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My Best Friend Is Fighting For Her Life

 
 
Dogz
 
Reply Fri 24 Oct, 2008 08:55 pm
About 3 hours ago my beautiful and much cherished Dobermann was bitten by a brown snake. There were 5 of us out in the yard with her and nobody saw any snake, or any bite. The first thing we were alerted to was when she collapsed and rolled 4 times down the incline of the yard. I witnessed that, and thought she just tripped but when I went to help her up (she will be 12 years old early next year) she didn't move and was struggling to breath. I panicked and called my husband, who rushed her to the vet. She was in a coma-like state, with her eyes twitching back and forth rapidly.

At the vet, a blood test was performed which showed no clotting, indicating the presence of the often-fatal brown snake venom. She was transferred to the animal hospital, and I am anxiously awaiting to see if she pulls through.
She has her age against her, and we experienced this around 5 years ago when our Staffordshire Bull Terrier was bitten by a brown. He did not make it through the night, so I am feeling very pessimistic.

I love my dog so much, and I know some people who aren't "dog people" don't get it, but she is my world. I don't know how I will cope if I lose Jade, and I know I have to be strong for my boys.

Jade, I am thinking of you non-stop. Every tear I shed is for you, old girl. The Rainbow Bridge is not ready for a big personality like yours, and I am not ready for you to leave me. Please pull through, baby girl.
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Fri 24 Oct, 2008 09:03 pm
@Dogz,
Hello Dogz,

I am so sorry that you have to go through this, and I keep my fingers crossed
that Jade will make it through this. Most of us here are animal lovers and
have experienced the loss of a beloved pet, so you're in good hands here.
We'll keep you company through this.

What part of the country are you living in to have brown snakes?
JTT
 
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Reply Fri 24 Oct, 2008 09:10 pm
@CalamityJane,
I'd never heard of them. They are found in Massachusetts and Australia, at the least, CJ.

Snakes of Massachusetts
http://www.umass.edu/nrec/snake_pit/pages/brown.html

http://www.australianfauna.com/brownsnake.php
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JTT
 
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Reply Fri 24 Oct, 2008 09:12 pm
@Dogz,
I'm sorry to hear about your dog, Dogz. I hope she makes it thru.

I'd never heard of brown snakes. They are found in Massachusetts and Australia, at the least.

Snakes of Massachusetts
http://www.umass.edu/nrec/snake_pit/pages/brown.html

http://www.australianfauna.com/brownsnake.php
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Dogz
 
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Reply Fri 24 Oct, 2008 09:13 pm
@CalamityJane,
Thanks Calamity Jane. I am in Queensland, Australia. I think the proper name is Eastern Brown Snake. Unfortunately in summer they make an appearance, along with non-venomous whip and tree snakes.

I have noticed a lot of dog lovers here, and I guess I just wanted to talk to someone about it. I don't know how I'll sleep tonight. I have grown up with dogs, and they play an important part in my life.

I can do nothing but wait. I want to go and see her now. Just give her some pats and let her know I'm there. I am trying not to ph the vet, as I am sure there is no change yet, but I just want to hear that everything will be ok.

Will write again when I know more, or need to "talk" again. Thank you for your kind words.
farmerman
 
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Reply Fri 24 Oct, 2008 09:22 pm
When I saw the thread and the name of the snake I said to myself "I hope shes not talking about the Australian Brown".

Oh man, Im really sorry. There is often a brave and sad decision you may just have to make and you must think o nly of alleviating the suffering of your dobie. Is there any hope at all?
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Fri 24 Oct, 2008 10:05 pm
Thank you for the info about the brown snake, JTT.

Dogz, you seem to have quite a bit of them in Australia, and I just read
that with first-aid and anti-venom the chances are good for survival.
I sincerely hope, Jade does get her chance to live.
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TTH
 
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Reply Fri 24 Oct, 2008 10:12 pm
@Dogz,
Oh Dogz,
I am so sorry to hear about your dog and I hope she pulls through. Animals have always been in my world, so I feel for you.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 24 Oct, 2008 10:15 pm
@Dogz,
Hi Dogz, I just read your post about your much-loved Jade.

I hope that you will get good news from the vet.
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Fri 24 Oct, 2008 10:22 pm
There are now probably some dozen people here in North America praying for Jade, yours truly included. That has to have some impact. Be strong, Dogz.
roger
 
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Reply Fri 24 Oct, 2008 10:29 pm
@Dogz,
Hoping for the best is all I can say.
Dutchy
 
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Reply Fri 24 Oct, 2008 11:39 pm
@roger,
Hi Dogz.
Your mate down south is twiddling his thumbs for you, I know how much you love your Jade, sincerely wish your darling will pull through. Please keep us abreast of any news.
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Intrepid
 
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Reply Sat 25 Oct, 2008 12:11 am
@Dogz,
Hoping and praying for the best for you and Jade.
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lmur
 
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Reply Sat 25 Oct, 2008 12:24 am
@Dogz,
That's awful, Dogz. Hope Jade will make it.
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squinney
 
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Reply Sat 25 Oct, 2008 06:22 am
@Dogz,
Another dog lover here to sit with you.

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Always Eleven to him
 
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Reply Sat 25 Oct, 2008 06:31 am
@Dogz,
Lots of dog lovers sitting here with you, me included.

I'm sending lots of positive energy to Jade and to you, her family.
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alex240101
 
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Reply Sat 25 Oct, 2008 06:51 am
@Dogz,
Hoping doby will be o.k.
jespah
 
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Reply Sat 25 Oct, 2008 07:34 am
@alex240101,
I hope the news is good for you this morning. Dobies are such beauties. Praying and oming for Jade to make it.
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Ragman
 
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Reply Sat 25 Oct, 2008 07:38 am
@Dogz,
My sincere best wishes for you and for your dog. Pets are not like family - they ARE family. My prayers are with you.
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BumbleBeeBoogie
 
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Reply Sat 25 Oct, 2008 09:45 am
@Dogz,
A2K is filled with animal lovers. I live alone and my two young doggies died this year, so I know what you are going through.

I hope your dog can recover without ill effect. No matter what happens, I hope you cherish your memories between you and doggie.

BBB

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