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Thread: Did not wake up anticipating this end to my day...

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    Did not wake up anticipating this end to my day...

    First off, yes, everyone is alive and well.

    Let's just say that this week has been the worst worst worst week for me and continues to get worse. First, the rail fell off our front porch. The next day our AC fan stopped working. The following day we come home to find our patio table mysteriously shattered, and later that night Nova (our 7 month old pup) started coughing which got progressively worse throughout the night (and kept me up all night), which leads me to my Wednesday... Nova was diagnosed with Kennel Cough. Ok... manageable, get her started on meds and cough meds for bed time and she'll be fine.

    Then today I almost make it to the end of my shift at work when I get an "emergency" phone call from my boyfriend, who is frantic on the phone. Somehow my bad dog Jamie opened up a tupperware container (the ones with the 4 locking sides that even I have trouble popping open sometimes) and ate somewhere between 10-15oz of dark chocolate. So... I tell him to run her right up, thinking we'll just induce vomiting and be done with it.

    Nope.

    She shows up and is displaying clinical signs of toxicity. Tachycardic, VERY hyperactive (she could NOT sit still!!), and shaking. We attempted to induce vomiting SEVERAL times but that girl is so stubborn it took her nearly 40 minutes before she gave in.

    After some injectable meds, IV catheter, and activated charcoal the dr shipped us off to the emergency clinic for overnight monitoring and IV fluids to flush her out. Which is where she is currently.

    I swear. I need a break.

    PS enjoy this picture that my BF took of us giving her the activated charcoal. As you can see, she didn't make it easy on us, LOL.

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    Oh, goodness, I hope she will be okay! Sending you all hugs!

    My friend's Pointer once ate most of a bag of dark chocolate covered Espresso beans someone had given her for a gift, Carrie (the dog) was hyper and shaking and felt awful, but she did pull through, thank goodness.
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    Makes you want to stay in bed with the covers over your head, doesn't it?! WHAT a week!

    I start off with this only because you made it clear everyone is live.

    Sending healing prayers for both pups, Nova with kennel cough, and Jaime with dark chocolate cravings. I think by now the meds will have calmed Nova's cough, though it takes the full course of meds to get it completely out of the system. As for Jaime, please keep us advised of her progress!

    And do find some calm relaxing activity for yourself. May a nice bubble bath is in order!

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    Jasper has a knack for getting into well-sealed chocolate too - most recently he tore open my lunchbox and ate a 3oz dark bar.

    I'm so glad everyone is okay, and I hope your week improves!

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    Oh My Goodness....that picture is heartbreaking! Hope they are both doing much better!!!

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    Yes, the picture brought tears to my eyes. I am so sorry you are having the week from "you know where". I do hope Nova gets better with the cough and Jamie is fine after the chocolate incident. Whew! I also hope you can have an "uneventful" and relaxing weekend.
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    Hope by now that everyone is doing a lot better. That is a week you want to forget-- wouldn't want to go through something as scary as that.
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    Not a good week, for sure! I hope Nova and Jamie are doing ok. Please keep us posted.

    Forever in my heart...Lacey,Sassy,Mandy,Corey,Ginger,Casey

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    Thank you, everyone! I picked Jamie up this morning and she is completely back to her normal self, albeit some black stool (from the charcoal)... We are monitoring her for signs of pancreatitis over the weekend, but for now she has no restrictions, no meds (unless she gets bad diarrhea, but so far so good).

    Nova's cough is getting better but still there; granted, not once has she slowed down at all!

    I am so fortunate to be a tech and get the discount that I do... these vet bills surely would have killed me otherwise! The overnight e-clinic even REFUNDED us $50 from our deposit last night! Was not expecting that.

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    Glad to hear that everything is moving in the right direction. Our pets sure can cause us tons of worry at times. Been there - done that...........a lot !
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    Wow! That does sound stressful! So glad everybody is okay!
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    I think she is happy to be home

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    No more chocolates Jamie! Good to hear she's home.

    Forever in my heart...Lacey,Sassy,Mandy,Corey,Ginger,Casey

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