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Last camping trip of the year...ugh
So I'm just going to vent a little,
We decided to do a final trip at our favorite spot here on Friday night. I was already hesitant to go since it's getting pretty cold at night already. Well we pull into our spot at around 9:30pm, pitch black out. I setup my trailer and get the fire going. As we are sitting around I hear a loud crunch, my dog has found something nice to chew on. I run over and pull out what looks to be a rib bone out of his mouth, think nothing of it and toss it in the woods.
It's now morning, about 7:30am I wake up to my two-year old golden retriever throwing up on my couch. I kick him off and he then throws up again on the floor of the trailer. We clean up his mess and think nothing other than an upset stomach. He is now standing at the door wanting out, I open the door and he bolts out the door and I kid you not for the next 2-3 hours is throwing up every 15 minutes, nothing but stomach bile.
We are an hour drive from the nearest city, we call our vet and the recommend a place and we go there. We arrive at noon, we don't leave till 5pm. He has now had fecal smear, x-rays, blood labs done, and my "last camping trip" is so far running me 600 bucks in vet bills. The current diagnosis is "garbage gut". My dog is still drugged up next to me, not holding down food and I may be looking at a partial blockage (even though the x-rays were inconclusive). If he does have part of that damned rib bone in him it's a 2500 surgery.
Long story short, please for the love of god clean up your messes on camp sites and keep an eye out for what your pooch may find. Normally I do a walk through of our camp sites to make sure there is nothing he can get into. It was pitch black when we arrived and I used a propane lantern to check it over, but between the rocks and the bone I missed it.
Anyhow, end of story! Hopefully you guys had better "last trips".