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Handling and Stewardship => Health & Maintenance (publicly viewable board) => Topic started by: daretodream on December 07, 2017, 06:27:25 PM

Title: Unexpected Vet Visit
Post by: daretodream on December 07, 2017, 06:27:25 PM
Reilly has been vomiting about once a day for the past two or so weeks.  It's been puzzling to us, as nothing in his diet has changed, and he's acting perfectly normal.  The weird thing is that he vomits hours after eating, and it is always formed kibble.  Today, I was able to get him seen by the vet, and the x-rays revealed the source of the problem.  Reilly has a partial obstruction of his pyloric sphincter (the part that connects the stomach to the small intestine and allows for gastric emptying).  We are attempting a high fiber diet tonight to see if it can still pass on its own.  Tomorrow, we'll do repeat x-rays.  If nothing has changed, he'll require some pretty serious abdominal surgery.

To say I'm worried would be an understatement.  But, I'm trying to remain calm for Reilly's sake.  Right now we could use any positive thoughts and prayers sent our way.  I really don't want to see him undergo surgery.

Title: Re: Unexpected Vet Visit
Post by: Arrowcom on December 07, 2017, 09:33:21 PM
Oh dear. I'm sure happy you caught it before something worse happened! I'll be praying for you guys and for Reilly. Keep us updated!
Title: Re: Unexpected Vet Visit
Post by: Ariel on December 07, 2017, 11:05:02 PM
That's so scary. I hope whatever it is it passes on its own with the high fiber.
Title: Re: Unexpected Vet Visit
Post by: Moonsong on December 08, 2017, 09:56:23 AM
My middle dog, Jack, had this problem a while ago. He has chronic tummy issues; mild constipation is something we deal with on a fairly regular basis, but it usually works itself out for him. But one time, he swallowed something, and we were in the same situation. X-rays showed an obstruction, and Jack was put on high fiber wet food. He was on it for a couple of days, though, I think. He did end up passing the obstruction on his own.

I hope the same will happen for Reilly. Good luck! Sending good thoughts your way.
Title: Re: Unexpected Vet Visit
Post by: daretodream on December 08, 2017, 03:25:42 PM
Thank you everyone!  Reilly's x-ray showed that whatever was in his stomach has moved passed down to his colon and should clear out on its own.  He's home now and feeling just fine, if not a little sleepy from all the excitement of the morning/early afternoon.
Title: Re: Unexpected Vet Visit
Post by: Arrowcom on December 08, 2017, 03:34:44 PM
Yay! That's Awesome!
Title: Re: Unexpected Vet Visit
Post by: Moonsong on December 08, 2017, 04:14:09 PM
What a relief! I'm so happy for you guys!