In order to try and figure out what was going on with Cookie's lameness, we decided to take the next step by getting x-rays. To get the images we needed, proper positioning is important and Cookie had to be sedated to achieve that.
Everything went well and quickly.
After sedation is reversed, it is expected that it takes a while before the dog comes fully out of it.
However, Cookie seemed bummed out from it more than would be normal.
Even three ours later she was still barely walking, both her head and hind end drooping. We encouraged her to lay down and rest.
About another hour later she went rushing to the door to go potty. In the short time it took for us to put on a coat and go looking for boots she already pooped; she was in a big hurry.
The stool was fine and firm; it was curious why it was in so much hurry to get out.
She went to lay down again only to come rushing to the door once again half an hour later. This time the stool was watery. Hubby took her out while I was cleaning up and she continued to squat and more liquid kept coming out. He hind end was so weak that she ended up just sitting on the ground, leaking out of her bum. The liquid seemed completely clear by then with no color to it at all.
It was also cold outside so when it looked like it was over hubby brought her back in.
She about just walked in when she turned around, sat down and more liquid came gushing out. This continued for about an hour. She was clearly uncomfortable and I started worrying about her getting dehydrated after losing that much fluids.
This did not look like diarrhea at all. I've never seen anything like this.
Should we try to go back to the vet? It's an hour drive and she was miserable and this stuff just kept coming out. How would she do in the truck?
It wasn't urine because after a bunch of that came out she peed and the urine had normal yellow color.
I did get on the phone with the vet hospital explaining what was happening.
They suggested it was a result of stress and voiced the same concern I had whether it's a good idea to take her back in. We agreed that if it continues, she gets worse, or starts vomiting that we'd bring her in.
The whole thing lasted about an hour and then it stopped.
Could all this have been just from stress? Cookie loves going to the vet. Yes, she woke up in the place without mommy or daddy but would that be enough to cause all that trouble? And if so, I would understand her getting some diarrhea but this didn't look like any diarrhea I've ever seen or heard of.
And how would stress explain the weak, droopy hind end and all the effects lasting as long as they did?
I boiled up some chicken breast and eventually convinced Cookie to drink some of the broth and eat a bit of the chicken. She had no further diarrhea and was fine by next morning.
Burning questions remained on my mind.
I talked to Jasmine's vet about all this and he too felt that stress could do this. Including the weakness? The amount of time it took before the effects wore off?
My gut wasn't buying it.
And Cookie was to be sedated shortly after again for her platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment (more on that later).
I acquired information about what exactly was used for Cookie's sedation. There was nothing wrong with the protocol - good, gentle sedation.
BUT Jasmine too had severe reactions to some perfectly good drugs. I voiced all those concerns to Jasmine's vet who was going to do the PRP treatment for Cookie.
What can we do to mitigate the effects? Is there a different protocol we could try?
Particularly since the drive to Jasmine's vet is five hours and this could happen on the way home. The thought of that was ripping my heart out.
Some things we did to try to prevent such tummy trouble included upping her probiotic, adding some extra fiber and keeping her meals the same for the few days before the sedation.
This time, hubby was going to be there with her when she was coming to.
I was on pins and needles to see how things were going to play out.
Hubby called me when Cookie was done and woke up. She was looking good. Little drowsy but steady on her feet and looking for food. About an hour after she woke up they set on the way back home.
We loaded the truck with pee pads, stash of blankets and paper towels in case tummy trouble did hit her during the trip back.
No tummy trouble at all. No hind end weakness either. When they came back home she was happy, hungry, and full of beans.
She suffered no ill effects this time around.
As I was looking through Jasmine's vet's web-based records, I saw that he indeed did use a different protocol for her sedation. God bless him.
He knew that the sedation protocol she got the first time was perfectly fine. He knew that stress can cause stomach upsets and diarrhea. But he also took my concerns to heart.
I could just picture him sitting there, going over all my emails and thinking up the best plan.
He never failed to listen to my concerns or to take them seriously.
I got the information about what and how much he used from him and provided that to our local vet here. I had them add a big, bold, red note to Cookie's file that this was the protocol that worked well.
There is nothing more important than your vet listening to you.
From The End Of A Lead Line To Casa Jasmine: Meet Cookie, Our New Adoptee
And So It Begins Again(?) Our First Health-Related Heart Attack With Cookie
I Didn't Know I Could Fly: Why Cookie Wears A Harness Instead Of A Collar
C.E.T. Oral Hygiene Chews For Dogs CAN Be A Choking Hazzard
Our First Health-Related Heart Attack With Cookie: The Knee Or The Foot?
Creative Solutions And An Incidental Product Review
Too Young For Pot: Cookie's Snack With A Side Of Hydrogen Peroxide
Taming Of The Wild Beast: Cookie's Transition To Civilization
Staying On Top Of The Ears: Cookie Is Not Impressed
Putting The Easy Back Into Walking
Cookie's Ears Are Still Not Happy
The Threat Of The Bulge Is Always Lurking
Today Is Cookie's Three-Months Adoptoversary
Cookie Meets The Electric Horse Fence And Her First Chiropractic Adjustment
Why Examine Your Dog's Vomit?
Why Is That Leg Still Not Happy? Cookie's Leg Keeps Getting Sore
Cookie Too Is Insured With Trupanion
Does Being Insured Mean Being Covered? Our First Claim With Trupanion
Is Cookie's Leg Finally Getting Better?
Is Cookie Going To Be Another Medical Challenge Or Are We Looking To Closely?
The Project That Is Cookie: Pancreatitis Up Close And Personal
Pancreatitis: Cookie’s Blood Work
Another Belly Upset: Pancreatitis Again Or Not?
Happy Birthday, Cookie
Incontinence? Cookie's Mysterious Leaks
Who's Training Whom? Stick And Treat
Don't Just Stand There, Do Something? Cookie's Mysterious Bumps
Cookie's Mysterious Bumps Update
One Vomit, No Vomit
Happy One-Year Adoptoversary, Cookie!
Cookie's Leaks Are Back: Garden Variety Incontinence Or Not?
Cookie's Leaks Update
Don't Panic, Don't Panic: Know What Your Job Is
The Continuing Saga Of Cookie's Leeks: Trying Chiropractic Approach
Cookie's Minor Eye Irritation
Regular Wellness Exam: Cookie's ALT Was Elevated
Cookie's Plantar Paw Pad Injury
How Far To Take It When The Dog Isn't Sick?
Cookie Has Tapeworm Infection
Cookie's Elevated ALT: The Ultrasound and Cytology
Cookie's ALT Update
The Importance of Observation: Cookie's Chiropractic Adjustment
Sometimes You Don't Even Know What You're Looking at: Cookie's Scary "We Have No Idea What that Was"
Living with an Incontinent Dog
Summer Dangers: Cookie Gets Stung by a Bald-faced Hornet
To Breathe or Not To Breathe: Cookie's Hind Legs Transiently Fail to Work (Again)
Figuring out What Might Be Going on with Cookie's Legs: The Process
Figuring out What Might Be Going on with Cookie's Legs: The Diagnosis
Cookie's Iliopsoas Injury Treatment: Trazodone
Cookie's Iliopsoas Injury Treatment: Other Medications
Cookie's Iliopsoas Injury Treatment: Laser, Hydrotherapy and Chiropractic
Cookie's Recovery from Iliopsoas Injury: ToeGrips
It Never Rains ... Cookie's New Injury
Mixed Emotions: When What You Should Do Might Not Be What You Should Do for Your Dog
Cookie's New Injury Update
Cookie's Iliopsoas Injury: The Symptoms
Cookie's Iliopsoas Injury: Battling the Zoomies
Cookie's Muscle Injuries: What Else Is Going On?
Theory and Actual Decisions for an Actual Dog Aren't the Same Thing: Cookie's Knee Injury
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