Saturday Sick Day
Better part of today was again spent at the vet's. Loki had several episodes of vomiting since early this morning (liquid brownish puke) and on the 6th one (yellowish foam), we decided to bring him to the vet. He wasn't particularly lethargic but I thought it's better to have the vet see him now rather than have an emergency later. So, off we go.
We are lucky that we have a vet clinic relatively close and which we absolutely trust. We go to Vets in Practice in Whiteplains and before that to Animal Specialists in Tiendesitas. Both are run by the same group of doctors. I am very particular with the vets we see. With our older dogs, we would wait for hours just so we can see Dr. Siday. More recently we also see Dr. Dexter for Loki as we find he is more available in Whiteplains. I cannot stress the importance of a good relationship with your vet enough, especially if you have a frenchie.
So what's wrong with the little guy? It's a couple of things. First, it's hyperacidity. He missed a meal Thursday night and had a big one on Friday. He is no stranger to hyperacidity, being the picky eater that he is. We have Maalox on stand-by for that. The other being suspected brachycephalic airway syndrome (BAS). There are several factors in play for that syndrome: 1) having stenotic nares 2) elongated palate. This means he has difficulty in breathing, especially when he pants. The elongated palate likely causes inflammation in the trachea. This also irritates the trachea and may also cover the epiglottis which triggers the reflex to vomit. According to Dr. Dex, based on physical exam, Loki has all the manifestations of having BAS. The only way to know for sure is to put him under and scope, but he is almost certain. It is only a question of the extent. I am hoping it is not so bad, that we can manage it with a few lifestyle changes. I would hate to put him under anesthesia. But we really have to think it through as there can be long-term impact to his internal organs, especially his heart. What makes them so darn cute causes them to suffer so much.
Meanwhile, Loki was given a few shots to address his vomiting. He was given 1) subcutaneous fluid to prevent dehydration 2) Ranitidine for the stomach acid 3) Cerenia to prevent vomiting 4) Meloxicam as anti-inflammatory
I hope there's no more vomiting episodes for the rest of the day and tomorrow and no more vet visits until next year for annual shots. :)