Thursday, July 21, 2011

Tummy Troubles

Over the last few weeks my honey, Austin and my brother Spike have both had pretty serious tummy troubles. Mommy thought it would be a good idea to paw out a few paragraphs about this because maybe you are facing these same issues and/or maybe you have some good suggestions for other wiener dogs who may get tummy sickness.

Austin's sickness started off very obvious. He barfed. A lot! Then mommy noticed he was very sad and wouldn't eat anything. Then a few hours later he barfed again...and again....and again. I was concerned but mom freaked out!  We were still in Michigan on vacation and she didn't know what to do so she took my honey bunny to an emergency vet.  She has a Care Credit Card for this type of emergency, but wouldn't you know she left it at home.  Silly mom.  The emergency vet took some blood and determined that he wasn't suffering from a serious illness like pancreatitis but rather a manageable illness called Canine Gastritis. (He had a tummy ache.)  The vet gave him some medicine to stop throwing up, an antibiotic, and doggy tums.  He also got to eat some special wet food that smelled really good to me and Spike. It was called Hill's ID gastrointestinal formula.  After a few days of moping around and running a low fever Austin got better.

Fast forward ten days.  We are finally home from vacation.  Life is good. We are chillin at our crib when all of the sudden, BOOM Spike has a poop poo accident all over the living room carpet. Ugh! My mom was going to be SO mad.  But guess what? She wasn't because it turned out poor Spikey was sick too.  This time the vet said it was stress colitis because of all the travel and changes in his life.  He also got medicine to stop the diarrhea and had to stop eating for a few days. (This is a big deal for my brother Spike because food is like his LIFE!  Other than barking, eating is his favorite thing.  Fortunately, he recovered quickly and he now is back to his old habits.

My questions are these:

Have you ever had one or both of these illnesses?
How did you feel?
What did your human do to make you feel better?
Should I expect to get sick since they both were?

I am not an expert so I would love to hear your comments about this.

Have a Yip Yap week!

Karli

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