After a $300 vet visit, turns out Giardia was the reason for Oscar's explosive bowels and my mostly permanent loss of sanity. With the treatment, he was almost back to normal overnight, so I didn't have any reservations about sending him and Nugg to the kennel for 2 days last weekend while B and I went to the beach to see his family. In fact, this was the first time I'd left them anywhere and didn't call to check on them at all - mainly out of respect because I knew they were crazy busy. Fine, I forgot... I'm a terrible mother!
B went to pick them up from the kennel on Tuesday evening and as soon as they got home, I knew something was off with Oscar. He was happy to see me, but was a bit lethargic. And he was panting heavily - this from a dog who can run 2 miles in the crazy Carolina humidity and never pant! He was also laying stretched out across the floor rather than curled up on the couch where he typically prefers to lay. So I got down on the floor beside him to administer the usual healthy dose of belly rubs when I discovered his abdomen was extremely bloated and very hard. I knew what this could mean, so I immediately called our vet, praying they weren't gone for the day. No one answered, but his tech recognized my number and called me back right away. (I seriously <3 Cotswold Animal Hospital!) After I gave her the rundown, she urged us to get him to the emergency vet. Not freaking out... not freaking out... not freaki...IMFREAKINGOUT!
|This was lethargic Snacks|
Regardless, I do love Carolina Vet Specialists and Dr. Smith,
|It wouldn't be normal of me NOT to get a picture|
|If you threw up 5.5lbs of food, you'd roll in the grass, too!|
|This is what he did for the rest of the night and the entire following day. Hey, throwing up 1/10 of your body weight is exhausting!|