Monday, September 17, 2012

our doggie is very ill

Update Tuesday 3:15 PM

My husband just called from work - he received a call from the vet, they don't think Honey will make it much longer.  He is racing home and we will go and make our goodbyes to our beloved girl.

My heart is breaking ...


Update Tuesday 09/18/12 8:45 AM -

We are on a terrible roller coaster ride. 

We visited Honey late afternoon yesterday and she was very much improved, compared to Sunday. Her cough was looser and more productive. She wanted to come home with us so much, broke our hearts. We were elated and very encouraged.

We received a call at one o'clock in the morning last night. Telling us that, as we had been forewarned, Honey was much worse. SOB!!!!!!!  They asked permission to place something in her vein to be more able to monitor the oxygen in her blood and make sure she was getting enough oxygen and facilitate their being able to respond to her needs.

We were told the next 24 hours will be the key. 

Thank you all so much for your kind words and support, I am so grateful and appreciative.  Thank you for your friendship and care.  Please keep sending out those healing vibes, thoughts and prayers for our dear Honey. 


Edited to add 10 AM:  The vet just called.  Honey has pneumonia from aspirating her food. They had to put her on oxygen.  They are aggressively treating the pneumonia. It takes 2 to 3 days to fully present itself.  She will most likely get worse before she has a chance to get better. The next couple of days are crucial for her.

They are going to do further tests to determine why she has the mega esophagus condition.  If she makes it through the pneumonia, this will be a life long condition for her, requiring continual testing and follow up visits as the possibility of aspirating her food again and subsequent bacterial pneumonia will always exist.

The abdominal ultra sound showed she does have some foreign matter in her stomach.  They are going to treat the pneumonia first, while doing further testing on her esophagus and will hope that the foreign matter has passed through her system at that time. If not, they will do an endoscopy and remove it. 

They believe the esophagus condition and the matter in the stomach, are unrelated.

SOB SOB SOB - needing lots of hugs over here!


We had to take our doggie to the vet Sunday morning - she had an episode of vomiting that went on through the night.  The third vet at our veterinary hospital was as flummoxed as the previous two as to the origin of our Honey's nausea.  This has been going on for months now.  We left with yet another "possible" thing that could be the cause and yet another bunch of prescriptions. 

Honey proceeded to get worse as the day turned into night ... her symptoms now included a strange cough.  We left for the Emergency Hospital at nine last night, getting there at 9:20 and staying until after 2:00 in the morning.

Honey's cough got even worse in the nearly five hours we were there and her breathing became labored. So she has spent the night where they could monitor her around the clock and give her oxygen, keep her hydrated, etc. 

Turns out she has something wrong with her esophagus and that because of that, she probably aspirated some of her food and that she most likely has pneumonia - even though the chest xray showed none (apparently there is a "lag time" with xrays!).

The questions remain, why she has been having these bouts of nausea, why something is wrong with her esophagus??  They will do new chest xrays this morning and she'll have an abdominal ultra sound this morning to see if there are any clues to be found there.  Of course the "C" word came up.

I am so afraid she won't make it.  sniffle sniffle sniffle ...

Please please please if you can spare any good thoughts, prayers for our beloved Honey Bun Bun, it mean the world to me. 

March 2011
Honey came to lay with me in bed and console me
after my daddy passed away.  She had a trip through
the sprinklers first LOL. 


  1. Oh, Sally, I am so sorry! I will keep Honey in my thoughts and prayers, and you, too! xox

  2. Ahhhh Honey! I'm so sorry that she is having problems! Who knew there was a lag in x-rays?? I've never heard of that! We are MAJOR dog lovers at this house! I'll be thinking of you and Honey...praying that she pulls through this!

  3. Oh Sally, All the positive thoughts and prayers I can muster are being sent Honey's way! It's so difficult when our furry babies are ill. Sending big hugs to both of you. Please update us, as you can, on your beautiful Honey.

  4. Sending positive thoughts to Honey (and to you)! xo

  5. Oh no! I have one that looks so much like yours! I'll definitely keep you in my prayers!

  6. Dear Sally, most surely I am sending hugs and prayers to you and sweet Honey.

  7. Oh Honey, praying that you feel better soon and are not hurting. Sally, it is always so hard when they are not feeling well.

  8. I'm very sorry to hear about your sick doggie. I hope she gets better soon and am sending you all a great big hug! Valerie is right, positive thoughts!

  9. Oh..I'm so sorry and praying for your sweet baby. Hugs~ Deanna

  10. I'm so sorry. My thoughts and love are with you guys.