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My sisters poor dog :(

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kid Fri 13-May-05 22:48:24

She got home from work tonight and her poor dog (staff) wasn't breathing properly. Her tongue was a funny colour and she was really gasping for breath. She went straight to the vets just round the corner from her house. On the way there, the dog couldn't even walk and she had to carry her the rest of the way.

The vet didn't think things looked good, they had to sedate the dog straight away and operate to find the problem. They didn't even think the dog would survive the operation.

As it happened, the dog has survived and is back home with my delighted nephews. The vet said the dog had been poisoned by something and when she first came in was about 30 minutes away from dying!

My sister just has to pay the £300 vets bill now!

Chandra Fri 13-May-05 22:50:27

It's really good news that they could save him.

soapbox Fri 13-May-05 22:51:35

God what a shock!

My sisters dog ate a box of nuerofen a couple of months ago and it was pretty hit and miss. Luckily the local hospital had an anti-dote which they let the vets have.

She was pretty lucky to have pet insurance as the dog was at the vets for about 4 weeks

The day after she got the dog home from the vets her cat(only a few months old) was run over and killed right outside her door

kid Fri 13-May-05 22:54:46


Your poor sister soapbox.

My dog is getting old, he is 11. I really worry about dogs when they get old. My mum found their dog dead one morning on the stairs, he was 16 years old.

SPARKLER1 Fri 13-May-05 22:56:05

How scary for your sister. I really expected to hear the worst when I read the title of your thread. Glad it had a happy ending.

georginars Fri 13-May-05 22:58:50

That's awful Kid, but so glad she's better.
We've just heard that my in-laws dog has a smashed pelvis. They put her into kennels whilst the went on holiday. Apparently, the kennel owners then went away leaving some completely inexperienced people in charge, and somehow the dog got injured - the kennel owners 'can't think how it happened' but it's 'OK as we're fully insured'. Not really the point is it! Originally they though someone had kicked her but the vet now reckons a door might have slammed on her. She's being operated on on Monday and it's tricky as she is 8 and has an enlarged heart (she's a King Charles). Sorry to hijack your thread but how crap is that!? I just had to rant.

kid Fri 13-May-05 22:59:09

me too. My sister was so upset at the vets. She said the dog had a look of panic in her eyes. The dog can be a pain but we are so relieved she has survived. She has to go back on Monday for a check up (and for more money )

kid Fri 13-May-05 23:01:40

thats terrible georginars, how can they accept to look after a dog and then go away themselves!

Its alright them saying they have insurance, as if there was any question about them paying. Hope the operation goes well, the poor dog must be in pain. Did they notice the dog was injured before your in-laws came back?

georginars Fri 13-May-05 23:07:08

I'm not sure how it all transpired as I only hear garbled messages through DH - in-laws understandably very upset. I think they've come back early from holiday though, so guess someone got in touch with them to say the dog was hurt. The kennel are paying for the operation, we just really hope the poor dog pulls through. They got her from a rescue centre, she'd previously been used on a puppy farm to have loads of pups - just awful. Such a sweet dog - I'm really upset, I'm very very soppy about dogs.

kid Fri 13-May-05 23:11:09

make sure you let us know how the operation goes on Monday. xxx

georginars Fri 13-May-05 23:16:09


sparklymieow Fri 13-May-05 23:38:51

Kid can I ask what the Staff is like with the kids, DH has been on at me about a puppy his mate has, and that doesn't have a home, but worried about the kids around them, the parents are soppy, and have had kids around them all the time.

kid Sat 14-May-05 19:46:45

My sisters staff isn't bothered by the kids, my sister has 3 kids (11, 8 and 18 months) she has had the dog for 5 years now. It has growled a couple of times at the 8 year old boy but never attempted to bite him, its sort of a warning growl.

I was origianlly meant to be having the dog off a friend but when I went to collect her, she jumped on the settee and nearly flattened dd who was 1 at the time. It put me off so my sister took the dog instead.

kid Sat 14-May-05 19:48:56

How is the puppy you are considering getting? If they are around kids from a young age, they just tolerate and accept them I think. Well thats how our dog works anyway! (A Yorkie)

kid Sat 14-May-05 19:49:45

how old I meant obviously!

magnolia1 Sat 14-May-05 20:51:00


We have a staffie cross who is 7 months old and fantastic with my 4 girls!! I have an older girl of 9 twins of 5 and a 23 month old. Jesse loves them all and apart from puppy nibbling has never let her teeth tough the girls. If she is playing with dh she is a little rougher but if one of the girls joins in she stops straight away!!

One word of warning though. They get incredibly bored and need lots of attention. Jesse will chew anything in sight if she is being ignored

AngelCakeUmm Sat 14-May-05 20:59:01


We have a pedigree staffie, we brought him whne he was 8 weeks old he is now nearly 1. He has been fantastic with my ds. They have grown up together. I have a staffie book and also if you read on the net you will see that staffie are known to be one of the best dogs with children, a very very good family dog who likes to protect there family. Before we brought ours we thought they were not good with kids but once we got reading and also spoke to many breeders we found out they are excellent with kids/babys.

We may have to get rid of ours as we don't have the time the dog needs now, and we have another baby on the way i really hope we can get through this though as i will be very very sad to get rid of him hes a lovely gorgeous dog

sparklymieow Sun 15-May-05 17:50:16

He is still puppy, and only about 5 months old, he has been raised with kids, because of everything that we have been going through with our neighbours, we need a dog that will protect us, and not shake in the corner (like our jack russell)

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