefully since she was in her cage maybe she didn't even hear it... or someting... just trying to make you feel better :)

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  50. Glad to hear Peanut is improving. Is Faith missing her? Keep us posted...

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  51. I am SO sad to read this news. I cried, dammit.
    I really hope you get a positive answer soon and she's back to her "regular" self in no time. I know what it's like to feel helpless as you watch your dog seeminly fall apart, and it totally sucks. In other somewhat related news, we just got a thundershirt for our dog and it's the bomb. She has anxiety ever since my daughter was born, and we just drove 3 hours and she didn't try to pace, whine or pant the whole way. Google it. It will make trips to the vet, thunderstorms, and any other nervous situation pleasant. And now she looks like a helper dog so people think she's real smart.
    good luck, keep us posted!!

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  52. Oh man, I must have missed this yesterday. Glad she's improving already and hope it continues. My thoughts are with you!!! I don't even know how I would handle that by myself, ugh. You're my dog owner hero.

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  53. So sorry to hear about Peanut. I teared up in the part where you wrote 'velcro dog' because I know exactly what you mean. Even though my dog constantly drives me crazy, the second she isn't around, I miss her and worry about her.
    I hope that everything gets back to normal as quickly as possible and that she can come home soon.

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  54. If it's any consolation, my dog growing up had liver failure at the age of 8. She actually collapsed one morning, much like Peanut did, was rushed to the doggy ER and was there for about 3 days. The vet then stabilized her on liver medication and she lived until the age of 16! I have high hopes for Peanut's speedy recover.

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  55. Hugs! I'm a wreck everytime I have to take my fur babies to the vet, I feel your pain.

    I hope Peanut is better soon :)

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  56. I'm so glad she's improving! That's awesome news!

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  57. Oh, Kara. I'm so sorry. I can't imagine what I would do if something like that happened to Schnitzel. And I bet it's a million times harder with a sad toddler and not being able to be there with Peanut.

    Thinking of you guys and hoping for the best!

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  58. "I get to go pick up Peanut and bring her home later this afternoon"

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  59. Just saw the last update, YAYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!! That's the best news you could have received!! She will be happy to see you and Faith!

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  60. So happy to hear that Peanut is going home! Faith must be so excited. The poop eating is a tough problem. My parents have a little dog that used to follow the big dog around during potty time so he could get it fresh and hot.

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  61. What a great update!!!!!!!!!!!!! I feel the need for multiple exclamations points because I am really happy for you and for Peanut!

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  62. Glad you get to bring Peanut home! I felt like a stalker coming back for updates but clearly I wasn't alone.

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  63. SOOOO happy to hear that Peanut is doing better!! What a relief! Hopefully the next few days of new meds and being off her seizure meds are kind to you both. Thank you so much for updating your post so all of us fellow dog lovers can take a deep breath now. :)

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  64. I'm so happy to read that she's doing better and you'll be able to bring her home!!!

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  65. If you eat her poop, so she can't, then that will avoid all the stress in the future?

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  66. Oh my goodness! This brought back the time Annie got into my MIL's bottle of Aleve when we were gone. She tried to kill herself. I am so happy that Peanut is better now. She's a miracle dog.

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