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Paintball Poisoning Update 3 am

Managed to sleep from 11 pm to 3 am, despite worry. Just called to check on Lilly. She is tolerating treatment pretty well, poor baby:

  • Not a single seizure yet.
  • Her latest electrolyte check shows that her sodium dropped from 157 to 154 (very much in normal range), which is good. If it went higher, that would be bad and put her at more risk.

So all the vomiting (natural and induced) was good. And, all the fluids via IV and enema are giving her body water from which to draw so that it doesn’t pull from vital areas.

So far so good, but not out of the woods yet.

Our best estimate, based on how many left in the bag, is that she ate about 130 paintballs. She weighed in at admission right at 35 pounds.

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.

Lisa Spector - December 15, 2010

Roxanne – Just saw this. Yikes! So glad you caught this early. I envision Lilly healed, healthy, and back home running agility with you again soon. My thoughts are with you during this stressful time.

Kristine - December 15, 2010

Thank you for the update on Lilly’s condition. I hope things keep improving for her and she recovers at a solid rate.

I am so glad you discovered her in time! I will be sending you very positive vibes until she is completely in the clear.

Murphydog - December 15, 2010

thanks for keeping us updated. I agree with Crystal…I’ve been worried about her since I read about her little binge. You get attached to all the dogs in the blogs you read!

Debbie, Murphydog’s Mom

AC - December 15, 2010

Just heard about Lilly…What a scary situation. I’m glad that the news thus far is good. You’re all in my thoughts today.

Crystal (and Maisy) - December 15, 2010

What a crazy thing to eat…

I’m glad Lily is doing okay. I hope that continues… It’s amazing how much you can worry about a dog you’ve never met.

Sam - December 15, 2010

I just saw this now – how scary! I wonder why she would eat Paintballs? Are they normally enticing to dogs?

Poor girl. I’ll be back later for another update. Hugs to you.

Dog-geek - December 15, 2010

Just saw this – I hope that Lilly is okay! We’ll keep all our fingers and toes and paws crossed for her over here!

Laura, Lance, and Vito - December 15, 2010

Oh thank god! I hope she continues to recover quickly!

Elayne - December 15, 2010

Oh no, fingers crossed for you and Lilly.

Pamela - December 15, 2010

Whew, what a horrible scare. I hope that Lilly continues to improve quickly.

Thank goodness you discovered “her snack” so quickly.

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