Help Odessa recover from Massive OD

Meet Odessa. She is the sweetest little retired greyhound ever. We adopted her this summer, to keep our other retired greyhound, Homer, company during long, lonely days. 

Odessa has so much personality! She is so loving and friendly, and she is very playful. She loves car rides, walks through creeks and streams, chasing squirrels, and racing around the dog park while the other dogs try to keep up. But her absolute favorite activity is ‘roaching’ - laying on her back for hours with all four legs suspended in the air. 

Odessa has quite the appetite, too, the fatty! She guzzles her meals down in seconds! We had to buy her a slow-feeder to keep her from choking, and to help settle her ravenous appetite. If we’re not diligent about putting food away, Odessa will always remind us of how agile she still is, clearing the counters of anything even remotely appetizing when we’re not looking. Bad girl, Dessy! 

We’ve been experiencing stress headaches recently, so we went out and bought ourselves some ibuprofen, naturally. We’ve been having them a little more frequently, so we splurged and bought the name brand kind, the kind with the candy coating. [Brand name purposely omitted, out of respect to the manufacturer.]

Monday, upon taking a dose before going to work, we closed and left the bottle on the counter - which leads me to the unfortunate and heartbreaking motivation for this GFM.

Sweet little Odessa, hound that she is, sniffed out the candy-coated contents of the brand new ibuprofen bottle, and ate them to her heart’s content. When we found her, she seemed remorseful, which is usually an indication that she’s gotten into something. We found the bottle, chewed up, with only a few pills remaining. Odessa ingested somewhere around 150 tabs x 200 mg/tab = ~30g of ibuprofen. This caused poor little Dessa to suffer a massive overdose, and slip into a neurotoxic coma. 

We took Odessa to MedVet Medical & Cancer Center for Pets (, in Cincinnati, for immediate and intensive treatment. The ICU care team there has worked tirelessly, day and night, for the last several days just to keep our little Dessy alive. We cannot say enough about the quality of care that Odessa has been getting at MedVet. We are so thankful to the staff there for caring for her as their own, and for tolerating a concerned set of pup-parents’ frequent visits and constant requests for updates and information. 

Thanks to the MedVet team’s attentive, creative and intensive care, Odessa has made her way out of her neurotoxic coma, and is recovering, slowly but surely. Only a couple days after her accident, Odessa is finally able to stand and walk on her own, but is still having trouble generating an appetite. She is also fighting some internal complications that may present some challenges in the future. However, we are cautiously optimistic about her initial progress. 

State-of-the-art vet intensive care is certainly not cheap. However, we are fully committed to making whatever sacrifices are necessary to make sure Odessa gets well, stays healthy, and lives a long and enjoyable life.

Please help us continue to give Odessa the care she needs.


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Javi Morejon 
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