Colitis… I hope

Poor Pflouff got sick and spent the day at the vet yesterday. Monday evening, she wasn’t terribly enthusiastic about her dinner (at 4PM), but she ate tons of tuna brownies at class (at 6:30PM). She seemed all right when she came home, but she was whiny and restless ALL night Monday night. (I know this because she kept me awake!)

Tuesday morning, she wouldn’t touch her breakfast. All she wanted to do was lie down or cuddle — definitely not the puppy I’m used to. So off to the vet we went. She was so lethargic by the time the vet saw her that the vet was sincerely concerned and ordered bloodwork and x-rays, fearing a blockage.

The initial x-rays were inconclusive, but Pflouff was dry heaving and wouldn’t touch food or water. The vet gave her barium and kept her at the clinic all day so she could take x-rays throughout the day to see if the barium went all the way through. There was a spot on the x-ray that she was concerned about, but by Tuesday evening it had dissipated, and I was able to bring her home.

Pflouff had moments of energy last night, but overall was still somewhat lethargic — and she still wouldn’t eat or drink. (The vet had given her subcutaneous fluids to ensure she wasn’t dehydrated.) I moved her from the small crate to a big crate, and she walked in and crashed without a complaint. That sort of worried me, frankly!

In the middle of the night, she threw up.. but it was yellow bile, and I had a feeling it might be because she was hungry. I wasn’t allowed to feed her yet, but I gave her water, and she drank well. This morning I had an energetic, starving puppy on my hands! The vet prescribed that disgusting, easy-to-digest canned food for her, and she was so hungry, she ate every bite and came looking for more.

We have to go back to the vet this mroning for a final x-ray, but I’m pretty sure it will be clear. I know from experience with Pax that the symptoms of colitis can come and go for a while, so I don’t think she’s 100%, even though she’s acting totally normal right now. But I think she’s going to be fine very soon.

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