Anchorage Away

We are in Anchorage! Tomodachi has an appointment for a spay on the 8th, a day after I have eye surgery. She is happy to be in a new situation; Nakama is happy to be on a trip, too. Here’s the hitch…motion sickness.

I discovered after some ATV rides that poor Tomodachi has motion sickness. As I am a studious individual I went to the Internet MD and did some research. I discovered, on multiple sites (which I verified with some vet techs and veterinarians) that a puppy’s inner ears may not be fully developed until they are older, or they may grow out of the motion sickness issue. Nakama didn’t have motion sickness, but we were also able to use the ATV quite a bit when it was just he and I. Due to weather and not having a crate to put on the back of the machine, Tomodachi didn’t get the same advantage. Less than a month ago I started taking her out more and she would vomit during the ride. So sad!

While at the vet we discussed the ways I can help my pupper. I had many travel plans which we will now not do because I want her to enjoy our time out of Togiak. I was advised that there is a prescription (about 15$ a pill) that she can take sporadically. The vet stated that taking it daily wasn’t a good idea, but a 50 mg tablet of Dramamine would work (amount based on her weight, please don’t go giving a 5 pound chihuahua a 50 mg tablet) if needed. So I have four of the prescription pills, mainly for long trips, as we have to travel to Palmer again for her Leptospirosis booster, and we have a plane ride to go home to Togiak. To help her today she received a shot, which was a whopping 60$, but worth it because she didn’t vomit. Sadly, she still drooled (a clear sign of her upset tummy) quite a bit.

When we got home Tomo was lethargic for about 40 minutes. She and Nakama (and I, actually) took a nap since we were up at 4:30. After her nap she had some food and has kept it down. We also went on a walk to the coffee hut (Java the Hut is awesome!). I am gonna be honest and say that I believe it was kind of fate that we are not going to be traveling by vehicle. I am really low on funds right now due to how much I spent on this trip. So by her getting sick it is almost like a sign to stick close to the AirBnB, walk as much as possible, and not eat out. I still have a dozen doctor’s appointments to attend, but I will be taking the bus because the doggie daycare is within walking distance of our current Anchorage residence. We need to come back in December for further doctor’s appointments, and I will again see about a place close to doggie daycare so they can chill with friends. I’ll post a second update about the AirBnB, Daycare, and some shenanigans later this weekend. For now, happy thoughts to Tomo, please, since this vacation is probably not on her favorite list at the moment, nor is is gonna get better when she has her spay on Tuesday.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Here is a picture of my cute, little doggie-boy, Nakama. I ended up terrorizing him yesterday because he managed to swallow a piece of felt about 1.5 by 1.5 inches; totally my fault, I should have known better. I also thought I had the hydrogen peroxide at hand, which it wasn’t and when I called our market, they didn’t have any either, so I shoved the poor guy into the bathtub and tried to induce vomiting using my finger and shoving it down his throat. Poor guy ended up bleeding and foaming at the mouth, but still didn’t vomit at which point I contacted a friend at the school and asked if she knew if we had any hydrogen peroxide in the nurse’s station. She said she had some in her desk and I was welcome to the lot. So I prepared to drive my ATV back to the school, but ran into a set of flatmates and they had some at the flat. Needless to say, I borrowed the stuff and did what my folks had said, I put some of that in his mouth and had him outside to vomit. Well, nothing happened, and I was thick enough to not have my mobile on hand, so we went back inside. I had recalled reading on a web post that it takes about five to ten minutes and the hydrogen peroxide needs to fizz. The stuff didn’t fizz. So I did the intelligent thing and called my vet in Wyoming. I spoke to a few folks and eventually I was informed that the dog should have something in their stomach (I gave him some chicken while on the phone), it could take up to thirty minutes to work, and walking or running around helps. Just as I was preparing to hang up, Nakama started his vomiting spree all over the apartment. It was a major load, let me tell you. Two huge piles of food (one of which I did find the felt), and then quite a few hydrochloric acid spills with foam. Poor guy walked around the apartment for an hour vomiting and I cleaned as he went since I didn’t want to drag him down the stairs after he had already emptied the food contents of his stomach. Lesson learned in multiple ways, especially in making sure I cut off all loose pieces of felt from toys since it only takes a few seconds for a dog to gnaw off and swallow. Keeping hydrogen peroxide at hand is good (the vet told me he could have up to two table spoons, but I am not sure if that is based on his weight or not, he weighs about 30 pounds). Also, since it could take up to thirty minutes, ignore what is said on certain Internet sites and just chill outside if you don’t want to clean up a sticky mess. I know dogs tend to eat all sorts of garbage from who knows where, so when you live in the bush and do not have access to a vet, this is the best option. I would still call a vet to walk you through making the dog vomit, just because they are knowledgable (they said up to thirty minutes when the Internet pages I read said between five and ten, that extra twenty minutes is a long time when your heart is racing!). Nakama had only rice and chicken for dinner last night and this morning to help settle his tummy. He gets that normally anyway, but I held off on his dog food because I have no idea how his poor digestive tract feels after yesterday. As I mentioned, I tried to manually induce vomiting and he was quite distraught after that episode until I brought him outside, at which point he was excited to be out without Tomodachi. I am sure he felt he was being punished, and in a way he was, for my mistake and his natural desire to mangle any and everything in his reach. As long as I have the hydrogen peroxide at hand, then at least I don’t have to worry about him becoming aggressive and biting a finger off by manually making him vomit. All I can say is, thank you to everyone who helped me fix this problem and I learned many valuable lessons.