- 5 months ago
- Wedding: August 2019
I need a little advice. I think this is all my fault.
I have an 8.5 week old Golden Retriever at home – we got him 4 days ago. He woke us up at about 4am needing to go to the loo – very loose stools. He also ended up throwing up in his crate shortly after. He went outside again and ate some grass. He apparently thew up again after I left (just Bile). My Dad (who has had retrievers before) said this is instinctual – they eat the grass when they’re unwell to kind of promote vomiting.
My partner is at home with him today keeping an eye on him. He’s still doing soft stool every here and there, and hasn’t touched his breakfast (just dried biscuits – we usually give him a little raw mince too on our breeder’s advice, which may be why he hasn’t touched it), and dry wretches every now and then. Last time was about an hour or so ago.
Through this, he hasn’t lost any puppiness – still playing, biting, chewing, running, jumping – not a single loss of pupper.
A little back story – yesterday we did feed him some shredded chicken breast. We were doing some clicker training with him, and noticed he liked it so much that we added some chicken to his dinner too (we were worried because he never finished it, and he loved the chicken and ended up eating more than he ever has done!). He has never had chicken breast before. He probably ended up eating about 1/2 cup of it.
My parents have a heap of experience with retrievers and puppies, and they told me not to worry, puppies just have sensitive stomachs to change. My issue is – he started vomiting at 4am – 8 hours after giving him his dinner. I’m worried it might be something more sinister, and not related to the chicken given the delay.
He has interacted with other dogs at home – all of whome are vaccinated – three never leave their own backyards (they are my family’s pets) and two are owned by someone who is on the state’s committee for the dog breed so is probably the most responsible owner I know. None of them are sick or could have gotten him sick.
I contacted the breeder, who scolded me for going to fast with him – socialising him too early when he’s unvaccinated (even though the dogs posed no risk – we just wanted him to get used to other animals), feeding him too much of a foreign food.
I just need someone to say – dude don’t be so neurotic, he just ate some chicken – but I would hate for it to be something worse!
Maybe I should just tell Fiance to take him to the vet…