It’s amazing how animals can sense when something is changing. Every time we prepare to move or go on a vacation, the long dog always becomes glued to our heals (more than normal) and unwilling to eat. In preparation for our move from Hawaii last week, long dog’s actions followed suit to his normal “moving” routine. At our heals, limited eating.
When we picked him up at the airport after our flight he was still very much relaxed from his “happy pills” that our vet gave us to help him be more at ease on the flight. He drank water and went potty, but still no eating and then slept into the night. We felt that by the next day, back in our camper, back with his things, he would start eating. And he did! Although, not much, but he was eating.
When we moved up to Half Moon Bay on Friday, we pulled into Pelican Point RV. A well maintained RV park that welcomed pets with open arms. They even had a small pet park with a little loop trail. Before we went out to meet up with old friends that night, J.O took long dog on a little walk in the park. We brought long dog with us and he stayed in the car while we reconnected with friends. That night when we came home and went to bed, I was woken to Long Dog vomiting. He did this throughout the night. It was dark and sour, not bile, but something else. J.O went outside and noticed that there was fertilizer on the edge of the grass. He asked the staff if they had recently fertilized and the man answered yes. WHAT?! No signs, no verbal warning, nothing. That would explain the sickness. We did a little research and read that if he was still drinking water (which he was) that the fertilizer should work itself out. We moved to our preferred RV park in Half Moon Bay, Pillar Point RV, that day. His vomiting continued on and off throughout Saturday and Sunday. Luckily, he continued to drink water and still went potty.
On Monday, J.O went into town to drop our truck off for scheduled maintenance, we’d be without vehicle for 2-3 days. When he came home, long dog was not doing well; excessive drooling and just acting abnormal. He called the closest vet and explained the situation and they asked us to get him in as soon as possible. Luckily, our friends whom we had met up with on Friday night, we able pick J.O and the long dog up and bring them to the vet. J.O left the long dog in their hands. They called the RV park to find out what type of fertilizer was used (dandelion killer) and then began him on various I.V’s and flushing fluids.
A few hours later, the vet called to tell us that they fluids were not passing through him and they needed to know if he could have possibly ingested something to cause a blockage. We thought back to the past week when I had taken him to the vet in Hawaii for his health certificate for the flight. After which, I gave him a smoked trachea as a treat. It’s similar to a smoked pigs ear. The vet said that could be the blockage if he hadn’t chewed it enough. They would have to give him a tracing fluid, wait 2-3 hours and then run some x-rays to see where it stopped. Surgery was more than likely going to happen and they would be keeping him over night. Our wonderful friends, Bill and Kris, were able to loan us a vehicle so that we could go and visit him at the vet. I am so blessed to have J.O for a husband and support. He was offered earlier in the day to go to Giant’s game at AT&T stadium that night, a game and event that he easily still could have attended, and he chose to cancel and stay with me. We were pretty upset by all of this and wanted to get our minds off it, so we went crabbing on the jetty. A successful afternoon of crabbing helped and fed us dinner.
After the x-rays, they decided they would in fact have to do surgery. The wonderful staff at Half Moon Bay Vet stayed after hours to perform the surgery around 5:30pm. We received a phone call at 8:30pm informing us that the surgery was complete and long dog was doing well. There in fact was nothing blocking his digestive track, but instead he had a tare in his abdominal wall and his intestine had popped through, then doubled over itself creating a knot. He had to have 18 inches of intestine removed due to damage and scar tissue. They said that the injury most likely happened weeks ago.
On Tuesday, J.O was able to play a round of golf at Half Moon Bay Golf Links at The Ritz Carlton with our friend Bill and I was able to get in another nice run to release some stress. We then we were able to go visit Long Dog at the vet again. He was looking a million times better already. I was able to take him on his afternoon walk and although weighted down on one side from his IV tubes, he seemed to have more pep in his step than he had before. Although I felt bad for him when his legs gave out on him when he was doing his duty and he fell into his doody. Poor guy! I brought him back to the vet’s office where they got him cleaned up before J.O arrived to visit with him. Long Dog’s tail did not stop wagging once J.O arrived. We hung out with him for a solid hour before handing him back to the vet for another night.