Monday, February 15, 2016

Foster Dog Falcon

Please help me get better!
Falcon looks like a puppy, but he’s a 6 year old Siberian Husky who came into foster care in early 2016. His foster home immediately realized that something was wrong: every time he ate or drank, he would throw up. At first, they thought that it was due to the stress of coming into foster care, or because he had been eating grass with his kibble, but when the problem didn’t improve after a few days, his foster home took him to the vet.

The vet determined that Falcon was regurgitating food and water instead of vomiting, so x rays were done of his chest and abdomen.  Everything looked normal, so Falcon was put on medication to soothe the esophagus, reduce stomach acid, and was referred to a specialist in Internal Medicine.

Falcon has to eat small scoops of canned food, and gets several small meals a day. This, together with the antacid, has helped a lot.  When he first came to us, he would throw up 3 to 5 times a day. Now it’s about 3 to 5 times a week. We still have to be careful that he doesn’t eat or drink too much at once, but he is keeping more food and water down. His foster mom also makes “knox blox” for him using unflavored Knox gelatin, water and chicken stock to help keep him hydrated. 

Falcon saw the specialist, was examined, and tested for Addisons, Myesthenia Gravis, and other illnesses and issues that could cause regurgitation. His bloodwork was normal and the tests were negative. The next step is a fluoroscopy that is scheduled for Feb. 19th. Our hope is that this will show us what happens when Falcon regurgitates food or water – it could be a narrow place is the esophagus, or the muscles not working to move food and water to the stomach.

Falcon's tiny waist compared to a medium sized Kong
The vet and specialist agree that this has been going on for some time, and is why Falcon is small and thin and still looks like a puppy.

Falcon went in for his regular vaccines on Feb. 13th, and since he’s been keeping a lot more food down, we were able to take in a stool sample. He tested positive for whipworms, so he’s being treated for that also. Please keep your fingers crossed that the specialist can figure out what the problem is so that we can get Falcon to gain some weight!

If you can donate anything toward Falcon's care, it would be very much appreciated.

Note: we are working on figuring out Falcon’s medical issues, and he is also in a training class since he had almost no training, and is learning how to behave appropriately in the house. We are also working on crate training. Due to these issues, Falcon is not yet available for adoption.