Gorgeous George Hospital Update
For some who may not have noticed I have been fairly quiet for the past few days.
Those of you who do know why, are aware that this is because George fell very ill a few days ago.
On Friday he had to be hospitalised.
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Meeting George for the first time:
George was such a happy and energetic puppy but he had issues keeping his meals down. He would vomit- anywhere from 3 – 6 times a day.
After a few trips to the local vet, we discovered George was born with a condition known as Persistent Right Aortic Arch. Basically, an embryonic branch of the aorta fails to regress and is wrapped around the oesophagus when a puppy or kitten is born. This puts pressure on the tube, preventing the passage of food in the oesophagus when the pet eats, causing regurgitation.
George was 12 weeks old and weighed 5kgs which was under weight for his breed “Bull Arab x Staffy”.
George had to be spoon fed, standing up on his hind legs which meant he had to have smaller meals every 1 – 2hrs. With surgery there was a 90% chance of recovery and living a longer life. If left untreated George would more than likely suffered from pneumonia or aspiration and more than likely would not have survived!
Thanks to the team at ARH Vets.
Over the past 4 years George has experienced bouts of vomiting which have led to an over night stay in hospital for aspiration.
Early Friday morning around 5am George was showing signs of pain.
George wasn’t moving much, just standing still and crying. He wasn’t sitting, his tail was between his legs and he looked in pain.
After calling around to a few local vets, I was finding that most were fully booked out so I took him to the Emergency Hospital. The staff here have seen George a few times in the past.
George’s symptoms were that he had a bit of a temperature and was a little backed up at the time. It was put down to a sore belly from getting his paws on a box of treats the day prior.
George was given pain relief and we went home.
It didn’t take long for a bad reaction to the pain meds to start. George’s heart rate, breathing, pain and salavating had increased dramatically.
After waiting 1.5hrs which no decrease in those symptoms we returned to the vet.
Mid Day on Friday George was admitted with abdominal pains. After being sedated for testing and vomiting from an anti nausea medication George’s condition shortly escalated to Pneumonia.
George had to be oxygenated on both Friday and Saturday. His breathing has gradually improved the past few days but his pain doesn’t appear to have decreased.
Today he is now coughing up brown fluid and is still having abdominal pain. We are yet to find a main reason for it but started treating one highly possible cause today (Oesophagitis).
X-rays have shown that the 3 chambers in George’s right lung are full of fluid. He has been on Antibiotics for 3 days now. I am hoping the antibiotic for the Oesophagitis relieves his inflammation to give him a better fighting chance against his Pneumonia.
Yay, I am so grateful right now.. I got to bring “Gorgeous George” home. The doctors felt George was ready to come home and recover from his pneumonia in a place he felt more relaxed in.
My letter to George
To my little stinky butt, Gorgeous George!!
Where to start.. you are my best friend, my side kick and you are always by my side.
You have been my shoulder to cry on.. actually you are probably the only one who actually listens to me (even though you roll your eyes and sigh at me, I know you are listening)
but most of all
You are well known for being my cheeky photo and video bomber!
Even if people haven’t met you, they have so much love for you.
You have captured the hearts of so many people world wide.
I know most people have messaged me over the years wishing they were you after watching all the “GOOD MORNING GORGEOUS VIDEOS”.
People wanted someone to wake up that happy to see them.. little do they know you were the reason I was so happy in those videos.
You have admirable qualities that not even money could buy in most people.
Without you by my side right now, what once felt like a home now feels like a lonely house.
You are more than just a dog you are an uplifting energy in my life.
We saved each other.
You are my baby boy, I would move mountains for you.
For a dog who has experienced so much pain in his life with sickness, you have so much love to give.
You are stronger than most people even when I can see how scared you are.
I want nothing more than to be by your side 24/7 through this hard time.
I love you so much, please come home.
I want to thank everyone who has messaged me
across my different social media platforms, you are too kind ❤️
I’ll make sure George gets your hugs and kisses that have been sent through 😘