Here's what the vet told me this morning:
They have done x-rays and can find no foreign object in his intestinal tract or any sign of a blockage. So an obstruction has been ruled out.
Walker's enzymes are normal and there seems to be no tenderness in his tummy. Pancreatitis is also ruled out.
By process of elimination, and because there was blood in Walker's vomit this morning, the vet thinks Walker may have hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE). (There was no blood in his vomit before today.) He says this may be caused by an E. coli bacterial infection. He's keeping him on fluids and changed the antibiotic to something more powerful to kill any E. coli infection. He wants to avoid septicemia. We should know if the new antibiotic is working within 24 hours.
As I read about it on the internet (I was told not to do this), I saw that HGE can sometimes be caused by stress. Walker, by his nature, lives with a lot of stress. He's young and strong. Please keep sending him good wishes so we can bring him home very soon.
|This tree is in my office parking lot.|
Dogwood blooms are supposed to be symbolic of strength and endurance -
both of which Walker needs tonight.