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July 2, 2009

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.

About the Author Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related.

I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

  1. Oh no!!! Any updates??? Poor Ginko, Lilly, you, and Tom 🙁

    sending a million get well thoughts!!!!!

  2. I’m so so sorry that Ginko and your family are going through this. I know you’re vigilant and coping the best you can–Lilly, too. Healthy vibes to Ginko, poor guy. Please keep us all posted.

  3. So sorry to hear this. I hope you are able to get some rest and that you’ll have good news soon.

  4. Oh! Poor Ginko, poor Lill, poor you 🙁 Sending you guys lots of healthy, healing thoughts your way. Hopefully this is nothing more than a temporary upset tummy from which he will have the speediest of recoveries.

  5. Oh, my heart hurts for you and for Ginko! I will be thinking good thoughts for all of you, including Lilly, who misses him so. Please let us know what the tests say.

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