Thursday, January 26, 2012

Buzz Update

Buzz started vomiting early Tuesday morning and had diarrhea start later that day. He wasn't interested in any food or water, so we took him to the emergency vet clinic Tuesday night. They pumped him full of fluids and gave some anti-nausea meds to help with the vomiting and we brought him home.

Wednesday morning, Buzz vomited bloody water, so back to the vet he went. Our internal specialist vet did blood work, an ultrasound on his pancreas, and numerous other tests and concluded that he couldn't conclude what was wrong with Buzz. Ultimately, he decided to treat for pancreatitis and an upper urinary tract infection.

I visited Buzz Wednesday evening and he was looking a little better, but still pretty weak (he hadn't eated for almost 48 hours at this point). The vet tech informed me that Buzz was now known as the 'explosive diarrhea-er' since whoever took him out could hear it from 10 yards away. Ha. Poor guy. He stayed overnight to keep his IV fluids and antibiotics going.

The Buzz update as of this morning was that he hadn't vomited or had diarrhea all morning. And they fed him and he gobbled it all down in 5 seconds flat.

I just talked to our diabetes vet, and he said that Buzz is doing a lot better and we can take him home tonight. He wants to keep him on fluids for a few more hours but otherwise, Buzz is stable enough for home. He wants to increase his insulin (almost forgot about the diabetes, didn't you? I didn't mention it previously because his glucose was so messed up these past few days, I wouldn't even know where to begin) by a few units in both the morning and at night, which is a lot for a dog Buzz's size.

In conclusion, Buzz got sick. Really sick. 3 days later and we still don't really know what caused it, but we are going with pancreatitis and an upper urinary tract infection. His diabetes is all messed up, but once we get him home and back on a routine, it will be easier to deal with. Obviously the diabetes played a role in him getting sick (he's got a sucky immune system that likes to attack itself), but wasn't the major problem this time.

PS. I find it rather curious that Buzz always seems to get sick right before February, which is National Pet Dental Health month and our regular vet offers 20% off expensive dental services. Buzz has nasty periodontal disease (from years as a stray and throw-away dog) and desperately needs extensive work done, but our diabetes vet won't approve of him going under anesthesia when he's sick and unregulated. Hmm... maybe he's much smarter than we take him for? :)


  1. Oh, Buzz, we're so sorry to hear about your sickies. Minnie has had pancreatitis 2x now and it is not fun. Feel better real soon.

    Drools and licks,
    Minnie and Mack

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