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Urgent Prayers Please!
I got up at 8:10 this morning to feed the dogs. Gracie and Angie followed me into the kitchen. As I was prepping their food, I heard Gracie starting to throw up, so I made sure she was on the tile rather than the carpet and stayed near her. She threw up about a teaspoon of foamy bile. Ok, no biggie, just an empty stomach. I offered her a cracker, she refused. I offered her a bit of plain yogurt, again, she refused. She started to pant a bit, strange, I thought. She refused her kibble, really unusual. She looked weird to me, so I checked her gums and they were very pale! Her tongue was also very pale, a light gray color. OMG, is it bloat? What is going on??
So DH drove 90 mph to the emergency vet, we got there at 8:30. They took her back right away. Initial exam found her to be stable but subdued with pale gums. Not bloat, blood pressure normal, respiration normal. So we waited while they did some bloodwork, me crying, shaking, pacing and DH doing his best to reassure me.
Her electrolytes were normal, blood count normal. No internal bleeding. The only abnormal result was lactic acid which was 3.5. Normal is 0.5. Vet not sure what to think, maybe an anaphylactic reaction (to what?), maybe a reaction to throwing up that caused her blood pressure to suddenly drop. He wants to keep her for 24 hours and run some more comprehensive tests and do X-rays. He said she was sitting up, looking around. He's going to give her some Benadryl, too.
So I want to get this out there, for prayers for my heart dog. She just turned two on Christmas Eve.
I am a complete wreck. DH keeps telling me that he thinks it was a one-time thing, where she basically passed out from throwing up. We lost two dogs last year, both suddenly. Last Jan, our English Bulldog at 10 years suddenly died from an undiagnosed small cell tumor, completely symptom-free until he collapsed. Then in April our 16 year old lab died on the table during a dental procedure. I can't handle another loss, especially Gracie. She's my baby.
If anyone has any ideas or experienced something similar, I would love to know. Vet knows I'm putting this out on this forum. I know where the real experts are.
Leslie, Mom to Gracie (Noblegold Saving Grace) and Angie the HavaShih Rescue