Cadi, Cadi, Cadi...

Let's start with something cheerful -- Spot and Dot came calling again and volunteered to prune the lilac bush in exchange for having their picture taken -- deal!

Cadi has been "off" for over a week, to the point that I was worried she was obstructed last week and took her to the Specialist for an ultrasound last Thursday  (our vet was closed); nothing showed up and he said no obstruction -- whew!

Unfortunately she did not get and stay better -- she would be okay and then not -- so this week I was pretty convinced (and hopeful) she had an obstruction and off we went to our usual vet. They are good listeners and although she was not presenting as if she were obstructed, they were willing to entertain the idea and we started a barium x-ray series two days ago.

Nothing really showed up but she was not better and they became believers, and this afternoon Cadi had this lovely thing removed from her intestine:

YUCK!!!! It is a squeaker from a toy - and no, we did not know she had eaten a squeaker but apparently she had as they do not just randomly show up in the intestines of Bernese Mountain Dogs.

And now separated from the squeaker, Cadi is home with a shaved belly and lots of staples -- she looks like this:

We are glad that it was a squeaker that was making her sick and not cancer BUT this gets even worse -- Cadi came in season three days ago. As many of you know, we were planning to breed her  -- obviously that is off the table and given that she is six, this was most likely her last chance for a second litter (insert very sad face).

But given that we have been planning her funeral (since we thought she had some terrible, fatal illness after our obstruction hopes were dashed via ultrasound last week but she was clearly sick), we are already prepared with a back-up plan and will (paws crossed) still have fall puppies that we are super excited about -- more on that soon.

In the meantime, please think good thoughts for Cadi-bug -- now I must go decide who to send the squeaker to -- hmmm.... who has played a trick on ME recently??? ;)


by Lisa Kaufman on Thu, 08/04/2011 - 19:41

What a mess! Of course, SO glad she will be ok. I just feel bad for her and you and the breeding stuff etc. Dang it! :-(
Here's to happy healing! xo
PS: Marti wants a squeaker. She has far to much peace and quiet in her life...

by Marti Simons on Thu, 08/04/2011 - 20:06

Ohh Cadi bug! Mav sends gentle bumps and cuddles. Sending healing thoughts.

by Jennifer Graffunder on Thu, 08/04/2011 - 20:10

Oh, no, no, no...squeakers do indeed just randomly show up in the intestines of Bernese Mt. Dogs.

I'm really sorry that Cadi has changed her life plan again, but very happy that the squeaker is out and she is going to be on the mend!

by Elizabeth on Fri, 08/05/2011 - 06:16

What I never understood was how Amanda could eat a sock, store it somewhere for a MONTH or even SIX WEEKS, and then give it back... When she died, she had a jingle bell inside that had been there for three solid months... She was all set with wings and being an angel, I guess...

by Elizabeth on Fri, 08/05/2011 - 06:18

Hugs to poor Cadi who has certainly had more than her fair share... I stayed up into the early morning hours last time waiting for updates -- so VERY glad to hear of such a positive outcome this time!

by Mary-Ann Bowman on Fri, 08/05/2011 - 07:38

Thanks for your good wishes -- Cadi is feeling very well this morning and her Camp Berner tee-shirt is keeping her away from her staples. Galen and I both have PTSD from the bloody mess we had last time when she ripped things apart -- this time we are prepared for her!!

by cindy heintzberger on Fri, 08/05/2011 - 09:47

Oh thank goodness that she is OK!!!! I was pretty worried, one cannot have too many obstructions... Maybe you should suggest that the squeaker companies put contrast dye on the darn things...

Gentle hugs to Cadi

by Barb on Fri, 08/05/2011 - 17:55

Is 6 1/2 too old to be a mom??? Maybe she was wanting spring puppies???? Soo glad she is going to be ok. Keep her incision duct taped up. Hope she is feeling better soon.

by Joan on Fri, 08/05/2011 - 21:04

I KNEW it wasn't ALL my fault that Rainey had to have surgery for bowel obstruction (and a few doses of peroxide for missing things that hadn't made it that far yet!) - It's a Kaibab gene. Like mother, like son. I am so super hyper diligent now, but was hoping the risk would abate when he entered his "3 years a good dog" phase. Cadi points out that the danger is never over.

by Roxanne Minor on Sat, 08/06/2011 - 09:59

I am so sorry for Cadi's mishap. Give her an extra hug for me.

by Jill Evans on Sun, 08/07/2011 - 18:40

Bummer for Cadi and for no Cadi pups this fall, but Yay that your vet is a good listener and that you know your dogs well.

by Heidi on Mon, 08/08/2011 - 10:08

Oh no! Poor Cadi! Poor you! That sounds stressful and scary. I'm also selfishly sad about her not being able to breed. My wedding gift puppy fund awaits a puppy to spend it on! But I am over the moon that she had a fixable problem. For our breed, that is a HUGE sigh of relief. I'm sending lots of love and prayers to all of you. XOXOX

by Chris Heggem on Tue, 08/09/2011 - 09:24

I remember when I came to meet you and the gals when I was visiting MT January 2010. Cadi snarfed up my glove on the sly and you showed me the hydrogen peroxide trick... glove found. That came in very handy a few months later when Poppy ate all the leather and brass parts of a winter snowboot. Sounds like Cadi continues to teach you lessons and I'm happy her medical issues were "fixable".

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