Monday, October 22, 2007

Mitch's Trip to the ER

This story actually happened last Monday and we just didn't mention it because basically there was no diagnosis!
Scruffy and Lacie made me realize that maybe we should post it so here goes!

Last Monday we left our house at 7AM to go on our normal walkie and about 1/4 mile into it, Mitch picked up an acorn or it may have been a hickory nut shell and he swallowed it. He started to choak and it wouldn't come up. Mom shoved her fingers down his throat and it didn't help at all! He was in a wee bit of distress but he was breathing fine and wasn't in any danger. We actually walked back home, gave Mitch a drink of water and it still didn't clear it out! Mom had just watched a video at Johann's blog about a choaking incident and a CPR hero and it scared her to death (if you haven't seen it - check it out! It's a real eye opener!) so Mitch was loaded into the car and mom and dad took off!
They sorta forgot to take my harness off because they were in such a rush! Hey, what about me??!!
Once they got to the animal hospital, Mitch was seen right away. The vet tech didn't see anything but she wanted him checked out by a doctor. Oh, Mitch had vomited 3 times by this time and we still thought something was stuck! He did have an x-ray and it didn't show up anything - but an acorn isn't metal, it's a nut! And he was sedated and he did have a scope down his throat. The end result - nothing was found but they think that whatever he swallowed irritated his throat and tummy. He was given antacid-type pills to take for 4 days to help him out. So alls well that ends well with Mitch. They did trim his toenails and that had to have been the most expensive toenail job in history!
So the moral of the story is - we pay strict attention to what Mitch picks up and eats on our walkies from now on!

See, he's back to his old self - touching what's not his!





And guess what? I had a vet appointment today too! My yearly - with a rabies shot and that nasty thermometer up my butt - the whole works! I had blood drawn for testing and results aren't back yet. We expect that everything is just fine! So today was a quiet day for me.


So that's the scoop about both of our doctor visits.


So until next time................


Love ya lots,


Maggie

42 comments:

Scruffy & Lacie said...

Maggie...I know for a fact that Scruffy had a whole bowl of acorns for munching at the poker pawty this weekend. Mitch musta grabbed some and put 'em in his pocket...er whereever Dales stuff stuff...(Lakies use Coach handbags...Scruff uses a bandana and a stick...) Anyway, he looks a little guilty about not mentioning to Mitch that u need to chew them first. Frankly, I prefer Cocktail peanuts...with lotsa salt and fat. Mmmmm....So I bet Mitch's nails look fab...did u do them in a color or just use a clear polish???

Lacie

Scruffy & Lacie said...

Mitch,

Chew...chew....swallow. Better yet, go for the ones in the jar, like Lacie said.

Scruffman

Kirby said...

Hi Maggie, Hi Mitch,

Oh Mitch, I'm so glad you are better. I tend to pick up all kinds of random things on my walkies. It makes Mom and Dad so frustrated. They're happy I outgrew my puppy habit of picking up cigarette butts (sadly in the city, there are a lot of these on the ground). Maggie, I hope all your test results come back clean! Healthy wishes to you both!!!

Your pal,
Kirb

Amber-Mae said...

Oh man, that was a very scawie incident. Oh let me tell you what happened to me when I was younger too. Same incident...

I was chewing my new tennis ball rawhide after I ate my dinner. My hooman M just gave to me to chew then when my hoomans turned around. They noticed that I have finished the whole thing less than 10 min. A few minutes later, I was gulping non-stop like there was something stuck in my throat. My hooman M shoved her fingers in my throat too & made vomit. I vomited my whole dinner out but no rawhide came out. I still continued gulping alot & they quickly rushed me to ER. It was very far away but it was the only vet that is open 24h here in my country. Upon reaching there, I was fine. But the doctor still did a check up on me but he said there was nothing stuck in my throat. He did more check ups & still found nothing wrong with me. Actually, the treat kind of like irritated my throat & probably got stuck there but went down after a while. That's why I was gulping like crazee like I couldn't breath. Phew!

Anyway, good luck at the vet's tomorrow Maggie. I hate things being shoved up my butt too...

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Lorenza said...

Hi, Maggie
Glad to hear that Mitch is ok! Sure it was a scary moment for you all!
I am sure your tests will be fine too!
Have a good night
Lorenza

Noah the Airedale said...

Crikey Mitch thank goodness you're ok. Your poor mum, she must have gotten such a fright. Stick to coconut cake matie, it's much better for you than acorns!!!

Good luck at the vets Maggie.

Take it easy.

Noah, Willow, Tess and Lucy

Ruby Bleu said...

OMD Mitch!!!! That same thing happened to me except there WAS something stuck!!! So scawie...I'm glad you are ok. Make sure you give your Mom and Dad lots of kisses!!!

Lots of Licks, Ruby

Luckie Girl said...

Oh Maggie, you gave me a fright. Thank dog everything was ok. I hope Mitch learns his lessons now.

Huskee Boy said...

Gosh.. Mitch sure gave your mom (and us) a scare!! I am SO glad everything turned out well and that Mitch even had time for a manicure and pedicure amidst all the drama!!
(Actually I had a similar incident before.. I choked on a piece of raw hide and seriously thought I was going to the Rainbow Bridge. Luckily mom stuck her fingers down my throat and got that offending piece of object out.. *whew*)

Joe Stains said...

that must have been sooo scary! we sure are glad everything turned out ok for Mitch. We sure hate those Vets but they can make the humans feel so much better by saying we are ok.

Boo said...

oh i'm so happy for mitch. after that 3 vomits, did he vomit anymore? that must be so scary for mom and dad and you too maggie. dopey picks up all sorts of things too. he eats rocks and everything including his own vomit. yuck!

wet wet licks

Boo

Girl Girl Hamster said...

Oh that sounds really scary what happened to Mitch. I'm glad that he's ok now.I hope everything's fine with your vet results Maggie

~ Girl girl

Harry said...

Yikes Mitch, that sounds really scary. So glad you had a thorough check and all seems OK. Ma says she is going to have to be careful what young Cassidy picks up. I am too old and sensible now.

Toodle pip,
Harry x

Ume said...

dat muz have been scawie for Mitch... relieved to noe he's ok.

Snowball said...

Phew... Luckily Mitch is ok. I am glad that everything has gone well...

When is Mitch going to ever learn not swallow things that he is not supposed to?

Luv,
Snowball

Faya said...

We are all the same.... Véronique call me "vacuum cleaner"....
I am happy that he is fine now....
Kisses, Faya

Putter said...

Maggie! Maggie!

I am so gladdest ever that Mitchy is okay!!!! How scariest ever!!!! Tell him for ME okay!!!! Now about that thermometer ... We need to talk about that!!!!!

Your Friend,

Putter ...:)

River said...

We are so glad Mitch is ok!! Hugs to both of you - Mitch for his acorn episode and you for your shots and thermomter experience!!

River

Girasol said...

My dear friend, be very careful don't take stuff from the street. I so glad you're doing better.
Now I'm going to check that video.

Simba said...

I bet your vet has a new car now and a house all paid for by your Mummy.

Simba xx

Seadra & Zoe said...

Mitch!! Don't be swallowing any more of those nuts. We sure don't want anything to happen to you.

Glad that you are OK.

Love, Seadra and Zoe

Ferndoggle said...

Oh my Dogness...we're so glad that Mitchy is alright. How scary for your pawrents! Our Mom would have been crying her big fat butt off.

Lola

Koobuss said...

Hi Mitch,

Boy, you could have had a real problem there. Glad it worked out okay. I do the same thing on my walks. I pick up all kinds of stuff. When my mom tries to take something out of my mouth, I hide it real far in the back and she can't find it. I'm real good at that. Last week something was stuck and I was throwing up and sleeping a lot. It must have come up though because the next day I was better.

Take good care of yourself, Mitch. Try not to get into any major trouble.

Koobuss Kisses,
Koobie

Koobuss said...

Hi Mitch,

Boy, you could have had a real problem there. Glad it worked out okay. I do the same thing on my walks. I pick up all kinds of stuff. When my mom tries to take something out of my mouth, I hide it real far in the back and she can't find it. I'm real good at that. Last week something was stuck and I was throwing up and sleeping a lot. It must have come up though because the next day I was better.

Take good care of yourself, Mitch. Try not to get into any major trouble.

Koobuss Kisses,
Koobie

jaffeboy said...

Wow, thank goodness it was nothing serious. Glad Mitch is back to his own self.

Maggie, I'm sure you are fit as a fiddle so no worries there!

Toby said...

Im so glad Mitch is ok! How Scary that must of been!

Ps..Im new to blogging, what is a snowball fight?

Love Toby

Murphey said...

Wow, scary. That happened to Reilly too, except it was on our nightime walk and he kept coughing and other stuff all night long. Just when I was gonna take him to the emergency vet at 4 am he stopped. Still don't know exactly what happened!

Murph

Gus said...

Glad Mitch is OK, and muzzer is gonna go watch the video now. She will probably want to practice on me, I'm gonna try to convince her Teka is the most likely victim, so she should be the practicee!

Agatha and Archie said...

Oh boy,that's it for us now.We, ah, sort of do the same thing....and we love acorns!! Actually we love anything that is not nailed down outside. PL2 made us read what happen to poor Mith twice so we will stop eating stuff... Sooooooo glad it turned out OK. Maybe watching the ball game tomorrow night willhelp too!!! WOOHOO!!! Love A+A

Agatha and Archie said...

Oh boy,that's it for us now.We, ah, sort of do the same thing....and we love acorns!! Actually we love anything that is not nailed down outside. PL2 made us read what happen to poor Mith twice so we will stop eating stuff... Sooooooo glad it turned out OK. Maybe watching the ball game tomorrow night willhelp too!!! WOOHOO!!! Love A+A

Butchy & Snickers said...

Oh Mitch,
Don't even put those hickory nut shells or acorns into your mouth. You'll be able to hear our Mama yell at you from here!!! We like to grab the outside hickory shells & crush them up. One time I Butchy did eat a whole Pignut Hickory nut (they are smaller than the shagbark hickory)and as soon as I came back into the house & jumped up onto the bed, I barfed it up, tee hee. Needless to say Mama was not happy with me. We're glad you didn't have any stuck inside of you. Hope your tummy is a bit better now.
Go see our blog, we've given you & Maggie the Halloween Sweet Award!!
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

Marvin - Braveheart Hound said...

My Jeannie says you never see a Poor Vet!

But we are glad to hear Mitch has made a good recovery!

and hey, those vets with their thermometers......what the.??

is that all about? I don't think they have ever been taught good manners!

love and licks, Marvin xxxxx

Bogart said...

Ohmygosh, glad to hear that Mitch is ok!!!!

Yeah I'm not a big fan of the thermometer in my "special place" either, but luckily it's over quickly.

Mucho Aire Lovin
Bogart

Johann The Dog said...

OMD!!! How scarrrryyyyy!!! Soo glad you are OK buddy. OMD, I'm just jittery thinking about this. What a close call! Did they ever find it coming out the other end? Mum find weird stuff in my poo sometimes - where it comes from I'll never tell. Woofs, Johann

Lacy said...

woofies M and M!!! ouchies mitch glads u oks..me likes to pickie stuffs up outta my yards too..and mama wont ever gimme a raw hide, she skeered dey gets caught in my froat...and i not to good at letin mama and daddy gets stuff out...me glad ur blood work come back aok Maggies....

b sAFE,
;)lacylulu

Hercules said...

Mom has to watch what I eat on my walkies too. I pick anything up...leaves, flowers, roadkill, left over McDonald's, acorns, anything really. It all tastes like nature, and that is a good taste!

Glad all is well!

Love, Herc

Mojo said...

Wow, Mitch, that sounds like a scary episode. Glad you are ok.
Wish I could stop myself eating stupid things too, but I just can't help myself.

William Tell said...

Poor Mitch! He was just doing what a puppy does, but it landed him in the ER. Hope he's all better now.

William Tell

Preston said...

Oh Mitch! I am so glad you are okay now. That sure doesn't sound fun. My mommy doesn't allow me to eat anything off the floor...not even my treats but sometimes I just can't help myself. we both have to try harder not to eat stuff we are not familiar with.

Licks,
Preston

Jackson said...

Poor Mitch! I'm glad that he's OK now. Trips to the vet are NO FUN whatsoever! J x

Hana said...

Gee whiz, whew, I am glad Mitch is okay. What a scare!

Stanley said...

Mitch!

So glad you're okay, buddy! I like to mess around with acorns on my walks too. My girl tries to be vigilant, but I'm always trying to hoover up stuff on the sidewalk. Lay off the acorns, man!

Maggsie, what is Mitch doing in that last photo to make you smile so big? You look like you're actually enjoying yourself with him. Thanks. That gives me hope!

Goober love,
Stanley