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  1. Good evening, I am seeking advice regarding an issue I am having with my Grey (Keeper). About a week ago, Keeper did not want to eat his breakfast and I could hear his stomach gurgling. After reading some posts, I gave him a Pepcid Tablet and within 1 hour - he ate normally. My vet also recommended that I try to feed him a "snack" before bed as this may help with the stomach acid buildup overnight. My husband and I started that this last week and have had no problems since then (yay!). When Keeper does refuse to eat, it is usually accompanied by some loose stool; however, once he eats he gets back to normal very quickly. This brings us to last night. My husband and I were out for dinner and came home to find he had vomited in his crate, when we let him out he continued to vomit (approximately 5 more times), with the last few episodes consisting of mostly bile. Tonight, he doesn't want to eat his dinner. We plan to do the following and are open to suggestions/thoughts of what this may be and / or potential treatments: We will be bringing a stool sample into the vet tomorrow morning. Continue to give him a snack before bed (unless recommended differently from our vet) Please note the following: Keeper is drinking normally (without issue) and does not appear to be dehydrated (skin and gums in good color and responsive) He has seemingly normal energy overall and did play with his toys a bit today He has not had any blood in either his stool or his vomit - even when its been on the looser side There has been no new foods added to his diet and he has been eating the same food for over 5+ months without issues He has yogurt (plain, greek) and pumpkin added to his diet regularly Thank you for any thoughts/advice. I will keep you all posted on what the stool sample reads tomorrow as well.
  2. My 12 year old greyhound has problems keeping her water down. I have seen two different vets regarding this issue but have never been given a diagnosis. At first I thought my Mazi (dog) was vomiting after every time she would eat but I then was able to narrow it down to the water. I actually had to take away her water dish and only provide water to her in her food or in very small amounts. She seems to keep the water down when I pour it onto her food. But if I give her any decent amount of water, I have to stand by the door to immediately let her out to vomit. The vomit is clear (water) and may contain a bit of mucous in it and any food that may be left in her system. The vet prescribed Famotidine (10mg) and Cisapride (15mg) per day. The medicine seems to help but she still vomits and always seems thirsty. Has anyone else had similar issues like this?
  3. Hi everyone, I'm just back from an emergency visit to the vet with my girl Winnie, who had a pretty bad bout of explosive, bloody diarrhea and vomiting this morning. She also refused to eat her breakfast, wouldn't even touch boiled chicken breast and, worst of all considering how hot it's been in the last few days, didn't want to drink at all. Winnie had a similar, but much less severe GI episode last month and it seems like they are both connected to the Sentinel heartworm medication I switched her to this spring. Both times Winnie started acting weird two days after I gave her her Sentinel pill, and developed anorexia and really bad diarrhea that would not respond to bland diet. By the time we got to the vet's office today, she was very dehydrated and definitely not being herself. My vet, who is great and very knowledgable about greyhounds, agreed that Sentinel was most likely what made Winnie sick. I know all dogs are different, but would still like to warn people about the possible severe side effects of this medication in greyhounds and suggest they stick to good old Heartguard instead! Winnie is doing a little better now, which is what really matters, but we're now left with huge vet bills to pay, courtesy of Sentinel!
  4. I'll be off to the vet at noon today with new-boy, Clem. He's vomited at least three times since dinner last night. What comes back looks like his food (no sign of any blood). He had a little more than a cup of kibble before 6pm, another half-cup a little after 10 (bedtime treat). He threw up before 11pm and ate it all back down (yech--but he wanted the food so I didn't fight him--but what he'd eaten at dinner was there as distinct pieces); at this point, I thought he'd eaten his bedtime kibble too quickly. But he threw up again about 4am and again about 8am (these were just digested kibble). My first panicked thought was bloat, of course. But everything is still moving: he's peeing and pooping (and vomiting) without straining, and he seems to feel fine--between occasional bouts of "'Scuse me, mom, I've got to go barf on the doormat." At this point, I'm guessing he's eaten something that's irritating his stomach, not going through, but not causing an actual blockage. (Last week he ate the cellophane wrapper left from a package of crackers. He brought that back up a day or so later. I'm pretty sure he hasn't gotten another wrapper since.) Aside from his kibble, he gets one fish oil capsule. He's getting some obedience training, and the training treats have been bits of string cheese (but very little of it--we only train for a few minutes per dog because I have to crate the other dog to keep her out of the way). He's also been getting something called Perio-Support for his teeth (can't tell if it's working or not--he's been getting it for two weeks). His kibble hasn't changed; in fact, we're coming to the end of the bag and he hasn't had any trouble. (Poops are all nice and firm--Iams green bag.) And the girl dog gets all the same food/treats/powder/capsule stuff, and she's fine. Clem (left) with Silver Neither dog has had any breakfast this morning. I'll leave breakfast for Silver when Clem and I leave for the vet's. P.S. I fostered Clem from 11 November to 22 January, when I adopted him. He's 6 (7 in April).
  5. Poor Luna is having a sickly day. She was fine w/ normal appetite and stool this morning, but I got home from work and she had had diarrhea (no blood and not much mucus, just...D) all over her crate. I put her in the bathroom to clean things up, and 5 minutes later the bathroom was covered too. Once outside she had another episode. I took her to the vet where she vomited and $170 later she had a fecal sample (negative), got 2 injections (1 antibiotic, 1 to settle her stomach), metrodinazole pills (starting tomorrow), and I/D canned food (starting a very small amount tomorrow). Since we got back from the vet, she's had 3 more major bouts of D (two outside and one on one of our huge Costco bolster beds while I was cleaning out the crate, ugh). I live in a 750 sq ft apartment so the whole place reeks! We're also on the fourth floor so making frequent trips outside has been rough. Does this "bug" sound familiar to any of you, and if so how long do you think it'll last? I'm thinking I should probably just suck it up and get a sub for tomorrow and just take the day off (I'm a teacher...takes forever to write plans for a full day sub). Also, do you think I could give her a Pepto pill on top of the injections? The pooping is out of control.
  6. Hi all. Sorry about yet another hookworm post, but I'm wondering whether the symptoms of hookworm typically get worse before getting better. For those of you who have experience treating dogs with hookworm infestations, what was your experience once treatment began? I know some of you have said it took MONTHS to get rid of them and your dogs had bloody diarrhea and vomiting, but did it start out that way and gradually get better or did it seem to get worse before getting better? I spoke with the vet yesterday to give her an update and told her that Brady's diarrhea is worse than ever (marbled rust/orange colored and very wet/slimy/gelly like) and he wasn't feeling well when he got up yesterday (ran outside and started eating grass while wimpering with gurgling sounds coming from his belly). She said she wants to see him Monday and that she will check his stool and do standard bloodwork on him to see if it could possibly be something other than symptoms of hookworm. I really hope his bloodwork comes back normal. For those who haven't read my previous posts, we've been treating Brady for hookworms since May 13 (adopted him on May 10) with Panacur every three weeks, but lately we've been giving it to him every two weeks. He's on a bland diet, on Flagyl, and FortiFlora. With the exception of the FortiFlora, we have seen improvement in the past with both the bland diet and Flagyl, but it doesn't last. I'm definitely going to discuss trying another dewormer with the vet. Other than Drontal Plus, what other dewormers work well treating hookworms? Thanks in advance for any insight/help you can provide. This is so very frustrating and I feel so bad for Brady!
  7. Two nights ago Slinky, a nine year old mile, had what seemed to be a stroke. He was listing over to one side so much when he moved or even stood that I had to hold him up. He was dizzy like someone who had been spinning around. A dog with little sight left anyway, he seemed completely blind. His front right leg was kicking out and stamping whereas his back legs seemed to have no control. He stood with his back legs far apart (possibly for balance?) and his head was over to one side. On the advice of the vet we gave him 3 Tramadol to keep him calm overnight and I stayed on the sofa next to him. He was much the same but about 18 hours after the attack he was improving a lot. We took him to the vet and she prescribed Vivitonin to dilate his blood vessels and hopefully prevent another stroke. The good news is that he seems much better now (he has had two doses of the Vivitonin) and really very bright. He is walking and trotting about normally. The bad news is that on the same evening as the stroke, he developed a crazy fierce appetite, which is much more than usual for him. He ate his dinner so quickly yesterday, then went for the other dogs' bowls, then drunk a load of water and threw it all up in my husband's lap! Funny at the time (except I had to clean some of it up - Slinky ate most of it back to help me out) but he has brought up his food now five times in 30 hours (after biscuit snacks as well as dinner), then he eats it again, so it is worrying. He has had quite a thirst for some time and that seems even more now too. Apparently it is more common for appetite to diminish after a stroke/vestibular attack than the other way. This increased appetite seemed to start BEFORE the Tramadol and the Vivitonin, so I don't think it's related to the meds. Spoke to the vet again and she said after the weekend we might test him for Cushings. He had some blood tests in January and everything was fine, including liver enzymes which can implicate Cushings. He has not lost any hair and although he might be a little stocky now he is not pot-bellied. Anyone any ideas or experience like this? 9 year old male not mile!
  8. so we continue to struggle with Zeke's intestinal issues. when we got him on 1/4, his poo was soft but still somewhat formed (although by the end of the day was more like pudding). I was originally told he was on Canidae Chicken and Rice formula -- we feed the Canidae all-life formula (PAWS) -- so I got a bag of the chicken and rice and started feeding him 3/4 that and 1/4 the Paws. Well, his poop continued to be very soft-- and I gave him a raw turkey neck on 1/20 (I think, his poop wasn't bad enough for me to worry about giving him that, and I don't think raw is a bad thing) and his poops continued to be soft serve. In between that, on 1/22 I found out that he WAS in fact on just the PAWS and NOT the chicken, so we stopped with the chicken and just started giving the PAWS (along with cooked rice, cooked oatmeal, cooked beef, pumpkin, and yogurt, a variety of those were added in). I worried that by giving him a food he was not on started all of this. we took him to the vet on 1/25 and she put him on Flagyl and got a sample ran. We found out he had (a pretty bad, according to the vet) case of hookworms. He went on 2 rounds of Flagyl (finished on Tuesday 2/5), got 3 doses of Panacur 1/27, 1/28 & 1/29; one dose of Drontal Plus this past Tuesday morning (2/5); and we have one more (3 rounds) of Panacur to give this coming Tues/Wed/Thur. I phased out the Canidae chicken and rice and was giving him just 1 cup of PAWS along with the other add-ins mentioned, then just Wednesday (2/6) we started him on the Iam's Proactive Health (lamb and rice, the "Green Bag" as so many suggesting, INCLUDING our vet!). I started out as slow as I could to transition but at this point, even the vet agrees there's not much point since he has such bad D already. So, by this morning, he was on about 3/4 cup of Iam's and 1/4 cup of PAWS and his evening meal will have about 1.5 cups of Iam's and maybe 1/2 cup of PAWS (trying to get more kibble in now) -- along with some add-ins too. In between all of this, he has vomited FOUR times in the 35 days we've had him The first time (1/8), we had taken him on a bit longer walk at 6:10pm or so, then waited about 45-50 minutes, then fed. He vomited it up about 40 minutes later. The second time was also after eating dinner, but a bit longer and I"m not quite sure the actual day, but it was somewhere between 1/13 and 1/24 and IIRC he was more excited that evening, goofing off more (we try to keep them calm 1 hour before and 2 hours after, for bloat). The third time was just this past Monday (2/4) at 5:45pm and he puked 3 times, with only the last one producing a small mucousy clear liquid. I gave him a Pepcid thinking it may be from the fact it was 12 hours since his last meal (we feed around 6:10pm or so) and he was fine after that. we wake up this morning (2/8) at 4:50am to him throwing up twice again -- 2 small piles of mostly digested food, with a few small pieces of kibble in it. I'm MORE than paranoid about vomiting since we had TWO dogs with bloat, but this doesn't seem to be what it is (thank GOD). But, I obviously do not want him to puke! so, I know there's a million suggestions on how to handle this, but I guess could the vomiting be from the hooks too? I'm SURE he still has them, I know it will take more than just 2 treatments if he is this infested. his poops this morning were soft but a little better formed -- but may go south as the day progresses, but at LEAST it's better than the past few days of PURE liquid. I hate to keep switching so many things all at once, since we may not find either the right combo or what is really causing it, but I don't want him to be this miserable for another few weeks of Panacur treatment. argh...this is more of a rant than anything...just hope I'm doing the right thing for him. I have never gone through D this bad with any other dog and I just feel so bad for him. if anyone has any thoughts on the vomiting, that would be great. I just hope he is not an IBD dog or the like. This probably sounds bad, but we spent SO much this past year on Nube and I am still unemployed, and have already spent $700 at the vet on Zeke in 1 month. I just can't afford a lot of tests and stuff
  9. Our greyhound Slinky is 9 years old. A couple of nights ago he started panting, in obvious distress (we think pain) and pacing, he couldn't get comfortable anywhere, he was up and down, up and down. Yesterday we took him to vets who, like us, couldn't find anything obviously wrong. He still had an appetite at that stage. HIs temperature was high normal. They gave him an anti-inflammatory jab and an antibiotic. Still no better, we took him back to vet later and had blood tests, x rays and a scan - all revealed nothing. All organs OK, nothing really wrong with his teeth, nothing. He was then given an opiate injection to settle him down. In the night he was panting again but not pacing. Then this morning he is just lying there, very limp, and not interested in food now. He has vomited his water up a couple of times. His breathing is steady now (maybe he is drugged up to the eyeballs??) Spoke to vet this morning and they have prescribed him Tramadol for pain and an anti-nausea drug, also Synulox. Obviously they are trying to throw whatever drugs they can at it without knowing what is really wrong, just an idea that it is GI in origin. Vet says he is giving Slinky drugs that work on the brain more than the stomach, to avoid more gastric irritation. It's very distressing, seeing the poor little chap laid so low. Has anyone had any similar experiences?
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