Goofing Off versus Getting the Crap Scared Out of Me

Sunday, January 10, 2010
After I finished my statistics homework today, I was going to spend the rest of the afternoon goofing off and making homemade mac-n-cheese with kielbasa for dinner.  Hmm...mac-n-cheese.

Well, that's not how it turned out. Instead I ended up at Animal Emergency with Boogie the Giant Schnauzer.

You see, he's been eating these new snacks - pig skin rawhides wrapped around a sweet potato center. And today he choked on one to the point where the Smart Man was quite concerned about him being able to clear the rawhide on his own. He finally did so, but the rawhide that came out was coated in blood, and then he promptly vomited bloody saliva.

Well, we all know how incredibly soft I am when it comes to my silly Boogie-Dog. So it was off to Animal Emergency, in order to ensure he hadn't perforated his esophagus or some such.

As near as the vet could tell without scoping him, he hasn't. We'll be keeping an eye on him for a week or so, and for the next several hours he's off food and water. He's also taking a couple of medications that will help the irritation heal.

He's quite upset about the "off food and water" bit. He keeps pawing at his food area, trying to make the dense-ass humans know that he would really like a drink, now, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

To help with that healing, he'll be eating a "bland diet" for a week or so, which consists of boiled chicken mixed with rice. My only fear is that once his digestive track heals and he has to go back to his regular Science Diet, he's going to turn his nose up at that nasty kibble and ask where the hell the chicken went.

9 comments:

uninvoked said...

I have a soft spot for the big ones <3 we only have one in the groom shop where I work, but he's such a friendly little/big guy that we can't help but love him to death.

Carol Elaine said...

Poor Boogie! :(

Poor Janiece! :(

It sounds like he just scraped his esophagus, poor baby - I'm sure he's going to be fine soon.

Janiece said...

Welcome, uninvoked. I do love my big sweetie.

CE, based on how he's doing with his food, water and behavior at this point, we think he just has an extremely sore throat.

::whew::

MWT said...

Glad to hear he's okay. *whew*

Anne C. said...

Eeep! That scared the crap out of me even just READing about it! (I can't help but get a giggle out of the "pawing his food place" part though. I've had similar looks from the cats and I can see the indignant exasperation in their eyes. :)

So glad to hear Boogie is doing OK now.

nzforme said...

Poor thing! I'm glad he's doing better.

Eric said...

Awww--I hope the big guy's okay.

Let us know when he's recovered, 'kay?

mom in northern said...

I leave town for a weekend...at look what happens...

Hope he recovers soon and best to toss the sticks..

Janiece said...

That was done IMMEDIATELY, and I hope you had a nice visit.