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|02-23-2009, 04:40 PM||#1|
Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Nova Scotia
A very sick boy/happy ending
I haven't posted much for a while. We've had a difficult fall/winter and the new year started off even worse.
Ziggy got sick the third week of January-some vomiting and diarrhea. We were in and out of the vet's a few times and to the animal emergency room as well. After 10 days of this and not eating/pooping the vet did an exploratory surgery and discovered his bowel was full of holes and he was leaking feces into his abdomen. He had peritonitis and was full of infection.She gave him a 30% chance of surviving surgery. She operated for 2 1/2 hours and repaired or cut out rotten holes in his bowel wall and took his secum (appendix). He spent about 10 days in the hospital with various drains, shunts and tubes. We knew he wasn't out of the woods until he did that first solid poop. Two weeks after the surgery he did a good poop and we broke out some champagne to celebrate. He has survived and is fully recovered thanks to the excellent medical care he received. The vet even took him home with her for the weekend so she could keep an eye on him and give him injections.
We have no idea what perforated his bowel-we are so careful with foods and toys; we'll probably never know.
Every day I thank God for guiding us to this vet who has given him a second chance.
I'm attaching a post surgery picture-not very pretty. He's shaved in so many places for the surgery and iv's that he doesn't look very pretty (not that it matters). The holes are where he had drains put in. Tomorrow he goes to the groomer's for a puppy cut and a fresh new look.
BTW: $4300 for this illness-thank heavens for pet insurance.
Charlene and Ziggy
Member of the Little Gentleman's Club
|02-23-2009, 04:48 PM||#2|
Donating YT Addict
Join Date: Feb 2008
Oh, my goodness - you've been through a lot! I'm glad all is okay with Ziggy!! Its nice to hear a sucessful story!
This is Bailey's world and we just live in it!
|02-23-2009, 05:00 PM||#4|
Donating YT 500 Club Member
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: yorkie town
What a happy ending.I am glad to hear he is doing better.With the help of a wonderful doctor.
Tell him he looks good,much better than me after my appendix surgery,my doc did a frankenstein on me.
YURI and SARAH Sassy,Rocki,and Ginger NEWBIE'"S
|02-23-2009, 05:01 PM||#5|
YT 3000 Club Member
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Long Island, NY USA
Aw poor little Ziggy. So sorry he was so sick. I sure am glad he is on the right path for a full recovery. Your vet was an angel, she really went above and beyond to make sure your little baby got well. Bless her, and bless your little Ziggy. Sending great big get well hugs from Coco, Pebbles, and Trixie.
Coco, Pebbles, Trixie, and Wally
LOVE MY BABIES!!
|02-23-2009, 06:21 PM||#7|
Join Date: Jan 2009
Thank God he has recovered well!!Poor little man
He is so lucky to have you for a Mommy
Linda and Harley
|02-23-2009, 07:52 PM||#8|
Wee Winston Wiggles
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Kewanee, Illinois
Winston and I send Ziggy kisses...what a little trooper!!! Oh, sending you a hug as well!!!
As Ever, Kathy
My: Winston and Spencer: RIP My Sweet Angels
|02-23-2009, 11:25 PM||#9|
Donating YT 500 Club Member
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Dover, DE, USA
Oh my goodness, the poor baby! I am soo glad they found the problem and took such good care of him!
Kathy & SpiceE
|02-24-2009, 05:43 AM||#10|
Donating YT 1000 Club Member
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: With my yorkies
Wow, that is amazing. Thank God for his doctor and his wonderful mommy for getting him the care he needed.
He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion. -- Author Unknown