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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Dakota Surgery Update

Dakota looking pretty
Sorry for not updating sooner... between keeping Cheyenne busy and being too upset to even talk, I couldn't get to my computer.

So, the vet called and there was not an obstruction. What he saw was major inflammation of her stomach wall. Half of her stomach has loads of swelling and is one huge mass. He took a biopsy and sent it off - need to wait a week for the results on that.

He said it can be a few things.

1) It could be stomach cancer and, if it is, there would be nothing he could do for her. We won't know until the pathology comes back.

2) It could be something she ate that irritated her stomach - something very bad like getting into antifreeze or something. Who knows - her ball could have come into contact on the ground with ice melter at some time... we are always careful but we just don't know.

3) She has a virus/infection that isn't showing up on the blood tests.

Right now she is still at the vet where they are giving her IV fluids to rehydrate her, anti-nausea medication, anti-inflammatory, and antibiotics. The vet will continue to give me updates throughout the weekend and hopefully, with everything he is doing, he can get her to hold down a bit of food and water - which means she would come home the soonest of Monday. If she continues to have problems with eating/drinking, he will keep her until she does improve or finds out the results of the biopsy so we know where to go from there.

Needless to say, I am going to remain optimistic that it was either a virus or irritation and will be taken care of with the medications and some well deserved rest. We are not newbies to vomiting spells as just 2 years ago, our Cheyenne was in a similar mess after she ingested some microscopic yellow reflective material and had inflammation of her pylorus, which almost killed her. I believe that in a couple of days, she will be home with us and soaking up all the love and attention - just like Cheyenne did. And, like Cheyenne, she will be back to new in no time.

Again, we will happily accept all puppy prayers that Dakota has the same miraculous turn-around like Dakota. We miss her terribly and just want her home with us.

I will continue to post updates, as I get them.

Thank you so much for the well wishes - it means a lot to us.



Blogger maryo said...

Heartfelt prayers for you and Dakota - may she be home and happy very very soon!!

March 21, 2009 5:52 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Stay positive, Shannon! Those Labs are tough puppies. I am keeping you and her in my thoughts.

March 22, 2009 7:29 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Thank you so much! It was a difficult night for her little sister as well as us humans. We continue to remain positive that Dakota will be home with us tomorrow (Monday). :)

March 22, 2009 7:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get Well Dakota!!

Puppy Prayers from Koa & my family :)

March 22, 2009 8:43 AM  

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