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What is Intestinal Obstruction?

Intestinal obstruction in dogs refers to complete or partial blockage of fluid and food flow through the small intestines. This is fairly common in dogs as they are often indiscriminate eaters. During obstruction, blood supply to the GI tract can become compromised, leading to necrosis (death) of intestinal tissue and possible perforation. Bacteria from the bowels can spill into the abdominal cavity causing septic peritonitis. Obstruction can be deadly if not caught and treated early. Emergency surgery is often required to remove the obstruction and any dead tissue.

Intestinal obstructions is very painful for dogs and can be quite dangerous if left untreated. During obstruction, blood supply can become compromised, and perforation can lead to septic peritonitis. It is important to contact a veterinarian immediately for treatment options.

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Symptoms of Intestinal Obstruction in Dogs

Symptoms of intestinal obstruction in dogs can include:

  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Straining during bowel movements
  • Diarrhea
  • Tarry stools
  • Inability to defecate
  • Lethargy
  • Burping
  • Excessive drooling
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Remaining still
  • Refusing to lie down
Types

Intestinal obstruction can refer to two types of blockage:

  • Gastric outflow obstruction – Obstruction of fluid and food movement from the stomach to the small intestine.
  • Small intestinal obstruction – Obstruction of fluid and food movement through the small intestine.

Causes of Intestinal Obstruction in Dogs

Causes of gastric outflow obstruction can include:

  • Ingestion of objects that cannot be broken down through digestion. Rawhides and bones are the most common causes. Other causes include toys, clothes, towels, stuffed animals, rocks, sticks, tennis balls, shoelaces, hair ties/bands and ribbon.
  • Abdominal tumor
  • Gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and small intestine)
  • Pyloric stenosis (narrowing of the pyloric sphincter)
  • Gastric dilatation volvulus (twisting of the stomach)

Causes of small intestinal obstruction can include:

  • Ingestion of objects that cannot be broken down through digestion. Rawhides and bones are the most common causes. Other causes include toys, clothes, towels, stuffed animals, rocks, sticks, tennis balls, shoelaces, hair ties/bands and ribbon.
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Intestinal stricture (narrowing of the intestine)
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Abdominal tumor
  • Hernia
  • Intussusception (folding of the intestine)

Diagnosis of Intestinal Obstruction in Dogs

The minute you see your pet swallow something large, sharp or indigestible, you should visit the veterinarian to induce vomiting. If you don’t see the actual event but are noticing symptoms, it is critical to see the veterinarian for an examination. A history will determine if the pet has ingested any dangerous item or if he has gotten into the trash. A physical examination will feel the abdomen to reveal masses, intussusception, pain or foreign object.

If your veterinarian suspects intestinal obstruction, blood testing can identify anemia or infection. Abdominal radiographs can aid in visualizing foreign bodies, tumors, and abnormal bowels. Ultrasound is another good tool to identify presence of an obstruction and its location.

Your veterinarian may order a Barium series. Barium sulfate is a metallic compound that shows up white on x-ray. The pet will drink the barium and a series of x-rays a few minutes apart will be taken to follow the flow of barium through the stomach and intestines. If the barium is blocked from flowing or is delayed in movement, this can indicate an obstruction and help to pinpoint its location.

If diagnostics indicate an intestinal obstruction, exploratory surgery (laparotomy) will be performed (often the same day) to locate and remove the obstruction.

Treatment of Intestinal Obstruction in Dogs

Induce Vomiting

If your pet is brought in after having ingested something and the veterinarian is able to induce vomiting and produce the foreign object, the pet will be sent home to monitor for appetite, any vomiting and normal bowel movements (to ensure all potential danger of obstruction was eliminated through vomiting).

If you have brought your pet in because of symptoms of intestinal obstruction, it may be too late for vomiting to be sufficient treatment.

Hospitalization and Stabilization

As intestinal obstruction is life-threatening. Once diagnosis is made, the pet will be hospitalized and given intravenous fluids to aid in hydration and electrolyte restoration. If an obstruction appears it may pass, the veterinarian may use fluid therapy and enema to attempt to speed up the process. Continued radiographs will examine any movement of the object.

Laparotomy

Gastric dilatation volvulus requires immediate surgery. Foreign objects or masses that are obstructing the intestines will also often require immediate surgery to remove the object and necrotic tissue. The pet will undergo general anesthesia. The stomach and/or small intestines will be opened to remove the foreign object/mass or to correct any abnormal folding.

Resection and Anastomosis

Any dead intestinal tissue will be identified and removed. The intestines will be closed and examined for possible spots of leakage. If this procedure must be performed, the probability of post-operative complications increases.

Gastropexy

In the case of gastric dilatation volvulus, the stomach may be sutured to the intestinal wall to prevent recurrence. Some deep-chested dogs (great Danes, sight hounds) have this surgery as a preventative measure.

Release

The patient may be hospitalized for 2-3 days to monitor stability as this is an invasive surgery. Antibiotics, pain medications and anti-emetics (anti-nausea medications) will be administered via injection. Oral medications will be continued for 2-3 weeks following release.

Prognosis can be good if an intestinal obstruction is caught and treated early. The prognosis is poor if much time has allowed to lapse. Even with surgery, gastric dilatation volvulus has a mortality rate of greater than 50 percent.

Recovery of Intestinal Obstruction in Dogs

After surgery, it is important to keep your pet still and resting for a few weeks. Food is often withheld for 24 hours and then a bland diet is introduced in small amounts every few hours. The portion sizes are gradually increased over 2-3 days and the diet is then transitioned back to the normal diet gradually over 7 days.

It is important to monitor your pet for vomiting, appetite, and bowel movements and report any abnormalities to your veterinarian.

Ingestion of foreign objects can lead to costly veterinary bills. Dogs are often repeat offenders will need surgery each time an obstruction occurs. Keep pets from chewing things they could swallow or tear up and then swallow. Rawhides, cow hooves, pig ears and other bones are common causes. Be careful with trash bins. Keep them in a closed closet or use a secure lid.

Cost of Intestinal Obstruction in Dogs

The veterinarian will most likely perform a physical exam first which can cost $50 on average. The doctor may require blood testing to determine any infections. Blood testing can cost between $20 and $75. An abdominal radiograph may be necessary for a better view of what and where the object is. This test can cost between $130 and $150. If the doctor needs a better view, she may order an ultrasound that can cost $230 to $340. Once the veterinarian has concluded the cause and location of the obstruction, she will start treatment. The dog will need to be hospitalized with intravenous fluids, which can cost $67 to $75. If the object cannot be extracted by vomiting, then the veterinarian may need to do a laparotomy. This will require a general anesthesia and can cost between $440 and $650. Finally, your dog will need a variety of medications along the way and once released from the hospital. Antibiotics run $10 to $30, Tramadol or other pain medications can cost $65, and an antiemetic for the nausea can cost $10-$20.

Intestinal Obstruction Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Samson
6 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

If a dog has a blockage how long before we notice symptoms?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is no fixed timeframe for symptoms of an obstruction to occur, there are multiple factors involved including cause of obstruction, size of obstruction, location of obstruction and if there is any ischemia of the intestines. Signs to look out for are lack of appetite, vomiting after eating, diarrhoea, weakness and pain. If Samson has only diarrhoea, this may be caused by multiple causes: infections, poisons, dietary changes for example; ensure that he remains hydrated. If you suspect Samson ate a foreign body, the diarrhoea gets worse or you see additional symptoms, you should visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My labradoodle was the same.. had to have exploratory surgery. They checked his stomach thinking he ate something he shouldnt have according to the xray but found the stomach was empty. Looked at his intestines and saw they were not moving at all and were a gray purple color instead of healthy pink. They untangled them and his heart rate dropped to more normal and they started to get more color and start moving again. He would have died. He is still not out of the woods but i hope he is on hos way to a full recovery and will be healthy.

Hi I have A Yorkie my son let her out accidentally she osc'arin 6 months and she has been having vomiting and bloody diahreeah took her to the vet and she came out negative for parvo or parasites she was keept overnight and was given iv aND medicine took hey home with no improvement her stools are steel bloody buthe now have blood clots. At the beginning she thru up horse manure I figured that's what made her sick. I'm scared to loose her I'm already out 400 dlrs but can't afford hospital

Girdardia test. I had same thing to happen.

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Sol
Shih Tzu
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My 10 lb shih tzu swallowed a rather good size maybe an inch or two of dry duck foot. He's acting normal but could this cause a blockage? Are dried duck feet hard to digest?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Most dogs do not have any trouble consuming duck’s feet, however if a dog swallowed one whole or a large piece relative to their size, then obstructions may occur; dogs have high acidic stomachs for digesting bone so it may cause some stomach upset otherwise should be OK. If you notice any pain, discomfort, diarrhoea or other symptoms check with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mambo
Jack Russell Terrier
10 Weeks
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Vomiting

I have a 10 year old Jack Russell Terrier, I can hear his tummy rumbles, but he absolutely refuses to eat until I get home. Then for the last couple of days when he eats, he throws up. He is still drinking, has plenty of energy to play, no blood or tarry stools. How long do I wait to take him to the vet. I can not promise he didn't eat some of the wild grape vines in the backyard.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would take him to see your Veterinarian because the cause of the vomiting could be due to an obstruction, congenital defect (aortic arch) or irritation to the gastrointestinal tract which could be infectious, poisonous or systemic in nature. If you suspect he ate some vines or anything else, again you should visit your Veterinarian. Not eating when you’re not at home is common occurrence in dogs (my own included, as soon as I get home he jumps to say hello and then goes to eat). Again, visit your Veterinarian (may include x-rays) and if you have an indication of the time between eating and vomiting, this would be useful to assist in the diagnosis; also if Mambo hasn’t yet been vaccinated, start the process if he is healthy enough. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lizzy
Boxer
9 Years
Critical condition
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Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My son's 9 year old boxer was extremely lethargic and threw up numerous times. At first it was food then white foam. We took her to the vet and on the way she threw up and her vomit looked and smelled like diarrhea. She hasn't had a bowel movement at all as far as we know in a couple of days. She ate a rawhide bone the night before she got sick. The vet said she has pancreatitis but I they didn't X-ray her stomach, only blood work. Is there a chance it could be an intestinal blockage?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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During Lizzy’s examination by her Veterinarian blood tests were taken and would have probably shown elevated serum amylase and serum lipase which is indicative of pancreatitis, but not conclusive and used only as an indicator as part of a differential diagnosis; so usually a Canine Pancreatic Lipase Immunoreactivity SNAP test is performed to confirm pancreatitis. Without seeing blood results I wouldn’t be able to comment further on your Veterinarian’s diagnosis based on those findings. Vomiting of faecal matter may be caused by eating faeces, intestinal obstruction or other gastrointestinal disease; vomiting is a sign in 90% of dogs with pancreatitis. There is a chance that Lizzy has an intestinal obstruction, but your Veterinarian would have palpated her stomach and considered other clinical signs as part of their diagnosis which in their opinion pointed to pancreatitis; if you insist with your Veterinarian they would perform an x-ray, but if you have Pet Insurance, they may not cover the cost. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Scooter
American Pit Bull Terrier
2
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Fever
Lethargy

Since this morning my dog has been very lethargic and has eaten very little. At 7pm tonight, he had a fever of 102.8. Now, (4 hours later) he has a fever of 103.0 (along with mild halitosis). A few days ago he had a hacking cough that sounded a bit like kennel cough, but that subsided within the day. He has not vomited and has had normal, solid stool with no blood or mucous. He also doesn't seem painful in his abdomen. His gums are also bright pink. I don't want him to suffer, but I'm wondering if this is something that his body can fight off in a couple of days.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dogs have a higher body temperature at 100-103ºF compared to us humans at 97-100ºF, so Scooter doesn’t necessarily have a fever. Sometimes dogs, like humans, have tummy aches where they loose their appetite and may vomit or not and the next day be fine. The halitosis could be caused by some gastrointestinal upset, originating from the respiratory tract or from dental disease. Keep Scooter under a close eye, ensure that he keeps drinking and if he hasn’t started to eat by tomorrow mid-morning or his symptoms get worse before then, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shamrock
Pittbull mix
5 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

It's possible that my dog has eaten clumping cat litter, although I have not seen it I do suspect it. He seems to have a loss of appetite but I have not noticed any other symptoms yet.

Wondering if there is anything I can do before I take him to the vet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Clumping kitty litter is designed to form a hard insoluble mass when it gets wet, also the dust can line the respiratory passageways and form a hard coating. If Shamrock has eaten clumping kitty litter he would require surgery to have it removed; the surgery is difficult, I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian if you suspect he has eaten the clumping kitty litter so that treatment options can be assessed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

 

Get pet insurance, it won’t cover the presxisting diabetes or blindness but could help your current dog, though it usually takes a few days to cover illness and maybe even weeks for surgery.

My dog has also eaten clumping litter. I have seen it. She has not eaten in two days. Her sister is blind and diabetic.its has been more than (10k our savings )in treatments to save the diabetic. We will not be able to pay for surgery. I fear this means I must put both dogs to rest at just 8 years of age. Any suggestions?

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Lana
German Shepherd
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My German Shepherd just came in from her morning outside time. Apparently she chewed up a stick. She ate a large breakfast and drank a ton, then proceeded to vomit it all back up along with chunks of stick. After, vomiting she seems normal and she's drinking again. I know the first step is to induce vomiting, since she has already vomited, should we make a vet visit now or monitor her today?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It would be worth visiting your Veterinarian because if she has vomited chunks of stick, some pieces (splinters etc…) may still be present and may embed in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract causing an abscess or worse, perforation. You may monitor her, but I would recommend staying on the side of caution and seeing your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sadie
Labrador Retriever
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

3 year old lab. Had vomitted small amounts yesterday but now today vomitted whole meal not long after eating. BM is normal from what I see. She seems ok, normal activity level, doesn't seem to gave any pain. Should I wait and see how she does another day?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sadie may have just a stomach upset (something irritating her stomach), if she isn’t in any pain and not showing any other clinical signs keep an eye on her to see if there are any changes. If she starts to have diarrhoea, exhibits pain, becomes lethargic or you notice any other clinical signs, visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ka'ya
Siberian Husky
2 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Vomiting

I have a 2 year old Husky who loves to chew on sticks and play with rocks. No matter how hard we try and keep them picked up. Well early this morning she threw up twice it was just dog food. She hasn't thrown up since then. And has been to the vet they wanted to do a X ray and blood work due to her being a little tense )but she doesn't like to be man handled which they put a muzzle on her and had picked her up.) Her temp was 101 which from my understanding is normal for a dog. She was a little week in the hind legs but seem to be ok now as she has been running around playing with her Sister. She is drinking just fine and I am currently making her some Chicken and rice to see if she holds it down. What are the chance that it's a blockage and not just a tummy issues. I am no to the whole blockage scenario

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Vomiting in dogs may occur for a variety of reasons which may or may not be clinically significant. It is true that dogs have a higher body temperature (approximately 100 - 103ºF with 103.5ºF considered slightly feverish) than humans. In dogs with history of chewing sticks and holding rocks in their mouth may be more at risk of a foreign body obstruction in the gastrointestinal tract, x-rays would help in confirming this. The vomiting may be caused by eating habits (if a dog eats too quickly and inhales air), foreign bodies, infections, parasites, poisons, ulceration or cancer; if the episode was a one off occurrence, monitor Ka’ya and feed her some small meals after a few hours ensuring that she has access to water. If the vomiting continues, she displays signs of pain or other symptoms present, visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Satch
American Pit Bull Terrier
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

Our 12 year old pittie was diagnosed with rectal adenocarcinoma back in June. The vet didn't expect Satch to live much longer, and suggested we start a pain management regimen to keep him comfortable. This seems to have worked for the most part. However, all day today he refused to eat. After 26 hours of not eating, I decided to cook up some ground beef and add it to his food. He finally ate! 3-4 hours later he vomited everything up. It doesn't look like anything even digested. (Vomit was clear liquid with his dog food still whole). He's still acting the same, although he's always been a stoic dog. We've been "preparing" to let him go ever since we found the rectal mass back in June. Is it time? How will I know? Should I simply give him soft wet food? I'm worried that the cancer has metastasized and spread to his GI tract, causing an obstruction. The vet told me I "will know" when it's time to let Satch go. Is that now? He doesn't seem to be in any pain and is acting like his usual self. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Determining the end of your loved ones life is never an easy subject. You know Satch better than anyone else and have the best interest in his health and welfare. The loss of appetite may be an indicator of a milestone in the progression of the adenocarcinoma or may be something unrelated. I would try to encourage Satch with some wet food (not home cooked food) to see if he can keep that down. If Satch isn’t exhibiting any pain or discomfort and is his usual self it is safe to try different foods to encourage him to eat; if he has pain, becomes lethargic, continues to refuse to eat or you notice any other clinical sign, visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zephyr
Border Collie
9 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Vomiting

I have a 9 week old border collie. While I was at work today he chewed a cord that was not plugged into the wall in half today, and ate some of the dry wall. I came home to diarrhea on his pee pads. I took him for a walk (he had diarrhea twice on his walk), fed him some treats on the walk, he ate his supper, drank water, was playful as usual. He went for a nap, came over to me gagging and threw up 3 times in a row, seemed like everything he had ate, treats and food. There was a piece of cord in his vomit. He drank some water and laid down for another nap, came out gagging and threw up about 2 more times, the last time was just liquid. Should I take him to the vet immediately, or where he threw up a piece of cord I could monitor him tonight and take him in the morning?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The electrical cord may have solid copper wire for strands of wire inside, if there are strands of wire, there may be some stuck in his gastrointestinal system; electrical cord plastic sheathing may leach irritants when in contact with stomach acid. Dry wall is typically not toxic to dogs, again it may irritate the gastrointestinal tract causing Zephyr to vomit and have diarrhoea. It is possible that some drywall has impacted and caused an obstruction so I always recommend visiting a Veterinarian after ingestion of foreign objects or materials to ensure that everything is OK and to ensure that the objects have left the system. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Blaze
Bloodhound
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Increased thirst
Vomiting
Increased Urination

5.5 year old neutered bloodhound pit bull mix, had be polydipsia/polyuria for the past few days. Is a known forgein body eater, keeping food and water down, threw up bile on my bed this morning then 30 minutes later threw up my husbands sock. Is he pd/pu something more serious?! I tend to overthink things as I was a vet tech for 6 years.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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As you will know from your time as a Vet Tech that polydipsia (excessive drinking) and polyuria (excessive urination) are general symptoms that may be indicative of a variety of different conditions including foreign bodies, poisoning, infections (pyometra in females), endocrine based conditions (Diabetes, Cushing’s, Addison’s), dietary (too much salt) or medication (Diuretics). The eating of foreign objects doesn’t make this case easier and also puts Blaze at a higher risk of a poisoning event. The vomiting is probably directly correlated to the consumption of foreign objects and the polydipsia and polyuria may be connected or part of another condition; monitor Blaze over a period of time (few days to a week) and see if he has changes in behaviour (lethargy, mood swings etc…), abdominal pain, skin lesions, loss of appetite and if the polydipsia and polyuria continue, if so visit your Veterinarian for a physical examination. Also, try to limit what Blaze may consume by ensuring that there aren’t socks, hand towels, tights etc… laying around for him to consume; you would be surprised (or may be not with your experience) by what a dog can eat. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ruby
Lab mix
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Little Appetite
Vomiting

I have a 1 year old dog. We got her 10 months ago. She is an avid chewer. She has bouts of diarrhea and vomiting. Her stool is always loose and mucous like. It's formed
Somewhat. She has bile vomiting a few times a week. They have done blood work once and stool samples and urinalisis... all fine. We did an allergy test and found she was allergic or borderline to like 15 things. We switched her food around march or April
But I haven't noticed improvement. I also have used a probiotic since then. She is thin and doesn't have much of an appetite ever. She doesn't seem to drink a lot either. I am at a loss at where to go from here.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Allergies in dogs are always difficult to manage, especially if there is fifteen or so known allergens for Ruby; even if you eliminate them from her diet, there might be environmental allergens that are difficult or impossible to control. Dealing with food allergies can be difficult as many commercial diets contain many ingredients that some dogs may develop allergies to; finding a balance is the most important goal and feeding Ruby a diet exclusively for around twelve weeks (which means no treats, edible chew toys etc…) can be difficult especially if you see no improvement then moving on to another diet. Also, ensure that if Ruby is an avid chewer as you described, that there is nothing that she is chewing that may be causing her gastric irritation causing vomiting (vomiting bile is normally due to an empty stomach) and diarrhoea. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ella
Australian Shepherd
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Lethargy

Ella our Australian shepherd golden retriever mix ate the rest of s rotisserie chicken with the bones and everything. We took her to the vet immediately and they recommend at home care. She did great and then in the morning on Saturday she did not want to eat or drink anything and she looked vary uncomfortable so we rushed her to the emergency vet they hospitalized her over night. She had three bags of IV fluids and they gave her some other medications as well. We got to take her home on Sunday. They gave us tramadol, gas-x and Prevacid to give her. I guess she had been pretty gassy with them and she still is with us. She has only had two bowel movements since this happened on Friday. Both bowel movements were today on Sunday. She hasn't been drinking much on her own but she is eating and with her food we are mixing in a cup of water to keep her hydrated. I'm still really worried she may have an obstruction, but if it has been this long and she has had two bowel movements should we still be worried?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally if a dog manages to get the bones down to the stomach, then there is a good chance that they will pass through without a major problem; it may take time and may cause a great deal of discomfort, but they should pass through (it helps with Ella being a medium sized dog). The goal of treatment in this case is to ensure that Ella remains hydrated, consumes food and remains comfortable; if she stops drinking and eating, exhibits a pain response or shows any new clinical signs, visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pythia
German Shepherd
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My dog was over at my in laws and they didn't tell me until today because she had been puking that she had eaten the bark off of some firewood logs. She pottied this morning and peed but she keeps puking. I've given her her pumpkin purée she did puke as soon as I gave her water but since has gone and gotten water on her own and hasn't puked. Should I be worried? 85 wasn't the actual wood part she ate just the bark She is acting normal and her tummy doesn't feel hard she will let me touch it and she doesn't whimper or anything

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Tree bark can also pose risks to dogs from a physical (splintering, obstruction etc…) or chemical (poison or toxins – some firewood may have been used and treated with chemicals) point of view. It is very likely that Pythia’s stomach has been irritated and is causing her to vomit; in cases of suspected poisoning I always recommend visiting a Veterinarian for preventative treatment – mainly to reduce the possibility of the toxin reaching the blood stream and to alleviate clinical signs. Your Veterinarian would examine Pythia abdomen to see if there is any masses or obstructions as well as checking other clinical signs which may indicate a problem. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Eevee
Border Collie
9 Months
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Inappetant
Defecating Less
Vomitting

This morning around 4am my dog vomited bile and yesterday and this morning she has defecated but in very small amounts, no diarrhea though. She didn't want to eat breakfast this morning which is unlike her. What are the possibilities of a possible blockage?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is always possible for an intestinal blockage, especially in younger dogs that are more curious and more likely to eat something they shouldn’t. Intestinal blockage may be caused by foreign bodies, parasites, intestinal disorders or tumours (she is young for tumours); other causes of vomiting may be poisoning, systemic disease, infections or dietary problems. Vomiting bile would indicate an empty stomach at the time of vomiting, diarrhoea isn’t always present in cases of obstruction, but usually is; Eevee’s loss of appetite is probably due to the vomiting and may take some time to come back. I would watch her for signs of pain, straining or discomfort and ensure that she is remaining hydrated. If you don’t see any improvement or you notice new clinical signs like diarrhoea, fever or anything else, visit your Veterinarian for a physical examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My Teddy started out with hunched shoulders head to the side. Vet did a health blood panel, nothing showed up but next day blood in urine and high white blood cells. On cipro and other one with potosiom 850 Mg. He was on antibiotics for 3 months before for skin infection from fleas. Really sound like it but (blood in urine)
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Finnley
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My dog seems to have eaten 2 puppy pads last night while in his kennel. He was acting normal in the morning and running around. I did see some of it in his stool that morning. I took him to the vet and they said to watch him for now. No X-rays. He drank water and would eat some food and take treats.
Before going to be he ate some more food and water, about 11:30pm. Then I woke up at 2am to him jumping off the bed and he threw it all up. I let him go potty again and he drank more water and took a small bit of his food as he walked by. Do you think he needs to go back in? He will let me palate his tummy and it doesn't appear to bother him at all. Now he is just laying in bed sleeping like normal with me and my other dog.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that the puppy pads are having some trouble passing through Finnley’s system, if the pads are passing through his system slowly there is no need for surgical intervention; this is why your Veterinarian told you to keep an eye on him. The puppy pads may have caused irritation to his gastrointestinal system which is why he may have vomited after eating, until he passes the puppy pads, the best thing is to feed him small portions more often to decrease the chance of vomiting. If he shows signs of pain, diarrhoea or vomiting visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buster
Puggle
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy, decreased appetite, vomiting

Medication Used

Pepcid 20 mg BID
Reglan 5 mg TID
Flagyl 125mg BID,

My dog has been sick for almost 9 days. Been to the vet twice (they did cbc, Chem panel, 2 x-rays of the abdomen, and take home antiemetics, Flagyl and subcutaneous fluids) the only abnormality was low potassium and chloride which I expected from the vomiting. The xrays didnt indicate a bowel obstruction. He's having normal bowel movements, but lethargic, vomiting,weight loss and no interest in food or water (he is very food driven). We'veven been force feeding him high fat food and water and been giving him 200cc of SQ lactate ringers. What do I do? My vet suggested taking him to the ER.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for the symptoms that Buster is presenting; your Veterinarian already carried out the usual tests which usually determine the reason for loss of appetite, vomiting and lethargy. Causes for these symptoms include infections, gastrointestinal disease, hormonal disease, autoimmune disease, poisoning or foreign bodies. I have seen some cases (including with my own Yorkie) where a dog vomited shortly after eating and wouldn’t entertain food until an appealing type of food was found (usually a wet meaty food); after eating the new food, the dog still wouldn’t revert back to the original dry food but would eat dry food from another company, it is a low cost test to try which may help. It may be a case that needs to be referred to a specialist if Buster doesn’t find his appetite soon. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Beckett
Goldendoodle
1yr 3mnths
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

yesterday 11-1 I noticed he threw-up and it was pieces of a stick and rock, later that night he threw up again this time it was his food; today he threw up his treat, then threw up again some rice. He has been drinking small amts of water, lounging not as playful, urinating well, no tenderness or mass noticed when assessed his abdomen, he had an episode of liquid diarrhea tonight. I have given 3 500mg of flagyl within 1.5 days; we keep flagyl near by as he enjoys chewing on things. Unsure if I should just keep assess him, giving him fluids and flagyl or taking him in to the vet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In suspected cases of gastrointestinal tract obstruction (or sharpe foreign bodies) I always prefer to recommend visiting a Veterinarian to be on the safe side as items like sticks can pose a serious threat if they puncture the gastrointestinal tract which can lead to complications like pneumothorax, peritonitis and possibly death. The liquid diarrhoea Beckett is suffering from is probably more from an irritation of the gastrointestinal tract than an infection; again a Veterinary examination with possibly x-rays would help put your mind at rest. In dogs which have a habit of eating anything and everything, I would recommend using a wire basket muzzle to prevent Beckett from eating anything she shouldn’t whilst outside. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bow
Labrador Retriever
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Tender Stomach
Lethargic
Coughing

This past Wednesday night our lab was acting sluggish. He wouldn't go down any stairs and was moving slow. Thursday he would not move off our couch. We would put him outside. Normally he is impossible to walk but he was moving slow and clumsy. Loose stool, and light brown in color. Stomach tensed when touched. We went to a vet and had blood and X-rays done. X-rays showed food in stomach and gas. Nothing alarming. Blood test showed only low red blood cell but not significant enough to alarm the doctor. Noted dehydrated. Vet Friday gave pain killer and suspects tissue pain. Saturday he has slept, minimal movement, alert but still seems unsteady. Low appetite, increased water intake, and what sounds like a cough. The vets seem so unsure as to what is the cause. Help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The blood tests and x-rays carried out by your Veterinarian would have ruled out the usual suspects: intestinal obstruction, anatomical anomalies (small or large liver, kidneys etc…), some systemic diseases and tumours. Neuropathic pain can be difficult to diagnose and may present as localised pain, depression and loss of appetite; the causes of neuropathic pain are conditions affecting the spinal cord, the obvious culprits like luxation of the spine or intervertebral disk disease should have been picked up on the x-ray, but general inflammation of the nerves are not visible on an x-ray. Anti-inflammatory drugs may be beneficial. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Boomer
Great Dane
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Mucous in Stool
Lethargy
Vomiting
Burping

My dane had deficated normal stool this am. Then throughout day became very lethargic, only wants to lay on couch. Won't walk around much outside. Husband said he didn't seem too interested in breakfast (very odd). I got him to eat a small amount and he slowly did while gagging. Then lots of water. I gave him small syringe of hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting which only produced gagging. He dedicated once more soft orange mucous stool. Then attempted to vomit after with no substantial production. Help! He's been known to eat EVERYTHING, even socks. Blockage??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Boomer has an obstruction given his symptoms and eating everything; this lethargy may be connected to pain or discomfort and reluctance to eat may be due to something in his stomach. If you suspect that there is an obstruction you should visit your Veterinarian; in cases where a dog has been know to eat socks and similar items, inducing vomiting may be in vain and cause unnecessary pain. Palpation of Boomers abdomen and possibly x-rays would be required to determine the cause and location of the problem. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Angus
Labrador Retriever
10 Months
Moderate condition
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Our dog Angus had intestinal bloackage 2 days ago. We took him to the vet where they spotted a sock and proceeded to schedule and emergency surgery. His surgery was yesterday at 430am, it has been 36 hour since surgery. Angus shows no interest in food. We've tried rice and chicken, wet food, his regular food softened with water. Is it normal after this procedure to not have an appietite for a few days? Also,he was given metoclopramide for guy mobility. 30 minutes after giving him this medication, yellowish water substance pours out of his mouth. We were told to contact the vet if he throws up, but this is more like water. Should we be alarmed?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is normal for a dog to have a loss of appetite after surgery, especially on the gastrointestinal tract. Encouraging Angus to eat is important (as you know), usually if a dog isn’t entertaining their food, feeding cooked rice and boiled chicken usually gets them going again as it is palatable for them and also not irritating to the stomach; if he still doesn’t eat this, return to your Veterinarian. The yellow water would be due to an empty stomach and bile refluxing into the stomach causing irritation which would cause him to vomit; the metoclopramide is an antiemetic which is anti-vomiting, but a dog may still vomit if the stomach is irritated enough. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Spike
Bulldog
6
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Bleeding

My bulldog had a surgery two days ago. His colon was emptied. The vet opened his abdomen and manualy with applying of warm water through his anus softened the stuff that was inside and emtied it through his anus again. It contained cartilages from chicken that was making him constipated. First day after surgery he was bleeding from his anus. 2nd day he was still bleeding but it was not that strong. Today 3rd day he had a stool with some blood but after he was walking he started to bleed again this blood is light red. Since the surgery he is taking one pill of marfloxin (antibiotics) to prevent any infections. Btw my dog is epileptic and is using one pill a day of phenobarbital. My vet said it is normal but I doubt that. Please give me some advice. The vets in Bosnia and Hercegovina where we live are a helpless case

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Recovery from surgery can take time; usually surgery on the intestinal tract heals quickly, however in some cases recovery can be longer; continuing treatment until the end of the treatment schedule is important. Some bleeding can be expected as the gastrointestinal tract is motile which would put stress on any sutures placed which may lead to some bleeding during recovery; as long as the bleeding stops within a few days and gets progressively less, there isn’t much to be concerned about. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tide
Daschund
3 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Stomach Tenderness
Lethargy

My daschund accidentally got into a few rib bones that had been grilled and now he seems to be a little tender near his tummy. He's eating fine but seems a little lethargic as well. Should I take him to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cooked bones always pose a threat to a dog’s internal health as they are brittle and splinter easily; usually dogs will pass the cooked bones without much fuss but there is always a risk of a splintered bone puncturing the gastrointestinal tract. The abdominal tenderness may be due to irritation of the gastrointestinal tract due to the bones and the lethargy may be due to discomfort. If you notice Tide isn’t eating, shows signs of pain, fever or any other worrying symptoms, visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

 

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Luna
Puggle
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Vomiting
Drinking lots of water

A week ago Luna shredded and ate the bottom half of a men's sock. Two days later she vomited two large pieces and she passed small bits of the sock in her stool until about three days ago. Two nights ago, Luna vomited her food from her 4pm dinner at about midnight - it was swelled but still whole pieces of kibble. Since then she has eaten 4 meals and drank water regularly. She had normal bowel movements until this afternoon when she had diarrhea. Luna has diarrhea sporadically and the vet has assumed she has allergies, so this is not necessarily unusual. However, we are starting to get concerned that this, along with vomiting before, is because of the sock causing a blockage. She did eat a treat after she had diarrhea and appears to have normal energy. What should we do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The symptoms may be connected to the sock or may be connected to another item which has been consumed. You mentioned that the bottom half of the sock was consumed, did you piece together the vomited / excreted pieces (only roughly to get an idea) to see if there was any remaining pieces? If the symptoms continue you would need to visit your Veterinarian to palpate Luna’s abdomen or to have an x-ray to determine if there is a mass or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pebbles
Miniature Schnauzer
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
uncomfortable
Lethargic

Last night, my sister's father in law was feeding my dog food at the dinner table. There was only fried fish, potatoes and chicken at the table. I'm hoping he didn't feed her bones and I don't think he did but she is really worrying me. She is shaking and in obvious pain. Sort of lethargic. She wouldn't sit still for more than a few minutes before getting up to do stretches with her back legs stretched out behind her. She has gone outside to vomit but only after eating grass. She vomited grass and some white foam with it. Now she is sleeping beside me but every 10 minutes or so, starts to stretch a little bit. I am doing co-op at a vet hospital and we're not open on Sundays except we have the doctor on call. I want to know if we can just giver her some pumpkin or pepto bismol or is it serious enough for me to go call the clinic and ask the doctor to check her out?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many reasons why Pebbles is having problems with her gastrointestinal tract, I don’t understand why people feed their pets from the dinner table; when people eat their food they season with salt which can be hazardous to a dog’s health not to mention grease and spices which may irritate or even poison a dog. Additionally, fish bones or cooked chicken bones (when chicken bones are cooked they dry out and become brittle) may irritate, obstruct or puncture the oesophagus, stomach or intestines. Pepto-bismol will only be beneficial in cases of stomach irritation, but wouldn’t hurt; but remember pepto-bismol can turn the stool black which may hide the signs of digested blood in the faeces. If Pebbles is in obvious pain, I would recommend Veterinary attention immediately as she shouldn’t need to suffer, but the decision to visit your Veterinarian now or in the morning is your decision. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Torque
Pitbull mix
14 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Low energy
Vomiting

My 14 week old pitbull mix had vomited consistently since 4am yesterday morning. Called the vet and fed him small amount of bland rice and chicken. He than vomited everything up and continued to vomit so we took him to emergency. He was given fluids and anti- nausea medication. I was told to watch him and if he vomited with the medication to get x-Rays done. He may have swallowed some rawhide but we are not sure. He wants to sleep a lot but no pain and still wants to eat and drink. Since he's so young I'm conserned he has a blockage but he still wants to eat?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would suspect a blockage too, a quick x-ray would easily help to confirm or rule out the presence of an obstruction whether it is caused by food, a treat or foreign body (puppies are notorious for eating anything and everything they shouldn’t). Whilst dogs with an obstruction usually lose their appetite, in some cases they don’t. I would wait to see if he vomits with the antiemetic and then have him in for x-rays and further tests if required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Harley
Chihuahua
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy
Vomiting
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

Amoxicillin

I brought my dog to the ER saturday because she was very lethargic, had not eaten in 2 days, and was dry heaving. The vet did an ultrasound and x ray and also some bloodwork. She said everything came back normal except the elevated WBC, but was concerned about a blockage since she couldn't see Harley's stomach clearly (it is too small). She was given amoxicillin. her abdomen is not distended or rigid, and she doesn't appear to be in pain, but is still vomiting. Not sure what I should do at this point, as I don't know if the vomiting is a side effect of the amoxicillin, or if she may have a blockage, even though she doesn't seem to be in pain? She has been perking up a little but the loss of appetite and the vomiting concerns me.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The vomiting that Harley is suffering from is probably due to an empty stomach, the gastric acid irritating the stomach can lead to vomiting. An intestinal obstruction is possible, although would normally show up on an x-ray; did your Veterinarian suggest any mineral oil to help the suspected obstruction along or pepcid to reduce acid in the stomach? An elevated white blood cell count doesn’t always indicate a bacterial infection; inflammation, parasites, allergies, chronic disease, cancer or hormonal changes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jasmine
Labrador Retriever
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Our 6 yr old lab has diabetes. She is on 28 units of insulin twice a day and has been doing well for the past 6 months. Yesterday morning she started diarrhea. Greenish, very watery. In the past 24 hours she goes about every 2 hours. I cant fast her because of diabetes. Holiday weekend, vet is closed. What should I do. Could this be a sign of an obstruction. She isnt vomiting.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for a dog having greenish diarrhoea which may include giardia, viral infection (with or without bacterial overgrowth), dietary changes among other causes; ideally a faecal examination and physical examination by your Veterinarian would help narrow down the cause. If possible visit an Emergency Veterinarian, especially if Jasmine is getting dehydrated; if there is no Veterinarian at all open during this holiday ensure that you keep her hydrated. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Paco
Labrador Retriever
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Vomiting
Lethargic

My dog was sleeping an awful lot this morning and seemed rather normal. When I gave him his food, he started eating it slowly. Now, he's vomited and when he pooped, it was just small ball shapes. He didn't eat any more food and he drools occasionally. He has eaten socks in the past, and we had to take him to the vet, but our financial situation isn't the best at the moment, so I'm a bit worried of it being something really serious.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes dogs, like people, will have a day when they don’t have a full appetite and their stool movements are slow; it is usually nothing to worry about unless it lasts longer than half a day or a day. However, in dogs with a history of eating socks and other items, there is a chance that he has eaten something he shouldn’t (items shouldn’t be left out); if you are concerned about his motility, canned pumpkin (plain) may get things moving or mineral oil. If the symptoms persist, he exhibits pain or other symptoms visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Benji
Miniature Schnauzer
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

We think that my dog, miniature Schnauzer, 6,5 years old ate an small balloon( we note that was missing one piece on the latex paws package)
, we took him to emergency room and they induce him to vomit but nothing appear. He is doing great, eating, pooping, everything normal, just today in the morning, after 3 days, he just had one small vomit and then he back to eat, poop, all normal. Should I need to be concern? By the way, in Pet smart, a lot of latex paws are or was opened before, maybe it came with one missing :-).....thanks!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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So there is a statistical probability that he didn’t swallow anything? Going to an Emergency Veterinarian was the right step just in case; otherwise a wait and see approach maybe taken (thankfully balloons aren’t sharp which may puncture something), monitor Benji’s faeces for the balloon as well as signs of inflammation like mucus and blood (fresh or dark). If you encounter any abnormal symptoms rush him back to a Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Marshmellow
English Bulldog
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

No bowel movement

Marshmellow broke in to the pantry about a week ago and ate an entire bag of rawhides. He also ate a bag of Godiva chocolates on Monday (threw up the wrappers 2 days later). He's been a bad and sneaky dog!!! He hasn't pooped in a day now and I know rawhides in excess can cause blockages. He's eating and drinking and playing normal otherwise. I just gave him some Fruitables pumpkin (at 6:45p) to see if that helps move things along. When should I get worried that he has a blockage or would I have known by now?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Didn’t Marshmellow show any signs of chocolate poisoning after eating Belgian chocolate? Symptoms of chocolate poisoning usually present within 12 to 24 hours after ingestion. If he hasn’t had a bowel movement for a few days after eating all the rawhide and chocolate it would be best to visit your Veterinarian to have a feel of his abdomen and to possibly have an x-ray done to see if there is a blockage which may need to be removed surgically. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rossi
Labrador Retriever
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy
No appetite
Shivering
No drinking water

Rossi our 2 yr old Labrador isn't eating, or drinking today. Very lethargic, looks uncomfortable, eyes are struggling to focus. He's lying down only. He ate a 1.5 inch piece of steak as table scraps last night. Not sure he chewed it properly. He knawed on a small piece of fire wood last night. About 3 days ago he was at the Vet for a cortisone injection and put on doxydog for fluish-like symptoms and eye inflammation. About 5 days ago he was given a raw fatty bone (bought from the butcher). I suspect either nausea from the meds or an obstruction for the bones or piece of steak. What do you think we should do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A loss of appetite and lethargy are common side effects of many different medications but the shivering may be indicative of pain; with the table scraps (never feed table scraps as seasoning and condiments may be toxic for dogs), firewood and raw bone it is possible that Rossi has an intestinal obstruction or at very least a sore tummy. Try to encourage drinking, even if you need to do so by hand (syringe etc…), if it continues it would be best to have Rossi examined by his Veterinarian as mineral oil and other treatments may cause more pain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks Dr Turner. Another symptom followed a few mins ago - he urinated on the couch. This has never happened before. Will follow your advice above. Much appreciated.

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Ruger Wilson
Boxer
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy, decreased appetite, vomiting
Lethargy, not eating or drinking whimpered
Lethargic

Ruger is a boxer puppy 6 months old and was chewing on sticks from a tree yesterday. He has whimpered and is somewhat lethargic and has not eaten or drank since then. Should I take him to the vet immediately?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you suspect that Ruger has a foreign body, it would be best to visit your Veterinarian especially if he isn’t eating or drinking. Foreign objects like sticks may cause penetrative injury to the gastrointestinal tract in severe cases and may require emergency surgery. Your Veterinarian (or Emergency Veterinarian as it is Sunday) would most probably have an x-ray taken of Ruger’s chest and abdomen to determine if there is a foreign object or any other obstruction before recommending surgery or any other treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mocha
Pomeranian
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Just recently my 3 month old Pomeranian puppy has been eating WEE WEE pads he won't stop no matter how hard I try recently I pulled out a small pice of the wee wee pad from his mouth and I even found more in his stool. Could this cause a shortage of breath

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As far as I am aware the Wee Wee Pads are not toxic, however the passage of shredded pads through the gastrointestinal system can be painful which may lead to a shortage of breath due to pain. Mocha is trying to pass possibly a large quantity of this material (which has a moisture absorbent layer so it will swell a little) which will be painful; I would highly recommend visiting a Veterinarian for an examination and an x-ray to see if there is any obstruction or other problem caused by the consumption of these pads. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jackson
pitbull
2.5 years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Excessive Drooling
Diarrhea
Thirsty
Vomiting

Jackson was having trouble pooping yesterday, he did no poop for a whole 24 hour period.
This morning Jackson pooped and it was nothing out of the ordinary. At 8pm Jackson vomited a liquidy brown vomit that smelled a lot like poop, with an unknown solid in it. He vomited pure brown liquid that smelled like poop again about 10 minutes after the first vomit. He then went outside and pooped but it was very soft. He pooped once again and it was diarrhea, just straight liquid. He went to poop again, but just strained, nothing actually came out. He is back inside at 9:30 and eating his food like nothing happened.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The possible causes for vomit smelling like faeces are intestinal obstruction or eating faeces; since you mentioned that Jackson vomited an unknown solid up, that may have been the cause of the problem (he may have been able to expel it). If Jackson is now behaving normally (eating, drinking, active, no signs of abdominal pain), I would keep a close eye on him to see if he vomits again and to check his stool; if he shows signs of pain, continues vomiting or any other concerning symptom visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daphne
Labrador Retriever
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Poor Appetite
Flatulence

We have a 4.5 year old Lab Mix who stole and ate corn cobs 2 days ago. She hasn't eaten her kibble we put out this morning (it's now 11pm) and she's having terrible smelling gas. Should I be worried about a blockage?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Daphne will need to visit her Veterinarian immediately as corncobs aren’t digestible and will attempt to pass ‘as is’ through the gastrointestinal system causing obstruction, pain and may lead to perforation of the gastrointestinal tract. Please treat as an Emergency and visit a Veterinarian for surgical removal. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gizmo
Dachshund
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Poor Appetite
Vomiting
Coughing

We have had our dog to the vet twice in the last 10 days. The first time the vet suspected a blown disk in her back based off of behavior. She was prescribed rymadol but would vomit with each dose. The second visit a few days later the vet did blood work which came back normal. She was given a dexamethazone shot and sent home. Gizmo has slowly lost interest in food and this afternoon she vomited the little bit that she did eat. She is drinking water quite frequently. We are at a loss as what to do. We have already spent $300 and have not solved her ailments. What should we do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The suspicion of a blown disk would have been based on general behaviour and Gizmo’s breed; x-rays should have been carried out to confirm or rule out spinal issues. There are a few reasons for a dog to have behavioural changes and to lose their appetite, these may include foreign bodies, dental problems, tumours, infections, parasites, aging, heart failure, poisoning or autoimmune disease to name a few. An examination of the mouth is important to ensure that there isn’t some pathology causing pain during eating, x-ray’s of the chest and abdomen would rule out any foreign bodies or tumours as well as follow up diagnostic tests as required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My puppy is 6 months he has been to the ER twice he has Xrays, blood test all work done cause he starts vomiting and sometimes diarrhea all results comes normal but every other week I notice his he loose appetite, diarrhea come back stomach making growling sounds what would you recommend me to do? And is there any specific doctor for that I should consider. Thanks

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Katy
Pittbull mix
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Not Active
Not pooping
not playing
Not Eating
Excessive Thirst

Medication Used

Famotidine 20mg
Cerenia tablets

I have a 6 year old pit bull and I think she got into the trash and ate something she shouldn't have and she won't eat nor poop. She also can't walk that well nor get up because her belly is so inflamed. I went to the vet and they took a blood test for the pancreas and it came back fine and they gave me Famotidine 20 mg for every 12 hours and Cerenia tablets 60 mg for every 24 hours. Are these medications going to help? Also the vet wanted to give her a shot to make the pills work faster or something, but it was a little pricier for me.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cerenia is an anti-emetic (prevents vomiting) and famotidine reduces stomach acid (Pepcid is a brand name); these medication will normally calm a bad stomach and will ensure that a dog keeps down their food whilst recovering. If there is a different cause, like intestinal obstruction, these medications will not have an effect. If you suspect there is an intestinal blockage, mineral oil or feeding pure pumpkin can promote motility in the intestines; but ideally an x-ray would be best to visualise any obstruction and to determine if it can be moved along medically or would require surgery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Is there anything that won't showw up on xra?

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Copper
Corgi/Golden Mix
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

gurgling noises
whimpering
Vomiting

Medication Used

anti nausea
dog morphine

My 10 year old Corgi/Spaniel looking mix got a hold of a bone yesterday I picked him up and was able to take most of the bone away but he still ate some. I put him outside and my mother discovered him shortly after vomiting white foam like spit up in the backyard and making swallowing notions and acting as if he could breathe steady (panting quickly) We took him to the emergency vet and they performed an xray and saw no bone obstruction in his xray only an enlarged esophagus and lots of air in his stomach due to what the vet said was from anxiety and excessive panting. They even sent his xray over to another vet for a second opinion on if we should do a scope. They suggested pain meds and anti nausea meds and told us to monitor him tonight and see if the symptoms subside. Tonight hes still had a lot of spitting up clear slime with white foam . and making gurgling noises (like cold in your throat) like he's having difficulty breathing and choking on it and tries to throw up. (Though the vet says his airways are clear. He's been uneasy and whimpering as well as unable to keep water down i'm not sure if thats just from nausea yet. But I fear he may have a gastrointestinal blockage that just isnt visible by the basic xray we did. I would like to try a barium xray and wonder if this is the best route? What might you thing the issue is with my dog? If their is a blockage is endoscopy recommended? Please please help I am very worried and fear my dogs life if a solution isn't found or symptoms don't subside. I am seeking a professional second opinion

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Most intestinal obstructions are seen on an x-ray, however reduction in peristalsis can cause some gastrointestinal issues. An enlarged esophagus and stomach which is dilated by air can be dangerous in some breeds of dog; dilated esophagus may cause a dog to vomit up the contents of the esophagus which if he isn’t eating would be saliva and other fluids. An x-ray with contrast media may not be as productive as we would like, if an obstruction is suspected some treatment may be given to help the possible obstruction along. I would visit your Veterinarian again to ensure that he is at least getting enough hydration and to discuss something to promote intestinal mobility. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sully
Border Collie X
5 years
Fair condition
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So this past Sunday my 35 pound border collie x threw up a tampon, which he only could've gotten thurs/Fri prior as i had to take him to my sister's so our realtor could show our house (I never realized he ate anything) so anyways he did throw up just one, so my first question would be would he have thrown up anymore if he may have eaten more without me knowing?

Second since Sunday I've watched his eating/bowel movements like a hawk and it has all seemed normal.
Today (wednesday) i took him to the vet for am unrelated lump I found behind his arm (ended up being fatty cyst) and so tonight I watched him poop again and it was a little more like diarrhea but also wasn't a lot,however my husband didn't watch his previous potty break so I don't know if he just pooped what he could because I was telling him to poop lol. But wondering as well if this could be because he was stressd from vet visit (REALLY anxious at vet visits) or if we still aren't out of the woods for tampon?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say, if Sully is stressed from visiting his Veterinarian the diarrhoea may be related to that; if he is otherwise eating and drinking normally, I would just keep a close eye on things. It is strange that it took two or three days to bring up the tampon as items like that usually pass through or come up faster. Just keep watching him and ensure that there are no items which he may consume. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Simba
Goldendoodle
8 Months
Moderate condition
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Our dog had surgery for an obstruction 5 weeks ago due to swollowing a sock. He got loose and jumped the gate three days ago and was unattended in our home for about 30 minutes. He is a goldendoodle and is 8 months old. He has never jumped the gate, so we were shocked. Everything was well picked up in our house, but we can't be 100% certain he didn't get into something. He has been eating and going to the bathroom as normal. This morning he did vomit a very small amount of water and a few pieces of kibble from 12 hours prior. Can whole pieces of kibble stay in the stomach for 12 hours after eating or is this a sign of another blockage? If it is a sign, how damaging is it to have two surgeries within only 5-6 weeks time? Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Kibbles take a while to get digested, depending on the type and quality it can take around six hours for a kibble to digest; if Simba has some stomach upset, this process may be slowed down due to various factors. If Simba is otherwise OK, eating and drinking I would just keep an eye on him to see his eating habits and whether he vomits again or not. As for surgery; regardless of how long since the last surgery, if he needs surgery he needs surgery - being young he should be alright but shouldn’t make a habit of it. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bruno
Pit bull
9 Months
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

puking

My dog ate a large piece of raw hide 8 days ago. He has been normal with activity and stool. Yesterday he threw up a little but had normal activity and poop/pee. Today he has been lethargic. He ate dinner at 5:00 and threw up the whole thing 3 hours later. I am so worried. He had obstruction surgery about two months ago.

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I cannot see the connection with the consumption of rawhide a week ago and the vomiting which is presenting now; if there were going to be any issue with the rawhide we would have seen it well within 48 hours. If Bruno is prone to the consumption of anything and everything, there is the chance he has consumed something else which may be causing an obstruction; other causes may be a stomach bug, irritation among other issues. Keep an eye on him, but if he is showing signs of pain, diarrhoea or lethargy visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Graycie
Labrador Retriever
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting and decrease appitite

My 8 month old puppy chews a lot. I have noticed a decrease interest in her food over the last few weeks. Now she is not interested at all. I added some pumpkin purée the other day she ate a little bit but when I got home from work she had vomited it all in her crate. So I mixed her food with pumpkin purée, rice and cooked ground turkey and she tries to eat the turkey and rice and leaving her food in the bowl. She is still active and is drinking. Her stool the past 2 days have been normal but have been a very small amount of stool, but she hasn't been eating her normal serving of food. Should I continue to monitor her or should I take her to the vet. I am a nurse, so I have been palpating her belly and she does not wince that it hurts her. Also I think she would refuse to eat if I have not been trying to mix her food, she also is not eating her whole serving.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different causes for a loss of appetite, I would suggest checking her mouth for any retained teeth as I’ve found this is a common problem in dogs Graycie’s age. I would keep an eye on her for another day or so to see if there is any improvement, sometimes a dog like a human can feel a bit off for a few days and return to eating like a champ. If you see no improvement over the next day or so visit your Veterinarian for a check to be on the safe side; if she hasn’t recently received an anthelmintic, to may be worth giving one to see if parasites are the issue. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

She actually is starting to eat better and is getting her appetite back. She also had a normal BM this morning which makes me feel better. She just must have had a upset belly!

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Yoshi
Coton de Tulear
5mo
Mild condition
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Yoshi was slightly impacted this morning, and straining to poo. I soaked him in warmer for a bit, and was able to remove the impacted fecal matter. Since then, he has had multiple small, watery pencil thin stools. He otherwise seems fine. Running, playing, and gobbled down the small amount of dinner I gave him. Could his possibly be an obstruction??

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If Yoshi is otherwise alright I would keep a close eye on him, if there is a lot of hair around his anus I would recommend you clipping the hair around the area. There are many possible causes and at this stage you should just observe if he has a healthy appetite and is otherwise active; an obstruction would be painful and would cause him to want to rest. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Desmond
Goldendoodle
3 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Gas
Vomiting

My 3 year old Goldendoodle vomits fairly frequently, usually it's just clear foam after eating grass. Two months ago he vomited foam with red specks in it. He was acting fine, still eating. Last week he did it again. We took him to our vet who did blood work and that came back all normal. She didn't think it was blood due to the red being so brightly colored after it had hit the air for hours before we found it. We took away his red toys thinking that might be it. Yesterday he threw up dark brown liquid. Could this be an obstruction? He is still eating and drinking regularly and acting normal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what the specific cause is, especially with the change of vomiting from mucus with red flecks in there to vomiting brown liquid; the brown liquid may be due to duodenal reflux, digested blood or consumption of non-food items like faeces. I would suggest withholding food until tomorrow morning but keep water freely available, this will allow the stomach chance to rest, in the meantime give Pepcid AC (famotidine) at a dose of 0.25mg/lb twice per day; when you feed in the morning give boiled chicken and rice and see how he goes, if there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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lily
Boxer
16 Weeks
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Coughing

My dog pooped out a tampon yesterday. Prior to that she had been throwing up for the past two days. She is still eating, pooping, and drinking but she has a dry hacking cough that almost sounds like there is something stuck. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The cough may be due to a foreign object, irritant, allergy, infection among other causes; I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian as a dry hacking cough is a characteristic of kennel cough and should be diagnosed as such. If it is kennel cough, your Veterinarian will be able to give you some management options like a cough suppressant and antibiotics if required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Molly
Goldendoodle
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

lathargy

I have a 13 yr old normally very spunky puppy-like golden doodle. She suddenly became very sick and I took her to vet. He thought she had a small bowel obstruction even though he couldn't see anything on xray. She was given fluids, anti nausua shot and 2 tubes of laxanip to try to get things to work out naturally. She hasn't vomited since and has had a couple of good poops but is still not herself. Only wants to eat chicken and broth and certainly energy level way down even though better than onset. Do you think it may be another problem or does it just take longer to recover due to her age?

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It may take some time for Molly to recover and an obstruction can be painful especially when it is working itself out; I would give her a few more days and then start to reintroduce her regular food slowly, if she doesn’t take to it then I would return to your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Willow
Labrador Retriever
10 Months
Mild condition
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so we have a lab puppy, and of course she eats everything in sight. while we were gone at work two days ago she chewed up a towel, I'm not sure if she ingested any at all but yesterday we came home and she had vomited in her cage (it was a yellowish brown with pieces of food) and then she woke up about 6 hours after she had her dinner vomiting again... but other than that she seems normal. doesn't seem to be in pain when I feel around on her abdomen or anything... could this be a blockage?

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It does sound like an obstruction with the vomiting and who knows what else Willow may have consumed apart from the towel; what I’ve seen come out of a dog’s stomach would make a Priest blush. I would take Willow in for an examination to be on the safe side and it is possible that surgery may be required; I’ve found that cloths and towels don’t come up as easy as they go down. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rocket
toy poodle
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Diarrhea straining to poop

Medication Used

antibiotic

My geriatric poodle has seen a vet (last week) for diarrhea. He did a general exam, gave antibiotic, and said to feed him chix n rice -- which we have been for over a week. He does have what appear to be "fatty deposits" and a "small mass" in abdomen -- acc. to the vet. Vet said they are probably just fatty tumors due to age, but if there is an obstruction I wont know unless I subject the dog to $$$ worth of tests. $80 out so far.

He did not seem overly concerned, which concerns me now. Fast forward a week and the dog is still having loose stool and very little of it. Eats well, acts pretty normal, etc. Strains a lot when trying to poop and just stringy, mucousy poo.

I am unsure whether I need to just let it run its course or take him back in. It is usually a 2 hour visit waiting and I am allergic to many other dogs there, so it is very miserable. Just seems like there is more that needs to be done with that "mass" to allow him to poop -- but a $700 vet bill isn't something I can handle. Dog already had a $800 bill a couple years ago where he lost most of his teeth due to neglect from his previous vet telling me the bad breath was because of his breed.....(poor dog).

Seems fine other than the straining to poo and only getting diarrhea. Eats well. Tender to touch and pickup, but he is old and has been touchy like that for some time (couple years).

Side note: also have a Shih-Tzu and a Maltipoo -- ShihTzu had a bit of diarrhea last week as well -- gave antibiotic and seems ok also. Maltipoo (youngest dog) has been fine, no symptoms. All were eating Merrick Food, same, fed on demand (food in bowl during day). Now we feed them twice a day -- two diarrhea dogs on rice and chicken for now -- Maltipoo on regular food with a little rice n chicken on top to entice eating. Minute amounts of other table food or Blue Dog treats once in awhile. Goldfish crackers are their fave, actually.....:)

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Whilst I understand that some diagnostic tests can be expensive, I would suggest having an x-ray and possibly an ultrasound done to check the abdomen and more importantly the intestines for any obstruction. Intestinal obstructions may be caused by foreign bodies, parasites, intestinal disorders (intussusception) among other causes; the link below has some great images of intestinal obstruction and is worth a look. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.veterinaryteambrief.com/sites/default/files/attachments/Imaging%20Intestinal%20Obstruction.pdf

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Pj
Yorkipoo
9 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Pacing

My Yorker poo has been pacing off and on since 6am yesterday morning. He has had 1 bowel movement and urinated several times however he has not eaten. He has drank. He has been given tramadol and robaxin for pain. He is also on vetemedin, enalapril, and fureosemide for heart issues. He has had back pain throughout life but this time he is going out to wear he normally uses the bathroom and walks around but never goes. He has not vomited or had diarrhea but he has not eaten either.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for this behaviour which may include obstructions from foreign objects, parasites or other issues (intestinal disorders) as well as anal gland disorders, tumours, back pain among other causes. Adding a little plain canned pumpkin to his food may encourage him to eat a little and could help soften any stool helping it to come out; if Pj is still not eating or defecating you should return to your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mac
Dalmation/Great Dane
5 Years
Critical condition
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Has Symptoms

Shivering
Vomiting
no pooping

I have had a 5 year old Dalmation/great dane rescue dog for a mth. I took him to Bainfield Hospital the for xrays last week because he chewed a ham bone and a few days later, started vomiting, was unable to poop and refused food and water. I told then suspected an obstruction. They kept him for 12 hours then released him saying xrays did not confirm obstruction. They gave him a shot for nausea and I was told to feed bland diet. They did not feed him the entire time he was there. The shot knocked him out all night. Its been almost 2 weeks. Mac drinks water, then throws it up. He eats small amounts of food then throws that up. He still has not pooped, but with such small increments of food intake, I'm not surprised. He alternates energetic, wanting to eat and drink to the next looking miserable but vomiting episodes increasing to about every hour. Color is yellow to dk green. He vomits water/bile, but there is rarely any of the food in it. He urinates well, and it's a yellow to dark gold color. Yesterday I noticed some intermittiant shivering when he was resting. With good days or bad, he wags his tail and gets up to go outside when I take his leash out. I live alone and cannot afford an expensive surgery and it hurts my heart so much to watch him decline. I paid to surrender this dog and then paid to get him back out the next day because I didn't want him to die alone in some cage. Please advise.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what is happening with Mac, an intestinal obstruction would make sense but if no obstructions was seen on x-ray it is then difficult to say what is going on. Pancreatitis is one condition which jumps to mind which causes lethargy, vomiting and abdominal pain; without examining Mac and doing some tests we cannot know for sure what the underlying cause is. I would suggest visiting another Veterinarian to get their opinion on Mac’s condition to see if they can shed any light on this for you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Brody
Labrador
6 Years
Moderate condition
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My 6 yr old neutered male Lab pooped softly formed clay colored stool yesterday morning, then vomited 5 minutes later, clear water and small amt of foam, no food tho as he did not have breakfast yet. Urinating normally. Ate breakfast of rice and rice for afternoon dinner (he is fed 2x/day). No problems. Normal water, urination and evening walk. Gave him 1/4 cup of sweet potato at 7pm. He vomited just the sweet potato sometime overnite as I found it this morning. Today, green poo (not diarhea) in morning and he strained 3-4 more times to go additional small bits. He looked uncomfortable. Then he ran a bit, usual playful self. Normal short walk. Rice for 10am b-fast and 4.30p dinner. All normal. Drinking water. Etc. Then 8pm walk outside and he vomited his rice from 3 hrs earlier, had small amt yellow liquid in it. I am worried obstruction or bacteria/infection. He eats Greenies dental treats rather fast and recently ate a piece of winter goose poop as they trek south for winter. Can I give him anything to make a dental greenie treat degrade for easy passing? How long should I wait for vet visit? What tests would be most helpful? Thank you in advance for any assistance

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Looking at your question, Brody’s diet doesn’t give much in the way of nutrition; does he have a normal diet as well? It may be that there is an obstruction caused by foreign objects, parasites, infection, overproduction of acid, pancreatic disorders, bile duct obstruction among other causes. I would give Brody another day and try mixing in a bit of boiled chicken with the rice as well as 0.25mg/lb famotidine thirty minutes before food (feed him twice a day). If there is no improvement, you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bowie
Lab mix
2 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Straining To Defecate

For about a month my dog Bowie has had trouble defecating. Not everyday, but definitely a few times a week. He is eating fine, energy level is the same, and is generally not acting any different than usual. He is always getting into pieces of paper, cardboard, and plastic and while he typically just tears it apart, I know he has swallowed some pieces. Could he have an obstruction? Or is it likely something else? When he does have trouble defecating, the stool is very thin, ribbon-like, and soft. He does typically have trouble with his anal glands, so could this just stem from that? Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ribbon like faeces is commonly associated with enlarged anal glands or a mass placing pressure in the rectum around the anus. Without an examination we cannot say whether cause is specifically due to anal glands or foreign objects, but you should have Bowie checked and try to keep objects and rubbish away from him. You should give him a little plain canned pumpkin to loosen his stool a little bit which may help defecation easier. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bullmastiff
11 Years
Serious
Has Symptoms
Vomiting
We have a 11 year old Mastiff who swallowed a piece of slipper and chewed up a toothbrush while we weren't home. She wouldn't lie down and kept almost vomiting... almost a fake vomit... we took her to the the vet and she quoted us $1,900 for a surgery that took less than 2 hours. Glad we did it.. she recovered quickly and is still with us.
German Shepherd
2 Years
Critical
Has Symptoms
Lethargy
Vomiting
Poor Appetite
Constipation
My german shepperd, Louie, has a really nasty habit that I didn’t know about until I moved in with my girlfriend (and her cat) a few months ago. Anyway, I noticed Louie eating cat crap out of the litter box a few times and moved the box but he still gets to it sometimes. So apparently he ate so much the other day that it got all clumped up in his stomack because he stopped eating and drinking and did not poop either when I let him outside. The next day he was just laying there and he even puked a few times. Took him to the vet and it cost me $875 to get all that cat litter removed from his stomack! The litter my girlfriend used was that clumping cat litter that soaks up the moisture and it hardened in Louie’s stomack and blocked him up. The vet said this is normal for dogs to eat from the litter box and suggested we put a baby gate up to keep Louie out of the litter box and we did. We also stopped using that clumping stuff because it is dangerous for Louie and for her cat too.
American Pit Bull Terrier
4 Years
Serious
Has Symptoms
Diarrhea
Vomiting
My dog Sebastian, I call him Sabs for short, loves his rawhides. He’s been eating them most of his life. Lately I noticed he has been refusing to lie down and when he does he seems to take a long time to get in a comfortable position. A few days ago he started vomiting and having diarrhea. I thought it would pass but then he was totally refusing to eat any food, even his favorite treats! I panicked because nothing comes between him and his treats, so this alarmed me and I rushed him to the vet office. The vet examined him, took blood tests and a radiograph. It turns out Sabs has an intestinal obstruction from his rawhide. I couldn’t believe it! He has eaten so many of these things and nothing has ever happened! The vet currently has him on intravenous fluids to help Sabs try to pass the obstruction. If this doesn’t work he will have to have emergency surgery. The vet told me that although rawhides are one of the most popular treats that dogs enjoy, they are very dangerous to the digestive tract and they are also the most common reason for intestinal obstruction.
Hank
Dog
8 Years
Serious
Has Symptoms
Vomiting
My 8yr old pitbull Mastiff had been on prednisone for a few months for lymphoma. He started eating anything in sight which isn't like him. One day he started vomiting and because of his lymphoma diagnosis I called the vet right away. He did xrays and saw a blockage, put him on iv fluids over night to see if it would pass. It didn't, so they ended up going in and removing a cloth from his intestine. Between antibiotics, pains meds, the xrays and surgery it cost us $1250. The good news is that his lymphoma has gone into remission so hopefully he will make a full recovery.
Morgan
Border Collie
Serious
Has Symptoms
Diarrhea
Fever
Licking
Poor Appetite
Our 4 year old border collie who has never eaten raw hide that we bought prior to getting a puppy. She decided she had better get in on the action of eating them or the puppy would. I think she gulped down a big chunk, although we had no idea. Next thing we know, she was have soft stools and refused her treats, not eating at all and running a fever of 104.7 we took her to the er, they had no ideas...valley fever or cancer. Took her to our vet the next day mentioned a couple things that I thought it might involve, one being the raw hide, they did all blood work and ran valley fever test. Guess we got of easy...they gave antibiotics and they gave her the loose stool she needed to get it out...she had obviously, by the look of the yard, been backed up for a bit. Only cost about $400 or so. Now she is totally back to normal...scared us big time.
Spike
Miniature Bull Terrier
8 Months
Serious
Has Symptoms
Diarrhea
Pain
Head Tilt
Vomiting
Our 8 month old miniture bullterrier was playing with the stock outside and chewed on it. Later that day he started pucking, pooping blood and fainted. We went to the vet, he had X-rays, then they were using that machine that lets you look inside and see if the intestines are blocked-which we saw they were out of place and blocked by wood. Surgery took 40 minutes, our vet set up drop counter, was giving him different shots and vitamins. Overall we have to go back for two more sessions with the drop counter, we are on a diet and slowly recovering. It all cost us 10,000 rubles ( we are in Moscow) which is a little over 142$. It was third degree difficulty surgery, if we have waited our Spike wouldn't be here now.
Messi
Labradoodle
5 Months
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Lethargic
Decreased Appetite
Decreased Barking
Our dog was with a friend for 3 days. She said that our dog at a pair of her child's underwear. She has been home for 3 days now and since she came home she has not been herself, lethargic, decreased appetite, not interested in playing, and just not getting as excited as a 5 month old labradoodle should.
Luna
Siberian Husky
3 Months
Fair
Has Symptoms
Dry Heaving
My puppy husky may have swallowed small amounts of rawhide. She doesn't have a diminished appetite, but after she eats or drinks she starts coughing/makes sounds as if she is going to gag (she doesn't). Her poop has been watery lately.
Ice
Siberian Husky
11 Years
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Diarrhea
Straining To Defecate
Mucous In Stool
I have 2 dogs, a husky & a husky-wolf mix. About 3 weeks ago they both ate silicone cupcake wrappers for the 11 year old's birthday (yes, for my dog's birthday). The food inside was safe - Shepherd's Pie. The next day I woke up to vomiting, so we spent his birthday at the vet. The younger mixed dog threw his up 24 hours after eating it, but the birthday boy did not. So, I left him overnight for ultrasound which did not come out well & nothing was found. But I KNOW he ate it. Then next day he was feeling better & they said I could take him home & keep an eye on him. Since then I have tried switching my dogs to a raw food diet. I've been nervous about that with the outstanding silicone wrapper still bouncing around in Ice's tummy. But overall it seemed to be going well. Now, 3 weeks later my 11 year old husky started having diarrhea. He still has a great appetite, he's vibrant & energetic, no vomiting observed, no gas. I came home to a mess of softer stool, mucous still, & liquid stool yesterday; and it's still liquid this morning. (Note: My younger mix also had a day of drooling the day before, so it could be something they ate including the trash they very in to from time to time.)
Pablo
Pug
6 Months
Mild
Has Symptoms
Diarrhea
Loss Of Appetite
Vomitting
I have a six month pug pit who is like a vaccum amd eats everything he sees. My shower curtain fell and i came home to notice that two of my hooks which are wood to hang my curtain had been eaten by my puppy. What should I do?
camilla
Dog
4 Months
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Defecating Less
Poor Appetite
I have a 4 month Labrador-Mix. She usually eats a lot (and also has vaccum cleaner tendencies) I was giving her a dry food meant for smaller dogs (final weight), realized it and just changed to the one meant for her size 5days ago. she was eating the full recommended fortion for 1 day for a puppy her age until 2 days ago now, she still drinks, but i have the impression that it is a bit less than usual She eats treats but doesnt eat her food the same as usual, and she is pooping way less... she doesnt show this "urgency" to poop even in the morning - i take her out around midnight and then about 6:30am.. it take quite a while until she finds "the right" place to poop... until monday/tuesday she was pooping quite a bit, on regulat basis, now, maybe 30% in volume vs. usual... i touch and apply some pressure on her belly and she doesnt flinch or complaint, but nevertheless i'm concerned...
Lewis
Blue Heeler
11 Months
Unknown
Has Symptoms
None
My dog ingested 3-4 tampons (yes, gross) on Feb. 25/17. He's an 11 month old blue heeler, about 35 lbs. We monitored him closely and still are. He eats, drinks, is playful, and has absolutely no signs other than he vomited 36 hours after ingestion and 1 came up. The others I have not seen but it is possible he's passed them without me seeing. I assume he has passed them. My question is, do you think an obstruction would have presented by now as it's been 6 days, or could it be possible they could be hanging out somewhere in his stomach?
Bodacious
English Mastiff
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Lethargic
On Wednesday night our English Mastiff (212lbs) are our daughters training disposal diaper. Only one diaper but still. Thursday I took him into the vet and the X-ray showed he was passing the wet wipes but the diaper was still in his stomach. She gave him an injection to induce vomiting yet he did not throw up the diaper. She told me to do a bulky diet or rice, mashed potatoes, pumpkin purée. ($510.00 visit with no positive results) I have done these food items and it is now Friday afternoon. He has pooped once since but no diaper. He ate a bunch this morning but doesn't want treats or anything. Should I take him back in or wait to see if he passes this.
Tux
Shih Tzu
3 Years
Serious
Has Symptoms
Vomiting
Tux has been on a strict prescription diet for over a year now, because according to our vet he's overweight. He has also been treated for pancreatitis in the past (about 1 1/2 years ago. Because of these two things is not supposed to have anything other than his prescribed food and no treats! Well I have found out my husband has been sneaking treats to Tux, probably the reason he still hasn't reached his goal weight yet! Yesterday afternoon I caught my husband giving Tux a rawhide chew stick that was about 5 inches long. Before I could take it away from him, he swallowed the whole thing. He seemed fine after that and ate his dinner with no problem (he is however, a very fast eater). At about 3AM I heard Tux throwing up. It was his food with what looked like pieces of fiber in it. I kept an eye on him and he seemed fine after that. He ate his breakfast and has been drinking water, both with no problem. Then this evening, about 24 hours after the rawhide stick, he threw up again. This time it was like a huge mass, it was about 8 inches long and 2 inches wide and looked like some type of fiber, almost like some kind of pillow stuffing. But he's never eaten anything like that before, so I'm assuming it was the last of that dang rawhide stick. My question is, should I still be worried and take him to the vet? He is acting like himself, still running and playing. Has been using the bathroom just fine. And is now begging for his dinner as usual. I've just heard so many bad things about rawhide chews and the damage they can do to their digestive tract. I'm just not sure what to do as this point. Should I take him to the vet or just keep an eye on him for the next few days? If he needs to go to the vet, do I need to take him immediately or can I wait until they are open tomorrow? I'd appreciate any advice you can offer. Thank you, Dee
Alphonse
Pittbull Mix
2 Years
Serious
Has Symptoms
Diarrhea
Lethargy
Vomiting
Regurgitating
Not Eating
Nauseated
My 2 yr old pitbull learned to hope fences and ended up a couple yards away a little over a week ago. Days after,he got sick. No eating or drinking at all. Frequent vomiting, diarrhea etc. took him into a vet, they couldn't see any obstructions in an X-ray so they began treating him medically with anti-nausea, pain meds, etc. no improvement. Went to another vet, they suggested surgery. Did that and they didn't find anything so we continued treating him with meds. He's been tested for Parvo and Lepto and come back normal. Blood work has shown no footprints indicative of any toxin ingestion. Pancreatitis was presented as a possibility so now he's on a medication to coat his throat and ease esophagus pain, a new anti-nausea, pepcid, and something else I believe is an anti-inflammatory. He's shown some improvement in terms of energy level but not much. He's drinking a little water but still not eating. He's still throwing up, albeit less frequently. We're 2000+$ in the hole now, and I'm not sure what else to do.
Gia
Golden Retriever
1 Year
Mild
Has Symptoms
Drooling
Vomiting
Loss Of Appetite
Hacking Cough
Loss Of Energy
Eating Grass
My 1-1/2 year old Golden Retriever has had a mild loss of appetite for a couple days. She's been eating copious amounts of grass then throwing it up. Her bowel movements have been normal, and she's drinking normal amounts of water. She doesn't have normal energy levels, but is still energetic (plays and loves her walks). Yesterday she had some bad smelling gas, but not today. Every now and then she'll hack, and she's been drooling on and off. Last night I took her to the emergency vet, who did blood work and x-rays. Both came back normal. She was slightly dehydrated, so they gave her fluids.She's still not better. What is the next step? We keep a close eye on her, as to what she ingests, but of course, it's possible she ate something she shouldn't have and we didn't see it. She is a retriever and lives to have things in her mouth.
Annie
Bernese Mountain
8 Months
Fair
Has Symptoms
Diarrhea
My dog is a Bernese Mountain/Husky and loves to eat mulch and sticks outside, as much as we try to stop her she continues to get ahold of some and eat them. She pooped yesterday and at first it was two pieces of mulch then after it was a loose stool. She has been eating and drinking fine no other symptoms but her poops have been much looser. She has plenty of energy but I just worry since she pooped a whole piece of mulch that she is/could become obstructed or that she is obstructed partially...
Milton
Beagle
Mild
Has Symptoms
Lethargic
Loss Of Appetite
Depression
I was on holiday for a week last week and left him for the fist time with family on the last 2 days he stopped eating and became depressed and he has only eaten a handful of food in 3 days. He has done a poo and has been wrong but he still won't eat anymore than the handful and isn't drinking as much and is generally down and sleeping a lot. His stomach seems to spasm every now and then and he has eaten a lot of grass. I don't know wether I need to take him to the vet incase of an obstruction or wether it might just be a tummy bug or depression ?? Help please.
Lucy
Jack Russell Terrier
11 Years
Serious
Has Symptoms
Diarrhea
On Monday Lucy had dental surgery. Tuesday night she was perfect. Wednesday night she wasn't well at all, shaking uncontrollably, tail between legs, sporadic panting, opening her mouth to me. Still had a great appetite and excessive drinking probably due to increasing her pheno again on Wednesday (for epilepsy) and a bit unsteady on hind legs. Was also trying to stretch but couldn't. White blood cells are low probably due to pheno but took to specialist hospital Thursday morning as worried about infection. Stopped metacam after 2 nights as worried was making worse. White blood cells now elevated (probably from surgery), no temp or infection, didn't poo all day, had a partial seizure. Still good appetite, ate dinner and plenty of water, then 9pm vomited all food from last 2 days totally undigested but with several whole pieces of bark. Never ate bark before and probably why so unwell on Wednesday. It's now Sunday and continues to have great appetite and drinking heaps and wobbly due to pheno (6kg dog, 30mg twice per day), but can tell is sore in tummy as still hasn't done a poo since Tuesday, can't stretch etc. She's trying to go constantly, but her anus doesn't open like usually would and straight brown liquid literally fountains out (no slightly solidified poo at all, just pure liquid). Only feeding diced chicken due to oral surgery and started probiotics yesterday after calling specialist. Worried some bark is still inside and causing partial obstruction. How long can she keep pooing liquid if she's eating, drinking, alert and not vomiting? Thanks so much for your help. She's cost me $5k in the past 2 months, although worth it, I'd rather not take her to emergency again if not necessary.
Cona
Goldendoodle
2 Years
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Diarrhea
Vomiting
Cona may have eaten something she shouldn't have, but she has been having diarrhea for 1 day and vomitted once. Should we take her to the vet? Please give advice! We care very much about our dear Cona.
Mr. J
Siberian Husky
4 Months
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Diarrhea
Loss Of Balance
Vomiting
We are unsure exactly what is wrong with our puppy. Friday we picked up the kids and they went out to play with our dogs. By dinner time our male dog doesn't wanna eat and runs from us. At first we thought maybe he did something bad and knew he'd get into trouble. By Monday he had diarrhea that looked pinkish brown. He'd thrown up Saturday a few times but he kept drinking water. He doesn't mind us touching his stomach and doesn't whimper in pain. We've been forcing fluids into him for days. I've read every possible article and it's only my male that is sick. My female is perfectly fine though sad because he isn't feeling well.
Dog
2 Years
Unknown
Has Symptoms
None. Diagnosed During Regular Check
My 75 lb pitbull ate a foot long thin ribbon last night around 6pm, it is now 8:30am and he is pooping normally but has not passed the ribbon. What should I do?
Shih Tzu
8 Years
Unknown
Has Symptoms
None
my shih tzu got into the garbage and ate a feminine hygene product. I cant be certain that she tore it apart and worry that she ate it whole. Could I give her mineral oil to ease the passing of the object?
Bollo
Dog
Mild
Has Symptoms
Diarrhea
Vomiting
Lethargic
Not Eating
I woke up this morning and Bollo had thrown up an entire sock (ankle cut) that he had apparently swallowed. We went for a walk at 8am, he pooped and peed-all normal. I put his food out before I left for work and he was entirely uninterested. Bollo is the type of dog that would eat a 30lb bag of food in one sitting if given the opportunity. My dog walker came at 1pm, he peed but no poop. I came home at 7 and he still had t eaten. He does seem to be in a relatively good mood. We went for a walk, he peed a little, and then had diarrhea, half bloody, and looked like raw meat. I have a picture and wish I could upload. He was attempting to eat every bit of pizza crust off the sidewalk as if he was starving. When we came back, I mixed his dry food with some wet and he did eat. Could this be after effects of the sock? I don't see evidence that he ate something else. If it was something hard, He is normally a cheer and I would've seen bits and pieces. He has swallowed socks and underwear in the past and had thrown them up. He is drinking water, and is playful. He is 110lbs. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Otto
Australian Shepherd
4 Years
Moderate
Has Symptoms
No Pain No Swelling
It started about 2 weeks ago, I noticed Otto was walking different, his legs were losing strength, he wasn't able to quite make it into the truck and when he jumped out his legs buckled, and in 2-3 days he's not walking at all. I did see him chewing up a stuffed animal, when I cleaned up the stuffing I thought there should've been more, he was constipated for a couple days before his walking was noticeably different. I thought whatever it was, passed. Now he can't even stand up. He's been to the vet 3-4 times. First time they treated him for a bacterial infection, 2nd time they thought it could be a virus, 3rd time they drew blood (everything normal), 4th time we tried a different vet and he thought it was possible that he had a spinal cord embolism, and treated him with antiinflammatory meds. Nothing is working! I need to find out what's wrong with him. Would a x-ray show anything? Please help me otto
Cooper
Dog
6 Months
Mild
Has Symptoms
Vomiting
Lethargic
Loss Of Appetite
It started about 2-3 weeks ago. I noticed that Cooper was not eating very much, only eating one meal a day and many times not finishing a portion that would be normal for him. During this time he has been drinking water as normal, however he has been vomiting. He has vomited yellow bile a couple of times from not eating. Today, he threw up some food and then threw up a dark brown watery substance the second time. He has a penchant for tearing up potty pads to shreds and I wonder if he has ingested the potty pad to the point of creating blockage? Would you suggest that I take him to the vet? If so, what course of action would be appropriate with his conditions? Thanks!
Ethel
Dog
Fair
Has Symptoms
Vomiting
I have a 10 year old Shih Tzu. About 2 weeks ago she threw up 2 nights and it smelled like poop. Then she was fine. This morning she threw up again, and it smelled like poop. She is eating, drinking, energetic ... She takes meds for seizures ... would that cause this?
Rocky
Husky/Springer Spaniel
5 Months
Serious
Has Symptoms
Lethargy
Vomiting
Loss Of Appetite
Hi, my 5-month husky has been eating socks and paper towel and now has an intestine obstruction. He's been throwing up clear mucusa but hasn't been able to defecate. I took him to the vet and gave him Intraventicular fluids for two days, but there is still no progress. The next step according to them is surgery but it's an approximate of $5,000 and I don't have that much to spend. Is there any treatment that can be administer to my puppy either with natural resources or something cheaper than that.