Yesterday Sadie threw up. No big deal. I noticed she was acting a little off. Hunching her back,abdomen tense, didn't want to move, just wanted to lay down. Sat in the middle of the dining room (middle of the house) so she could watch me instead of following me around the house like a shadow. Didn't want to go outside, didn't want to play ball. Cancelled agility to let her tummy ache pass. Ate, drank, pooped, and peed.
Today didnt want to get out of bed. Ate fine, but her enthusiasm is pretty subdued. Movement looked stiff, abdomen still tense. At lunch I came home to check on her, she was pretty stable. Went outside, pooed, peed, ate a cookie. After work she still wasnt better. Pooed, peed, but she's just acting off. I hemmed and hawed over whether or not to take her to the vet. Decided on taking her in and had decided that I'd just pay the money and look like a crazy lady taking in her perfectly healthy dog.
Normal Sadie vet visit - Sadie muzzle punches all vets and vet techs with pure enthusiastic love. Tail is a lethal weapon, tongue goes a mile a minute. Can't sit still, knocks crap over, jumps on people, overall just a rude and insanely happy dog. This visit = Sadie standing. Quiet. Wagging her tail but not with enthusiasm. She sat still and let the vet do the exam and only turned to give her gentle kisses a couple of times. To this vet who doesnt know my dog (ER visit after hours) this looks like a normal, happy dog.
She agreed her tummy probably hurts, but she is eating, drinking, pooping and peeing. She was happy to send her home and bring her back if anything changes but whatever it is will probably pass. She could do an xray but she didn't think it was necessary. I'm leaving town tomorrow for the weekend - of course. I asked vet what she would do if it was her dog. She said given how Sadie was acting, she's feel okay taking her home and just trying to ride it out. I looked at my weirdly well behaved, quiet dog who was barely making any noise. She was sitting, looking at us politely, and wagging her tail. Anyone here who has met Sadie knows that is NOT how this dog acts. I got the xray.
Vet was really surprised. I'm betting it's a rib bone or two jammed in her stomach. The radiologist is worried it has perforated the stomach but the vet says dogs with that tend to be REALLY sick. She's stable so they put fluids in her and sent her home with me. I have to take her back at 4am to repeat the xray. If the xray is the same or worse she will have surgery tomorrow.
Wish us luck