Bogey’s Story

This is our sweet boy, Bogey!

Bogey is a four year old Golden Doodle who came in to see Dr. Spaur on January 22nd for an 18 hour history of vomiting, and increasing lethargy and anorexia throughout the day.

During his examination, he was found to be quite dehydrated and became very nauseous when his abdomen was touched. Diagnostics such as lab work and x-rays had to be performed on Bogey. Dr. Spaur became concerned when she found a foreign body obstructing the area between the stomach and the small intestine. It was decided that Bogey would be heading straight into surgery to prevent any further complications. Dr. Spaur was able to remove a piece of fabric that appeared to be the cause of the obstruction and was able to confirm that the organs were not damaged!

The following day, Bogey began regurgitating and still showed signs of nausea and pain.  We gave him some nausea and pain medications in hopes he would quickly get back on his feet. When food was offered, he turned up his nose in disgust.  (Apparently our dog food is not as appetizing as a piece of fabric).

On the 24th of January, we issued what we call a Nasogastric tube to give a little more help to Bogey in her recovery. This small tube goes into the nose and travels down into the stomach, the NG tube allows us to not only suction out any fluid from the stomach, but also gives us the chance to provide nutritious feedings. After removing the liquids from Bogey’s stomach and providing liquid feedings Bogey was brightening up.

Finally two days later, Bogey decided he was sick of being cooped up in the hospital and convinced us he was ready to return home to his family! Since his departure we have received good reports on his health and is enjoying his prescription of love and canned food!

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Please give a big hello to our gentle giant Shadrach!

Shadrach is a 6 month old Great Dane who weighed in at a whopping EIGHTY-EIGHT pounds! He paid Dr. Davis a visit on January 27th because he was not eating. Obviously this was a concern since big boys like him need all of their vitamins and nutrients. 

Upon examination, a firm area was felt in the abdomen. Radiographs showed a possible foreign object as well as a large amount of stool in the colon. In addition to IV fluids, blood work and medications upon admission, Shadrach was also given an enema in hopes that it might help move the stool from the colon and allow the foreign material to pass. Unfortunately, the recheck of the x-rays later in the evening did not show any improvement and Dr. Spaur took Shadrach into surgery.

Once we began exploring his abdomen, we found multiple areas of concern. It appeared that Shadrach had chosen to snack on his bedding instead of puppy treats. Two different incisions were necessary to remove all of the foreign material, one piece from his stomach and another piece from his intestines. Dr. Spaur also found what is called an “intussusception”. This occurs when one portion of the intestine folds inside of the other, similar to a telescope. If not diagnosed and treated, this can become quite serious and life-threatening. Thankfully, we were able to correct this issue and Shadrach recovered from surgery with no complications. He happily munched on some chicken the next day, and he was sent home with strict instructions to keep his diet focused only on food and NO bedding!