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Post by agaphmou on Thu May 05, 2011 1:59 pm

Our doggy Rocco had emergency surgery last night.The night before I gave him a couple of chicken dog treats and yesterday he threw up alot of blood.My brother and I ran him over to the vet.He thrw up blood there too.X-rays ,dr said to do exploratory,didn't see anything stuck in him in xray.He called me after surgery and just now again.He said the treats turned into a sand-like tiny pieces and ulcerated his stomach and small intestine.Now he's alert,he's giving him 3 types of antibiotics and two types of anti-ulcer meds.He will probably ,hopefully be home saturday or monday depending on if he can hold down food.Please say a little prayer for Rocco.
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Post by Lori on Thu May 05, 2011 2:51 pm

Oh, the poor little guy. I'd be contacting the manufacturer of the treats. I was shopping at Dollar General the other day, and was looking at dog treats. I'm all about finding dog treats that are Made in the USA. Every freaking thing is made in China these days. A new ploy I've seen is that on the front of treat packages it'll say Made by an American Owned Company!...but yep - Made in China! Anyhow, I was reading a treat package and it had this warning: Not for human consumption. Please wash hands thoroughly after handling. Now..WTH!! I'm going to feed my dog something that it's not even safe for me to touch?

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Post by bizzeedee on Thu May 05, 2011 7:13 pm

gosh, so sorry about Rocco... and yes Lori, who wants to feed a animal a treat that isn't safe for human's to touch. Kudos to you for reading the labels!
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Post by bizzeedee on Thu May 05, 2011 7:15 pm

Athena... love the name "Rocco" such a NY sounding name! post a picture of him sometime... but he's a cutie. now your love of animals from your posts on FB... do you volunteer at a local shelter?
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Post by tara on Thu May 05, 2011 8:37 pm

Poor Rocko : ( Wishing him a speedy recovery! Lori- I agree 100% I so rarely buy my dogs treats because made in the USA is so hard to find. That and they get more than enough fall out from the kids that I'm pretty sure they don't need any more treats.

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Post by Tanya32834 on Fri May 06, 2011 9:09 am

Athena,

Can you tell us the name of the treat? My guys get treats as training tools and I'd like to know what caused that issue to Rocco (love the name!).
I make my own, most of the time (it's really easy) but sometimes I buy commercially produced treats.

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Post by agaphmou on Fri May 06, 2011 12:49 pm

Hey thank you all for the support! They are HARTZ CHICKEN STRIPS.They're deadly poor Rocco almost bleed to death! I just went by the vet and he looks good,lying down with a small cone around his neck taking his IV fluids.The poor thing was not permitted food and water for few days so that his ulcers could heal.He licked me(I call it kissing) through the cage.My brother is going to sue the company(Hartz).I've tried to post pictures here before but they never come out full,I don't know why.I posted a couple of pictures of him on facebook in the past though.I don't volunteer for a shelter but I do love animals,alot!!
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Post by agaphmou on Fri May 06, 2011 12:51 pm

Tanya ,just get soft treats if you buy,we give him alot of Beggin' strips,very soft and he loves them,no problems
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Post by agaphmou on Fri May 06, 2011 3:39 pm

My brother went to see him a couple of hours after me,and he took back the bag of treats. It's actually a brand called SMOKEHOUSE based in California,but the treats are made in China! Who would have thought! You're right Lori!
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Post by Rebecca1340 on Fri May 06, 2011 5:10 pm

Oh, poor guy! I hope he's feeling better soon!

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Post by agaphmou on Fri May 06, 2011 5:12 pm

Thank you Rebecca! If he can hold down food tonight he can come home tomorrow Smile if not then monday
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Post by agaphmou on Fri May 06, 2011 5:15 pm

My brother already spoke to a lawyer friend of his.He advised him to go to small claims court because we probably won't get any more than 5k,which is fine with me because I already paid over 2k for the surgery,and I'm sure it will be close to 3k for all his IV meds and boarding
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Post by bizzeedee on Fri May 06, 2011 7:22 pm

really, small claims court? well I guess that's better than a full fledged case... and then, you can't put a price on love, but you can certainly expect to be reimbursed for the pain and suffering of not only Rocco, but you too! hope you follow thru with the suing.

and really happy to hear he's responding and getting better, hoping the homecoming is tomorrow... because I'm sure Monday will seem like forever and a day before he does!
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Post by bizzeedee on Fri May 06, 2011 7:23 pm

and you still have told us were the New yorker name of Rocco came from!
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Post by agaphmou on Fri May 06, 2011 7:31 pm

Lol Dee,Rocco is an italian name.When Nick(my brother) brought him home the first time he said" I want you to meet Ruckous" .I looked into Rocco's eyes and said,you have to give him a real name!So I thought of a few names which he didn't like,I can't remember them now,but when I said ROCCO ,he said hm! not bad! lol
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Post by bizzeedee on Fri May 06, 2011 7:36 pm

agaphmou wrote:Lol Dee,Rocco is an italian name.When Nick(my brother) brought him home the first time he said" I want you to meet Ruckous" .I looked into Rocco's eyes and said,you have to give him a real name!So I thought of a few names which he didn't like,I can't remember them now,but when I said ROCCO ,he said hm! not bad! lol
I love you Rocco sounds like it could be a sweeter version of Ruckous... and hopefully he's lived up to the former.
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Post by agaphmou on Fri May 06, 2011 8:05 pm

He he,not only is he sweet,he is super smart.If you ask him where is daddy? he looks at my brother,ask him where is SEIA(aunty) he runs up to me and touches me with his nose lol,he responds to all of these: wanna you out? wanna go for a walk? where's your food,you want a treat? Gimme a kiss(I love this one lol) where's the squeaky? where's the ball?He's like a little person who can't actually speak lol
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Post by agaphmou on Sat May 07, 2011 1:35 pm

I just went to the vet to see him again.This time the dr was there and he actually opened the cage to let Rocco out.Rocco jumped all over me,licking me all over.The dr had to tell me to hold him because his IV line will be pulled out.He was so energetic! As if nothing happened to him! So he was licking my face and then the dr said to him ,and me?? and Rocco of course doesn't lmao.I am so happy I'm pissing my pants ,sorry for the expression.He looks good as new! He's coming home Monday the dr said because after so many days without food,they forcefed him with an oral syringe,but he's fine!!!
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Post by Lori on Tue May 10, 2011 9:21 am

Is Rocco home now and back to normal? I'll bet he was a happy camper. bounce

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Post by agaphmou on Tue May 10, 2011 9:34 am

Rocco is home!!! with a cone around his neck ,bumping into things with it lmao.He looks good,I have amoxicillin and sucralfate to give him for 10 days,antibiotic and anti-ulcer med. But he ate well,and he was pretty dirty,so it took me hours to get him clean with baby wipes because we can't give him a bath yet.I gave up after a while and my brother took over.Then Nick abandoned us and I Roccosat for hours lol.I didn't want to leave him alone so soon.Also when he wanted to lie down on the couch I lifted him up.So yeap,I was online only a little yesterday.
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Post by Lori on Tue May 10, 2011 9:53 am

OMG, The Cone of Shame! (from Up) Poor thing! How long does he need to wear it?

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Post by agaphmou on Tue May 10, 2011 9:58 am

lolllllllllllll! that's too funny! well we have to go back to the vet in a week so I guess we'll see then
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Post by bizzeedee on Tue May 10, 2011 11:13 am

glad to hear the patient is back home and happy as a lark (well you too obviously)
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Post by agaphmou on Tue May 10, 2011 11:53 am

TY Dee! I sure am!
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Post by briteasafirefly on Tue May 10, 2011 11:45 pm

I'm so glad that he is going to be okay!!!!

emergency pet situations are never fun and that company should definitely pay for the bills!!!!


sidenote: whatever happened to the eye candy from Rocco's 1st birthday picture?
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