We are worried sick! Ginko has not kept any food down since about mid-day Tuesday. Between dinner Tuesday night and lunchtime today, he threw up 7+ times. At first, he could keep the food down for 2 hours, then 1 hour, then only 10 minutes. So, off to the veterinary hospital we went, and the doctor hospitalized him pronto. We don’t know for sure, but it sounds an awful lot like pancreatitis.
I was upset they had to keep him, but then I was completely bawling when I read the following online when I got home:
“Canine pancreatitis is a potentially life-threatening disease…”
The good news is that he does NOT vomit, as long as he doesn’t eat. Veterinarians keep dogs being treated for pancreatitis off food for as many as three days. Poor boy!
At last report, he put up quite a fight when they drew blood and put the IV catheter in, but after that, he was resting quietly and comfortably thanks to a big blanket in his cage.
When I checked on him 2 hours ago, I learned he had NOT vomited since being admitted. They were going to try feeding him a tiny bit to see what happens, but I guarantee he’ll throw it up.
We’ll know more when the blood tests come back in the morning. Until then, he’s on a IV and probably some IV meds. Basically, they’ve giving him “supportive” care in hopes he pulls through on his own.
We have several suspicions on the cause, including some new dog treats I bought recently, but at this point, I only care that he recovers. We’ll worry about the rest later.
So, please keep Ginko in your thoughts and send him all the GET BETTER mojo you can muster!
Lilly has NEVER been without Ginko. She is at a total loss tonight.
More updates as news warrants.