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Dog Moms - Need Advice/Support: UPDATE x2

edited November 2016 in Chit Chat

H and I are super concerned. Our pup, who is a rescued 12.5 shepherd/lab/??? mix  has had zero appetite since Saturday morning, has been lethargic to the point where we have had to physically pick her up to help her move at times, and this morning she started vomiting yellow. 

She has been drinking water, but we aren't sure what is going on. Her daycare is also an animal hospital, so we are having the vet check her out while she is there today. They are taking bloodwork and expect to get those results back tomorrow. I am really hoping this is nothing serious. 

She was totally fine on Friday afternoon and was super enthusiastic about dinner. We keep a close eye on what she eats and to our knowledge she wasn't given anything she shouldn't have on Thanksgiving. And in the years when she has been fed things she wasn't supposed to have, it's only taken 12-24 hours to get it out of her system.

Her levels were checked at her checkup a few months ago and they were all fine then too. 

I'm having a hard time concentrating at work today because my mind is on our puppy girl. It's alarming to see her go from super energetic one day to a weak shell of herself the next. Has anyone else with older dogs experienced this? Could it be the flu? 

UPDATE: H just talked to the vet. They really want to see what the lab results are. But the good news is that she does not have a fever, and there is no tenderness present in the physical examination. In the meantime, we have some meds to give her and prescription food. I am hoping it is easy to coax her into eating the Rx food. The poor thing needs to get some nourishment in her.  :'(

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Re: Dog Moms - Need Advice/Support: UPDATE x2

  • Oh no! I hope they get you some good news soon! I have a young dog, but my cat had emergency stomach surgery this summer (and she's doing great now) so I understand the fear of how quickly things can happen.  

    Hopefully its just the flu and they can get her hesthly quickly!
    sparklepants41
  • Oh no! I hope they get you some good news soon! I have a young dog, but my cat had emergency stomach surgery this summer (and she's doing great now) so I understand the fear of how quickly things can happen.  

    Hopefully its just the flu and they can get her hesthly quickly!
    Thank you. I really appreciate your support. 
    charlotte989875
  • My dog acted like that last year. He was constipated. DH was out of town for a couple weeks and I wasn't feeding him table scraps like DH does. His dry food clogged him up without the added moisture. The vet gave me some gentle tummy wet dog food and he felt much better after he worked it out.
  • My dog acted like that last year. He was constipated. DH was out of town for a couple weeks and I wasn't feeding him table scraps like DH does. His dry food clogged him up without the added moisture. The vet gave me some gentle tummy wet dog food and he felt much better after he worked it out.
    Thank you - I hope that this is all it is for our pup as well!!
    charlotte989875
  • I'm sure the vet will be able to guide you on what to do. I know our little girl dog was very sick on and off for about a year when she was 3-4 years old. We had to feed her a special diet until her gut calmed down. Now at 11 she is fine. I hope your baby feels better soon.
    sparklepants41
  • Also, pets are pretty resilient. They get sick and can handle a lot. 
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  • I hope your pup is okay!  It's probably some kind of digestion issue and the vet will get it figured out and she'll be right as rain, soon.
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  • Hopefully it's nothing serious.  Does she eat toys (which could cause an obstruction in her bowels).  Unfortunately, when our pups get older, they may have things going on inside of them that we don't see until it's serious.  Hopefully it's not something like that and it's just a bug.  We lost our senior Boston Terrier this weekend to congestive heart failure so I totally get it.  Sending you good vibes.

    sparklepants41
  • Thank you all. I'm such a worry wort when it comes to her. 
  • Ro041 said:
    Hopefully it's nothing serious.  Does she eat toys (which could cause an obstruction in her bowels).  Unfortunately, when our pups get older, they may have things going on inside of them that we don't see until it's serious.  Hopefully it's not something like that and it's just a bug.  We lost our senior Boston Terrier this weekend to congestive heart failure so I totally get it.  Sending you good vibes.
    Thank you! She chews on toys, but outgrew eating them (thank goodness because that was an expensive habit of hers). The blood work will come back tomorrow. 
  • Ro041 said:
    Hopefully it's nothing serious.  Does she eat toys (which could cause an obstruction in her bowels).  Unfortunately, when our pups get older, they may have things going on inside of them that we don't see until it's serious.  Hopefully it's not something like that and it's just a bug.  We lost our senior Boston Terrier this weekend to congestive heart failure so I totally get it.  Sending you good vibes.

    Oh no!  I'm sorry to hear that.  I have a special place in my heart for the Bostons.  My Izzy girl looks like a funny, longer haired version of one.
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  • Sparklepants have you heard anything yet? My dog has had a few episodes like that. Lasted a couple of days and the vet never found any problems.
  • OurWildKingdomOurWildKingdom in the 216 member
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    Sending healing vibes for your pup!
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  • debbeau said:
    Sparklepants have you heard anything yet? My dog has had a few episodes like that. Lasted a couple of days and the vet never found any problems.
    We haven't heard anything yet - bloodwork and urinalysis should be in later today. Last night we gave her the prescription food - Hill's Prescription Diet, which is basically a very fragrant chicken stew. She scarfed it right down, which gave us some hope. But then this morning she woke up extremely out of it, needed help going downstairs, and did not eat much of the prescription food. I'm praying we hear good news. 
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  • debbeau said:
    Sparklepants have you heard anything yet? My dog has had a few episodes like that. Lasted a couple of days and the vet never found any problems.
    We haven't heard anything yet - bloodwork and urinalysis should be in later today. Last night we gave her the prescription food - Hill's Prescription Diet, which is basically a very fragrant chicken stew. She scarfed it right down, which gave us some hope. But then this morning she woke up extremely out of it, needed help going downstairs, and did not eat much of the prescription food. I'm praying we hear good news. 
    I would think eating was a good sign; maybe the confusion and lethargy is dehydration? At least she's home with you and you could keep an eye on her. If nothing else it's got to make her feel better being home than at an overnight vet. 
  • debbeau said:
    Sparklepants have you heard anything yet? My dog has had a few episodes like that. Lasted a couple of days and the vet never found any problems.
    We haven't heard anything yet - bloodwork and urinalysis should be in later today. Last night we gave her the prescription food - Hill's Prescription Diet, which is basically a very fragrant chicken stew. She scarfed it right down, which gave us some hope. But then this morning she woke up extremely out of it, needed help going downstairs, and did not eat much of the prescription food. I'm praying we hear good news. 
    I would think eating was a good sign; maybe the confusion and lethargy is dehydration? At least she's home with you and you could keep an eye on her. If nothing else it's got to make her feel better being home than at an overnight vet. 
    That's what I think too - but she has been drinking more, so I am confused as to how she could be dehydrated...

    And H and I definitely agree that her being with us at home is a thousand times better than her being in an unfamiliar overnight vet situation. God forbid, if things got bad enough, there is a 24-hour emergency animal hospital three miles up the road from our house. 
  • debbeau said:
    Sparklepants have you heard anything yet? My dog has had a few episodes like that. Lasted a couple of days and the vet never found any problems.
    We haven't heard anything yet - bloodwork and urinalysis should be in later today. Last night we gave her the prescription food - Hill's Prescription Diet, which is basically a very fragrant chicken stew. She scarfed it right down, which gave us some hope. But then this morning she woke up extremely out of it, needed help going downstairs, and did not eat much of the prescription food. I'm praying we hear good news. 
    I would think eating was a good sign; maybe the confusion and lethargy is dehydration? At least she's home with you and you could keep an eye on her. If nothing else it's got to make her feel better being home than at an overnight vet. 
    That's what I think too - but she has been drinking more, so I am confused as to how she could be dehydrated...

    And H and I definitely agree that her being with us at home is a thousand times better than her being in an unfamiliar overnight vet situation. God forbid, if things got bad enough, there is a 24-hour emergency animal hospital three miles up the road from our house. 
    That's what we had to do with the cat this summer and it really was heartbreaking. She was so confused and sad in there when we'd go visit. If you can keep her home as much as possible I think it's good for them. 

    Thinking good thoughts for her today. 
    sparklepants41
  • edited November 2016
    UPDATE x2: I just talked to the vet. She is very anemic and her liver levels are elevated. They are doing an X-ray to see what is going on. Very strange because her levels were totally fine for her age in September at her annual check-up. I'm trying to stay positive. 

    ETA: X-ray shows she has a swelling near her liver and spleen. We need to take her to a specialist to get an ultrasound. I'm scared for her. 
  • thefanciestbecklerthefanciestbeckler Chattanooga, TN member
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    Hugs to you and your H and your pup! It so hard to see your pet sick like that. Sending all the thoughts and prayers and wishes for healing your way!

    sparklepants41
  • UPDATE x2: I just talked to the vet. She is very anemic and her liver levels are elevated. They are doing an X-ray to see what is going on. Very strange because her levels were totally fine for her age in September at her annual check-up. I'm trying to stay positive. 

    ETA: X-ray shows she has a swelling near her liver and spleen. We need to take her to a specialist to get an ultrasound. I'm scared for her. 
    Hugs to you and good thoughts for your baby girl.  <3
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  • That's a bummer.  It sounds like it could be spleen cancer which advances really quickly.  Let's pray it isn't that and that it's something less serious.  Poor girl.  

    sparklepants41
  • Oh!  That poor baby girl.  I'm so sorry to hear it wasn't something more simple.  Sending good thoughts!

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  • OurWildKingdomOurWildKingdom in the 216 member
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    Hugs and healing vibes continue!
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  • I just saw all this, and lots of healthy doggy vibes, @sparklepants41.  Hugs.
    sparklepants41
  • Hey everyone. We found out today our puppy girl has liver cancer. As her spleen is also bleeding, she isn't well enough for surgery. 

    We we are keeping a close eye on her at home, and will be trying to make her as comfortable as possible until she tells us it's time.

    Thank you all for your messages of support. We are devastated and heartbroken. 
  • OurWildKingdomOurWildKingdom in the 216 member
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    I'm so sorry, @sparklepants41. ((((((((Hugs)))))))))))))
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  • ShesSoColdShesSoCold bend over and I'll show ya mod
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    Oh no. I am so sorry. All the hugs.
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  • So so sorry!
    sparklepants41
  • Thank you. They gave her a prescription for an appetite stimulant, but she's still pretty woozy from the sedative they gave her for the ultrasound, so she hasn't eaten.

    It's so hard.
  • Oh no, I'm so so sorry. 
    sparklepants41
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