My name is Kendra, and I have 2 dogs and 1 cat. I guess you could say I’m something of a pet lover. My pets are like my babies (click here to see some pics). I’ve never really run into any problems with my pets’ overall health, and so I had never given much thought to what I would do if I had to take my pets to an animal hospital. I mean, why would I if they were always healthy? But a few years ago I noticed that my dog Schnitzel was starting to act a little strange.
An English bulldog, Schnitzel was always a little slow when he trotted around, but this was different. He would hardly get up off of his cushion on the floor. Any time I tried to move him, I could tell it was painful for him. Finally, one night Schnitzel was moaning in pain and I knew I needed to act fast. The local veterinary clinic was closed for the night, so I looked up a 24-hour pet hospital. I rushed him to the hospital and they helped me right away. After a few hours and a few x-rays, they discovered that Schnitzel had swallowed one of Emerson’s (my cat) small toy balls. Schnitzel thought he could play with it too, but ended up swallowing it since it was so small.
The pet hospital gave me some medicine to help Schnitzel pass the ball through his system naturally. They said that even though it wouldn’t be comfortable, it was much better than having to operate on him. I started this blog to explain the ins and outs of animal hospitals and what you can expect from them. I am so grateful I was able to take my Schnitzel in when I needed to and that he got great care. He’s so much better today, and I definitely keep toys on the large side for all of my pets now. You can read about more of my experiences at petnailexpert.com.