Post # 1
One of my dogs is a 13 year old Pomeranian. So far she has not had any real health issues, only a heart murmur (vet said it’s basically harmless) and bad teeth from poor care in her previous home + her age, of course.
Saturday we went to bed and she was totally normal. Sunday morning we woke up and the whole day she was lethargic, didn’t want to move out of her bed much, didn’t eat or drink at all, and threw up white foam several times. (She has had a throwing up day before, many times, and a lethargic day once, but this was the first time they were together.)
By the end of the day she was improving a little – moved around more, was more alert, had stopped throwing up, so we decided to go through the night and see how she was this morning. We left a bowl by her bed and she drank the whole thing over night, and had some more this morning too. So at least she’s not as dehydrated anymore. She is also moving around more, following me, etc, though she still seems kind of groggy and tired.
My wife is home with her today and we have a vet appt. at 4 if she needs it. I am hoping she keeps improving. I wish we were millionaires so we never had to weigh the decision of whether or not to take an animal to the vet, we could just do it. Luckily for us we are better off than some and we at least have the money if we need to go, it will just be really hard on us. I have literally never left that vet with less than $800 in charges, even just for routine shots. I can only imagine how much they’ll charge us if something is actually wrong. : /
Please keep your fingers crossed for my dog.
Post # 3
aw, so sorry to hear that! I hate when my pets are sick because I always waffle between not wanting to be an alarmist “helicopter mom” for my pet but I also don’t want to miss signs of something being wrong. Honestly I err strongly on the side of overreacting now because we waited too long to take our cat in when he was acting just a TINY bit “off” and it turned out to be something really serious that he almost died from. Not that your dog is necessarily sick obviously I’m just saying– I think it is a really good thing that you have a vet appointment today! I hope it isn’t too expensive. $800 for shots seems like a ton though, maybe after this you could look into a new vet? My bill is usually closer to $200 for a routine check-up + shots. And even when my cat got really sick and needed meds and spent 2 nights in the vet’s office our bill only came to like $400.
Anyways, sorry you’re dealing with this and I’m sure it will turn out okay. Pets get sick just like humans do but most of the time it isn’t anything serious. Be sure to let us know what you find out.
Post # 4
don’t want to scare you but we had something similar happen with our pup a few weeks ago. she ended up having a mass on her spleen and we after a splenectomy and $3500 we ended up having to put her down anyway.
not saying that your dog has the same issue but her symptoms are very similar to what our pup had.
keep us posted, you guys will be in my thoughts today.
Post # 5
Have you thought about a different vet? My husband and I pay $40 a month for PetsMart health plan for our little pug, and that covers everything even a teeth cleaning & exrays once a year. Do the math… that’s cheap and they are very well known. My cousin is a vet tech and said they do everything “by the book” at PetsMart (which ironically is why she declined to work for them when they offered her a job, she wanted more autonomy to make decisions about administering health care).
My in laws have a pomeranian & I don’t think they’ve ever had a vet bill that high!! It’s always good to get a 2nd opinion.
I hope everything works out, maybe she got into something and it’s working her way out of her system. 13 isn’t terribly old for that breed… they can live very long lives. I hope it all works out for the best!!
Post # 6
Thanks for your input everyone. We have been meaning to find a new vet. They are nice people but I do think they charge a lot. I will look into that Petsmart plan, but I’m wary because I haven’t had super experiences with them in the past.
Post # 7
@deetroitwhat: It’s actually Banfield, a separate business from Petsmart that just runs from inside of it. They actually compete for certain things like flea and tick preventative. Not to be nit picky, but I just used to work there! But you are right, they are a good place to bring your pet.
As for choosing another vet, I would definitely take your pup somewhere else. Banfield, local vets, anywhere else. Those prices are ridiculous! And for you dog being lethargic, maybe she ate something that is making her feel a little sick? How is she doing now?
ETA: Just so you know, Banfield won’t add your pet onto a plan unless she is “well” hence them being named “Wellness Plans”. They cover preventative care and give a discount of other services. Some branches may let you sign up anyway, it really depends on the location. If she is feeling a little better, I would go in and sign her up to go ahead and get her on a plan.
Post # 8
Banfield is where we took our pup for her splenectomy and when complications arose they didn’t know what to do. FIs dad is the one who took her there because we both had to work and didn’t expect it to be anything serious. We recently moved and our previous vet was too far away.
It took the Banfield team 2 hours to get Mimi stable enough to move her to the emergency clinic, but by that time it was too late to do anything else because she wouldn’t have survived any more surgery. It was awful.
The absolute worst part was that we saw everything happening at Banfield. The blinds were completely open into the back room the entire time.
Post # 9
I had a friend who worked at Banfield for a while, and I wouldn’t bring my pet there, especially if they were ill, (I would POSSIBLY consider it for something routine like shots, since I’ve heard they tend to be cheaper). But OP, definitely find a new vet. I can see being a little more expensive because you live in a large city and we live in a small suburb, but $800 for routine shots and check-up is ridiculous. We didn’t pay that much when we were living with my parents and would bring in two cats and a dog.
I hope she’s doing better, OP! Keep us posted!
Post # 10
@Miss Apricot: Ditto on not bringing my pets to Banfield if they are ill.
Post # 11
i had no idea that is where he intended to take our Mimi otherwise we would have stopped it. ugh.
Post # 12
Strange, I’ve used them for 6 years in 2 different states and never had a problem. Then again, I’ve not had a lot of issues with either of my dogs, they are regularly seen, on expensive ass food and exercised regularly…. I always say they eat better than I do. Which is true. We don’t have kids so they are so spoiled it’s sick. If my dog sneezes I take them to the vet. In this situation I would not wait 1 hour let alone a day… and I would take money against my 401k before I just let my babies be sick. I just figure, I chose them, and brought them into my home. Money is money and I can always make more.
I am probably abnormal… those dog commercials get me worse than the kids in 3rd world countries. I hate seeing sick puppy posts 🙁 the worst. I really hope she’s feeling better.
Post # 13
@moonadea: keeping my fingers crosed for you! my 15 yr old chihuahua gave us a similar scare 2 years ago. it was a liver infection. she had to have a bland diet and some medicine but she made a full recovery. if your little cutie is already improving, im quite optimisitc.
Post # 14
Keep us updated. What a scary time for you and your wife. I will be praying for your baby!
Post # 15
As a mom to two Pomeranians I will tell you that nothing makes my heart ache more than hearing of a precious Pom being sick.
The white foamy “vomit” is often caused by not eating in small dogs especially Poms. My two little ones do it on ocassion when they forget to eat (they just love to nap and play). My vet has told me repeatedly that this typically isn’t a cause for concern and that once they eat it often is resolved. This is especially the case in the morning when their stomachs are empty.
As for the lethargic state and not wanting to eat or drink it is possible that she just got into something she shouldn’t have (goodness know my pups try to eat everything) and is just fighting a bad tummy issue. Provided that she eventually starts eating/drinking again she should be okay. I make it a point to always have a can of Blue Buffalo soft food (Duck) on hand when tummy issues come about….it is easier to get them to eat this and easier to digest. It is better than nothing!
I would suggest that if the lethargy and vomit continue to please consult a vet as they can both be symptoms of heart related issues. I don’t want to scare you and of course you would know better than anyone else how serious the symptoms are and if treatment is needed.
Thinking of you and your sweet pup!
EDIT: I would also like to add that if you are concerned about costs I would highly recommend looking into Care Credit (look up GE Money). It is like a line of credit or a credit card that is offered for medical, dental and vet costs. If you pay in three months there is no interest charged. We have used it a few times for those extreme vet visits.
Post # 16
Hey everyone. Thank you so much for your concern.
I wish I had better news. We did take her to the vet as her condition had not improved. They did a full exam and couldn’t find anything wrong. Since she has not been throwing up today, only lethargic, the vet decided it was not likely an obstruction and we would skip the x-ray for now. It would be really out of character for her to eat something she shouldn’t but who knows, I hope he is right.
They gave her some anti-nausea injections and took blood and urine to test. We have to wait until Wednesday to know more! I really tried to stress how out of character she is behaving because that is what is really scary to me. Won’t walk, bark, eat, etc. They didn’t seem super worried.
For now she is laying on the floor. I tried offering her some boiled chicken and rice but she didn’t eat any. I’ll keep trying, hopefully her medicine kicks in soon.
I am so worried she will take a turn for the worse before we get the results on Wednesday…