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Dog help!
Okay this is really strange, my dog is acting really weird and I don't know what to do. The vet's closed, I put a call into the on call vet but he has yet to call me back.

My dog is a 13 year old Bichon/Cocker mix. She's been totally fine since I got back from Florida, unfortunately due to the horrible HORRIBLE care by her caretakers while I was gone she was really skinny and depressed for the first couple of days (no one bothered to tell me she wasn't eating). She got back to normal and even looked a little pudgier than normal, but was eating healthy.

She'd start doing that bile vomit thing in the morning though, once she did it 4 times in one setting. But usually its twice. She's bile-vomited about....7 times since I've been back home (approx 2 weeks), but didn't seem lethargic or anything, she'd just barf, look at me and wag her tail and walk off. She does this every so often but I was unsure why it was so frequent, just thought maybe she was eating too fast from being so hungry for so long.

This evening I'm sitting on the computer and I notice my dog try to get up and then she falls back down like "well that didn't work..what now?". I go over to her and she tries to get up and then completely tilts over, like falls over and just..lies there. Collapsed o_O

I stand her up and she stands okay but she's hanging her head low just standing there. she was able to walk to her water dish, her back leg looking really weak, and just staring at the wall over her food dish. Then she started doing this weird "straining to poop/fart" thing while standing up.

Earlier today she got into the bag of Mazeca (corn tortilla mix), I wonder if that has anything to do with it? Like maybe her belly hurts because of it? I tried to take her out but she got to the front door and didn't want to go down the step, she even went "rrgh..." and winced when she tried, like it was painful. Then she walked back in the house and slumped on the tile.

Right now she's lying down and lurching like she's either going to poop or throw up while lying down. Earlier she did this weird squint/wink thing with one eye like a wince or a stroke face, it was so weird.

Any idea what it could be? She's literally suddenly lethargic. She was fine this morning! :(

I'm really worried.

*edit* going to the vet now. Jesse just hurled herself off of a concrete wall she was convulsing so bad.

Current Mood: worried worried

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jmlukens From: jmlukens Date: August 10th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Depending on the amount of the tortilla mix and the chemical make-up of it, she could have blocked bowels. Which... she would need surgery for, and unfortunately, that's a serious problem.

I would probably rule out old age getting to her, as given her breeds (and the fact that she's a mix), she still has a good couple of years.

Honestly, all I can think of is bowel obstruction because of the vomiting and attempts to poop with no success. Don't feed her or let her drink anything until you can get her to a vet. Best of luck, and I hope everything turns out ok.
chaa1 From: chaa1 Date: August 10th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC) (Link)
the morning vomiting sounds like doggie acid reflux. my dog has it, and if he doesn't eat he lets us know... usually via the carpet. but bile is easy to clean up. just be sure if she's not eating to not feed her tidbits, because cleaning up bile with bits of undigested treats is even worse.

as for the problem you have right now, E-VET RIGHT NOW. not able to stand? that's a SERIOUS problem.

my best to her!
ellonwye From: ellonwye Date: August 10th, 2008 03:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm definitely no expert but it sounds like a blockage somewhere in her gut to me. Hope the vet sorts it!
autumn_sunrise From: autumn_sunrise Date: August 10th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh my God...if it's anything like what my dog has, get her to a vet as SOON as you can. While this is a worst case scenario, my dog has an issue with his immune system, and went from fine to barely walking in the period of about 2 days. His white blood cells were being attacked by his own body, and he was on death's door, from what our vet said, when we took him in. It was the same thing, though...throwing up constantly and weakness. He's been on prednisone for 8 months now, and I'm not sure what you can or can't afford, but it's a pricey fix and not all dogs make it.

The other possibility could be poisoning, OR if your dog got into something and ate something it shouldn't have that is caught in its intestines. I'm hoping it's none of that stuff, but getting her checked out is the best you can do. D:
eski From: eski Date: August 10th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd be worried it's a bowel obstruction, but it could also be a severe bacterial infection. My dog had similar symptoms, and nearly died from dehydration. If there is an emergency vet clinic anywhere within an hour's drive, I'd take her. If not, then all you can do it wait for the on call vet or for tomorrow when your regular vet is open... =/ I really hope she's ok.
westly_roanoke From: westly_roanoke Date: August 10th, 2008 04:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Keep looking, if you're anywhere near a big city, you'll find one.
steppinrazor From: steppinrazor Date: August 10th, 2008 04:43 am (UTC) (Link)
*hugs tight and crosses fingers for speedy recovery*
enveri From: enveri Date: August 10th, 2008 04:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Hope the vet has livable news for you, and it's not something serious.
desertcoyote From: desertcoyote Date: August 10th, 2008 05:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Best wishes. You're definitely doing the right thing getting her to the Vet. I hope it turns out to be OK. Jake went into convulsions once but it was due to something he ate. Pork, I think. We haven't given him anymore and he's been fine since.
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