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amymeme
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:19 pm

How's Avalanche today?
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:14 pm

In great spirits but when I gave him a chopped up piece of chicken breast it came up in about an hour. Medicine should be in the mail tomorrow, at least then he can keep something down, then a round of x-rays Monday. Then we see what Mary has to say.

There are no other vets (that I would go to) without going up to Ft Stockton (175 miles) or Midland (300) and I don't know them at all - there are two other vets in this area but most people have moved over to Mary as their primary vet of choice. She is good and her son now works with her and he just completed Vet school so he's current.

But nothing helps my feeling helpless ...
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:21 pm

The medicine ( Cerenia ) arrived yesterday morning's mail - gave him two with lunch, though I had to make a "lunch meat sandwich" they apparently don't taste good.

What I don't understand,  when I have him on the Cerenia, he eats as normally as I'll let him ( still doing chicken and rice ) urinates and defecates, more or less, normally.  More or less is that there isn't the normal "quantity" since rice doesn't have a lot of bulk to pass on.

He doesn't exhibit any signs of being uncomfortable other than sometimes being curled up.  Smiles nicely, wags tail ... seems to be in good humour  (( which *I* definitely am *NOT* if I'm sick!! ))

Still going up Monday MORNING (early Monday morning) for the Barium X-Rays.
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:33 am

Will be waiting for news. I'm stumped on this one.
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:14 pm

Just reread my notes from August last that I made when Sasha was sick. Some similarities - they both vomited - but a lot of dissimilarities - Avalanche doesn't show any signs of pain while Sasha was obviously in pain; Avalanche is alert while Sasha was sleepy.

I need to go out with him for a walk, the temps bearable but the winds have been strong gusts (25+) to horrific (50+) He'll let me know when he wants / needs out but then wants back in quickly.

I dropped about 1/4 cup of kibble in with the chicken/rice - he ate most of it.

Something I just ran across - I have a fig tree (Texas Everbearing) in the kitchen, I was going to plant it then we started getting this weird weather ( cold / windy ) so I brought it inside till we warm up a little more. I saw Avalanche testing a leaf after I brought it in, told him "No!" and he hasn't bothered it since, that I know of or can tell. We're now well over a couple of weeks with this vomiting ... I wouldn't expect any long lasting effects from trying a leaf but it's worth mentioning to Mary when I take him up tomorrow.
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:01 pm

Is it a newly acquired fig tree? Possible insecticide? We had a cat that had seizures from drinking fertilizer water I soaking plants in while was away. Also, any chance he's eating the potting soil? That frequently has additives.
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:54 pm

@aljones wrote:

I dropped about 1/4 cup of kibble in with the chicken/rice - he ate most of it.  

Well, that was a fail. He ate it about 1:00PM and upchucked it about 4:00PM Odd, I could see the kibble - because of the color - and I could see the rice but no chicken. Did it get digested that rapidly?? <inquiring minds, etc>

@amymeme It had no leaves on it when I brought it home and has leafed out nicely since. There's one broken branch where he nipped it (or broke it looking out the glass doors?) But I've seen no evidence that he's nibbled on it since that one time (which may not have even been a nibble?!)

Sasha was eating potting soil from the strawberries I have potted - but didn't get sick from it. I was trying to think if that was before or after she was sick. I didn't move the Strawberries inside till we were getting cold - freezing cold so that would have been well after she was sick.

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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:14 pm

Didn't think it could be something environmental... definitely worth looking into.

I don't think the chicken would have been digested that quickly. Maybe broken down enough where it was hard to distinguish. Our dogs have vomited occasionally and I've noticed food they've eaten hours before still there.
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:35 pm

I'm in town, got up at 05:30 to be here at 08:00 and I am not a morning person.

Two sets of xrays down and probably two more to go. So far the barium is moving along just fine; down the esophagus into the stomach; moving out of the stomach. The next set of xrays will show where it goes now.

Mary commented that she expected to see some sort of blockage with the ?pitreal? Valve leading out of the stomach but no such luck(???)

I can wait here or go home but its a three hour drive or a six hour wait ...

I'll update this later as we see what happens.
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:01 pm

Pyloric valve?

What's the chance he's developed a food allergy? I don't vomit with mine but I DO get nausea and abdominal fullness, bloated. (however, my barium follow through showed rapid transit, not delayed, which I'm expecting with Avalanche.)
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:37 pm

Home at 4:30 PM - tired!!

One more set of x-rays and everything has moved through the intestines and is setting in the colon. Mary commented that it was moving along nicely - quickly.

If it's a food allergy then he's allergic to chicken / beef / rice / ??? I wouldn't think so since this came on so quickly.

Nap time ....
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