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By Dr. Swieter
Published: July 02, 2014

Beau Barnard is an 11 year old Miniature Pinscher who presented to VCA University Vet Clinic on May 19th for lethargy, panting, shaking, vomiting and diarrhea. We took x-rays and submitted blood for testing. We treated Beau’s dehydration by giving him fluids under his skin and he was sent home with medications for vomiting and diarrhea. Results of blood work and x-rays indicated pancreatitis or liver disease as the most likely causes.

He returned 5 days later because the vomiting just wouldn’t stop. He also was not eating anything at all by that point, and therefore could not take any of the medications. An abdominal ultrasound was performed and confirmed pancreatitis with secondary effects on his liver. At that point we knew carefully getting him to eat was the most important part of his therapy. Beau was hospitalized and started on IV fluids and more aggressive IV medications.

By the next day, he was still not eating, so a feeding tube was placed. Dr. Gardner performed the surgery to place an esophagostomy tube (e-tube). The owners were taught how to feed and medicate Beau through the tube, and they took him home that same evening.

With the e-tube in place, the owners were able to deliver Beau the calories he needed and also the medications to help him feel better. Beau started improving almost immediately. After 1 week, Beau was willing to eat small meals on his own, while the owners continued to feed him the rest of his requirements through the e-tube. After 2 weeks, Beau was eating all of his meals on his own and no longer needed the e-tube.

Dr. Gardner removed the e-tube on June 13th with a painless and quick procedure, and Beau has never looked back! He continues to do great at home and is off all of his pancreatitis medications. We are so happy that he is doing so well and we are so proud of Beau, OUR LITTLE CHAMPION!