Fate seriously had a wicked, evil sense of humor last week. If you live in California then more than likely you are familiar with the deadly foxtail. They seem to cling to every hair, every rug, and multiply on their own! With the dry weather we've been having foxtail season has been extended and we've had our fair share of them drifting around the house. (Here is what they look like)
I knew Nooner had a foxtail up her nose but I was so engrossed in Foyle that I didn't want to take her into the vet and deal with that at the same time. Finally we took her in last Wednesday and the vet confirmed that there was one embedded but since she has a relatively short nose that it would be easy to get out. It was and that part went well but when they started to pull her out of anesthesia they realized that she had a bad reaction and her little body wasn't metabolizing the anesthesia like it should. Every time they tried to pull her out she would start "vocalizing" (screaming), paddling, and wrenching her neck to the side. I was mortifying to watch and the vet gave her a 50/50 chance of living! . I was in so much shock after what we just went through with Foyle that I couldn't even comprehend losing her too. They finally had to put her on a valium drip to calm her down and oxygen to help her heal.
Early Thursday morning they took her off the drip and she still had some of the same symptoms but they were milder and by 10:30 she could finally walk around on her own. Our vet said there were a few tears at the clinic that day! By Thursday night she was cleared to come home but we weren't sure how much damage had been done. After I got home I realized she didn't recognize me which was heartbreaking, but the good news was that she still knew the Mr. and recognized him! Ya! Friday morning she seems back to normal and it appeared she regained her sight but now I'm not so sure. One eye will not dilate and I'm not sure how much she can see out of the other eye, but she can see something. The vet said it could take up to two weeks for her to regain her sight, but then again there may be permanent damage.
Anesthesia typically doesn't produce these results (1 out of 100,000 will have issues) and they said it was rare, but obviously it can still happen. We're ecstatic that she is still here of course, but confused because her blood work and clotting test were fine. If you are concerned about your pet here are some good articles to read so you are aware of what happens during a procedure and what complications could arise with anesthesia. Some breeds are prone to complications so ask questions!