Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Oh NO NO........ Bad Bad Candies.....

***(mum: This incident happened on Tuesday, the 20th. I have only just had time to sit in front of the computer and put everything together. As you read on, you will see what transpired in the last few days... Positive thoughts are greatly appreciated.)

Today, mummy said said here is a kong kong with treat treats, Jaffaman be good good and wait for mummy ok ok??? I said said ok, me like treat treats!!

Jaffaman eat all the treats treats from the kong kong, so me said said me go find find other thing things ok ok?

Me find find a bottle, see see,

It got got sweet sweet candies like this,

So Jaffaman take take it to my bed bed and chew chew bottle, and eat eat sweet sweet candies,

(Sunshade: I TOOOOOOOLD you not to eat it, told you it's disgusting once the sweet coating is gone....... but you wouldn't listen.... so I got frustrated and went UPSTAIRS...sigh...)

Mummy came came home and said OH NO NO NO..... Mummy called called Sunshade's Aunty Janice, and Aunty Janice said to take Jaffaman to this place FAST FAST,

NOV. 20th, 2007 - 7pm

(mum: Jaffa is in the emergency hospital right now. I was out for about an hour and a half,and I gave Jaffa a kong with treats inside before leaving. Cleared everything off the coffee table. Somehow, he managed to find a 250 tab bottle of Advil one of my friends had left over. He ate the entire, almost full bottle except 3 tabs. I'm not sure where the bottle was, it might have fallen under the coffee table or the sofa bed from before and I missed it.

We live about 30-40 mins away from our regular vet, and Jaffa didn't have that much time. Thankfully the Animal Emergency Clinic is located only 10 mins away from our house, and I rushed him there.

Jaffa had ingested way over the toxic dose for humans, and they fear he might end up with gastric ulcers and permanent kidney damage or even die. He threw up in the car on the way to the emerg, and it was all pink (coating), no tablets which meant he absorbed most of the tablets. He appeared normal when I came home, but it was too soon to tell.

Sunshade was stuck upstairs when I came home and I know she wouldn't have put her mouth near Advil or any type of pills.

Jaffa LOVES candies. He must of liked the sweet coating on the Advil pills and decided they were candies. I usually have to put his vitamin pills in the back of his throat for him to take them or he spits them out.)

See see, all the thing things doctors do do to Jaffaman..... me me no no like hurt hurt... Mummy said said be brave brave Jaffaman, I said said OK OK mummy, me try try!

NOV. 21st, 2007 - UPDATE 1

(mum: Jaffa is doing ok. His preliminary blood work taken shortly after he was admitted to the emerg showed his kidneys were effected.

They got those results back just this morning and I could only hope the damage was acute and the fluids he's been given throughout the night have somewhat helped. The doctors at the emerg told me there is no point taking anymore blood works until he's been on fluids for at least 48 hours as that is when the real effect would appear on blood work. The I-STAT (in house) panel they ran this morning after he's been on the fluids showed normal BUN (one of the kidney values) which is good. They didn't have Creatinine (most important kidney value) in the I-STAT, so we still don't really know what condition his kidneys are in.

People at the emerg loved him. Said he was so cute, sitting in his kennel looking around, wagging his tail. Left his IV line alone, ate, drank, peed for them no problem. That's my Jaffa boy!

Sunshade's Aunty Janice called me this morning after receiving updates from the emerg and told me I was welcome to transfer Jaffa over to her clinic to continue IV/treaments. The emergency clinic charges a lot more than regular vets do. Janice taught me how to do IV at home with Sunshade before when she had her knee surgery, so I will be doing that with Jaffa tonight and possibly tomorrow night. I'm grateful as I know Janice is trying to keep my cost as low as possible while at the same time giving Jaffa all the treatment and care he needs. She knows how much Sunshade and Jaffa mean to me...

I went straight to emerg this morning as soon as I was allowed to visit Jaffa. Got his updates, signed him out of the emerg and brought him straight to Janice to continue IV. He was bright, stalking the clinic cat with his eyes, acting totally Jaffa like. Janice sent me home to sleep just now because I will be up all night with Jaffa's IV. I don't know if I can sleep, but I do feel a lot better knowing he is going to live. I'll really be able to sleep once I know he doesn't suffer any permanent damages to his kidneys.)

Me me no no see mummy last night, and I said said
where did mummy and my Sunshade go?? Jaffaman was so happy happy when mummy came to see me me!!

Mummy said said lets take Jaffaman to see Sunshade's Aunty Janice ok ok?? I said said OKIE OKIE, mummy come come too?? See see, Jaffaman getting water in my arm arm at Aunty Janice's clinic,

Jaffaman no no know why me need water in arm arm... Mummy said said we use water to wash out bad bad candies, and make Jaffa feel good good ok ok?? I said said ok ok, but Jaffaman no no feel bad bad...

UPDATE 2 - 11pm

(mum: Jaffa has been home since about 6pm this evening. I brought home all the supplies (fluids, needles/syringes, food, medication, etc) to keep him comfortable throughout the night,

We have IV set up in the living room and he is continuing his IV therapy in an x-pen.

He wasn't too pleased about this arrangement LOL.....

He is on a few different meds for his stomach, but he's looking pretty fine to me. In fact, he's looking so fine that Janice consulted with one of her vet friends to ask about Jaffa's situation. He's not showing *any* signs of gastric problem (no vomiting, no diarrhea, no tender abdomen to the touch). Janice said she would have expected him to show some sign of discomfort.

Maybe he's being a stoic Airedale.... mind you he's usually a big baby LOL. Janice thought even tho no tablets showed up when they induced vomit, maybe the dissolved parts did come up, and he is not as toxic as we had first thought. Anyway, Janice didn't want to wait 'til 48 hours after fluids to take another blood work, so she took some blood today just before I took him home. We'll know the results tomorrow, and get a better idea at his kidney function.

Jaffa acts very hungry, but poor guy can only eat 1/4 can of gastro food every 3 hours LOL.... oh boy!

Oh and he's having to pee every 2 hours due to the fluids...hehe... Ah well...

Jaffa was so happy to see his Sunshade when he came home.

Sunshade took one look at him, and went to check out all stuff in bags I brought home with me. I bought lots of chewies for Jaffa before I was told he really shouldn't eat anything other than the gastro canned food. So while I was busy settling Jaffa in and setting up the IV....

Miss Sunshade was doing what she does best - " Seize the moment, no opportunities wasted. "

She definitely makes me smile and shake my head at the same time LOLOL!

Jaffa goes back to the vet during the day tomorrow, so I can get some rest. Clinic does the day shift, I do the ...... graveyard shift! Have a look at my schedule... hehe!

This calls for LOTS of coffeeeeeee!)

NOV. 22nd, 2007

(mum: Jaffa is back at the vet for more IV. I managed to get about 2 L of fluids in him last night and this morning and he is looking as healthy as could be - dragged me everywhere to see EVERYTHING lol, jumped on people and bear hugged Janice and Jen, you know, just the usual stuff..... LOL.

We go his blood work result back from 24 hrs post IV fluids.

All his kidney numbers are currently normal. However, it could just be the fluids diuresing his system. We really won't know for sure until he's been off fluids for 24-48 hours, and see how his numbers are at then. Even then, he could still have suffered permanent kidney damaged but its just not showing up on the blood work.

Kidney numbers only become abnormal when there is less than 25% total kidney function. If you only have 30% kidney function, your blood work would still appear 'normal'. Soooooo, if Jaffa's blood work is normal after he's been off fluids, then I will have him ultrasound-ed to make sure there is indeed no permanent damage. If there is damage, at least I'd know and I can be more proactive with diet modification/supplementation, etc.

I know, I know..... I really should be happy (and I AM) and more optimistic especially he is doing well. But I just can't help it but worry when it comes down to Sunshade and Jaffa.... I tend to look at the worst case scenerios.....

Now, one of his liver enzymes (ast) did come back elevated which Janice said it's probably his system detoxing. She said usually with ibuprofen poisoning, you see gastric/intestinal distress first, then kidney failure, and lastly the brain goes. However, Janice said we're not even seeing gastric distress from Jaffa so she thinks his kidneys/brain will be safe. I'm not too concerned about his liver enzyme being elevated at the moment. I would much rather deal with liver problems than kidneys since liver does regenerate, kidneys don't.

We will have another blood work done before I take him home tonight to keep monitoring him. It will have been 48 hrs after IV therapy. Janice still wants him on fluids after I bring him home tonight just to be safe, so that's what we'll do. NO sleep for me again......)

NOV. 23rd, 2007 - UPDATE

(mum: Well I guess I spoke too early. Jaffa's blood work taken at 48 hours IV therapy shows his kidney number - Creatinine is back up, higher than it's ever been, and both of his liver enzymes are up too, a lot higher than the day before.

The 48 hours after ingestion was our chance to do everything we could, give his system all the support it needed to see if we can reverse any damage. For his kidney values to be normal at 24 hours after IV, and abnormal 48 hours after IV tells me that he did indeed suffer permanent damage to his kidneys, which really SUCKS. I did IV with him last night (thursday), and brought him back to the vet again this morning (friday) to get more IV flush. Janice has decided to not do any IV tonight, and do another blood work tomorrow morning to see how much his kidneys are functioning without the help of IV. More IV from this point on won't really help with the damage he's suffered from ibuprofen poisoning. He is also starting to show some protein in his urine, which means kidneys aren't functioning as they should.

I don't know what to say about his liver, only that I hope it regenerates once the crisis is over.

Today for the first time, he had bloody diarrhea. So he is showing some gastric problems as well. I think it just took 48 hours for the full impact to hit.

I asked about his prognosis, both Janice and the vet she consults with said it was too early to tell. Whatever his long term prognosis is, we know his kidneys are damaged, and are currently working at less than 25 %.

SIGH..... He's so young..... He was so healthy.....

Now the bright side, Jaffa is still acting completely normal. Land sharking Sunshade, and everybody else. Lots of energy, wants to play with every dog, and is always busy looking around. Since I knew I wasn't going to be doing IV tonight, I stayed at the vet with Jaffa. Sunshade had her acupuncture as well. Jaffa was fine in the kennel until he heard Sunshade's barking (she announces her presence to everyone in the clinic everytime she goes in LOL, she thinks she owns it) and the jingle of her tags. He was frantic that he could hear her but couldn't see her. He wasn't calming down, so I had to go to the back with Sunshade, made her lie down beside his kennel, opened his kennel door so he could sniff and see his Sunshade and not feel like he's being separated from her. Right away, you hear this non-stop thumping of his tail against the kennel walls. He was so happy, so relieved his Sunshade was there. He soon fell asleep with his head hanging out of the kennel next to Sunshade. I didn't bring my camera, but it was the sweetest thing. Janice, Jen and everybody there could tell how much Jaffa really loves and looks up to "his" Sunshade. Sunshade had to stay there all day too because everytime she left (for pee breaks) Jaffa would start crying, whining and howling. It really sounded like a dog was being slaughtered LOL.

Of course, Miss Sunshade put on her pouty pouty face all day because the world wasn't all about her LOL. She made it very obvious to everyone (lying with her butt facing me, ignoring me when i called her, looked away when I tried to pet her, put her head down to the floor looked extremely sad, and etc).

Anyway, I'm pretty disappointed, sad, and hurt for Jaffa as I was hoping the effects would be acute and not chronic. I take comfort in the fact that he is acting fine, eating fine, and feeling pretty fine in general. I guess this is why people say "treat the dog not the numbers"..... easier said than done, but I'm gonna try my best to stay positive for him.)

NOV. 24th, 2007 - UPDATE

(mum: Jaffa was off fluids last night, so we could draw blood to see how his kidneys do without fluids. I took him to Janice this morning to have his blood drawn. The results probably won't be in until tomorrow, and Janice will e-mail me or call me as soon as she gets the results.

I brought more fluids home with me and had Janice put another catheter put in his other leg. It was time for his first catheter to come out, and it did last night. I'm not even sure why I brought more fluids home since I already knew the damage to his kidneys are irreversible doesn't matter how much more flushing I do. Maybe, the fluids will take the load off his damaged kidneys until they adjust to compensate for the loss in function? Or maybe I just need to feel like I'm doing SOMETHING....

Yes... he is once again, in the x-pen getting IV.

Jaffa is still having runny poop with little or no blood (which is good). Janice thinks maybe his system doesn't like some of the ingredients in the Medical Gastro Formula, so she suggested I start to add a little bit of cottage cheese and cooked chicken to each meal and slowly wean him off the Gastro.

He weighed 54 lbs today. He was 60 lbs on Wednesday. Maybe it's the IV flush, maybe it's the Gastro food, or maybe he is that sick??)


Mojo, Digger and family said...

I can't begin to express how much my heart goes out to you all. How utterly devastating this must be. I've cried my way through reading this and now send you my best wishes for Jaffa's progress.

all my love
Mojo's mum

jaffeboy said...

Jaffa Jaffa, U must be strong strong to rid the bad bad candies from the kidneys kidneys. U must continue to eat eat, drink drink & play play. No more bad candies candies for you ok ok?! U must recover quick quick to enjoy the yummy yummy Mr Postman is gonna bring you hokey dokey?!

Kaylie Girl

jaffeboy said...

Hey Jaffa baby, U gotta win the fight ok! U R a big strong boy, I'm sure you can do it.

Elaine, keep strong. Jaffa will recover much faster with all the positive vibes we are all sending his way!

Keep us posted with the lastest test result when you get them.

Jaffe & Kaylie's MaMa

Snowball said...

Jaffa, be strong. I beleive you will be ok.

Elaine, please take care of yourself. Jaffa will be alright. Think positive.


Anonymous said...

Jaffa, i'm very sad to hear what had happened to you.

hope that you'd recover soon

Duke said...

We continue to pray and cross paws and fingers and toes and send AireZen! Be strong, Elaine! We're here for you! I wish we could all share in your graveyard shift! Take good care of yourself, Jaffa! We love you - LOTS!!!

Love ya lots and lots and lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Stanley said...

I just heard about Jaffa in chat this morning. Please give Jaffa some big goober hugs from all of here in GooberStan, and you and Sunshade be sure to hug on each other a lot too.

Elaine, please please let us know if there is anything we can do. I'm with Maggie, and wish I could be there to work the graveyard shift. Lots of prayers are heading your way!

Keep us posted and give Jaffa a big smoocharoonie from us!

Lisa (for Stanley & Stella)

Anonymous said...

oh dear... i feel really bad about poor jaffa. i know you must be really worried, but stay positive and strong for jaffa. i really hope that he recovers soon. hugs and kisses to jaffa! God bless you jaffa!

Asta said...

I am so vewy sad to wead this..i am pwaying and cwossing all my paws and hoping Jaffa will not have too much damage, he's such a love and I know how much he means to you and sunshade and to all of us!
Be stwong and get well little Jafffa, we'we all pulling fow you!
smoochie khealing kisses and the best positive thoughts evew!

Putter said...


MY sweet friend, you are gonna be okay! We just know it! We are here for you and LOVE you! Elaine the same is true for you and Sunshade! If there is anything at all we can do, please let us know ...

Love, Putter and Putter's Mom ...

Faya said...

Jaffa mon Jaffa ! Je pense à toi très très fort. Sorry I can not english at this moment.... Tu es un grand gaillard et tu vas aller très bien ok ?
Kisses, Faya

Anonymous said...

Elaine - so sorry to hear about Jaffa. Hopefully he will recover with minimal damage. Take care of yourself too!

Lillie Valentine said...

We are sorry that your tum tummy is not feeling good jaffa, but we will keep you in our prayers that things will stabilize. We also pray that you get better real soon! We love you! Give your mum some kisses for me and tell her that we will talk very soon!

Helios said...

Oh Jaffa.... you poor thing! You must be strong and recover quickly, then you can have loads of real candies next time, ok?

You're a brave, brave boi to get poked so many times and yet keep your spirits up!

B said...

Jaffa that is so terrible - I know where you come from eating those candies though - I don't like the taste of them but I like chewing the bottles and the sound they make clanging on the inside.

I'm pulling for you.

Ruby Bleu said...

Oh Jaffa, Mummy & Sunshade...

I will be thinking lots of good thoughts for you all especially Jaffa.

Jaffa, you be a good boy and listen to everyone so you can try and get better better.

Lots of Licks, Ruby

Lacy said...

woofies Jaffa and Sunshade and ur mommy!!! i saw this on asta's bloggy and i thought noooo not my little jaffa boy...#1, mommmy, dont blame urself, kids and animals get into stuff that u cant help...#2, got all of my paws and all of mama's fingers crossed fur jaffa..b strong our little man, b strong!!!!

Luv ya!!!
;)lacylulu and mama...

pp's ur in our thoughts and prayers!!!

Joey said...

Hi Elaine. Sorry to hear about Jaffa. I know it hurts the owner more when the dog is sick. I hope he recovers well under youyr loving care.
- Joey and Jack

Lorenza said...

Sure we hope Jaffa gets better soon. Sometimes we eat what we shouldn't but its not our moms fault.
We are sending good vibes for Jaffa, Sunshade and Mom.
Kisses and hugs

Noah the Airedale said...

Oh no, we knew Jaffa was sick but had no idea this is what happened. Elaine, please know we are thinking of you and Jaffa. You must be so shocked. You're doing a great job as nurse. Please keep us posted on his progress. In the meantime we have everything crossed for your sweet boy.

Hugs and tail wags
Noah, Willow, Tess, Lucy and Denise

Boo Casanova said...

jaffa, i'm so sorry to hear you are being notti... well, being active!


wet wet licks


Boo Casanova said...

my fault my fault, it's your big sis SUNSHADE'S birthday!


wet wet licks


the many Bs said...

Hi Jaffa, we just heard about you and had to rush right over to offer our moral support. please Jaffa, you have to get better and recover fully, okay? we are gonna think positive poodle thoughts for you, crossed paws, and healing woofs. you get better, please, okay?

concerned woofers.

Daniella said...

Oh Jaffa, what a story. I feel for your poor Mommy who loves you so much. What a hellish few days for her, you seem in good spirits. We will pray for your complete recovery, chanukah is a-coming, miracles DO happen!!!

Joe Stains said...

jaffa we are sending all the good healing vibes we possibly can send to you. Please get better buddy!

Asta said...

I keep coming back to see if thewwe is any mowe news..we'we pwaying and sending ouw love and all ouw healing tewwiew vibes..I even asked Santa to help
pleez get better Jaffaman
smoochie kisses

Ben & Darling said...

Oh Jaffa, I hope you are getting better & better soon...pawcross to you. We feel really bad here..and we will be right back and check for your new update.

YuFFie said...

So sorry to hear that elaine. I'm sure Jaffaman is a strong strong dude!! *Hugs*

Girl Girl Hamster said...

Oh poor Jaffa, Those are evil candies. I hope you stay healthy ok
Take care

~ Girl girl

Luckie Girl said...

Uh oh.... :( Please keep us posted over the next few days. I am really sorry to hear about Jaffa.
Do take care of yourself too Elaine.
Luckie & Her Mom

Amber-Mae said...

Oh my, Jaffa you better becareful on what you eat next time ok? Not everything is candies & snackies. They may look like candies but they are not. What ever your mom gives you is edible. The ones you pic up from floor or tables are not edible & are dangerous. I see you are getting better every day. That IV fluid gives me the heebeejeebees coz I hate needles being poked into my skin. But you seem not to mind it. You are a very good boy Jaffa. Hope you will get much better soon!

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Headgirl said...

Just found out about your mis-adventure.... do hope your pulling through!
Thinking of you & family

Pats & pets

Harry said...

Sending all our love, prayers and Airezen to you Jaffa. We are keeping you in our thoughts all the time and Sunshade and your poor mum too as we know how scared and worried she must be.

All our love,
Katy, Martin, Harry and Cassidy xxx

Peanut said...

our healing vibes are going out to you Jaffa. Mom says she can't imagine the stress your mom is going through and hopes she is taking care of herself also.

Anonymous said...

Jaffa, you keep working on getting better and better. You have major Airezen coming in from all over the world and we know how that can make a difference for Airedales and people, too.
Yep, you and Sunshade and Elaine are well-loved, so please, keep getting better, and being a good good special boy.

Anonymous said...

Jaffa, u will be in my prayers every nite. I hope tat the bad things in your body will go away and tat u will recover soon. hugs and kisses from spikey

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Oh man...Scruffy, Lacie and I are all praying for Jaffa and keeping paws crossed, aire zen, santa, and anything else that works!!! I think ur comment of treat the dog, not the numbers is the right thing to focus on. Scruffy's litter mate ate a bottle of her grandma's heart medicine...dropped her blood pressure to nothing and had nasty heart arrythmias...bottom line...terriers are TOUGH...she's fine...I think it aged her owner, though, by about 3 decades. We'll keep checking back...we were away for the holiday....we will bombard heaven!!!

"Terrier tough" love and hugs,
Scruffy, Lacie and Marilyn

And special hugs to Sunshade too...she gets an honorary nursing award for her actions with Jaffa in the vets office!!!!!

Meryl said...

Oh Jaffa! Not good! We're sending good thoughts your way and hope you continue to recover.

--Moe the Welshie and Meryl

Tiki, Kirby, and StanLee said...

We are so sorry to hear what happened to Jaffa. We are sending purrs and soft woofs that he will get better.

The Black and Tans. said...


We are thinking about you loads. WE wish you to be strong and get better really soon. Our paws are crossed for you to make an excellent recovery. Take care Jaffa.

Molly and Taffy

The Thuglets said...

Jaffa we just heard what happened. We have all our pawscrossed here for a full and speedy recovery. Sending lots of positive thoughts and airezen.

The Thugletsx

i said...

Hi Jaffa, I read about you from Lacy's blog. Sad to hear this. Hope you'll get well soon. Keeping you in my prayers.

Kirby said...

Oh my Jaffa,

I'm sending out Aire-Zen to you, got my paws crossed and I'm praying like crazy for you. I don't want those bad candies to hurt you. I hope your lab results come back A-OK and you feel better real soon. You look like your holding up well, Sunshade must be a great nurse!

Your pal,

T-man Angel said...

Poor Jaffa, and poor mom!! I know how frustrating it is when you try so hard to take care of your babies, and something like this happens anyway. It sounds like you're giving him the best possible care now. Let's hope the damage isn't serious and can be treated. We'll be thinking of you.


PS: Miss Sunshade, don't eat all your brother's chewies!

Lenny said...

Jaffaman, we are thinking of you and glad that you are running around, at least. Be tough! Everyone is praying for you! And we know that there is no one would could take better care of you than your mom and Sunshade.

Your friend, Lenny, and his mom too

The Airechicks said...


Tell Mum we can be there in a few hours - we'll watch you - oh maybe a better idea we'll send Grammie she's an RN - and she makes GREAT TREATS. Please do everything Mum and Auntie Janice says to do!

We've got Grandpa watching from heaven with all the other angels..

We LOVE you and got the AIREZEN fired up and on your way...

Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

so sorry to be late in commenting, just wanted to say, please, please get well soon Jaffa!

Our internet has been down and other stuff been going on here at home, so not been on the blogs.

Be strong Jaffa boy!

Please get well soon, love and light from Jeannie and Marvin and family xxxxxxxxxx

Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

Elaine, please take care of yourself as well, I private messaged you last week via DWB but made a mess of it, I will email again next week, you have enough to be going on with.

My hopes and wishes are for Jaffa.

love and light Jeannie from Scotland xxxxxx

healing licks, from Marvin xxxxx

Anonymous said...

I send you my best wishes!

Although Jaffa's kidneys have been affected, you're such a wonderful mommy, he will be just fine over time ^_^ Hope he gets better soon so you can ease up off the caffeine.