the monday before xmas foster was at work with daddy playing with the muppet in the back of daddy's truck. i love the muppet but i think her puppy ways have corrupted foster & caused him to get in a bit more of trouble than he would have by himself. muppet discovered that the cap of dave's truck has electrical wires in it (for the taillights). she was smart enough to simply chew them. foster on the other hand, in typical lab fashion, ate as much of them as he could. while feeding/changing jason at 4am that night i heard him heaving downstairs. dave went down & discovered a small pile of red & black plastic & copper wires. maybe that wouldn't have been a big deal except the next day foster & olive did the same thing in olive's daddy's truck. and again i heard foster heaving in the middle of the night.
we decided foster should stay home with me on wednesday where there were no automobile wires to consume in the house. he was ok throughout the day but by nighttime there was something wrong....very seriously wrong. foster was lethargic & trembling. dave immediately took him to our local vet. they determined he had a 106 temperature and possibly some sort of intestinal blockage. dave rushed foster to the tufts veterinary ER in grafton.
after 3 days of IV fluids, antibiotics and ultrasounds foster finally passed the food out of his stomach and started showing signs of improvement. dave brought him home on xmas day. it was the best xmas present we could have possibly asked for!
it took him a few days before he was completely back to normal but thankfully all is well again. final diagnosis: plastic covered copper wires cause serious damage to a puppy's digestive track. luckily there was no blockage or perforation, but inflammation caused by serious irritation from the wires.
i can't tell this story without mentioning the fabulous care foster received at tufts. everyone dave met was caring, compassionate and helpful. the doctor's & tech's took extremely good care of our puppy. and as usual all who met the brown dog were enamored with him too. even his discharge papers mentioned how handsome he is!
ok, on to more fun stories from the holidays....