An unexpected (and costly) trip to the vet

After Loki ate breakfast, we brought him to a cute little park around our neighborhood. It was relatively small, so we didn’t stay long and decided to go to a nursery instead to check out their plants and gardening selection. The house that we live in doesn’t have the nicest looking front or backyard, so Andrew wanted to make it a bit more ‘homey.’ Luckily, there is this cute little nursery on Solano Avenue with a huge selection of plants to choose from! Andrew picked up two little plants to decorate our front yard, and then we walked Loki towards the pet store.

This was when things took a turn for the worst. We still don’t know what happened, but Loki started urinating and pooping on the sidewalk. This is coming from a dog who held his potty for 8 hours before, so I know that he is very picky about where he poops. Right after he pooped in the middle of the street, I started to notice that he was shaking. It wasn’t your regular ‘im scared’ type of shaping that he usually does when he meets a new dog, but a bobbing/wobbling of the head that was noticeable enough to cause concern. I held him for a bit, and was dozing off so I assumed that he was exhausted. By the time we got home an hour later, Loki’s wobbling was even worse. He seemed lethargic and hid under the bed, which was another sign that he was scared. When I placed him in his crate, he didn’t fight against it either. I was freaking out at this point, and starting googling his symptoms to find results linked with genetic and neurological disorders. WTF! And that was when we took him to the vet.

I’ve taken him to the vet once before for his second checkup. They have these treats they feed to dogs while they are preforming checkups, and Loki loves them. He wouldn’t take any of my treats at home, but when the vet gave him this stuff, he gobbled it right up.

We went through the list of possible scenarios leading up to Loki’s wobbly head. It mostly boiled down to whether he ingested something that he shouldn’t have. I keep a pretty close eye on Loki when we are out on walks, so it wasn’t something that caught my eye. The vet drew no conclusive evidence, so she decided to take blood tests and xrays to further her investigation. She came back with this result:

This is an xray of Loki’s stomach. See that big cloud of stuff in the middle? Apparently that is Loki’s very stuffed stomach. He has stuff in there, most likely food but possibly other things (like the stuffing from his bed that he loves to chew). Could this be the reason for Loki’s wobbly head? We don’t know for sure, but its the only conclusion she came up with.

And so, the vet injected some fluids under his skin to keep him hydrated and sent him home. No feeding Loki tonight, but we’ll be back tomorrow morning to see if the mass has moved down to his colon yet. The minute he came home, he started acting like his normal self again! His head was still a tiny bit wobbly, but he definitely had energy to roam around the house. And the total cost of this vet visit?

Yep. $416 for the conclusion that he is too full. The xrays were the most expensive – $161 for 2 xrays. Sigh. Perhaps I should start looking into pet insurance?

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UPDATE: Loki is doing fine the next day. We went to the vet again and took another xray to see if his stomach contents moved – and it did. So Loki is back to his usual mischievous self again. I was googling his symptoms because I don’t believe that the cause is a full stomach. Some videos that I ran across had similar symptoms for a mild seizure @_@. The vet also thought of this possibility, but she said it was most likely mold or something mildly poisonous. Oh Loki, running into trouble only 2 weeks in.

Conclusion? Watch your puppy VERY closely when you are taking him out for walks. Vets are expensive.

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