Stick Stuck


Yesterday Sara was outside doing her thing, bringing sticks to anyone who will toss them and then bringing them back – over and over.  Unfortunately as she was sprinting to retrieve a stick she over ran it and it jammed into her mouth and lodged in her throat.  By the time we got to her she had dislodged the stick herself but it was covered in blood.

Last night she slept under the bed and barely moved so we took her to the Emergency Vet this afternoon.  Sara seemed to get a little better over the course of the morning but I noticed she was dripping blood from her hind end – not good.

The Vet was wonderful.  She examined Sara and checked her throat, I was surprised Sara opened her mouth.  It seems that the stick wound was beginning to heal but the blood was another unrelated issue.  We were fortunate to have brought her in.  Sara was diagnosed with Enteritis, a digestive system issue that causes bloody stool.  So after paying a reasonable fee and picking up her medication we took Sara home and gave her some hard boiled eggs (with her meds inside).

They seemed to be working (one was a pain killer) as after a short while she was outside keeping an eye one her goats and sheep.  I don’t know how we would manage this place without her, that was too close of a call.


12 comments on “Stick Stuck

  1. ohiofarmgirl says:

    WOW! glad she is ok! what a scare! sometimes Lucky will get sticks stuck across the roof of his mouth (!??!?!) and he always comes to me…. and bows. thats our code to get something out of his mouth. *shakes head* its always something. give Sara some extra loves from all of us.

    • Chai Chai says:

      OFG – The Commander was a nervous wreck! Sara has been living on the edge with sticks for years and it finally caught up with her. We are now only going to play fetch with plastic bottles or tennis balls.

  2. Wow….never would have thought a stick could be so dangerous! Glad you were there to help her & also good timing on the vet visit. Hope she’s doing better.

    • Chai Chai says:

      Carolyn – Thank you, she is doing better. The funny thing is that it is hard enough to keep the “farm” animals healthy but when the “workers” (farm dogs) get sick it just makes one feel helpless and defeated. The Commander was so sad that his dog was down and out. I think I’m equally relieved for both Sara and the Commander.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hey Sara – I see your bandage from your blood draw is still on your leg. You can take it off now. I’m really glad you are switching to bottles and balls when playing fetch. MUCH safer. I can’t count the times I’ve treated stick injuries – some of them fatal. Hope you are feeling better. You were the perfect patient on an incredibly hectic day during a crazy busy holiday weekend. Here’s a nice ear rub for you from your emergency vet.

    • Chai Chai says:

      Dr B – Thank you so much for taking care of Sara, you did a wonderful job and we really enjoyed talking with you. If you ever need a goat, sheep, or working dog “fix” please feel to contact me – you are always welcome to stop by!

      • Anonymous says:

        Thanks for the invite! I’ll take you up on it sometime. I’m enjoying your blog and photos of the young sheep and goats. I miss that part of my former practice years. I’d also like to visit and get blogging advice some time. My first entry is on blogspot – Amnicon Cabin.

      • Chai Chai says:

        Dr B, We have hard bound copies of the first three years of the blog – that makes it a lot easier to just flip through. I’ll take a look at your blog tonight! Let me know when you would like to visit, I’m looking forward to it.

  4. Lynn says:

    Sara, glad you are doing better! How scary! Who would have thought a stick could do so much damage? But it was good to find out about the Enteritis at the same time – I’ll have to look that up and see more about it.

    Glad Sara’s all better now and everything is back to normal.

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