Right before we went to bed last night, the emergency vet sent us this photo of Hoss Flynn and it gave us such relief. We thought we might be out of the woods. Unfortunately, that was not the case.
From volunteer Ronnie: I hate to start off your day with the worst possible news. Hoss’ vet called at 3:20 a.m. to say there had been a change. Hoss did not want to eat at midnight. He then regurgitated in his kennel. He evidently aspirated something into his lungs. He started running a fever (104) and was panting heavily. They walked him down the hall to X-ray and he was still his happy self. His lungs were a little cloudy. They put him on a cooling mat, gave him something to relax him, upped his antibiotic and then had to change the catheter for his IV. He seemed stable.
They called back at 4 a.m. to say he had gone into cardiac arrest and they had started CPR and had been doing so for 10 minutes with no response or heartbeat.
She thought all the stress of the past few days was just too much for him. His added weight (86 lbs) probably also contributed. The aspiration just pushed him over the edge. She talked about how special he had been and how they all loved him. Carol, one of the techs, had even asked if she could adopt him. It’s a sad morning for a lot of folks.
It’s crazy how a dog can take a hold of your heart in such a short time. But Hoss did. Everyone tried their absolute best to help him. Please give your dogs an extra hug today… our time with them is never long enough.
Hoss, you were deeply loved and will not be forgotten.
Hoss Flynn has two obstructions and hasn’t been able to eat since Tuesday. Our volunteer Elizabeth just raced to pick him up from the owner and he’s now at the ER for surgery. Please, please keep this sweet boy in your thoughts, as well as the medical staff. He’s only 3 years old and deserves the chance to live.