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Old 02-11-2017, 05:50 PM
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Pup has been on the brink of death for days

My 12 month old puppy Honey is extremely sick. Vet diagnosed a $9000 surgery we couldn't afford and expected her to die within a day if she wasn't worked on. She even told us how to put her down ourselves if that was what we chose so she most likely has an intestinal blockage. She is skin and bones, refuses food and since yesterday now won't drink water on her own. We have given her intestinal lubricant and she perked up and wanted to eat small amounts of food but then went back to not eating. to keep her hydrated I have been syringe-ing bone broth and pedialytes mixed with water into her. She is taking metronidazole from the first vet she saw, and they told me she tested negative for parvo. The second vet said she was almost positive it was a blockage. Anyways she has gotten so weak she'll only move if she chooses, won't get up if we call her at all. She started spitting out the water and broth we are giving her as well. But then she gets bursts of energy and goes to bark and run after the neighbors dog. This is so so hard because I don't know if I'm giving up on her too soon but this has been days of her laying on a pillow for the majority of the day and night and refusing to eat and trying to refuse the syringes. I feel that maybe I am forcing her to hang on and be here with us when she's not going to heal.
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Old 02-11-2017, 06:11 PM
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So sorry to hear you are going through this. I would go to a 3rd vet and get another opinion. 1 year old is just so young. Good luck and I hope this turn out for the better.
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I'm very sorry Honey is so ill. Ditto a 3rd opinion. I would actually call multiple vets includinf surrounding area and ask about intestinal blockage surgery prices because $9000 sounds quite high, at least in my area.
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Old 02-11-2017, 07:04 PM
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If she has an intestinal blockage, that would be a miserable way to die "naturally". I have known one dog whose owners opted to do neither surgery nor euthanize, wanting to see if she could "make it on her own" with only supportive care, and she lingered for nearly 2 weeks, multiple days in a virtually comatose state, leaking putrid material from nearly every orifice, before finally dying. That dog suffered terribly, and I would do anything to save my dog from a fate like that.

There are places that will do an exploratory and foreign body removal for much less than $9000 (that would be possible with the referral/emergency hospital here, but there are a number of hospitals in my area where it would be around $1000-$1500, all included). Time is not your friend though, and if you want to act at all to save her, you need to act now. The longer you wait, the weaker her general condition becomes, and the less likely successful surgery becomes (often when there is a foreign body, parts of the intestines die, the sooner you act, the less damage there usually is).

Call around to any vets in your area, call shelters and rescues (some of them may either have vets that treat owned dogs for a low cost, or have vets that treat dogs which have been surrendered to them- either would be better for her than no treatment), see if anyone can do the surgery for a reachable fee. Put a post on craigslist, and/or facebook asking for donations (it's not allowed on this forum), you would be surprised at the number of people who will reach out to help an animal they have never met, and if you nail down a vet who will do the surgery, they can call payments in directly to the vet (most people are reluctant to donate to a stranger any other way).

Have you gotten back in contact with the first vet who dispensed the metronidazole? They may be willing to review her xrays and also give an opinion on whether they think it is an intestinal blockage. If both vets say with relative certainty that it is, you can't find any way to do surgery (if she's even still a surgery candidate) and she's only deteriorated thus far, I would consider euthanizing her, as she's more likely to suffer terribly and eventually die rather than improve on her own (syringe feeding is virtually useless if she does have a blockage, since the food can't actually traverse the GI tract). If they have a different opinion, you might see if they have any other suggestions for treatment or diagnostics, while keeping in mind that if it IS a blockage, the clock will still be ticking.

I hope things work out for you and her- this is a hard position to be in as a dog owner
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It was an emergency vet so that's why the costs were so high but the vet made the chances of her recovering sound really hopeless when we said we may see if another vet will do an exploratory surgery without X-rays to lessen the cost because often dogs this sick stay sick and continue to suffer never fully recovering. her tummy grumbles every time I get liquid in her, I thought that was a good sign because her insides are still moving, but I read a post about inactivity in the stomach involving grumbling so now I feel absolutely horrible. Her heart feels like it is beating really hard as well..
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My puppy has gotten a miracle!!!! She stopped pooping blood and is eating, a lot!!!! She has energy now and even wanted to fetch her ball once or twice for me. I am amazed. We gave her more mineral oil and I believe she passed whatever it was that was blocking her! I found a pile of chicken and chicken bone shards mixed in what was probably Dhiarrhea. It looked sort of old, like wasn't from today, but maybe last night. Either way she is doing so much better!We kept her hydrated through all of this along with the mineral oil and chicken stock so that combined with prayers from family and friends of what we believe pulled her through.
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