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Sick Dog--again!!!

Ugh, last week Eli started puking and would NOT stop, so I took him to the vet b/c he was dehydrated and sooo sick...he ended up in the doggy E.R. and spent the night on IV fluids and antibiotics and anti-emetics, had x-rays, blood work, the works--and they could NOT find anything wrong with him.

Oh, but this idiot vet at the first place (a dead ring for Boo Radley)  told me several times that *I* probably gave him panceatitis because I fed him a ONE-INCH piece of pizza crust the day before (the panceatitis test was negative).

I brought him home Sunday and spent 12 bucks on a tiny bag of dog food that is ALL natural--instead of the Beneful he LOVES which God-knows-what's-in-it aside from whatever dyes they use to make it those colors--and has nothing in it he can possibly be allergic to. And he HATES it. Will. Not. Touch. A. Damn Piece of it. So then I tried a Costco brand, also "all natural" without all those creepy colors, and he likes it. Trying to cover all bases, I also stopped giving him his chewies. He jonesed worse than a baby when finally take its pacifier away.

Anyway, he ate the food and he was fine till last night--and then he started puking again. Barf, eat grass, barf, eat grass--"no, no! no more grass!"--all morning. No more barfing, but he still wants the grass.

I'm at my wit's end. I keep thinking it's a food allergy, since he also chews on his paws a LOT (another sign of allergies) and all the tests for other illness have come up negative.  Anyway, I just gave him 1/3 can of dog food (I never gave him canned before) hoping it'll be easier for to digest. So far he's eating it (he hasn't anything all day). I'll keep you posted--and try not to think about the 3 family cruises I could've taken for all the money I've spent on vet bills these past 18 months. Sigh.

I also think I need another vet. First of all, it's a group and I never know which vet I'll get (kind of like the luck of the draw when you go into labor) and I cannot-STAND that Dr. Radley dude (and Eli's not nuts about him either) because he Talks To Me Like I'm A Friggin' Idiot. This dog has been sick from day one and no, I do NOT scrape my dinner plates into his dish, or feed him chicken bones, or candy, or really anything he shouldn't have--I might toss him a pretzel occasionally or a piece of leftover meat--a PIECE! a tiny PIECE, and certainly not every day or even once a week!--so he does not as a rule get "people food." Pancreatitis? Puh-leese.

Second of all, I can't afford this place. It's an arm and leg every time I go. THEN they sent me a post card "reminding" me that I can get the heart worm meds from them (instead of online) and probably cheaper. Um, no. Not by a long shot.


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Aug. 17th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
When our dogs had stomach issues, we were usually instructed to give them hamburger and rice. I always boiled the hamburger in with the rice so the rice would taste like hamburger. They always liked it and were able to keep it down. It's worth a shot.

My little dog died of pancreatitis last year, after getting one piece of bacon out of the garbage. (She chewed her feet like crazy, too, and the steroids the vet put her on made her ravenous, so she would eat anything she could find, including tissues and rabbit droppings.) But she had been sick when we got her from the shelter, probably with the same thing, and just never completely recovered.

The giveaway with pancreatitis is that the vomit smells of bowel. (Not to get too disgusting here.) It's pretty distinctive. It's not like normal dog vomit.
Aug. 17th, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
No, his poops are nice and healthy smelling. :)

I tried chicken and rice last week when he was sick and he threw it up. So far he's kept down 1/2 can of canned food.

I'm so sorry to hear about your dog! Mine is a rescue, too, and he had such a bad start in life. Who knows what these pups things go through before we get them?

ETA: I misread. His vomit just smells like bile. I'm sure my daughter thinks I'm crazy for sniffing it, but I'm always worried about a bowel obstruction since he also has a tendency to chew rocks. :(

Edited at 2010-08-17 10:39 pm (UTC)
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Aug. 17th, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
That's a good idea! Thanks.
Aug. 17th, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry!!

Our dog has very similar symptoms to yours--turns out he has a chicken allergy, and chicken is in _every_damn_dog_food in the world!! We give him California Naturals lamb and rice formula, and it's helped a LOT. He periodically goes through these "sour stomach" episodes where he vomits and gets dehydrated, though thankfully he hasn't had one in a while.

Try him on boiled hamburger and white rice, 1/2 cup each, for a day or two, and see if that helps. For our dog, it "resets" his stomach.

Good luck!!
Aug. 18th, 2010 12:07 pm (UTC)
He won't eat the lamb and rice formula (that's the $12 bag I can't use, lol) but I'm going to try your rice and boiled hambuger b/c he just threw up his canned food this morning. :(
Aug. 18th, 2010 12:04 am (UTC)
Oh no! Poor you and poor Eli!

Yes, you need a different vet. When we go Cassie I took her to the vet I had taken my last dog and cat too and the only thing she said each time we went in was that she needed obedience training because she jumped up all the time. Puppy + rescue dog = hello??

New vet sits on the floor and plays with Cassie first before ever talking to me. She adores him.

I hear you on the grass and the puking. Sometimes I think Cassie just can't handle the drugs she's on so she goes through a day of this. But she gets people food too. Oh horrors! Her pills are wrapped in bits of American Cheese and she sometimes, not always, gets a bit of leftovers in her bowl. I hope they figure things out soon.
Aug. 18th, 2010 12:09 pm (UTC)
Dogs DO get people food, and seriously, we'd have pets dropping over dead on the sidewalk if people food were so lethal to them!
Aug. 18th, 2010 12:45 am (UTC)
Don't buy that vet's garbage. You are obviously a responsible pet adopter. The consensus seems unanimous; you need a different vet.
Aren't rescue pets the greatest?
The hamburger and rice thing is a better suggestion than you may realize. My girlfriend's vet tuned her in to it. Her dog had allergies to just about Everything but could tolerate that. She'd cook for that dog when she wouldn't for herself. Give it a few days while puppy's tummy adjusts. And keep that canned food at hand, just in case. Doggie can miss a day or two's food without real harm IF all else is well. If not, baby your buddy.
Aug. 18th, 2010 12:09 pm (UTC)
I'm boiling up hamburger even as I'm writing this. Thanks!
Aug. 18th, 2010 01:26 am (UTC)
I am so sorry you guys are going through this!!! It sounds like you've had some good advice. I hope he gets well soon! xo
Aug. 18th, 2010 12:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jo. Me too!
Aug. 18th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
I feed Blossom Blue Buffalo and she loves it. There's no corn in it which is very hard for dogs to digest and creates allergies! Try finding something with NO corn by-products! It might help. HUGS.
Aug. 18th, 2010 12:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Laura!
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Aug. 18th, 2010 12:19 pm (UTC)
Aug. 18th, 2010 08:17 am (UTC)
Sookie has bad allergies too, but she reacts with ear infections, and then sometimes bad bowel inflammations which give her diarrhea but no vomiting. The vet has treated them with strong antibiotics. I swear, that dog has eaten more anitbiotics in her 6,5yrs than I have in my life...
Sher is allergic to EVERYTHING, several kinds of grain, rice, beef, peas, all seafood, cat and mouse dandruff, dust mites... And dust mites live in all dry dog food. Even the super-expensive stuff we first bought from the vet didn't help. We now feed her raw fatty pork and oatmeal porridge. Nothing else. Luckily, she LOVES it. We have an insurance on her, but it no longer covers anything related to the allergies. So I hear you on the costs.
We had her neutered in February because apparently hormones make the allergies worse, and at least it seems to be helping. No bowel inflammation or ear infection since, but we do have to treat her ears once a week with a special solution. And she eats cortisone regularly, too.

I really hope you find a good vet and that they find out what ails poor Eli! Sookie sends him doggy kisses.
Aug. 18th, 2010 12:20 pm (UTC)
I have the feeling I may end up "cooking" Eli's dinners, too, since he barfed up the canned stuff this morning. And Eli says thanks for kisses, Sookie!
Aug. 18th, 2010 02:44 pm (UTC)
Do you think that maybe there are pesticides in your grass? Is Eli eating someone elses grass? I'm stumped with you. But I hope his belly feels better soon. Having a sick puppy is NOT fun.
Aug. 18th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
No pesticides in our grass, I used some weed killer of my poison ivy but he doesn't go back there. I honestly think it's allergies--which Dr. Radley NEVER suggested--because this goes on in the winter as well.

I've been researching dog food recipes all morning long!
Aug. 18th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
I was going to suggest it might be a chicken allergy, because when I tried to research my chicken allergy, what I mostly found was that it's relatively common in dogs. (People not so much.) Also corn. It's really hard to find dog food with no corn and no chicken, so good luck.

I wonder if the hamburger and rice would cook up in the crock pot so you don't have to watch it?

How addicted are your neighbors to chemlawn or trugreen, etc.?

We all want Elijah to find a better vet and feel better soon. It seems like Boo wants to blame you so you don't notice he's failing at his job...but I could be wrong. But this year alone Cobie ate a poison ivy vine and a pepper plant with no adverse effects. (At all costs he must NEVER get another fallen broccoli floret again in life though! But that's for our sakes.)

Meanwhile Cobie sends Eli a (cyber) bowling over, and Kelly sends lip-nips and gromma-grommas of love, lol. They are full of pity on the no treats deal, but jealous of the cooked burger. :)

Hugs to you too. I know you are worried.
Aug. 18th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Holly.

I don't think it's environmental because it goes on all year round. I just found out about the chicken allergy (it didn't occur to me--but he DID throw up that chicken I gave hin 2 weeks ago) so I used the beef. So far he has had 2 meals of it and no puking so far. Yay!

Eli says thanks for the bowling over (is that like what we call a "head roll" around here?) and for the gromma-grommas!!
Aug. 18th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
"It seems like Boo wants to blame you so you don't notice he's failing at his job...but I could be wrong."

That's the feeling I got--I took it as a personal attack b/c he harped on it. He was so fricking PREACHY! It was a tiny piece of BREAD for God's sake. Now if he'd choked to death on it I could understand his concern.
Aug. 18th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
I don't know what a head roll is, but a bowling over is when Cobie charges up at warp speed and shoulder-checks you, thus sending you into a Chuck Norris kind of rolling fall. Then if you don't get up, he gets this aggrieved expression like he's the wronged one, lol...because you're supposed to get up and bowl him over next, but if you don't he then drowns you with licks (his tongue is the size of a wet guest towel) to prove what a good guy he is. He mostly reserves this move for his bestest dogpark buddies, but he's tried it on me too.
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Aug. 20th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks. ARF!
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