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Casie had surgery this AM; the vet found a ball of stuff in his stomach all wrapped around some threads. I am sure it's things that he just decided to eat...and did. He had torn apart some carpet, some plastic, and somehow got into some staples. Here's where the scarey part begins. She found perforations in his intestines and had to remove 6 of his intestines. Through the holes some of his intestinal fluids had leaked into his stomach cavity, which can cause infection. So she flushed his stomach cavity several times with antibiotic solution, connected everything and sewed him up. He is going to be there until he can eat, drink, pee and poop. Maybe 2 -5 days. Then he will come home for 30 days on antibiotics and we pray that he doesn't develop an infection.

I can't tell you how I feel, but it's not a good feeling. Failure, guilty, afraid, terrorized, I just can't lose another dog this soon. I just can't. I waited too long for Casie to come, and he's too good a puppy to lose. I am scared to death...my family handles this kind of thing very well, they are positive he will be okay, and I the usual optimist, and just not sure. I would rather sleep at the vets until Casie can come home, just to be sure he is okay. (as if I know what to do if he isn't.)

So please say some prayers that he is okay, that I get my act together, and that I can totally beagle proof my house before he comes home.
 

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I'll try to ease your mind by telling you that one of my Bridge dogs, Shadow, had 12 of his intestines removed because of a perforated ulcer and peritonitis, and he recovered. I know your anxiety, but try to step back and take some deep breaths. Antibiotics do wonderful things.

There's no need for you to feel guilty. Our beagles sometimes swallow things they shouldn't regardless of how closely we watch them.

Prayers will go up for both you and Casie.
 

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I'm sorry to hear about Casie's surgery and how things turned out. But it sounds like you've got a good vet who did a thorough job.

This serves as a good lesson to all dog owners. And that is the importance of watching your dog and what they're chewing on and/or eating. I know we can't watch our dogs 100% of the time. But doing everything we can to eliminate or at the very least minimize such hazards is incredibly important.

I hope Casie will have a speedy and full recovery.
 

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Oh poor Casie and poor you! I know you feel bad right now, but it isn't your fault. We've all had instances of our dogs eating things they shouldn't. I hope he'll be just fine and makes a full recovery. Give Casie some extra love from Jersey and me and a long distance hug for you.
 

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Don't beat yourself up about this! The little devils can, and frequently get into anything they can. It doesn't have to taste good, all it has to be is there! My very first dog got into a bowl of unshelled nuts one time and took them behind the sofa so his roommate could not get them and proceeded to eat about two cups, shells and all! He survived - I almost didn't!!! It sounds as if you have excellent vet care. Take advantage of it. Any questions, no matter how dumb sounding, ask them. Lots of deep breaths for you and a gentle pet for Casie.
 

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I'm so sorry for you both. I am sure things will all work out for you and Casie, but just know that the people that know what they are doing are watching Casie closely. He's better off with them until they know things are okay. He'll be home soon enough and this will all become a distant memory for you soon. I will keep you both in my thoughts and prayers. We are here for you!
 

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Casie's just doing what normal beagles do--taste/eat. He's lucky to have someone like you who obviously cares so deeply about him.

Prayers and good thoughts for Casie!
 

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Poor Casie and you too! Please don't beat yourself up though. He is a Beagle and unfortunately eating things is what they do.
 

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Crossing fingers and paws for little Casie!

I'm sure he will do well recovering from the surgery... don't feel bad - you're a good beagle mommy.
 

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I am sorry you and Casie are going through such a tough time. You are a good mom. You can't watch every second. I remember when my daughter was little I was so careful about not letting her run toward the fireplace hearth because I worried about her falling and hitting her head. One day I had company and my daughter was sitting in her little chair right by the fireplace watching Tv. The leg on her chair broke and she tumbled into the hearth hitting her forehead. She had to have two stitches.I felt terrible and still do when I see that little scar. I was so careful and when something happened I couldn't prevent it. I will keep you in my prayers.
 

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Beagles do things we can not explain (and they won't tell us why). So, we do what we can to keep them safe (even from themselves). And its all we can do.

So you are not a failure and don't think that way. He just does things when you are not looking. Now you know what they are, take that info and make it harder for him. Its all you can do.

He will be fine... and so will you.
 

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Thank you so much. What did I do without your support while I had the first two? Goodness sakes, why don't they send manuals with these little furbabies or even babies for that matter. I talked to our normal vet (as if the other one isn't) but anyway, she told me that he wasn't going to die instantly, that the kind of antibiotics that they use are so strong, it's more likely to kill a cockroach and germs inside him...than anything else. So I'll rest a little easier. So before he comes home, I am putting locks on everything, and crawling around on the floor, moving furniture etc., and then wondering where the tree goes.....Thanks again, you are super people!

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Casie is a little more lively today...Friday....he is eating and drinking, pooping and peeing. All the four things that he has to do to show me that he is proceeding to get better. YIPEE!
It has turned bitterly cold here, so trips outside are quick and to the point....no sniffing at anything. It is rather heartwarming to see that Cobi, our 7 year old beagle, is being so protective. Company comes in the door and Cobi is guarding Casie from people, and standing between them and Case, he checks the crate periodically between his own naps in order to let me know that Casie is still sleeping or needs out. And I was worried about them getting along. 19 more days of pills and then we'll see what happens. Hopefully NOTHING!

Have a great day!

Cathy
Casie and Cobi's mom
 

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Cathy I am so happy to hear that Casie is doing so well now. Just remember that unless you keep the dogs tied to you there will be times that they get into things that you may miss. I try so hard to watch ours and am home almost 24/7, but they still manage to sneak things. I think beagles are especially sneaky little devils. I still love them though.
 

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It's so good to read that Casie's doing so well. It's sweet that Cobi's so concerned about him.
I'd guess that things will turn out just fine.
 
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