Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Welcome Home, Buffy!

She's home! She seems like her usual self with all her boundless energy and prankster attitude. What a difference from when I visited her in the hospital last night.

What I've learned from this experience:

* restlessess, excessive drinking, gulping air, and a bloated appearance around the waistline are the first signs of "food engorgement" that can lead to bloat, which is oftentimes deadly
* bloat cannot be treated with home remedies - get your dog to an animal hospital immediately
* do not feed your dogs rawhide, pigs' ears, or those Gr*eenies - they can all cause an obstruction in the bowel
* give your dog M*lkbone type treats, and brush its teeth yourself or have its teeth brushed by a professional (sans anethesia)

Lastly, I have to give some credit to the book Marley & Me which I'd read about a year ago. In the book, Marley had had an episode with bloat, and it was this background knowledge that helped me realize that I was dealing with a serious issue yesterday morning.

Take good care of your pets. Be their advocate!

32 Comments:

  • At 6:16 PM, Blogger Krista said…

    Oh I'm so relieved to see that Buffy is safe and sound and back home with Momma!

     
  • At 6:28 PM, Blogger eggrolls and chopsticks said…

    You really are a good Momma. I grew up with dogs....that doesn't sound right but you know what I mean and I have never heard of this. Thanks for the heads up.

    So glad you are feeling better Buffy.....now don't you dare scare your Momma like that again!

     
  • At 7:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    OMG! I am so glad Buffy is home and doing better. How scary that must have been. Get better from Jasmin & Dane too!

     
  • At 7:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Woof! I'm glad Buffy's back to her spry self.

     
  • At 7:45 PM, Blogger wzgirl said…

    I'm not up on all the doggie-stuff (greenies et al) - but i can relate to fur-baby love. So glad that Buffy is home...I do hope that things go well from here on out.

    XO

     
  • At 8:16 PM, Blogger Sara said…

    I'm glad to see Buffy home as well. I too have a lab and had never heard of bloat...some momma I am...I threw the pig ears away after reading your post! Thank you for sharing. :-)

     
  • At 8:41 PM, Blogger Mariah said…

    Welcome home Buffy!!

     
  • At 8:46 PM, Blogger Jennifer "Jenny" said…

    Glad she is okay!

     
  • At 9:30 PM, Blogger Nina, David & Ariel said…

    Glad that Buffy is happy and healthy and herself again. Thanks for the heads up on her condition, which I was unaware of until now.

     
  • At 12:18 AM, Anonymous Jane said…

    Yeah, glad buffy is back home and in good form.

     
  • At 12:48 AM, Blogger Connie said…

    Good recovery Buffy!

    I'm so glad all is well :0)

     
  • At 3:51 AM, Blogger rubyiscoming said…

    Yeah - Hapy Day - Home safe and sound! I'm with you on the Gr88nies for sure - NOT a good choice for our children, I mean pets!

     
  • At 3:59 AM, Blogger Donna said…

    Great news...I'm glad Buffy's back to normal!

     
  • At 6:29 AM, Blogger Doris & Dan Clark said…

    Yeah! Welcome home Buffy!

    Happy to hear that fur baby is home and Thanks for the tips.

    Keep smilin!

     
  • At 9:19 AM, Blogger Robin said…

    Glad to hear the Buffy is back home and back to her usual self. Gotta hate when the "kids" don't feel well.

     
  • At 11:10 AM, Anonymous Jonni said…

    Joannah, Thanks for bringing this topic up for all of us pet owners. I am glad your baby is okay. It must have been very sacry for you.

    Higs and kisses!

     
  • At 11:11 AM, Anonymous Jonni said…

    Let me try this again...

    Joannah, Thanks for bringing this topic up for all of us pet owners. I am glad your baby is okay. It must have been very scary for you.

    Hugs and Kisses!

     
  • At 2:03 PM, Blogger Dawn, Brian & Guinness said…

    Joannah,

    I'm so glad that Buffy has recovered and is home!! I'll definitely be on the lookout for symptoms of bloat since I have a great big Labrador too! I heard about not feeding the Greenies to dogs, but I didn't know about the rawhide or pig's-ear treats. Thanks for all of the helpful and life-saving information!!! I don't know what I'd do if I lost my sweet Guinness!

    ~Dawn
    ps... What a gorgeous smile on Buffy's face!

     
  • At 7:10 PM, Blogger Lisa and Tate said…

    Poor Buffy!!! I worry about this with Mesa!!! Freaked out last week cause Mesa had a cold... PANIC MODE!!

    Lisa

     
  • At 7:31 PM, Blogger tracy said…

    Oh My Goodness! You are an awesome momma! I would have had no idea. I've never heard the word 'Bloat.' Thanks for the post.

    I am so relieved for you and Buffy. What a cutie! Glad all is well!

     
  • At 8:06 PM, Blogger Elise said…

    Glad to hear Buffy is feeling better, she looks like a pretty peppy puppy in the photo!

     
  • At 4:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Glad she's doing better. How scary that must have been!

     
  • At 11:07 AM, Blogger Janet said…

    Yep, I will never give my dog rawhides or bones. My sister worked at vet clinic and saw waaaay too many pooches in trouble from bones and those chews. I'm so glad that Buffy is better and at home. Hooray! We love our animals here too!

     
  • At 3:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thank God Buffy is home and healthy. What a terrible ordeal for both of you. I read the book Marly and me after Molly died. It's great for dog lovers.

     
  • At 9:35 PM, Blogger Shelley said…

    How scary Joannah! I'm so glad Buffy is home, safe and sound.

    I've had a week with my own fur child. It's too bad they can't speak and tell us where it hurts.

    Shell

     
  • At 6:59 AM, Blogger Tammy said…

    Kudos to you, you're a quick thinking mommy. I'm glad to hear that Buffy is doing well. Thanks for the info on bloat - I've heard of it, but never knew that rawhide could cause an obstruction. Good to know.

    BTW, we have two yellow labs & Buffy looks like our Jade. Aren't they the sweetest.

     
  • At 10:35 AM, Blogger Stacy said…

    I'm sorry to see that Buffy was in such a bad situation. Bloat is so scary. I am glad all is well now!

     
  • At 4:19 PM, Blogger Shannon S said…

    Sooo good to know Buffy is ok. What a tough few days for the both of you.

     
  • At 3:20 PM, Blogger Wicked Witch said…

    Now I will pay more attention

     
  • At 2:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thank you for sharing the information on bloat. Welcome back to health Buffy!
    We will heed your advice with Salty Dog......

    Alyson

     
  • At 11:38 AM, Blogger Sandy said…

    Joannah, I'm just catching up and so sorry to hear about Buffy's troubles lately. She's looks so happy to be back home. My yellow, Bailey, is a binge eater and I've been through that *twice* with her when she's gotten into her food bin(eek)! Mine are serious rawhide eaters though. How do your dogs entertain themselves without something like that to chew on? Bailey will play with toys for awhile but then just follow me and give me the "look" that means I need food and now please! I'm afraid her rawhide treats are more habit for her and a "babysitter" for me. Any suggestions? (sorry to write a novel here!)

    I am happy to hear you recognized the signs early though because this is a fatal situation that so many owners don't know about.

     
  • At 5:38 PM, Blogger Shana said…

    Ohhh, what a beauty Buffy is! I'm so glad she is feeling better! :)

     

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