I thought I would give you an update while my Dakota is resting. He is extremely tired. Our poor little guy really had a rough way to go last night and early today.
Dakota was up most of the night (as was his Daddy and I).
Over the past couple of weeks Dakota had thrown up a bit here and there. We didn’t think much of it at all because it was so sporadic.
This past Sunday night he threw up a bit, Monday nothing. Yesterday? BOOM!!!
Dakota was vomiting white foam (which was really yellow when it was being mopped up) with a frequency that had his Daddy and I quite alarmed.
This started about 10 or 11pm and continued until this morning.
It broke my heart to see our normally alert and “smiling” Dakota in a rather blase’ state.
He loves his brother Cody, but I knew something was wrong because he had chosen to sleep curled up under the chair that Cody was sleeping on which is not his usual sleeping spot of choice.
This morning I called our vet whom we adore (DePorre Veterinary Hospital, the home of “Dr.Smiley” as our Cody likes to call him) and were told that Dakota could be brought over at 8:15 am.
Daddy took Dakota to the vet because I was having flashbacks of when my cat Bobo was first diagnosed with heart disease and I was driving home in a raging snowstorm from the vet alone and devastated. I couldn’t stop crying. Today, I was afraid of how I would react if there had been bad news. I always stay calm during the cleanup at home or in front of my babies at home but was afraid of how I would act at the vet if I were to be given bad news.
Our doctor did blood work, thankfully all was fine!
He took X-Rays which showed nothing significant.
That still leaves the dilemma, what was wrong?
I am thinking it could have been the treats that I was giving Dakota. I was giving him 3 different kinds at different times and I am wondering if one (or all) possibly didn’t agree with him?
The doctor said he seemed to be a little dehydrated as well, that seemed strange to me because every night before bed I fill his bowl with fresh drinking water and we do it again in the morning and various times throughout the day should Dakota’s bowl be empty. I am thinking he was a little dehydrated from vomiting.
So, what was really wrong remains a mystery.
Dakota came home after a few hours at the vet. He is not permitted to have ANY food today (which breaks my doting Jewish mother heart, one of the ways many Jewish mothers show their love is through the providing of “food, glorious food!”)
I have moved Cody’s bowls and food into another room where Dakota will not be able to see (and hopefully won’t be able to hear) his brother being fed.
The doctor sent us home with IAMS Veterinary formula Intestinal (low residue) canned dog food. Dakota can have 1 tablespoon tomorrow morning. Then we have to wait a couple of hours and give him another tablespoonful. This will continue until he has eaten his allotment for tomorrow which will be the equivalent of a half of a can.
On Saturday we can start mixing the IAMS with his normal dog food.
I feel bad for my little guy. He is such a good dog at the vet. Actually we are blessed, both Cody and Dakota are fabulous at the vet. The vet constantly compliments both of our boys.
When my husband asked our vet how Dakota handled everything today, he said, “Dakota? He’s fine, he’s always laid back and fine!!” He mentioned how stoic Shelties are and that often if they aren’t feeling well you can’t always tell.
Hopefully my boy will be back to his silly and barking self real soon.
Thank you to the staff at DePorre Veterinary Hospital (primarily “Dr.Smiley!!”)
Thank you to all of you who left comments both here and on Dakota’s Facebook page.
It means a lot! There are NO people like PET people and we HEART all of you!!