For the past few nights, I had Ty sleeping next to my bed in case she had to go outside (she was having diarrhea). Tuesday night (3am), I woke up to a jolt of my bed (she was tethered to the post) and the very unpleasant sound of diarrhea. A few minutes later she threw up twice. My mom volunteered to sleep with her in the kitchen in case she experienced another spell. About an hour later Tyanna had more diarrhea and vomiting.
As soon as the vet opened, we called and arranged for her to stay another day so they could monitor her, and try to get her to eat/drink (it had been 36 hours since she had had food and a good amount of water). After I left for school, my mom dropped her off and continued on her way to work. She also placed a phone call into our Puppy Program Manager. A few hours later, my mom got a call from the vet's office saying that Dr. Daniels from the CCI headquarters was having Tyanna transferred to the Emergency/Referral hospital, and my mom was to pick her up and take her there immediately.
When my mom got there she was given an address to take Tyanna to, no time for any explanations. All they could tell her was that CCI was taking control of the situation, and Dr. Daniels was in charge. Understanding, my mom rushed Ty to the ER, where her name was already written on white boards and a file was already put together. She was taken into the back, and my mom was instructed to go home, and wait for a phone call.
About an hour later my mom got a call from a surgeon telling her that they found something in her intestine, and were already operating on her (with approval from CCI) to find out what it was, and remove it. This was around 3pm. At 6pm, I picked up the phone and it was the surgeon on the other end telling me they found a Highlighter marker in her small intestine, and that she will need to stay in the ICU for the next 3 days.
At 9am today, I got a phone call from the ER asking me to come down and see if I could get her to eat some food because they were having no luck. Of course, I rushed down to see my girl and try to get her to eat. As soon as they opened the door and she saw me she started to wag her tail (as much as she could, anyways). Of course, knowing the mama's girl that she is, she ate her entire breakfast out of my hand, and even worked up enough energy to lick the bottom of the bowl :). I spent the next hour and 45 minutes on the ground with her before it was time for her to go back to the ICU. She has about an 6" incision, and her entire underside/sides are shaven....yet she still looks adorable to me :).
I would like to commend CCI for all they did with Tyanna. Even though we are hundereds of miles away from Dr. Daniels out in Santa Rosa, CA, she cared enough to investigate the situation and find out what was going on. If it wasn't for her, and her concern, Ty would probably still be at our normal vet's office "experiencing the side effects of going into heat". It amazes me that Dr. Daniels knew enough about Tyanna and what she was going through to make some executive calls, and change the path of action.
Please keep praying for Tyanna and a super quick recovery. When we get more information, CCI will evaluate her condition, as well as her future.
The house is pretty empty without her, and I can't wait to have her back! We still dont know how she got the highlighter, or when she had the opportunity to chew it, but nonetheless, everyone has learned a very big lesson. I feel very guilty about the situation and all the "what-ifs", but what is, is what is. It's a complete horror to me that the first inappropriate item she has EVER chewed turned into such a fiasco.