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Thursday, March 12, 2009


I had to run Gio into the emergency vet clinic this morning. He was up all night vomiting, was very lethargic, and not eating. I left him at the vet hospital all day, and they ran a number of tests. Turns out Gio has bromide toxicity from his Potassium Bromide levels being too high, and bromide toxicity often goes hand-in-hand with pancreatitis.

I just got home from visiting with him and speaking to the vet. Gio is completely doped up, so was mostly unresponsive when I was there. But I got to give him lots of hugs and kisses at least. He has to stay overnight, and possibly tomorrow night as well. Lots of fluids, and depending how he is tomorrow morning, maybe some other treatment whose name has slipped my mind at the moment. Something about giving IV solution that competes with the Potassium Bromide and flushes it from the system quicker. So far, he doesn't need that, but if he doesn't improve much by tomorrow morning then it is a possibility.

Apparently Gio's pancreatitis is relatively mild, so the vet said the outlook is good. Of course, it's hard to say and I hated asking the question because so many variables weigh in on the prognosis. But so far, if he doesn't get worse overnight, it looks pretty positive.

Here's to hoping that the fluids help flush him out a bit and he is improved in the morning. I'm going to visit him in the morning again, so hopefully the vet will have some good news for me.


sarahbelle said...

So sorry that Gio is sick. Ace and Nova and I will think good thoughts for him tonight. I always feel bad when they don't understand what's going on. Take care of yourself and Romeo too.

- Sarah

Raising Addie said...

We are so sorry to hear that Gio is sick. It sounds like you have a great vet who is doing everything possible.

We will keep Gio in our thoughts and prayers. Hang in there sweet baby.

Lots of Luv & Kisses
Addie, Lucie and Staci

Morgan in Pittsburgh said...

We hope Gio feels better!
Your pal, Morgan

Ricky the Sheltie said...

Sorry to hear about Gio! We'll be thinking about him (and you and Romeo) and hoping he is better soon!

Diana said...

Sorry about Gio. We will keep our fingers crossed for him and you. Diana

Sarah said...

fingers and paws crossed for a speedy recovery Gio

Dawn said...

We're hoping you got good news this morning about Gio! Hope he is all better real soon!

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