Easier said than done, especially when your little man stares at you with those puppy dog eyes. It’s very hard to resist, but it is a healthy decision for your dog.
My Miniature Schnauzer Bella (pictured July 2009) is very spoiled – aren’t they all? I love her like one of my own, but we almost lost her back in January 2009 to a symptom called Pancreatitis.
Definition: Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is a large gland behind the stomach and close to the duodenum—the first part of the small intestine. The pancreas secretes digestive juices, or enzymes, into the duodenum through a tube called the pancreatic duct. Pancreatic enzymes join with bile—a liquid produced in the liver and stored in the gallbladder – to digest food. The pancreas also releases the hormones insulin and glucagon into the bloodstream. These hormones help the body regulate the glucose it takes from food for energy.
We noticed something different with Bella as most dogs have subtle to major changes in their personality when something is wrong. She had blood in her stools which was very alarming for us. We watched her for a day which was a big mistake. If your dog is not feeling well or something is strange, bring them into a Veterinarian right a way!
We went to an animal hospital close by to get Bella checked out. They provided us with options on medication and cost. We didn’t care about cost, and went with the medication that they recommended. I had to give her an IV each day for 4 days which I had no problem with doing, but I am the type of person who can’t watch anything on TV related to emergency rooms. After two days, she was responding well to the medication, but she was still slow, weak and her stools were still bloody and looked like coffee grinds. On day 3 she seemed to get worst, but we didn’t panic until day 5.
On the morning of day 5, Bella had to be woken by us as she wasn’t responding. She was stiff and her eyes were bugged out. We rushed her back into the hospital. The Vet checked her out and told us it was 50-50 she would make it and again gave us options. The first option was aggressive treatment and 4 days in the hospital, but the chances were again 50-50. The 2nd option, put her down. There was no way that was happening on my clock. After 4 days in the hospital and aggressive treatment, Bella was recovering well, but had some fallout as the doctor put it, because she had suffered a stroke on day 5.
Bella today is completely recovered, but she still has some minor affects from the stroke such as minor tremors from time to time. She is also on blood pressure medication for the rest of her life and a special diet. The investment ($4,000) was the best money I ever spent.
The doctor (Dr. Kristin – who is a miracle doctor) explained that people food can lead to this disease. It’s best to give treats to your dog using their own dry food as they don’t know the difference, but they know that they are getting treat.
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Frank Jovine is the owner and author of TechJaws.com – an Internet Security & SEO blog – and avid “PetLvr”. You can also follow Frank (@techjaws) on Twitter.