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We were back at the ER at midnight last night after Kodi started acting TOTALLY wierd. He started trying to eat EVERYTHING, from shoe laces, to his toys, to his litter box. When we took everything away from him, he started going around licking the floor! He was all hunched up like he needed to poop, but he didn't, but was salivating, licking, smacking his lips and making sort of a retching noise. I took him outside to see if he wanted to potty out there, and he immediately started grabbing big mouthfuls of dead grass and mud. (there's no live grass here still) When I pulled him away from that, he started swallowing big mouthfuls of snow.

I still had some Pepcid left over from last week, so I gave him that, and just watched him for about half an hour. He got a LITTLE better, but still was clearly not himself. So it was off to the ER again. They x-rayed his chest and abdomen, thinking that he might have something caught in his esophagus (he didn't) or to look for an obstruction further down. (there wasn't anything) The good news (for him, not them:)) was that he was enough better than he was last week that it took 3 of them to hold him down for the x-rays. Last week, he just lay where they put him.

They told me that his behavior was typical of a dog who was nauseated, so they gave him some anti-nausea meds. They sent us home around 3:30 AM with two different prescriptions, one for Pepcid, and one for Sucralfate, with directions to give him both every 12 hours for the next 5 days.

The poor thing, they didn't want him to have access to ANYTHING that he could try to eat if his tummy started feeling bad again, so I had to even take away his bedding. He had to sleep right on the plastic tray of his crate.:( I guess I shouldn't feel SO bad about that, since he sleeps on the hard floor by his own choice on a regular basis during the day. But it seems so mean, considering that he wasn't feeling well. Fortunately, the anti-nausea meds made him sleepy, and he fell asleep REALLY fast. (I'm sure it also helped that it was 3:30 in the morning!!!)

This morning I called our regular vet to talk to him about the whole situation. He said that it really sounded to him like he has esophagitis. (pretty much the same thing as severe heartburn in people) He said we could scope him to see what his esophagus looks like on the inside, but that's invasive, and can irritate the esophagus more. He suggested treating him as if that is what he has, which basically means keeping him on the Sucralfate for a month. He said that if we take him off sooner, and and his esophagus hasn't healed, we can just set things up for becoming chronic, or possibly even worsening into an ulcerative situation.

At the end of the month, we're going to take him off and see how he does. If this was a one-time thing, no matter what caused it, it should have had time to heal by then. He said if it comes back at that point, it may be that he needs to be on the Sucralfate, but at a lower dose and less often, just like people who are prone to chronic heartburn. He did say that even if this is the case, it is very manageable.

He also had me bring in a stool sample, just to rule out some infection that could be causing this.

Today he slept a lot this morning, but seemed to feel fine. I had a lesson set up, and figured I'd take him over anyway, and just do what he seemed up to. He was bright, happy, and wanted to work the whole time. He's conked out again now, but I'm planning on heading to bed very shortly too!
 

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Poor Kodi. I hope he starts feeling better soon and you find out what's causing this.
 

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Poor Kodi, he sure has been through a lot...so scary. I hope he gets to feeling better. It is so stressful when our babies are sick.
 

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Oh Karen , I'm sorry this is all so weird. It is hard to go to the emergency. we did that with Maddie then to our vet then she was put to sleep to have a better look so three doctors to find out a final thing. I felt like the first visit was a waist of money because Maddie wiggled so bad the x ray was not good.
I hope the doctor is right, but would this be something different than the blockage or is it related?:( Hope you guys get a good rest tonight
 

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I'm so sorry Kodi is having these problems. Hope the medicine helps and that he doesn't have to have the invasive test.
Get a good night's sleep Karen, you must be exhausted.

Get well, Kodi:)
 

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Geesh, patience is a virtue for sure.
 

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POOR KODI. I HOPE YOU GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS. IT SOUNDS LIKE THE MEDS ARE HELPING, SO MAYBE IT IS ESOPHAGITIS. GOOD LUCK!
 

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Oh Karen , I'm sorry this is all so weird. It is hard to go to the emergency. we did that with Maddie then to our vet then she was put to sleep to have a better look so three doctors to find out a final thing. I felt like the first visit was a waist of money because Maddie wiggled so bad the x ray was not good.
I hope the doctor is right, but would this be something different than the blockage or is it related?:( Hope you guys get a good rest tonight
The two are probably related, even though he didn't have an impaction this time.
 

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Oh no, I'm sorry you have to go through this again Karen. Especially since he seemed to be almost back to himself. Get well Kodi!
 

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POOR KODI. I HOPE YOU GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS. IT SOUNDS LIKE THE MEDS ARE HELPING, SO MAYBE IT IS ESOPHAGITIS. GOOD LUCK!
Okay so I looked up Esophagitis, would a Hiatal Hernia have showed up with the first xray? Ps I need to not look stuff up on the internet did this a bunch when Maddies hair was falling out. Sorry for playing Doctor I just think it has been to long.
 
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Gee, Karen, how worrisome for you! And obviously uncomfortable for Kodi. Hope your vet is right and after a time on the meds, he will have healed and be OK. :hug:
 

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Karen, I hate to hear that Kodi is feeling sick again. That is so upsetting when they're not feeling well and can't tell you what's bothering them. Is this pepcid that everyone has been talking about giving to their dogs the same as the one for people? What would the dosage be? I hope we hear tomorrow that you both had a good night's sleep and Kodi is feeling better.
 

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The poor little guy!! Gosh, I hope he feels better soon. It sounds similar to the damge acid reflux can do. Not fun. (((hugs and healing thoughts to him)))
 

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Oh Karen, I am so sorry!!!! Poor Kodi and poor you!!! I hope you and he get some much needed rest tonight. Feel better little man!!!
 

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Oh poor you and Kodi! I hate that this is happening it is so scary not really knowing what it is. I hope this medicine helps!!!! Hugs to you both.

Kathie, Pepcid is the same as humans, only small dogs like ours would take about 1/2 of a regular pill (not the advanced). Often they give the small dog this when they are taking heavy meds., we had a large dog that was very sick and he got Prilozec and my dad had a Sheepdog who had esophagus problems and he got the same.
 
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