One darkness, Chou Chou couldn’t sleep; she was panting, smart her lips, and burping. She was clearly self-same uncomfortable. (“Oui! My tummy was ouchy!”) And which time Chou Chou can’t sleep, I have power to’t either!
So off to the vet we went. That was 4 weeks ~ne.
The vet started the diagnostics by stomach and chest x-rays. They were ordinary. We were sent home with some medications to soothe her stomach, and she was incite on a bland diet of cottage cheese, rice, and chicken. (“Very elegant!”)
Price tag: $412.
The gastric make unhappy continued. Her stomach gurgled, and she was hushed burpy (which the vet said was refluence). After a few more days, and a not many more sleepless nights, we returned to the vet. This time Chou Chou had a fecal ground of admission and blood work. All came on the ~side normal. That was all good information, except we still didn’t comprehend why she wasn’t getting more fit. Price tag: $65.
Ten days passed free from improvement. What do you do forward New Year’s Eve? I be esteemed to the vet. This time she had each ultrasound. It was normal. Price tig: $500.
(“Happy New Year!”)
The drugs were changed a inconsiderable. The Pepcid was changed to Prevacid and afterward to Zantac. The cottage cheese was secluded from the diet. GasX was added. But she was not acquisition any better and it was nearly a month of discomfort. I was in reality worried. I had not changed her aliment or her activities; I could mean of nothing that could have caused this.
I scheduled one endoscopy. An internist would look downward into her stomach and see suppose that there was an obvious problem. Biopsies would likewise be taken.
This time at in the smallest degree they found something. Her stomach was highly inflamed. And they pulled out… a hairball! I conception only cats get hairballs. They permit me look at this hairball, the bulk of my thumbnail, and here’s which I saw: it was coarse dismal hair, and Chou Chou has that lenient of hair around her lips. I had noticed whenever I brushed her that the indirect of her beard looked sheared.
I had every hypothesis now: I’ve not at all given Chou Chou any rawhide. But freshly I had purchased some Verbac rawhide that helps fully teeth. I thought this would exist good a couple times a week, in c~tinuance days I didn’t brush her teeth. Dogs chew rawhide with their back teeth, on the side of their mouths… right about where she was missing the depressing hair. The hairball was hard — not a ball of hair, but something covered in hair. Could it subsist a piece of the rawhide, chewed and gooey, that of various kinds with the hair and stuck in her submit to?
The vet thought that was in posse, but she didn’t think the hairball was causing whole the trouble. Anyway, it’s exhausted! Price tag: $1,700!
I was worried with reference to Chou Chou. But I was not worried in all parts of all the money I was gainful for vet bills. I have ready pet insurance! (“I am a great maintenance puppy! But I am cute!”)
She was steer on flagyl and that has helped a part. Little by little, I have changed her diet from the chicken and rice back to her kibble and she is improving every day. The biopsy was inconclusive to the degree that to cause of stomach inflammation; common possibility is Irritable Bowel Disorder, that would be very bad. It’s each auto-immune disease that doesn’t be reckoned away. I refuse to believe that. I like my hairball exposition — a stomach irritant that is at this time gone and she is healing.
Chou Chou is quiescent better now. And so am I.
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