I had to take Gibson to the vet this morning. Not fun :(
This morning he went out like usual to pee, but then he sat and ate a bunch of grass before he came inside. This usually means a tummy ache, so I was prepared for him not to want to eat, but he ate his breakfast like normal. A few minutes later, we went out for our walk and he pooped like normal (twice), but then he just did not want to walk anymore. I really wanted him to walk because I didn't get a chance to take him for one last night because we had people over, so I got him excited by saying "kitty" and "squirrel" a lot. He perked up from that and seemed better, but a ways down the road, he pulled over to the side and started to poop again.. but it was diarrhea.. but not normal diarrhea..
Cover your eyes or skip the next paragraph if you are super squeamish about these things...
It was weirdly colored and then it turned red. Like raspberry jam red. And there was a lot of it. I immediately started crying and almost left it there because it was so gross.. but then realized he'd need to go to the vet and they'd need a sample. So I scooped it up, and it was the most disgusting consistency ever. Just mucusy and gross. I had to seriously concentrate on not puking. So gross..
After that though, he seemed so much better. He felt better and wanted to walk his little heart out. Of course, I am freaking out and want to take him home, but he wanted to keep going so we finished our normal morning walk and I waited until 7:30 for the vet's office to open. LUCKILY they were able to get us in at 8:30. I was thinking the worst. He had a piece of glass or something stuck inside of him or he had cancer. There was a lot of crying going on if you can imagine. I've just never seen anything like this.
Well, the vet did a fecal floatation test and a fecal scrape? or something. The floatation came back normal (no parasites), but the scrape showed lots of bad bacteria. The vet said it could have been something that he ate (we had a party last night and a friend's kid kept feeding him tomato/basil potato chips and fritos) or stress (from having so many people over yesterday? or because I'm pregnant? or the heat? or the loud band we walked by on Saturday night?).. and that blood vessels were just working in overdrive.. He's thinking it's colitis from one of those and I'm hoping he's right. He gave him a shot of antibiotics and steroids (for his inflamed stomach/intestines) and prescribed him a bland diet and meds. I am hoping that this will do the trick. I am still really scared and am not allowed to feed the poor guy til tomorrow morning :(
Keep him in your thoughts... I'll keep you updated.
4 hours ago