Hi, everyone. I hope you are well. I have some bad news. Kaiser has gone into liver failure. A few days ago, he got into some chewing gum in a friend's purse. The gum (and also cough drops, which he got into as well) has an artificial sweetener called Xylitol in it. This ingredient is EXTREMELY TOXIC to dogs, so I am begging all of you to check all of your food to make sure it's not in it! I have heard that it's even in some peanut butter these days! And even if you aren't a pet owner, surely to heaven this stuff is not good for people to ingest if dogs are dying from it!
Anyway, Kaiser is staying the night at a 24-hour animal hospital. I took him up there a few days ago to have his stomach pumped when we caught him eating the gum (that was Sunday), but apparently the ingredient had done some damage and stayed in his system, even though we caught him right after he'd eaten it. So Drew and I took him back up there tonight (it is now Wednesday) when we noticed he wasn't acting quite like himself - sleepy, not eating as much, etc. His liver enzymes are through the roof. He's going into liver failure.
Please send good vibes. I love him very much. It makes me tear up just thinking about it. I will keep you posted.
He is home now, but he's still got a long road to recovery. I'm going to play nurse as best I can and hope that he will heal. I'm so glad to have him back, but he is mad at me and Drew!! Maybe he'll get over it. I know he doesn't understand all this. It's just a tough one all around. *sigh* Thank you for your loving thoughts during this rough patch!