Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Tyanna Medical Update

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.

15 comments:

CONOVER said...

WOW that's amazing I knew there was a reason I raised for CCI. Well we will be praying for you and her. Get Well soon Ty!

-Madison & Conover

Natalie said...

Don't be too hard on yourself Maddie, accidents happen. The important thing is that Tyanna is alrite now :) Hugs to you both and we'll definitely keep Ty in our prayers for a speedy recovery.

Joanna and Camry said...

Like Natalie said, try not to be hard on yourself. It's hard, I know. Two of my dogs got in to a huge bottle of human pills last year, and I felt miserable all day thinking that I should have watched them more carefully. But, accidents happen, and Ty is doing alright! That's all that matters. :)

Lisa & Runza said...

WOW! What a wild last few days. I'm glad Tyanna is doing much better and Dr. Daniels was able to get her the help she needed.

Don't be so hard on yourself. Things like that happen. One of our KSDS pups ate 3 pairs of hose a week before turn in. He had to have surgery to get them removed. He is now a working service dog for an amazing man! It happens.

Hope she feels better soon! Keep us posted.

Kelsey and Spike said...

Don't feel so bad...these pups are soo sneaky, they can gobble something up in a second, and we really can't watch them every second of every day.

Spike and Chappelle send puppy kisses to Tyanna for a speedy recovery from her surgery.

Wild Pilot & Tennessee Girl said...

Like everybody says, try not to feel bad. :) We all hope Ty will recover completely, and soon! We'll be praying for her!
--Briana & Penelope

Emily, Maggie, Ellis, and Angel said...

Goodness! I just saw your last few posts! What a stressful situation for everyone :( Sounds like Ty is well on the mend now, thankfully. Like others have said, it is nobody's fault and more common than we like to think (since it is so scary). Our club also had a puppy do something similar (with a puppy sitter no less... she was so upset) and he is now a working guide! He was transferred to me from the hospital to recover until his raisers got home and he made a very quick recovery after the surgery. Unlike Tyanna, he tried to eat everything, so that was the biggest challenge after getting him home... the healing took care of itself :) I hope she can come home soon and be with her mommy all the time!

Emily and Suede said...

I know everyone is saying this, but I will too. Don't be too hard on yourself! It could happen to anyone. They are very sneaky, and you can't watch them every single second. I hope Tyanna recovers quickly, I will be thinking of her!

Waffle said...
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Waffle said...

Like everyone said, they are labs, if they didn't vaccum the floor we'd be worried. and like everyone else I have experienced the whole 'your dog ate what' line. But add to that we were at fun day when they had to rush Tacoma into surgury for eating a paper clip. The vet staff had fun showing off her x-rays to the tour groups who came through...
don't worry she'll bounce back

MK said...

I'll add my tale to the pile too... my last dog, a labby, didn't even really eat anything bad and he STILL had to have surgery to remove this weird stuff in his stomach & intestine. They do bounce back so quickly, thank goodness (within 7 days after being released he was back to himself)... We'll keep Tyanna in our prayers here! Hope she gets well soon! The worst part is waiting for the fur to grow back!

-MK & Caesar

Raising A Miracle said...

I'm so sorry that you and Ty are going through this! I know what it's like to rush a puppy to the vet. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

Kasey and Blitz said...

Ooh, that's awful! Poor girl! Everyone's right...It's definitely not your fault! She's a lab, and labs eat things.

I'll pray she has a fast and successful recovery!!

Mypuppylv said...

I think it's that time of year. There's a few other pups I've heard of that have been getting sick lately. The new year has started off to be a weird one - weird stuff happening.

Hang in there, she'll pull through; if there is one thing labs are it's tough. Good luck! Onalee and I have all fingers, toes and paws crossed for you and Ty.

Keep us updated!

Erin & Midnight said...

Aww wow! Hope Ty gets better soon;