Post # 1
I am just calling to you all to hopefully fill me in on some experiences you may have had with your own dog. I’m at work right now so won’t be able to get to treating my dog until after the work day, so hopefully in the mean time I can learn something.
Here is a preface: About 6 weeks ago we adopted a kitty to join our little family (including our 8 month old pup). Turns out the kitten had ear mites and the dog may have possibly caught the mites as well. At the direction of my vet (didn’t take the dog in) we purchased Revolution (a mite, flea, heart worm etc. topical treatment). Since applying to both the kitten and the dog we have seen the kitten’s ears clear up completly, but the dog still has a couple patches of missing fur. We were also told that the dog may need another application 4 weeks later and it’s about that time now.
Now here is what is going on currently. A couple of days ago (Wednesday) my FI took the dog running behind his dirtbike to the river (the dog loves this!). Apparently the two of them had a hay day and our pup was pooped when they got home. I was out of town so I didn’t get to see his condition, but my FI assured me he was just really tired from the run. Well, we also noticed that the dog has a couple of sore wounds on the pads of his feet from running on gravel trails so he’s been sort of ginger-footing around in pain.
Before bed last night our dog pooped and peed as usual, but early this morning (about 3am) the dog woke us up because he was throwing up. I just assumed that this was because we spoiled him a little too much with treats yesterday trying to make him feel better. I’m worried now though because as I stopped in on my lunch break today to let him out to do his business I noticed that he hasn’t eaten any of his food that I left in the dish this morning. I filled his water dish and he drank it only to throw that right up. He did pee when we were outside, but that’s it. Now this is making me really concerned.
I’m not sure if this is all caused because he could still have mites? I’m not really finding too much information about any symptoms like this matching up to mange? I’ve been keeping the dog clean, washing his bedding, and feeding him really good food so those aren’t factors that would effect his health. I’m also not sure if this could all be caused by him just not feeling well from having sore paws.
I will most likely be taking a trip to the vet today, but I’m hoping the situation imporves in the meantime because we just put our final payment on the wedding yesterday and we are flat broke until payday on the first….leaving me in a horrible situation.
I was just hoping that one of you might have some information for me that could help save me a costly vet trip. Of course if he is still throwing up and not eating by this evening I won’t be taking the risk of loosing him to dehydration or worse.
Thank you for reading this. Cross your fingers for me!
Post # 3
Sounds like you definitely have to bring him to the vet ASAP. When they won’t eat it can be a sign of something serious beyond irritated paws or possible mites. Put Bag Balm or something similar on his paw pads to alleviate the sores in the meantime. Good luck! Hope he feels better soon.
Post # 4
I have worked in a vet clinic and have managed an SPCA – but I am in no way an expert on this, but I thought I would give my two cents.
A dog that is not eating/drinking and is lethargic is not something to be taken lightly. Dehydration (as you mentioned) can lead to a lot of problems. I DOUBT that the mites/Revolution would have caused him to feel yucky, usually it is just a matter of scratching and head shaking. But the one thing that caught my attention is that the dog was down by the river. There can be a lot of parasites in areas where there may be still water, and that can cause tummy issues. Does he have diarrhea?
In all honesty, I think a vet trip is in order. Good luck!
Post # 5
Yeah this worries me too because it doesnt sound related to the other stuff. Does he have a temperature? You might want to check that.
Post # 6
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Please bring him to the vet ASAP. We’re not experts here on the boards.
Post # 7
I am going to try to get him into the vet ASAP, but as I said I have to wait until work is over (only another couple of hours). I just wanted some input to help me figure out what might have brought this all on.
Thank you for your comments.
He hasn’t pooped since last night, so I can’t tell what condition his bowel movements are in, but I did call FI and he said the dog was drinking some yucky pond water and was also swimming in the river and lapping up water a ton.
Other than that he’s been lazing around for the last couple of days because of his paws. He’s an energetic dog, but at the same time he’s a real big suck when he’s not feeling 100%, so I just chalked this all up to that. Him not eating is really what has me worried.
If you have anything else to share please do, otherwise I will be taking him in (despite not knowing how to pay…payment plan?) this evening.
Post # 8
Definitely take him to the vet, and tell the Dr. everything–the mites, medication, paws, and especially about drinking pond water. My dog had parasites (he was a rescue) and they were literally sucking him dry of nutrition and red blood cells, so he was lethargic and losing weight. Luckily it was easy to treat. They may ask for a stool sample, so if you want to be super-prepared, you can bring it along with you tonight. Gross, I know!
Does your vet offer advice over the phone? Could you call the vet now, from work and explain the situation, and see what they recommend?
Post # 9
My Dad is a vet, I am not… however I’m sure the first thing he’d ask is if he would have had a chance to “get into anything” ie rat poison, garbage, etc.
Post # 10
I think that regardless, a full veterinary exam is in order. It could be just about anything, from mites, to side effect from revolution, bacteria or parasites from nasty pond water, infection from raw paw pads, etc etc etc …
Do take his food away until he is seen, my vet always recommends fasting the dog for 24 hours after vomiting, then starting him back on a bland diet of boiled hamburger or chicken with cooked white rice, for a couple days, then gradually bringing the food back in over a few more days.
Post # 11
@SHESCOUNTRY I was just racking my brain about that as well! No poison or anything chemical that he may have gotten into (I’m super careful about that because he’s a little billy goat!)….but I’m starting to think maybe he ate something and it’s blocked him up. He has a tendency to eat socks, wrappers, tea towels, etc.
One time he ate half a sock and I had to pull it out of his butt for him (grose I know)…he’s also puked a lot once from eating a couple bites out of our memory foam off the bed.
I’ll have to just see how he is when I get home. Maybe I can get him to pass something and eat. If not then I’m too scared to wait another day anyway.
Post # 12
My stupid neighbor fed my lab pig bones (idiot) and he was blocked up. Does your dog look “sucked up” at all in the belly and back? My Dad was gone, and was having me head to a vet he went to school with, but in the meantime he had me feed him hamberger with lots of grease, over rice. I never cooked for my soon to be husband, but I whipped it togheter for the dog real fast! 😉 Anyway, he pooped out the bones the next day before I took him to the other vet.
A blockage is probably way up there on the list of possibilities. Take him in, a good vet, like my Dad can usually feel a blockage before even doing x-rays. If they feel a blockage, get x-rays to identify it…hopefully it’s something that can pass. Don’t let them just open him up and expore without doing x-rays first! It’s weird what they can pass, and what they can’t. I know a dog that passed a glass bowl once. Another ate a whole shoe, that we had to take out.
Post # 13
Not really sure what could be going on, but I know when my dog is sick, and throwing up, I usually wait until its all out of their system, and ween the pup onto a Rice&ground beef diet before putting their reg. food in front of them.
Rice & Ground Beef is the dog equivalent of our “water and crackers” It’s really bland for their stomachs.
Please let the vet see the pup soon!!!! And let us all know whats going on!
Post # 14
Just got off the phone with our vet. She wants me to let the dog fast over night and give him 3 doses of pepto bismol (weird?). If he worsens over night I will have to pay the emergency fee, but she thinks that since he had a good bowel movement within the last 24 hours he should be okay until morning.
We have an appointment for tomorrow (early) afternoon. She says if all goes well he won’t need it and he’ll be back to his normal self.
Cross your fingers bees 🙂
Post # 15
If the dog was drinking pond water, there is a definite risk of internal parasite or chemical consumption. Even if the pond doesn’t have any point-source pollution, chemicals can get into it because of storm water runoff. Since your FI said the water was “yucky” I would be concerned that the water contains fertilizer runoff or excessive bacteria.
Agree with PPs, even though $$ is tight, a vet visit is in order. It could be something as simple as gas (took a vet visit with x ray to figure this out for our tabby who had similar symptoms), but only a vet can tell you what’s really going on.
Post # 16
Back in May, my puppy, Toby, was acting the same way. No bowel movements, not interested in his dry food, only his wet, but he threw up pretty frequently.
After 24 hours, I took him to the vet. As it turns out, he had swallowed a rubber bouncy ball (a friend had brought her son over to play, and I didn’t notice the ball…)
He had to have emergency surgery, plenty of meds, 2 nights in their care, a collar, special food, etc. This is obviously one of the worst case scenarios – but all of that only cost $474.