Update on the pup

I mentioned earlier our dog Arthas was really sick. So for a little while I will interrupt Sebastian’s story to share his…

He had to have emergency surgery today…sigh, what a rough few months. 2 cats with cancer – 1 skin cancer, 1 Sebastian, and now this. Arthas started getting sick Tuesday night / Wednesday morning – throwing up everything, not eating, not drinking, lethargic. The vet took some x-rays and did some other testing and they couldn’t see a blockage but they got worried that his stomach had twisted or was going to (I’m not sure what they saw exactly). Something didn’t look right on the x-rays. So they took him in for surgery thinking it might be that, and it ended up actually being a blockage.

Now he’s recovering at the vet…we went to visit and he was pretty out of it at that time. If all is well he will be home on Saturday.

The blockage was a piece of hollow plastic. We can’t figure out what it’s from! But from now on he will have to go in the crate when we’re not home, and we’re taking away the cat’s toys that could be harmful and tempting (they’ll get over it). Unfortunately Arthas is a big chewer, but he never actually eats anything (that we know of). This thing must have been swallowed whole, whatever it is. We feel terrible that this was preventable.

So that’s about it for now, we’ll see how the next few days go. Our poor, poor baby 🙁

P.S. When they thought it was the stomach issue, I immediately remembered that Wyatt had the preventative surgery for that and had a blog post about it. Before that I had never even heard of it. So I immediately jumped online and was able to talk to Jim and Rene – THANK YOU again, for the information and for being around at exactly the right time.

4 thoughts on “Update on the pup”

  1. Yep, tjat Jim and Rene are prettynhandy tonhave around!

    So sorry you are having to go through this. Compound this with your kitty issues…UGH!!

    It sounds like Arthas is n the road to recovery. Your diligence in getting him to the vet was a really good thing!! Do not beat yourself upmover Arthas getting into one of the cat toys. Not somethinganyofus would have thought about, especialy since heip isn’t a chewer anyway!!

    Thank yo sooooo much for filling us in! I didn’t want to impose, but I sire did want to know what was going on with Arthas! It souds like heis on tne mend and that’s such a relief!

    Keeping all paws crossed for you ! Arthas is our famiily too!…….even if he does have four legs!

    Sabastian, did you make Arthas eat that plastic by telling him it was a cookie???


    Sally and Happy Hannah

    1. You know, I did ask Sebastian if he maybe told Arthas how great it was to get SO much attention while sick. He even got his own blog, right?? Sebastian says no but I’m not convinced…

  2. OMG OMG so glad he’ll make a recovery! We’ve been wondering and are so glad you posted an update. What a relief!

    Don’t beat yourself up about it, dogs do crazy things that are sometimes out of our control. You are an amazing pawrent and doing the very best anyone could do. I’m just so glad to hear it wasn’t bloat. Yay!

    That’s so cool you remembered Wyatt’s gastropexy surgery experience!

    Give Arthas a big smooch from us, we’re hoppy he’s going to make it.

  3. So glad he is going to be ok. That’s a Lab for ya! They chew and mine ate a lot of things that were not edible. If you need a chuckle, check out Ty’s blog post about all the non food items that he ate in his lifetime. He had to go to the hospital once for eating the poly fill out of his bed:-/ looks like you were vigilant and got him to where he needed to go to get better. I too am glad to hear it was not bloat. With barrel chested dogs, I know I always had it in the back of my mind. Love from, Lori and TY

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