cooper ate my bedspread. i woke up in a pile of fluff. i took him to the vet and they are doing a barium injection to see if there's some in there. his vitals are normal, but he's been straining to potty and that isn't normal. the bedspread cost me $30, the cost to see if it's in my dog is $300. it's worth it, but i just didn't expect this added cost. sigh* if there is an obstruction he will need surgery. has anyone been through the surgery? arggghhh!!!
oh yes... cooper used to sleep in his crate, but for the past three months he's slept with us and we've had no problem. i guess he decided he needed a project and tore up my bedspread! now he'll be banished to the crate once again...maybe he's just not old enough to be out all night. i don't know. this dog will eat anything and usually he passes it. but i want to make sure he's ok, so i'll pay the fine :)
***Edited By: agentcooper on 12/21/2006 1:47:36 PM*** Reason: x
tis the season or so it seems. we have had one exploratory after another at work in the last 2 weeks. one dog ate underwear, a cat ate a sewing needle and thread, another cat ate a whole bunch of hair scrunchies, and the surgery we did yesterday was on a dog that ate plastic coated electrical wires.
i hope your dog is able to pass the fluff. if not it is going to be a lot more then $300 when all is said and done.
$300 is good for a barium. When they wanted to do one on my dog they said it was going to cost $1500 and then double that if she needed surgery. Luckily we opted not to do that, since another vet felt she didn't have an obstruction and it wasn't worth doing it.
All the best for Cooper, it sounds like he's in good hands. When I remember all the socks, underpants and pieces of wood that Camilla swallowed in her first year, I can't believe she never had an obstruction. Plus biting a big hole in the down comforter the first time I let her sleep with me. I woke up sneezing goose down that night.
Actually, remembering all the time she was out of her crate and of my sight that year, I'm not sure how she survived. Cast-iron stomach, I guess.
***Edited By: JoanEK on 12/21/2006 3:43:48 PM*** Reason: add
ok...update...all is well in cooper-land. he did have a partial obstruction. the vet gave him two shots of gentamycin which broke the down the obstruction considerably and allowed it to move through his intestines. he just now had a bowel movement...and it was semi-normal :) so, we do a cocktail of cefa, metronidazole, metoclopramide, and metamucil until after the holidays. if still ok, then no more worries! he's a lucky, lucky dog! it cost $426 in the end which is more than i'm willing to pay for future night time cuddles. back to the crate until he's a little older. thank goodness he didn't have to have surgery! thanks for the moral support guys!
does anyone have any suggestions for easily digestable bedding? lol.
***Edited By: agentcooper on 12/21/2006 5:48:38 PM*** Reason: x
This brings back so many memories....especially the time Squirt got into my daughter's craft supplies and ate the bag of plastic eyes (the kind that move) for stuffed animals and dolls. No obstruction or anything but it was so hard picking up poo the next day because it was looking at me and I couldn't stop laughing. I kept dropping it out of the pooper scooper. Glad to hear Cooper is ok.
Glad to hear Cooper is going to be ok. It must be the name, my Cooper has cost us so much in vet bills in comparison to Tucker, his littermate. Just today when I was picking up poop I came upon an interesting one with bright red fuzz in it. Can't figure out which toy was eaten, but at least it came out. My dogs have also eaten some really gross things that could have expanded in them and caused an obstruction, but luckily that passed too.
I know all about the eating things when mommy isn't looking. When I used to live at my parents we had to block off our basement because Socks would go and eat pieces of wood or charcoal from around the wood stove.
Just this week alone Socks and Falcor got in to a piece of fudge (got mad at the bf for that one, he laft it on the coffee table), a gum package (they hid the last one they got into under the couch cushions) and the garbage this morning (its in the cupboard). I am so glad its the weekend and I'm off work for a few days.