My pug, Lucy, makes a habit of eating anything she can get into her tiny mouth. Last night when I took her out for her last potty she found something in the leaves. That something started her coughing and gagging. This isn’t the first time she has done this. She sees the whole world as one big smorgasborg. And she has had gagging fits before but this time she didn’t stop. So I loaded her up at 11:30PM and carried her to the 24 hour Animal Emergency room. To my utter surprise the place was full. It turns out that Saturday night at the Animal Emergency room is about as dramatic as the one for people. My gagging pug had to wait for a poodle who had torn out his stiches, a German Shepherd who had collided with another dog chasing a tennis ball and a pit bull who had been fighting and the police ordered his owners to take him to be cared for (You can imagine the dirty looks those guys got from the rest of us). Anyway, Lucy gagged through the first hour of waiting but by the time the vet saw her whatever was stuck went on down the hatch. He gave her a shot for the inflammation in her throat and sent us home.
The upside to this?? Lucy the Pug is just fine now… and it is really good to know that there are places to take sick doggies in the middle of the night…:)