Pip needs prayers!!!!
On Thursday afternoon, Pip my one year old, super cute Chihuahua/ Yorkie cross was out playing in my parents back yard and from what I can tell the neighbors 100 lb dogs grabbed her through the fence and mauled her. I was right there and jumped over the fence to intervene. The dog dropped pip and I laid over her, protecting her until the owners came out.
She was rushed to the emergency in London and they referred us to the Veterinarian College in Guelph for emergency surgery. I decided it was only fair to give Pip the best chance at life.
Pip survived a very scary 1.5 hour drive to OVC in Guelph. Once we got to Guelph they rushed her into the ICU to try to stabilize her for surgery. She had blood and air in her chest and had a number of puncture wounds that needed to be explored. Pip went into surgery and we made our way back home.
At 10:30pm the vet called to tell me she made it through surgery but while we were on the phone she coded and they started CPR. The vet said that Pip wasn't going to make it. I asked if the could try for two more minutes. The vet said dogs in this condition don't come back. I asked if what that vet was telling me was that Pip was dead and they vet said yes and she would call me back in a few minutes. I was trying to process things and make a plan to go get her body tomorrow when about ten minutes later the vet called back and told me that Pip's heart beat came back and she started breathing on her own. She was in really critical condition and there was a fear that she could code again, if she did they would not try to revive her again. It was a very scary night, and one with no sleep for me but miraculously Pip survived.
Pip has a multitude of injures which include multiple broken ribs, a torn diaphragm, a kidney that needed to be reattached, tissue damage in the tissue that surrounds her lungs, damage to her pancreas and severe bruising to her body.
Over the last 2 days Pip has been critically stable and very slowly improving. The vet keeps telling me that she is not out of the woods yet.
Currently she has one remaining drain in her chest that is still producing some blood. They hope to be able to remove it soon. She is maintaining her vitals and was removed from the medication that was helping to stabilize her blood pressure. She was nauseous today, which may be from the parncreus damage. They have her on medication to help and they said her nausea has seemed to improve a little this evening and that she took one small lick of food.
Originally they were concerned that she could have some neurological problems as they were unable to fully asses her
because she was unable to stand due to her huge blood loss. I was very relieved yesterday to hear that she was able to stand and take a few steps and that there doesn't appear to be any problems in this area.
If you pray please send up a quick pray for Pip!