Now let me back up to Thursday August 18, 2016. I came home from work to let mako out of her crate, and to what I originally thought was throw up in Mako’s crate, I came to find out really quickly was actually a whole in her crate where she had chewed threw her crate bottom!! Are you catching the drift here, Mako LITERALLY ATE her CRATE!! YESSS! HER FREAKING CRATE! The plastic they sit on. Mako got bored or anxious, or hungry for that matter and thought, I’m gonna eat this. I bout lost my mind, like why?! Turns out that’s not all, the next day she ATE MORE of it! How much you ask?! well see for yourself!! A huge chunk right out the top base of the the crate bottom!
Now, I’m not telling you this, so you will run out and buy some crazy expensive indestructible crate, but I do want to keep you aware that the plastic in these wire crates isn’t the safest material around! It isn’t indestructible and dogs, larger dogs who chew, can chew through them! So Please keep this in mind! The websites will say these are a safe place to let your pup spend 8+ hours a day, and it’s a misconception. Mako had no anxiety issues prior to this whole thing. And I have to say and Emergency Room vet visit and week long stay with strangers can really trigger a pup. She not struggles with me leaving, she hates meeting new people the first time around, and we still have a lot of issues every time we turn the corner into NC State. I will talk about crate options sometime soon, but note, Apple Bitter Spray can protect your pup from chewing the crate bottom! Please invest, if your dogs a chewer! Talk to your vet too, if you notice any signs of anxiety as well.
Now back to Sunday. So following the minor spit up. I fed Mako that evening. Her appetite was still there. She was starving! Straight up engulfed her food! Like always Mako attacks the bowl. She’s kind of a skinny fat kid. Another sign, not to be worried about the minor spit up. the crate must be passing, whatever, I won’t worry. Well, again, I was wrong. Within thirty minutes, her entire meal was on my carpet. Along with it, pieces of plastic. Yes, I investigated the vomit. I’m a pet parent and we do what we got to do. I called my friend and asked her to pick me up a can of pumpkin and a bag of rice and some milk, cause I was gonna go to the store, but didn’t want to leave Mako! I didn’t feed mako the rest of the night but let her have water and boiled rice for the morning. Rice always settles her belly. At this point I just wasn’t sure what to do. I googled online about bowel obstructions, and what I could do, and a suggestion online said bread. Apparently bread (or cotton balls) can stick to the item and help it to pass. I wasn’t sure if it was too late in the game for this, but it was certainly worth a shot!
The next morning (Monday) I was getting ready for work. I gave Mako a chance to potty and her stool was normal, to my surprise. I felt this was a good sign. Something must be passing through her intestines if that’s all normal, right?? I fed her some rice with one slice of bread, hoping and praying we were through the worse. When I left that morning I left a key under the mat, and text pretty much everyone I knew in Raleigh, to see if they could check on Mako. A friend of mine at the time, finished class around one and went by. He didn’t let her out of the crate, because Mako had only met him once or twice, but when he went by he told me she hadn’t had any form of accident in her crate. I was so excited for good news. A weight felt lifted from my shoulders. I was able to concentrate at work and get back to what needed to be done. I got home around 5pm, and was crushed by bad news again. Mako had thrown up the rice along with the bread. I could feel the weight on my shoulders again. Everything was heavy. I let Mako out and she just slowly came over to me. She wasn’t excited or anything, she was sick and I could tell. I started to clean up her crate and told her everything was going to be ok. Then I heard the worst noise come out of my dog and I knew I had to do something to help her. Mako ran around my dining area (that at the time had no furniture and was her free area to run), and made a noise that resonates in my ears to this day. She whimpered in pain and then stopped about a foot in front of me a threw up what to me was a bowl of water. As if she released everything she could from her body to get out what was causing her pain. I immediately dialed my vet.
At this point I was in tears, I didn’t know what to do. I’m crying on the phone, they answer. “Hello… I’m sorry, I’m crying… this is Mako’s Mom, Kellie, She’s in pain where can I take her, what do I do??” “ NC State Emergency Room, Take her now.” I clean up what I can of the throw up and I get Mako and her leash and we get in the car. I call my mom hysterically crying on the phone. My mom tries to call me down, telling me that Mako is feeding off of me and I need to not be upset. I need to stay calm. I try to calm down and make it to NC State. When I arrive, we walk in and the ER receptionist asks me what I need and I tell her that my dogs in pain, she ate her crate recently, and she’s been throwing up for the past 24 hours. A Nurse come out, starts taking notes on her gloves of everything that has happened in the last 48hours and takes Mako back. I didn’t see Mako again for another 3 Hours. At the time I thought that was the worst 3 hours of my life! Sadly, I was wrong.