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Intestinal Blockage
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Date: 5/20/07 0:03 AM

Since she was a puppy, our golden retriever's one vice has been sneaking kitchen towels, cloth napkins, from our kitchen. She didn't often chew on them any more, just liked to carry them around. She would greet you at the door with one or two hanging from her mouth. I thought- 100% cotton biodegradable, a little won't hurt her. She evidently had accumulated a wad in her intestines, probably while we were gone for a few hours on Thursday. The only symptoms at first was vomiting. Our vet examined her on Friday, but she wasn't that sick. He couldn't feel a blockage, and she had good color and bowel sounds. She received an injection and pills. He told us to withold food and water for a few hours to let her digestive track begin to heal and rid itself of whatever she had eaten.

Late Friday evening, when we tried small amounts of fluids, she couldn't hold them down. By early Saturday morning, I called the emergency vet hospital, which accepts off-hour calls from our vet, but they were just about to shut down until noon. So we lost a few hours waiting for a vet at the referring hospital to actually be on duty at a clinic with the ability to handle a trauma case. Her breathing had become labored and she could no longer stand by this time. The techs called him in early. We agreed to exploratory surgery, since cloth doesn't show up on X-rays, and didn't want to wait longer for GI series.

Even though she had healthy organs and intestinal tissue at the time of surgery, she had begun a process of toxic shock from the fluid buildup. She has a very poor prognosis and is not expected to survive. Annabelle has given our family great joy, and I am so hopeful that she overcomes the odds and comes home with us soon. DD is devastated. I feel so guilty about not training Annabelle to leave the towels alone. She was beautifully trained with a "leave it" command for other things.

After hearing tales today of swallowed cloth items retreived from other doggie intestines, I thought I should both warn you about cloth and also ask for your thoughts and prayers for Annabelle.

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Date: 5/20/07 0:24 AM

Our prayers are with Annabelle. I feel so bad for you but please don't feel guilty. Reggie shredded and ate a large bath towel when he was young and we never even knew it until we saw some evidence in the yard. He's always been fascinated with towels for some reason. Luckily it just passed right on through, but certainly could have caused a blockage. Since he's a Schnauzer we still sometimes wipe his beard with a small towel after he drinks....better than letting him drip all over the house, but we now store them out of reach. We would never have thought this to be a problem and I don't think anyone could ever anticipate such a thing.

I do hope and pray that Annabelle will be okay. Please let us know how she's doing.

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Date: 5/20/07 2:30 AM

Oh, I'm so sorry your dog is so sick. Hopefully he will recover. But our sweet little dogs are just like children. They will seek out their temptations no matter how hard we try to hide them.

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Date: 5/20/07 3:45 AM

I hope no one thinks it's silly that I'm still up thinking about Annabelle and praying for her. I've lived through a few of these traumas in my lifetime and I know that just because dogs have four legs doesn't mean that they aren't as important as our mates or children. I'm trying to will her to live, crazy as that sounds. But it's not so nutty, really. I want to hear good news. God bless.

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Date: 5/20/07 4:30 AM

I do hope and pray that all goes wel for Annabelle. Think positively

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Subject: Dogs and Fabric dont mix Date: 5/20/07 10:13 AM

Elizabeth, my heart hurts for what your family is going through. I hope she will fully recover but please don't feel guilty. Like Cathy says, they certainly can have a mind of their own and we wouldn't want them any other way.

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Subject: Dogs and Fabric dont mix Date: 5/20/07 12:12 PM

Annabelle is improved! After a rocky night, and news from one of the vets that severe brain damage was probable, DH and I went to the emergency hospital for a quick visit. The vet said they were going to be looking for signs that she recognized us. She stood up and put her head in my lap and wagged her tail. The vet was amazed!

We are still awaiting results from liver function tests, etc. to see if her body is clearing toxins out, and she is receiving massive amounts of IV fluids, but it is hard not to feel anything but pure bliss!

Thank you for your kind words. I admitted to DH on the way to the hospital when things looked so grim, that there were only a handful of humans that I would grieve so much for.

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Date: 5/20/07 12:14 PM

Ohgoodgrief! When we "adopted" our golden retriever many years ago the breeder warned us about the appetites of the retriever class -- making a special note of dishtowels. They smell like the doggies favorite room in all the world, the *Kitchen*! He lost a wonderful dog to a dishtowel & wanted all his customers to know about the dreadfully disastrous result of cloth in a dog's intestines!

I certainly am praying for Annabelle, too! Vana, our golden, went to heaven in '05 & we now have a lab retriever. I swear she has the digestive system of a billy goat! Please don't feel guilty -- it is just not possible to be so vigilant that they *Never* harm themselves. We really do the best we can, & who would expect the little devils will eat a dishtowel?

As a side note, the human experience of grief *Always* carries an element of guilt. We want so much to prevent harm & the ultimate loss, but we just can't always. It's built into the human experience.

Please, keep us informed & please be kind with yourself. You've done nothing wrong.

Pat

ETA: You posted while I was putting my "stuff" together. Thanks for updating & giving us such hopeful news! (I'm still praying!)
-- Edited on 5/20/07 12:17 PM --

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Date: 5/20/07 1:03 PM

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but it is hard not to feel anything but pure bliss!

I hear ya!

That's such wonderful news! I hope she makes a full and speedy recovery.

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Date: 5/20/07 3:00 PM

I never understood people who view pets as "just there" to be paid attention to, or not. In my view, pets are magical wonders that enrich our lives beyond words. How fulfilling it is to share our lives with them - hopefully they feel the same way about us!

I am so glad to hear that Annabelle is doing better. I am sending her good thoughts to help her along in the recovery process. As to the guilt thing - sometimes these things happen and we just can't prevent it. One time one of my dogs found a leather wallet and swallowed it. Thank goodness he threw it back up. I have no idea who's wallet it was or how Duke got hold of it because it didn't belong to us, and I keep all our dogs under pretty close supervision. Another time one of my cats got into something caustic, and it burned his tongue. He recovered just fine, but again, I never figured out what he got into because I don't keep anything out that could pose a danger to my four legged kids.

Please keep us posted on Annabelle's progress.

Beth

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