A really sucky start to Easter

Maxi the dog out for a casual stroll on the beach

Easter has not started well for us, what was going to be a weekend of gardening and family has now turned into a waiting game. Our dear old Maxi girl has a pain in the tummy, not the normal gastro bug she gets from a change in diet or swimming in dubious water but the kind that requires strong pain relief, ultrasounds, a night (or two) in hospital and possibly x-rays. Needless to say we’re very worried and so is the vet. It isn’t pancreatitis and nor does she have growths or tumour, but her intestines, bladder and bowel are full and there isn’t a poo in sight. Maxi isn’t the type of dog to eat just any old thing, however we’ve had some disturbing incidents of late whereby the dogs have discovered both cooked and raw bones in the yard. Our dogs aren’t allowed bones because Bundy guards them ferociously so someone we don’t know is either throwing bones over the fence deliberately or our neighbours are putting too much oomph into their throws when they give their dogs bones. I prefer to think that it is the latter, whatever the cause, we remove them as soon as we find them.

At 13 years of age, surgery to remove an obstruction is not something we want to put Maxi through. Apart from this incident she is in such good health that to consider the alternative breaks my heart, it is not somewhere I want to go.

As you can guess, I’m not the happiest of campers at the moment so please forgive the melancholic nature of my blogging of late and thank you for the love and support you’ve shown me so far.

I wish you all a Happy Easter xo

Easter by candlelight

Easter by candlelight

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26 thoughts on “A really sucky start to Easter

  1. Oh, TBD! I hate so much to hear this. Bless her old heart! I just know somebody poisoned her. I will be thinking of her until I hear that she is okay. Keeping my fingers crossed! Give her a big hug! :-( I love the egg tree.

    • Poisoning didn’t come up with the vet although it did cross my mind. Hopefully I’ll be allowed to visit her later today and I’ll give her lots of hugs for you and me. Thank you George.

  2. I hope Maxi is on the mend soon. Our Musti used to eat chook food which would then form a ball like cement and it would have to be removed, not a happy thing.
    I hope the rest of your Easter is better.

    • Thanks Debra. I think if Maxi was younger chook food would be very tempting, she used to love eating anything a bit stinky but has gotten more fussy in her old age. Easter is much better now that she is home with us and on the mend.

  3. This is such a heartbreaking time for you. I know most of us worry so much about the health of our dogs. I always feel bad for them because they cannot tell us where or what the problem is, and how much it hurts them. It is good that it is not pancreatitis, been there done that, but awful to think it might be a bone thrown by a neighbour. Thinking of you at this time and hoping to hear better news of your dear dog soon.

    • It has been very worrying, but a second ultrasound revealed that it is indeed pancreatitis so she is being treated for that and appears to be doing well. Maxi is home with us and providing she continues to improve she won’t have to go back to hospital.

      • Lots of dogs seem to be suffering with this, lately, including my dog. Being an older schnauzer they are prone to it. However I have managed her in the following way width great success: low fat food like canidae platinum, no treats or food scraps, definitely no bacon ham sausage or pigs ears, smaller more frequent meals and getting her weight down to the average. I hope your dog recovers. It is a very painful condition. Steamed chicken and rice ate a good food during the recovery phase. Fingers crossed this will be the only time you have to deal with it.

      • I think we have a great tendency to spoil our pets, more than previous generations which is why it may seem more common. I had read that Schnauzers were prone to it and we will have to manage our dog’s diet in a similar way, both are now 7 years plus. Today Maxi is doing really well, it may be the pain relief patch but she does seem a little more like her old self :-)

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