Saturday, August 14, 2010

A Very Close Call!

This is my Best Bud Cooper.
He is a 6 year old Redbone Coonhound. He is my shadow. He knows where I am at all times if I am around the house. A lot of the nature photography I share is because of the walks Cooper and I take everyday.
Thursday he woke up and started throwing up lots of fluid. After the 3rd time I was very concerned. He was acting strange and breathing a bit harder than normal. I decided to take him to the vet.
Now anyone who has been following me here knows we are having a bit of a financial crisis at this moment so it was (I'm sorry to say) a big decision to go to the vet. Then I had to decide if we should do an x ray since the Doc. thought it might be a blockage.

I had to do that so I knew I was up to $100.00 at this point. After 3 hours waiting for the barium to work and the x ray to be read we found out it was an obstruction and he would need surgery.

Wow, what an emotional decision. I don't have extra cash on hand right now and I'm not sure if they will take payments.

I LOVE my dog and really do not want to loose him. I had to leave him over night and tell them I had a financial cap so they couldn't do all they could if necessary. If it involved the intestines they would just have to put him to sleep right there on the operating table and I would never see him again.

I prayed, along with many other people and they did surgery the next morning.

They were able to do a less invasive procedure to get the corn cob piece (eyes rolling) down to where he will be able to pass it on his own. He did have to be opened up so they could get to his stomach. Here are a few photos of him coming home and at home after I picked him up.

Stoned Cooper! The drive home was interesting. He would not lay down and just sat there staring and every once in awhile he would snap to it and look up like "Whoa, dude what is happening? Where am I?"

Here he is laying on his bed in the living room. Still a bit spacey.

Hello! Is anybody home in there?

It was weird, like an Alzheimer's patient. Poor guy.
I'm happy to say that today he is much better. Still moving slow. Lots of staples and stitches on his belly but he ate, and took a walk around the yard and is sleeping beside me up on the couch like old times :).
Even though he has eaten corn off the cob a bunch of times, this time he decided to eat the cob also. Needless to say this summer treat will not happen EVER again. That was a $600.00 mistake we will not repeat no mater how much he begs. I am so happy to have him home and despite the expense, I had to purchase a new collar on Etsy to celebrate!

Very Manley and cute huh? What's another $10.00's. It was on sale ;).
We girls know, it makes you feel better to buy something new!
I'll post pic's when he gets his new adornment!



  1. Oh, the poor baby. Once ours DEVOURED those chew sticks & they all got STUCK in the you know where ... oy! The vet had to take care of the expelling them, too. Your heart bleeds for them, as they just don't know or understand what happened.
    Hope he gets better quickly.

    Have a wonderful PS summer weekend ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  2. I'm soooo happy Cooper is on the mend. He is such a sweetheart..its so hard when they are sick...I imagine you are relieved Give him a hug for me!

  3. What a sweetie. I'm so glad Cooper made it through his surgery. Has anything passed yet? You know the $600 cob?

    I've been in the same position before....we spent $600 on a dog that ate "clumping" cat litter...which reaked havoc on his intestines. We brought him home to die. And still had to pay the bill.

    But the joy that dogs bring is worth the risk of the cost now and then.

    Glad Cooper's okay.

  4. Oh my goodness, I'm glad he is okay. And I fully understand. I worry about how we would pay a large vet bill, because we too have had changes in our financial situation. Our co-worker's lab ate a pair of his wife's panties, and long story short had to have major abdominal surgery, a stay in ICU at the Vet School to the tune of $3000.00. I was thinking what on earth would we do...we no longer have a credit card and a financial what we do? Go to the loan shark!! Or sell the car!!! Or skip the house payment!!! We love our puppy girls. Please come by and visit us sometime.
    I enjoyed your blog.