Well, first the good news. Ike does not have an obstruction and he ate a tablespoon of rice!
My day started with a call that Ike had puked again - after the Cerenia and before breakfast. I called the vet and tentatively scheduled an x-ray; depending upon what the blood results said.
Dr. Kirk called shortly before noon and said that all of Ike's levels are normal except for his GGT liver level - that is a little bit low. Dr. Kirk said that might just be the normal state for Ike - no way to tell at this point. Ike's white blood count is also a little bit high, but since he is probably fighting an infection and under a significant amount of stress that is normal.
I kept my tentative x-ray appointment in the afternoon and thank dog gods there is no obstruction. Ike's stomach looked "thick" according to Dr. Kirk . He proceeded to tell me all the ways that could be interpreted (crazy Julie said - oh gods, I've given my dog an ulcer), but essentially his stomach is in tough shape because he has been puking for the past couple of days. He has a slightly under-sized liver, his spleen was enlarged (again probably due to infection), and his hips look good. Dr. Kirk tried to include his hips in the x-ray because he knows we do agility. I thought that was an interesting/nice gesture.
Dr. Kirk gave Ike more subcutaneous fluids as he was surprisingly dehydrated and prescribed an additional medicine called sucralfate which I am to mix with water and give to Ike. Apparently it coats the stomach, acting like a Pepcid or Mylanta would.
The low down is that we don't know what is going on with Ike. His blood work was non-conclusive. There is no hard-and-fast test for panceatitis.
Ike is to stay on meds and a bland diet until he is normal for AT LEAST 24 hours. Long term Dr. Kirk said I could give Ike Milk thistle for the low GGT level. Apparently GGT works to clean out the bile sludge or some such gunk.
Yesterday I was very down on Dr. Kirk. Today I am not sure what I think. I was much more impressed with him today, but that might just be my state of mind. Once I found out Ike hadn't snuck off to do the unthinkable and eat a random object my stress level went down a bit.
I will have to post on my schnauzer list. I am curious if anyone else's dog has been ill or if this is something related to Ike's physiology.
Ike just had his tablespoon of white rice and about a quarter of an all fruit Popsicle - he is now snoozing. Thank you all for your positive thoughts. I am still a wreck, but I feel a little bit better and I KNOW Ike feels significantly better.
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