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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Update on K

My world is out of kilter without K being home with our family.
The good news is that K is improving and her situation is starting to become clearer. I visited her at the hospital this afternoon, and she's more alert and perky than yesterday. She's starting to eat and drink tiny bits now and then. However, she's still in a lot of pain. As I talked with her vet, I absent-mindedly gently stroked K's belly, and she yelped. Now, that's a sore abdomen.

K is still in the hospital because she needs to get fluids IV until her body can handle eating and drinking more. She'll probably come home tomorrow, assuming her improvement continues.

Actually, when I step back from the scary part of this situation, I realize that my vet appointment was a bit humorous in one way. I spent the afternoon in K's cage keeping her company at the hospital, and the vet came by to have our appointment while I was in the cage. I consulted with the vet through the cage bars while the vet sat on the floor outside the cage. Then, the vet, operating on auto-pilot, latched the cage from the outside before walking away. I had a good laugh, for the first time in a day, when I had to call for a tech to let me out later!

Figuring out exactly why K feels so terrible hasn't been easy. The mushrooms that she ate and then vomited probably set off a cascade of events that were much worse due to an underlying case of pancreatitis. Without the pancreas problem, she might have sailed through the mushroom ingestion fairly easily.

Usually, the pancreas manufactures and releases digestive enzymes into the digestive tract. In pancreatitis, these enzymes leak into the gut and start damaging other organs, causing intense pain. I've noticed over the past 2 weeks that K seemed to have a tender abdomen and now I know why. I'm still learning about pancreatitis but, so far, my understanding is that it can't usually be cured but it can be managed via diet.

K will have to take it very easy after coming home. As one vet put it, that's not 'Boulder easy' where a 10 mile run is considered to be short but rather truly easy where a slow walk is a big event. But, we're all hopeful that K will be back to our high-energy lifestyle before too long. My fingers are crossed.

In any case, when I briefly thought that K's life might be in danger yesterday, I didn't have regrets about the life that we've given her. K has lived incredible years here in Colorado, frolicking in our mountains. I want her to live a long life but I do know that she's already lived a life full of adventure and love.I can't thank you all enough for your nice emails, comments, and good thoughts!


  1. Poor you. One of the worst days of my dog owning life was when one of ours suddenly developed the symptoms of full blown pancreatitis. I hope K gets out later today. We've learnt to be careful about protein , toys that can be dismembered and all those other things that can trigger a recurrence. What a couple of months you've had.Thinking of you.

  2. So glad to hear that K seems to be improving. We continue to think positive thoughts and are sending all good Sibe Vibes for continued improvement.

    P.S. - The Herd salutes your vet for the cage incident.

  3. thanks so much for the update! sounds like she is on her way to recovery! yeh!
    i love that you got locked in the cage with K...too funny, and glad you got a laugh in!
    when some of my patients owners visit, and i can tell they are having a hard time leaving their loved one, i ask them to stay and they can help me all day...they usually say something like, "i don't know how you do it"....and i assure them that we will take good care of their beloved pet...and they thank me....
    just so happy that K seems to have taken the corner! sounds like you have a wonderful team!
    any pictures?
    hang in there KB and thanks for the updates...

  4. I'm glad to hear that K is starting to feel better - here's hoping that she is back home with you soon!

  5. I'm so glad you know what the cause of K's discomfort is now and it sounds like it's manageable. I hope K cooperates on the downtime. That can be hard with a normally active dog.

    Great cage story! I'm glad to hear some humor in all of this. And I agree that you should have no regrets about K's life. Just from the comments you get about the beauty of your rides, you know you've made the right choice about how to live your life and your dogs are fortunate to be a part of it all.

  6. I'm so glad she's feeling better. I know how much this dog means to you, so I'm really pulling for you both. Keep us updated.

  7. We came over from the Thundering Herd. We are so sorry to hear that K is sick, but it is good that there is some improvement. We seem to be hearing more and more these days about dogs and pancreatitis. We are sending our very best sibe vibes and human thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.

    Hugs, the OP Pack

  8. We also khame over bekhause The Khween Natasha strongly enkhouraged us to do so...

    I've got my paws khrossed and will be sending Sibe Vibes to KholWOOrado fur K and fur the rest of you!


  9. We'll take any improvement at this point. I'm glad K is feeling a tiny bit better. Poor sweetie girl.

    Thanks for the giggle about getting locked in the cage.

  10. The Thundering Herd sent us! We wanted to wish K (and you!) well - we will say a prayer for your sweet girl.
    The cage thing sounds like something that would happen to our mom. Ha roo roo roo!
    Tail wags,

  11. Omigosh! I miss a day or so and come back to find that I should have been having you and K on my mind. I'm so glad the crisis seems to be over.

    I hope your back tolerated the time in the cage comforting K. How great that the vet is so programmed to shut the gate.

    Positive thoughts with crossed fingers and paws are being sent your way. Good luck, K and to you KB.

  12. We are here because of your sick pup and the Thundering Herd. It sounds from what you have written today, K is doing better and we hope and pray that will continue for her.


  13. We have never visited y'all, but saw at Khyra's you have been sick. We wish you the speediest recoveryK!!! What beautiful land.

  14. The Thundering Herd sent us over..
    We want to send so Happy Heeler Vibes K's way. We know you all will be so happy to have her home tomorrow..
    Hang in there K, we know you have lots of pups and bi-peds that love you and are sending well wishes your way..

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  15. Poor K - I'm glad you were able to spend time with her at the hospital - however, I guess you hadn't planned to sleep in the cage overnight! I hope she can come home tomorrow. I'll be thinking of you.

  16. The Thundering Herd sent me over. I am purring for K to get all better very soon.

    Huffle Mawson, Honorary Husky and Explorer Cat


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