We took Ruby to the vet this morning at 9 am. We were a bit hopeful as last night she did poo which was the first time in a couple days. Then we got to the vet and they said there is likely still blockage. I signed the papers allowing surgery and then flipped to the next page expecting that there was a euthanasia page to sign as well but there wasn’t. I asked the gals at the desk and they said, “No, she should be fine. It’s only in rare cases that things don’t go well”. Ah…that made me feel better.
We were told that Doc Sarah was doing a different surgery, had a few appointments and that we shouldn’t expect to hear anything until 1 pm.
I tried to work…notice I said “tried” as I didn’t accomplish much….shortly before 1 pm, Doc Sarah called. They took an x-ray and although a few of the “bits” with the dye in them had moved, most had not. Indeed there was a blockage and that she would do surgery immediately if that’s what we wanted. I told her to proceed.
I got a call an hour or so later and here’s the report: Ruby’s intestine had come back on itself cutting it off. This isn’t common but does happen. A 3″ section of her intestine was removed and then the intestine was stitched back together. We are hoping all will go well but we are looking at a 12-24 hour critical period.
She got up, drank, went out and did her business which is a good sign. Now she’s back on her bed and trying to sleep again. Before bed we have to get her to take a pain pill and an antibiotic pill.
I’ll be spending much of my night on the floor in the living room hanging out with Ruby. Thanks to all of you for your notes and concerns.