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Postby connie » Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:16 am

Another Thursday, another crisis: Sundance started yesterday with diarrhea and urgent 'gotta go out NOW' requests, and last night he went out four times in eight hours. Not just diarrhea, though: he's going out to pee. Every two hours. That's not good. Now my petsitter calls me: Sunny peed in the kitchen and had diarrhea again too. Very dark diarrhea, almost black. I have a very bad feeling about this. Sun is 14 and frail and feeble.

My vet is closed for surgeries and will re-open in 45 minutes; I will go right home and get him in to the clinic.

Three weeks ago today Irwin collapsed and died. I am not sanguine about Sunny's future. Please can you all send some good vibes to my Sundance Kid.

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Re: Oh no, another bad feeling ... Sundance ...

Postby Sabine » Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:20 am

Oh Connie :(

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Postby Aubergine » Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:44 am

Oh no. Thinking of you and Sunny Boy.

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Postby Calypso » Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:50 am

Oh boy - definitely good thoughts to you and Sunny.

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Postby whiteboxerboy » Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:53 am

Oh no!!!

Loads of good thoughts for Sunny and hang in there vibes for you.

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Postby emmas_mom » Thu Aug 09, 2012 12:08 pm

Oh Sunny Bunny, hang in there! Lots and lots of good ODO vibes heading your way.
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Postby RobinS » Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:08 pm

Oh my goodness......sending good thoughts and hoping he just is gonna be ok.

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Postby SherriA » Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:22 pm

Oh no.....sending all good thoughts that Sunny will hang in there. I'm not ready for him to go yet.
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Postby maxs_mommy » Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:56 pm

Good thoughts for Sunny! Hang in there buddy!
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Postby BassetLover » Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:59 pm

Oh no! Sending lots of good thoughts for Sunny!

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Postby Carson_Crazies » Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:21 pm

Lots of good thoughts and prayers for both of you. :(
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Postby JudyL » Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:25 pm

Oh no, I'm just catching up and I hope he will be ok!

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Postby Jen » Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:33 pm

Prayers for you and Sunny :(

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Postby PofiMia » Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:40 pm

Oh, no - how unsettling. All good thoughts for Sunny Bunny to be feeling sunny again soon.

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Postby Moemer » Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:01 pm

lots of NDB ODO vibes!!!
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Postby Claire » Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:08 pm

Best thoughts being sent his way.

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Postby connie » Thu Aug 09, 2012 4:29 pm

Gah. Sunny has HGE and has to spend the night at the emergency vet clinic, so he can receive IV fluids continuously ... His body temp was 99, he was shivering, and he obligingly demonstrated the diarrhea in the exam room for Dr. W. There's no stench quite like that of HGE!

However, we don't know why he's been peeing so much. His water intake did not increase. Dr. W hopes to have the results of the CBC/full chem panel for me when I go back in half an hour to collect Sunny and take him over to the E-Vet for the night. We are worried about his kidneys; OTOH his renal values were all fine on his bloodwork earlier this year. So maybe it's a UTI.

Okay, thanks everyone, will see what the blood panel tells us!

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Re: Oh no, another bad feeling ... Sundance ...

Postby my2cotons » Thu Aug 09, 2012 4:43 pm

Well, at least its a diagnosis and treatable right? Hopefully the peeing problem is something simple. Prayers from here.

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Re: Oh no, another bad feeling ... Sundance ...

Postby QBert » Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:04 pm

oh no. feel better quickly, Sunny!

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Re: Oh no, another bad feeling ... Sundance ...

Postby JudyL » Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:05 pm

I hope it's all easily treated too. :( Do you think the Rimadyl caused this, or any other clue why this happened?

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Postby SherriA » Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:07 pm

Gah, I hate HGE! It scares the hell out of me. Oliver spent 2 days on a warming mat the last time he had it, because they couldn't keep his body temp up. But, he's just fine now (or as fine as a 16 yr old dog can be), and I hope Sunny recovers just as well. Still sending good thoughts from our house to yours.
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Re: Oh no, another bad feeling ... Sundance ...

Postby UpwardDog » Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:44 pm

~~~ODO healing vibes~~~ for poor Sunny

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Re: Oh no, another bad feeling ... Sundance ...

Postby Bettyna » Thu Aug 09, 2012 6:36 pm

Oh Sunny... hope you recover soon!

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Postby connie » Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:16 pm

Yeah, Sherri, it's super-scary in old dogs! Rowley had HGE and he was back to his old self in about three hours. Rudy had it and he had to spend the day at the vet, getting sub-q fluids. Sunny is at the e-vet overnight so he can be monitored and get not only fluids but IV metronidazole, and he has to go back to the regular vet tomorrow -- the soonest he can come home is tomorrow night. Those old guys, their bounce-back-ability isn't what it once was!

The bloodwork showed nothing terrible or scary. BUN is a little elevated but not much, and consistent with dehydration from HGE. Nothing indicates kidney disease or failure. The e-vet will get a urine sample from him and run a urinalysis and if they find a UTI, he will get abx, I would think Clavamox? -- for ten days. I do think he will make a full recovery from this but it will take time. Poor Sun, he was not a happy camper when I left him at the e-vet, but a tech from our clinic was there and she was taking him back to a kennel to get his meds started.

Judy, AFAIK they hardly ever know what causes HGE, it's really just diarrhea gone berserk, as my vet put it. It can be caused by a virus, but it's most often just a routine gastrointestinal upset that turns into major gi irritation and spirals into HGE. The resultant dehydration and drop in body temp is what does the damage. :(

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Re: Oh no, another bad feeling ... Sundance ...

Postby Bari » Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:33 pm

Hugs and good thoughts from me and the CC.
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Re: Oh no, another bad feeling ... Sundance ...

Postby whiteboxerboy » Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:10 pm

well, i'm glad their was at least a familiar face at the e-vet. Sunny may not recognize them but you did and for me that would count for something, especially given how great your vet is.

hopefully Sunny is too out of it to be too upset about being away from home.

here's hoping he feels better soon. hope you get some rest tonight.

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Re: Oh no, another bad feeling ... Sundance ...

Postby UpwardDog » Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:34 pm

I hope the night goes smoothly.
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Re: Oh no, another bad feeling ... Sundance ...

Postby Sabine » Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:55 pm

What a scare. I'm glad it's nothing worse though. :(

Continuing my good thoughts. :)
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Re: Oh no, another bad feeling ... Sundance ...

Postby Jen » Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:10 pm

Prayers for a speedy and eventless recovery :(

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Re: Oh no, another bad feeling ... Sundance ...

Postby LisaT_II » Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:33 pm

Oh connie, I'm so sorry.

Sending West Coast thoughts to Sunny, while all you folks are getting some rest....
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