Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Sick as a Dog

Well Duke was last night. He ate a crayon and I figured it was harmless. He had eaten crayons before and was fine, no big deal. The only difference was that this was a no name brand crayon someone gave us. About an hour later he began to act really strangely. He was roaming and running and desperately trying to scratch his face. I went over to him and saw that his face looked really puffy, his skin was bright red, and his eyes were barely open. I said out loud, "What's wrong with him? It reminds me of an allergic reaction." Then I googled it, and sure enough dogs have allergic reactions just like humans.

I call the vet and they say bring him in right away. I put the kids/dog in the car (Chris wasn't home) and rush over there. It's jam packed and I already worry about taking the kids in there with strange animals. We wait for almost 2hrs as they take every other pet in the waiting room. Finally, it was pushing 7pm at night and the kids were completely restless (past their bedtime). I tell someone at the counter that I have to leave without treatment. She sends out a vet nurse who tells me just to give him some Children's Benadryl. WHAT?! Why couldn't they have told me that hrs before?! I guess then they wouldn't be able to charge me $60 for a visit.

I'm really mad that sick pets don't get priority there and that they put money before a dog's health. I'm going to look into another vet and I'm never allowing crayons other than Crayola in the house. The vet nurse said cheap crayons are made with harsh ingredients that cause reactions like that all the time.  

8 comments:

  1. Aww poor Duke and you! Crazy about the crayons, could kids have a reaction if they gnawed on one too?

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  2. Oh No! I'm sorry you had to go through that experience; it's really hard to find a good vet and even ones you think are "good" can fail when your animal is sick or is just a few days past their one year checkup (I know this from a very bad experience).
    Good to know about crayons too. Crayola are my favorite thankfully!! :)

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  3. That's what I was thinking too Ania, so I tossed them.

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  4. Come to think of it I do remember Crayola and maybe Roseart being the only ones to list "non-toxic" on their labels. Yeesh, good to know!

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  5. My poor granddoggy. I'll have to hug him a lot when I come down on Saturday. In the meantime, give him and the boys a hug from me.

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  6. You're right Ania. Never thought of that.

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  7. That is completely frustrating. Especially when they see you there, in the evening, with children! They should rush to help you. Definitely call others and ask if they accommodate people with kids!

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  8. Wow! How horrible! I wonder if they would have been more accommodating if you were carrying around a big belly, but I find the first weeks the hardest and when you need more help.

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