The Latest Ruby Update

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’s been home now for about an hour and a half and up until a few minutes ago, she just slept and hung out on her dog bed that I put in front of the heater.

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.

48 thoughts on “The Latest Ruby Update”

  1. Oh Jo, she’s been on my mind all day and i’ve been anxious to hear how she is doing. She looks content to be home with you. I know she’ll be fine! Thanks for the update.

  2. Thanks so much for the update! You all have been in my thoughts all day. Prayers are for a peaceful night and complete recovery. What a lucky gal to have such great owners! What we won’t do for our puppy babies!

  3. Deborah DeBerry

    Thank you for letting us know about Ruby. I have been thinking about her all day. My thoughts and prayers are with you both tonight.

  4. I am thrilled she came through the surgry so well. I will be praying for her to regain her strength and get back to her normal activities very soon.

  5. Thanks for the Ruby update. She has been on my mind all day. Putting pills in peanut butter always works for my little Amber…hoping for an uneventful night.

  6. Thank you so much for the update on your sweet Ruby! Keeping you and your family and Ruby in our prayers! Give Ruby hugs for us!

  7. Do you have pill pockets? They are wonderful. They are soft treats with a hollow center that you put the pills in and then squish it shut. Dogs love them! Much easier than trying to get the pill into them. They are called Greenies Pill Pocket treats.I get them at my vet’s office. Hopefully Ruby will be her old self in no time. She certainly has good people caring for her.

  8. Thank you for taking the time to give us a Ruby update.
    I have had her on my mind all day hoping for a good outcome.
    I hope you can both get some sleep tonight.

  9. Poor baby girl. It’s hard to try to do anything when your furry child is in pain. Many prayers for a healthy and quick recovery.

  10. Sounds like you’ve got a great vet. I’ve been praying for Ruby and I’m thrilled that it wasn’t something more serious. The Pill Pockets that Karen mentioned work well for my golden too. I would highly recommend them too. More prayers are going up that she’ll have a quick recovery.

  11. Theresa Severson

    Thanks for letting me know about Ruby. Our furry friends are our kids when the kids grow up. I am so glad that Ruby made it through surgery and is home with you to recover. Our pets are so dear to our hearts.

  12. Thanks for taking the time to let us know. So many good thoughts have gone out for you and Ruby. Hope she bounces back and you can relax a little.

  13. Thank you for the update. Ruby and your family have been on my mind all day. I’m so happy that the surgery went well, it sounds like she’s doing as well as she can for now. I’ve spent many nights of worry sleeping with my pet, to keep my eye on them, good luck with the sleeping part. I’m so thankful that things are looking up. ;-> Toni Anne

  14. My daughter bought my husband a 1 year old Brussels Griffon for Valentines day. He was a rescue dog. My husband had a stoke 2 years ago and has had breathing problems. This dog in 2 months has awoke my husband letting him know he wasn’t breathing well several times now. He has become a big part of our family. So you do anything you have to do to make them well. They are just like one of the kids. He will be back to his self in a few days. Get Well Ruby.

  15. Ruby needs some rest and lots of TLC which I’m sure she will get plenty of. Take care of yourself, too, Jo! Praying for a quick recovery.

  16. We have been thinking of Ruby all day. So glad the surgery was successful and she is home where she feels the most comfortable. Hope the two of you rest well tonight and things look brighter for you in the morning.

  17. been thinking about you and Ruby today and came back to see how it went…glad to hear she’s doing well, take care of both of you :-)

  18. I hope that Ruby has a quick recovery and that both of you get some rest tonight. Thanks for giving us an update.

  19. I’m so glad you posted. Thank you. I’m continuing to pray for all of you, and that Ruby continues to improve. We are ‘ hostage’ to those we love! Micki

  20. Jo
    My thoughts are with you – I know what you are going through. My guy has had surgery twice for an obstruction (he ate his toys) He came through with flying colours.
    Ruby is young and strong so the odds are in her favour.

  21. What great news about Ruby! First thing tes morning I went to my laptop to check on her condition. We really do love our doggies! She does look content to be in her own bed and around familiar surroundings. Keep us posted of her progress.

  22. I’m sure Ruby is happy to be home. I was glad to hear she got to come home. I had good luck giving my Rottie pills, by putting them in a small piece of a hot dog. Then giving her another small piece . She would s gulp down the first one so she could have the next one.

  23. I wouldn’t be sleeping anywhere else either! Hope y’all had a good night and that Ruby will soon be feeling better. Y’all have been on my mind and in my prayers and I’ll eagerly be looking for updates!

  24. So far so good….she is young and healthy so that’s all on her side. We have been thru these things and it is a huge worry since we love our pets like children. Wishing Ruby all the best…..

  25. I have been worried all day about Ruby–it was so good to come home and she that she had made it through the surgery and was home—-I am praying she will heal quickly—-she is lucky to have a home where they took her in right away…..

  26. Ruby found a good home at Jos Country Junction. So much love and caring all around that she will recover quickly. Love the card and what a neat friend.

  27. Awwwww, poor baby. So glad the surgery was successful. I have heard of this condition in large dogs but not smaller ones. They say that raising their food and water dishes to chest level helps. Ruby looks so content to be home.

  28. Bless her little heart. I’m sure she’s glad to be home in her own bed and familiar surroundings. I’m praying for her speedy recovery and for you as you dote on your furry child.

  29. Daisy Christopherson

    I am so glad she is home and somewhat better and a couple of days rest and hopefully she will be back to being her cute little self. Prayers do get answered. Bless you all.

  30. Elizabeth McDonald

    Oh, Jo! I am so sorry that Ruby is having such a difficult time, but glad that you are there to watch out for her! I will watch your posts for news. My thoughts are with you.

  31. Elizabeth McDonald

    Oh, Jo! I am so sorry that Ruby is having such a difficult time, but glad that you are there to watch out for her! I will watch your posts for news. My thoughts are with you.

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