The original Miss ‘dogkisses’ is Ruthie Mae. She’s from a royal bloodline! I don’t know how such a grand dog ended up at the shelter, but she did, and I am one lucky woman to have met and adopted her!
Ruthie has been declared an Egyptian Beetle Hound Insect Hunter! This makes her a very special dog.
I love her like I have all the dogs I’ve loved… Times ten! Dog lovin’ is like that, I guess. They are each special and unique.
I told you in a recent blog post about a camping trip with my family, and shared photos of the beautiful Blueridge mountains in North Carolina.
Ruthie is part of my small family, so of course, she went with us on our end of Summer, rather spontaneous outdoor adventure.
I forgot Ruthie’s regular dog food.
It was several days after we returned home that Ruthie got an upset tummy. Within 24 hours, her condition had become a veterinary emergency. She had bloody diarrhea and was vomiting.
We drove her to a nearby animal emergency clinic, which is also a teaching hospital, where I trust the doctors and staff. I believed Ruthie was in the best hands around. This gave me much comfort, but I was still afraid for my best friend and companion.
Since adopting Ruthie Mae in 2006, when she was about seven months old, I’ve never boarded or left her behind. Watching her walk into the cage at the hospital clinic reminded me of when we first met, but it was a nice big cage and there were interns and residents who stayed in the room around the clock. They doted over Ruthie.
Fortunately, she only had to stay in the hospital one night. They gave her much needed fluids, intravenous medicines and watched her closely.
She was diagnosed with possible HGE, but for sure a serious gastroenteritis, due to a change of diet and dietary indiscretion while camping. Abdominal x-rays showed also three small rocks in her stomach and small intestines. The surgeon said she believes Ruthie will pass the rocks without a problem.
I am very grateful that Ruthie Mae was able to receive good health care. She’s relatively young, in otherwise good health, and has many years of loving left to offer!
She has recovered very well, but she did have a setback when I tried to re-start her regular diet of salmon and sweet potato. As a result, she’s back on a prescription food and two medications.
Because of Ruthie’s sensitive digestive system, she may need more time to fully recover, but I think she will.
I’m very happy to report that she is again recovering well!
Ruthie likes to put her nose to the ground when we walk. It’s possible she got into something again (dietary indiscretion), when my son took her out for a short walk. She’s fast and strong for a girl almost eight!
I’m working on keeping her nose (and GI tract) clean, but I must admit, this takes constant attention. We may have to get a special harness, but I’ll try training her first. Walking without smelling stuff on the ground is against Ruthie’s nature, but that’s the way it has to be from now on.
As to what I’ll feed her in the future remains in question.
All you dogs out there, give a shout out to the sky or a great healing howl for Ruthie Mae! She’s a beauty ain’t she!? 🙂
Thanks for visiting dogkisses, a blog, by a woman, who loves a dog!
UPDATE March 2014
Ruthie is now on a prescription diet. It’s expensive, but so far, it is the only food that keeps her tender tummy at ease. I’m hoping to meet with either the nutritionists at the school of veterinarian medicine, which is around $200.00, or meet with a holistic vet to discuss other options for Ruthie’s diet.
We have incurred a lot of medical expenses since Ruthie was hospitalized in September, but the tests helped us to rule out common diseases and also, x-rays and ultra sound did not show impressive findings.
Ruthie Mae may well have HGE, but she has also been diagnosed with Intestinal Bowel Disease and will most likely be on a special diet for the rest of her life, which I hope is a very long and healthy one!
You may give to my campaign at www.GoFundMe.ruthiemae (Link is also on my right sidebar in this blog).
My goal is to raise money to help me pay off the debts from the medical bills, so that I may better provide for Ruthie’s ongoing healthcare needs.
Thanks for reading about Ruthie Mae!
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