I have a bulldog/boxer mix, Buster. We've had him for almost a year - he will be a year on 4/1. I took him to the vet last Wed., because he wasn't eating well and threw up a couple times - loss of energy. Vet felt a blockage, said pretty much he was constipated, gave him an injection to help with the vomiting (it started with an "R" but I can't remmeber the name), gave me some canned food - mostly chicken & rice, easy on the tummy. Said that should help him go.
On Friday, he still had not pooped, and hardly ate (he ate 2 of the 6 cans the vet gave us in 2 days). Vet could still feel the hardened stool, and they wanted to give him an enema, keep him overnight. I said fine. Sat. morning, he *still* had not pooped. They gave him another enema, did x-rays, and eventually ended up putting him on an IV to keep him hydrated. Sunday, the vet called and said that Buster had vomited, so they gave him another injection (same "R" drug) to help with that. After being hooked up to the IV, though, the vet was able to GRAPHIC WARNING pull some stool out by hand, and get it all out of his colon. He still had some hardened stool up in his intestine.
This morning, he still hadn't gone though . I went to see him - poor baby, he's so skinny, and his hair just kinda falls out when you pet him. they said that his stool seems to be moving through his intestines, although he hasn't gone on his own. They were able to get more out this morning. The gas has gone down that they saw on the first x-ray, and they said that's a good sign. He ate a little bit, but not too much this morning.
My question(s) are: 1. Does anyone have any experience with this - as to what I should expect the vet to do, and/or how long this process will take before he finally poops on his own? 2. Is there anything that I can do if I were to bring him home? Right now, the vet bill is $251 - and I don't want it to keep racking up - but at the same time, I can't really do anything for him here.
I'm at a loss as to what I need to do or what to expect. My poor kids are starting to get worried. We had a couple puppies that we got from the Humane Society a few years ago and they both died from parvo within a week (we brought them back to the HS, so the kids still think the pups had to go to a special hospital).
I have never had a dog quite that severe, but when I see them struggling, or having very hard stool. I give a tsp. or so (depends on size of dog) of veg. oil. It has always worked great. Good luck, and I hope he feels better soon.
When my puppy got sick I ciiked up some rice and baked a couple chickens,I removed alll skin and bones and I fed her rie and chicken. Then slowly I added a good dog food back in untill there was very little rice and chicken. Check the list here for a good type of dog food.We have a 85 lb boxer he eats chicken soup for the dog lovers soul, he loves it. I am home all day so he gets feed 4x's a day only 1/3 cup at a time and we wet it good float it really. He loves to eat. :-) Good luck with your sweetie!!
This is Miya our 4 lb pomapoo and Tyson our 95 lb boxer playing together
Well, this morning we found out what was wrong with Buster... He apparently had eaten one of those rope chew toys (with the knot at either end). I thought we threw out all of the toys that he had outgrown, but this one was left at my parents' house (they live right next door), and it got thrown over the fence outside and I never even knew it was here.
The vet felt a large lump in his intestine this morning, so he called me to tell me surgery was his recommendation. Of course I agreed, and it seems to have gone well. The vet only had to make an incision through the intestine, rather than cut part of it out and remove an entire section. He said there was no rupture into his abdomen, which is amazing to me, because he said that the widest part of the rope/knot was about a 2" diameter! It passed all the way through his esophogus, stomach, through most of his intestine - it was right at the top of his colon. I don't understand how he swallowed that in the first place, but it was done.
Vet says Buster isn't out of the dark yet though. He's concerned about the toxicity level, as his waste was built up ahead of the blockage. There is also the chance of his sutures rupturing (his intestine bursting or tearing the sutures), but he said he put about 6 layers of sutures in to hold it closed until he's healed. He sounded positive, saying that his intestine was very healthy, strong, good blood flow, so it should all heal fine. He said the most touch and go time is the next 1-2 days. If he isn't gonna make it, it'll happen during this time . So - we're praying he pulls through.