We can't seem
to get away from heartbreak...
afternoon Isabel and I went to the grocery store for
more "buy 1, get 1 free" bags of lettuce for the
As we worked
out way through the pens, disbursing the goodies,
Isabel noticed Jazzy was bleeding heavily out of her
cloaca. I found a soft egg in her egg house (her
first egg of the season) and then grabbed Jasmine,
gave her a healthy dose of Torbutrol (pain meds) and
rushed to the car and to the vet. Dr. Otka held open
late for us and was ready for her when we arrived in
He gave her a
thorough look and then sedated her with more
Torbutrol because she had lost a lot of blood and he
didn't want to gas her and put her under because it
could be risky.
I waited for
two hours while they worked on her and when he came
out, he said he stitched up a rectal tear.
Apparently, in straining to get her soft egg out,
she tore the lining in her oviduct and prolapsed a
She came home
with us and stayed in the house close by my bed, so
I could check on her every couple of hours. I
re-dosed her pain meds at 2:00 a.m. and then
inserted a catheter line and syringed in some
oviduct lube at 4:00 a.m. We did this in case she
had another egg coming down, to prevent it from
pulling out her stitches. She'll need this done
every twelve hours along with Baytril to prevent
She had an
appointment this morning at 9:10 a.m. for a recheck.
I gave her more Torbutrol and worried about the
blood coming out with her urine.
checked her again and thought she looked pretty good
and said the blood was actually minimal and a
non-issue. The concern is whether there are any more
tears higher up in her oviduct. So... she's staying
with him for the day and he's going to put her under
to go in for a better look. If there are no other
tears, he's going to sutcher her around the
circumference of her oviduct--near the cloaca,
allowing for expansion and for eggs to pass
normally, but fully repairing her prolapse. With
that and the lube and pain meds and antibiotics,
she'll have a good chance of making it and should
heal in 5-7 days. Healing in that part of the body
actually happens relatively quick.
this is the worry... if there are any other tears
higher up, surgery would be invasive and her chances
of surviving aren't likely... in which case... he
will euthanize her while she's under. Please no...
I kissed her on
the fluff just over her bill and told her I loved
her just in case...
praying that there is no other unseen damage going
on and that we can see her through this. In the
meantime, poor Laddy... who has never been apart
from his girl before. His neighbors Piper and Lilly
are talking to him and sleeping beside him on their
side of the fence and Shorty even came over for a
Now we just
wait for that phone call and pray it's a good one
and I can go bring our girl home again.
Jazzy (L) and
Laddy (R), February 7, 2012
damage was too extensive... surgery could not
repair... He euthanized her while under
Oh, my lovely
girl... And your poor little Laddy...
heartbreak to bear...