I have had a serious case of the Mondays this week.
First, I noticed that one of our gutters had blown off of our house in a wind storm. No big deal, but pretty obnoxious.
Later, I went downstairs to get some Halloween decorations only to discover that our basement was flooded. The sump pump needed to be replaced. (Perfect timing… right outside of our one year home warranty coverage.)
Most importantly, though, we had quite a scare regarding Eddie. He was with my in-laws while we were at work and apparently was choking and not breathing very well. He had done the same thing the day before but we thought that his treat had just gone down the wrong tube because he was fine 10 minutes later. He continued having trouble, so my in-laws rushed him to the vet.
The vet ended up removing many small pieces of rawhide from his throat that she said had probably been accumulating for a while. When Eddie eats, he doesn’t like to chew very much, which is why we water down his food and break up his treats into small bites, just in case. We didn’t realize though that the bones he loves to chew on were indigestible and getting lodged in his throat.
Eddie is doing OK, but he has a swollen throat and some pain pills for the next few days. He has not been his usual energetic self, though. We will no longer be giving him any sort of bone, rawhide treat, or other chew toy which could possibly have pieces fall off of it. I am so thankful he was with my in-laws when it happened so they could take him to the vet.
I wanted to share this information about the rawhide because I’m hoping something good can come from this experience. The vet told us that she deals with this problem quite often. She is appalled that rawhide is still sold in all the pet stores as if it’s good for dogs. She said she has had to cut open many dogs to remove the indigestible rawhide when it gets lodged somewhere in their digestive system, and even if it doesn’t come to those extremes, the rawhide can tear up many organs on the way out. This is something that we were never told, so I assume there are others out there in the same boat. I hope that if you have a dog you will take caution when giving him any sort of rawhide and that you will spread the word to your friends.
Unfortunately, there is more… On Tuesday, Eddie had to be taken to the vet again because he has been limping on one of his front paws. The vet believes that he either pulled a muscle or has a soft tissue tear; the bones seemed to be OK. Eddie now has another medication to take and has to stay in his crate 24/7 for the next 7-10 days. I’m pretty sure that will be as torturous for us as it will be for him. He had us up the entire night last night whining since he was in his crate during the day, and just wanted to be with us at night. Today, his leg is worse than it was yesterday and we are debating if we should take him back to the vet (for a third time in three days) to get X-rays, just in case.
Before we got this puppy, I did not want a dog at all. Now, I love this little guy; he can cuddle with me and lick me all day long if he wants to. (No other dogs are allowed to lick me though because that’s just gross! :-p) It breaks my heart to see him in pain…
So, that has been my week. I hope you will forgive me if I don’t have a post ready for Friday. I will probably still be cleaning up the basement and trying to make Eddie as comfortable as possible…