Monday, December 3, 2007

We need some pawsitive thoughts...

It's the Mom here. I just wanted to let you all know that Cassie isn't feeling very well today. When we woke up this morning, she seemed normal, but when I looked more closely at her, I noticed some bloat. I thought that she must have an upset stomach, so I only fed her half of her morning meal to see if she would eat. She did, but reluctantly. We watched her all morning and though she was in her typical high spirits and she did not vomit, her abdomen was getting more and more distended. She was alone for about 3 hours while Marc and I went to work and I when I got home around 5:00, she had only gotten worse. I phoned our vet, Dr. Cottier and brought her in. Dr. Cottier was somewhat concerned that it might be an obstruction, however because Cassie wasn't feeling any discomfort, it was hard to say. She advised us to wait it out through the night, to keep her calm (yeah, right!) and not to feed her the evening meal.

EDIT: (7:09pm) I didn't mean to alarm some of you. I failed to mention that the vet does NOT feel that it's "bloat" or a flipped stomach. That was the first question I asked because it's the scariest. I'ts more likely a small obstruction that we are hoping will pass naturally. But rest assured, if she does get worse or I have ANY reason at all to think that it could possibly be bloat, then we're off! And I'll keep you all updated. Thanks for the thoughts!

Cassie seems not to notice that anything is wrong but her poor little belly keeps getting bigger. We're going to give it 6 more hours (until Midnight-ish) and see if there's any change. If it gets worse, it's off to Emergency we go. But let's say a prayer that it won't come to that. I (as well as Cassie) appreciate any pawsitive thoughts you could send our way!

EDIT: (12/4 8:00am) I think Cassie is going to be okay! She stayed pretty much the same throughout the night until the early morning when she frantically asked to be let outside. This worried me, so I followed her out there. Thankfully it was just because she really really REALLY needed to go to the bathroom. There was apparently something binding her up --possibly a blockage or maybe just constipation. Either way, after sleeping a few more hours, she woke up looking sooo much better. It looks like she's still a tiny bit distended, but that might be water retension. So we're off to the vet again to see what they think. Thank you so much everyone (dog and human) for all the prayers and good thoughts. It could have been something really scary, but I'm glad it turned out to just be....well...gas. Haha. :)


Maggie & Mitch said...

OMG, if this is really bloat get Cassie to the ER STAT! Please keep us updated. THis is serious stuff! Major AireZen is going out to you! Hurry!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Maggie & Mitch said...

Sorry, we didn't mean to panic but we're just scared and very concerned for Cassie! Please keep us update, okay? Paws, fingers and toes are all crossed here!

Maggie and Mitch

River said...

We really really hope Cassie is able to get rid of the blockage herself and it's nothing more serious.

We now you guys are takig wonderful care of her and we are sending all our positive thoughts to her right now.

Keep us updated on how she goes.


Maggie & Mitch said...

We're checking back on Cassie this morning. The AireZen is still going out to you that all is okay!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Putter said...

Hi Orion!

We are just stopping by to say that we hope Cassie feels betterest soonest ... We have not me yet, I am a friend of Maggie and Mitch! Talk to you soonest, K?

Your Friend,

Putter ...:)

Amber-Mae said...

Oh my, sounds painful! I wonder why Casie did not feel a thing. At first I thought it was worms becoz worms make the stomach bloat but it does not bloat so fast. Luckily it was just gas, phew! I'm glad she's ok but she still must be watched.

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Peanut said...

Oh my we just read this. We are glad Cassie is okay. How scary.

Maggie & Mitch said...

We are so relieved! We're so glad that Cassie is okay! Thank you for letting us know!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Ferndoggle said...

Whew! Mom got really scared when she read Cassie might have bloat. That's nothing to mess with. We're glad it's just gas too...good thing Mom didn't rush us to the Vet when we have gas. She'd have to move in!

Sherman, Penny & Lola

Sparky said...

I'm glad Cassie's getting better! I hope she completely recovers soon!


Charlie dog said...

Hi Orion and Cassie

Just to dropped by to say hello and you've been having a nasty scare. I hope Cassie is better now and will be on top blogging form again soon.

Best wishes from England,

Charlie Boy