(Closed) Help! My dog is sick..

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

Please bring him to the vet ASAP. We’re not experts here on the boards.

Good luck!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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 # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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 # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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 Fiance 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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

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.

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