Emergency for Bailey.

Discussion in 'General Mastiff Discussion' started by Bailey's Mom, Mar 26, 2020.

  1. Bailey's Mom

    Bailey's Mom Super Moderator Staff Member

    Well, folks I've been away for a while...busy with this Virus-Monster, but, we had a scare with Bailey. And, I thought I'd give you an update.

    Last week, Bailey got off the bed at 3:30 in the morning, I woke up enough to notice and was drifting off when I heard the retching noises from downstairs. I got up and found my poor girl had wedged herself between a table, my desk chair and my desk...a very small spot for a big dog. Her nose was under my desk. She was trying to throw up and hide. I got her out and up, but she was wobbling like a drunk. And a tear...a tear...rolled down her cheek. Dogs don't cry. It broke my heart and frightened me to my core.

    I got my husband up, called the Animal Emergency, and off we went. They ran every test in the book, and took x-rays, and, THANK GOD, it wasn't bloat! But, what it was, they don't really know. She doesn't eat stuff off the ground, and she had been having good poops and eating her homemade food, which I cook for her. We were there for hours. The staff said she was an excellent patient, as good as gold, and non-threatening, which they applauded her being so large and potentially dangerous and afraid. SUCH A GOOD GIRL!!!

    In the end, we went home after they gave her an anti nausea shot, and we are to go to family vet this week.

    The bill was almost $1,000 dollars! But, we had Dog Insurance! So, we were capable of getting every test available, and the best care available to protect our precious family member. We didn't have to wait it out hoping, we could act! And I already have my 80% back, deposited to my account.

    If you don't have insurance, Get It. The peace of mind is worth it. I don't intend on saying goodbye to my girl until I've run out of options, and it is my final act of love to let her go.

    That's my advice to all of you.
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  2. Zeela

    Zeela Well-Known Member

    WOAHHHHH.... so sorry to hear that. You must of been a wreck. How is Bailey now? poor Bailey, I hope she is good now.
  3. Bailey's Mom

    Bailey's Mom Super Moderator Staff Member

    She is better, but seems lethargic. We are going to see the vet on Monday, but other than that it is a waiting game. Her panels showed a reasonably healthy dog, but something is off. At least it wasn't bloat. Bloat kills fast, you might even dismiss the symptoms, misread them. I remember someone on the Forum lost a dog to bloat and they were highly experienced and worked with animals, but, it can present in non traditional ways. So, retching without production, or just foaming/frothing, a distended belly which is hard to the touch, and eyes that look lost and distressed. Run to the vet. Don't walk...run.
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  4. Smokeycat

    Smokeycat Well-Known Member

    I've been in that situation with Kryten. It's been years but I still remember the fear as I called the emergency number and took him in. Thankfully his turned out to be a very serious case of canine flu and not bloat. It took him a couple of days, several medications and over a liter of sub-q fluids but he eventually was himself again. Hopefully Bailey recovers just as well.
  5. BattleDax

    BattleDax New Member

    Sorry to hear of the very stressful incident! I'm glad Bailey is doing much better now!

    Yes, pet health insurance sounds like a great idea!
  6. Boxergirl

    Boxergirl Well-Known Member

    I'm sorry you had such a scare and glad she's doing better now. We don't have health insurance for our dogs and at their age I won't be getting it. I will, however, make sure we have it for our next puppy from day one.
  7. Bailey's Mom

    Bailey's Mom Super Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks folks for your kind remarks. Right now we've been hunkered down at home, and, there are benefits out of all this concern, fear and sadness, we have had time for each other, time for our neighbours...time for the neighbours who see me walking the dog, but never had the time to say, "Hi!"

    Every day that I'm out now, I wave to my neighbours, we talk ten feet apart. We even gather, sort of, in little groups and share the day. What the virus brought was a different chance at community.

    Next door we have a new baby, just born last week, and I can't go near her, but I can drop necessities off at the door and enjoy her and her mom through the picture window. It's a new kind of normal! When she was away for three days at the hospital, I walked the dog...mask and gloves while in their house to protect the newborn coming home. And their cat and dog talk to me now through the window...maybe it's time to start walking Duke again, and dropping off some salmon for Tippy Toes...?

    What I'm saying is, we all have a chance to make this lock down time (depending on your province or state) a special time to bond with your neighbours...help them out with some T.P. (Who knew that T.P. would be such a thing.) Or just smile and wave or talk and share a few minutes from the sidewalk while walking the dog.

    I know that I've left the thread's original idea.... Well, it's my thread and I'm hijacking it to make a point. LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR/NEIGHBOR, AND LEND A HELPING HAND, WHERE YOU CAN. Make the best of this bad situation..."give and it shall be given unto you, pressed down and shaken together shall God give into your...." Well, the rest of the words have disappeared from my mind, but the sentiment is real. Look around you, is there someone you could help without endangering your life?

    And may your life, your health and your families health and future be blessed.

    We are all the human family.

    Love You All.

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  8. BattleDax

    BattleDax New Member

    Great, and true, sentiments beautifully written. Thank you.

    Must say I haven't engaged in any effort to help anyone but my family during this trying time. As I'm out walking or running my very intense four legged ball of energy and folks leave the sidewalk or cross to the other side of the street (not for the reason I'm used to - ha!) I have made sure to give more smiles and nods than usual in order to try to spread good will and promote human connection.
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  9. Bailey's Mom

    Bailey's Mom Super Moderator Staff Member

    Yes, smile, wave, engage in banter from a distance! Offer emotional support without physical contact! Exercise is important for both us and our pets, and sleep, adequate hydration.

    None of these things ever really hits us until it hits home.... Jon's uncle in Holland succumbed to Covid 19. He was 86 and had pre-existing conditions. Today we learned that his sister who is in a high end nursing home is now in lock down. They have had their first case of Covid and no one can go in or out or send in letters. Nothing.

    So, love on your family, both near and far: connect, reflect and Love One Another.

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