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Last week we noticed our 9 month old little girl Mandy didn't feel well. She seemed out of sorts-she threw up quite a bit and had diarrhea. Wednesday rolled around and she seemed a little better, but she only wanted to sleep and go outside. She wasn't eating or drinking much, and when she did she quickly threw it up.

Thursday evening I was concerned enough to take her to the emergency vets. They checked her blood and took x-rays, and we saw a round "object" in the x-rays. The vet took me into a room and we went over the x-rays; indeed there appeared to be a round ball in the area of her stomach. She was quickly put on IV fluids and surgery was scheduled to remove it the next day (Friday). My wife and I wracked our brains trying to figure out what it might be, since we try to be very careful about small objects (no small balls, bones, rawhides, etc).

Friday I received a call after the surgery that it wasn't a "foreign object ingestion", but her stomach, intestines and lymph nodes were all swollen and inflammed. The round mass was actually inflammation-it fooled 3 vets and me. It looks like something she was eating was causing her a lot of gastric distress. If we would have let it go much longer it probably would have killed her.

Saturday we brought her home with a bland diet, painkillers and anti-inflammatory pills. We've been catering to her for the last couple days as she recovers from the surgery.

The surgeons took biopsies and sent them to a pathologist to see if we can figure out what might have caused the issue. We should have the results by the end of this week, but it's probably something she was eating-I have some suspicions that it might have been crab apples. She eats a lot of them from 2 trees that flank our deck. I found an article on the ASPCA website about crab apples and dogs that describe her symptoms to a "T". Murphy never eats the crab apples, but Mandy is often reaching up grabbing as many as she can.

As I'm writing this Mandy is in the living room with my wife-my wife is laying on the floor and Mandy is attacking her face trying to lick her nose. It's a great feeling to see my little girl back to her normal self. She's still sore from the surgery and we need to keep her somewhat quiet for a few more days, but she's doing great. Much better than the puppy that, just last week only went from her bed to the deck to throw up, then back to bed. I cringe at the thought that we might have lost her and I'm sure glad I didn't wait to take her to the emergency vets.

I think I'll go give both Mandy and Murphy a hug, just because I can.
 

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Glad to hear Mandy is getting back to her normal self.
Prayers and hugs your way for a speedy recovery and good news from the pathologist. :walk:
 

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Poor baby glad to her she feels better. Some of them will just eat anything my husband calls Scout a billy goat. Good luck with the lab results, but it sounds like you found your cause.
 

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The vet called with the pathology reports today.

No cancer, it was just inflammation. We have a follow up appointment on March 2nd with the surgeon and I'll discuss possible causes with him. I still suspect the crab apples, but I doubt that we'll ever know for certain. It is possible that it's something in her diet or environment to which she's sensitive-if so it may happen again. But if it does we'll know what to watch for and be better equipped to get an earlier handle on it.

One week after surgery, unless you see her shaved belly you'd never know she was very sick a week ago. She seems 100% her old self, she's even started drinking water from the regular bowl again-I think she's putting the psychological impact of being sick every time she drank water behind her.

She's still on bland food, but she seems to like it so I won't transition her back to regular food until this is completely gone.
 

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So glad to hear it is not cancer!
That is wonderful that she is doing so well now, good news :)
 
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