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Old 10-02-2012, 11:48 PM
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Okay. 2 weeks ago (exactly) I woke up to find my bedroom floor covered in piles of vomit from Juno. Err, that's not right. But vomit doesn't normally send me into a panic so I wasn't too concerned yet. Went outside and there was a couple piles of fresh liquid diarrhea. Also add in the fact that she was acting super clingy and anxious, yeah maybe we have something happening here.... so I called work and said I was heading in with her.

Everything checked out okay on the exam and I couldn't think of anything that she would have eaten. Maybe something out in the yard but as far as destroying anything thta would cause an obstruction, no. So my options were to treat the symptoms or do some further digging with bloodwork and x-rays. I opted to treat the symptoms - metronidazole, cerenia, and some SQ fluids.

She seemed fine after that.

2 or 3 days after Juno's illness, Lucy spent the whole of 2 days vomiting. At this point I am thinking wtf, but I don't bring Lucy in because I figure she'll just get over it like Juno did. I had leftover cerenia from Juno so I figured out Lucy's dosage for that, and I had a bag of fluids as well so I gave her some of those too. It didn't clear up as quickly as Juno, but she did get better... and I declared it the canine stomach bug, or that perhaps they both ate something yucky outside.

Now, Juno has been having some bouts of diarrhea on and off - I don't want to say this has been happening "since then" because honestly this could have been going on for a while - but she'll have some normal stools and then there will be some mushy, shapeless piles. But I just made a thread on here a couple days ago wondering if I might be feeding her too much, so I've been thinking maybe that's where the diarrhea is coming from. But then why isn't it all the time? I decreased her food yesterday and was going to take a wait and see approach on that.

Well, today I got home from work and once again find piles of vomit in my bedroom (thank God I just bought more natures miracle this weekend). From Juno. As I'm cleaning it up I notice there's something in it - whitish and square, I'm think maybe it's a bone chunk? Even though I haven't given her any bones? So I grab it and it ends up being bigger than I originally thought. And I have no clue what it could possibly be. It's like a perfect cone shape - thick at one end and tapers down into a tail. It's like 2-3 inches long and super thick. Honestly everyone I've shown it to has went "OMG IT'S AN EFFING WORM" because seriously that's what it looks like.... it has little ridges all along and is like shaped perfectly... it doesn't possibly look like she ate or chewed something because there are no chew marks or rough edges, it's just a perfect cone, basically.

So now I'm really thinking WTF?!?!? Has this been causing her issues for the past couple weeks? What IS it?? Is it a critter that Lucy is infected with too? Why did she go 2 weeks without vomiting? It looks like a giant mutant super worm and that's the only way I can describe it, because I have seen roundworms and tapeworms and dear God they are not this large.

I will post a picture for anyone who has read this and wants one lol. I'm just so freaking confused. Will probably bring it to work tomorrow and shove it in everyones face for their opinions. Gah.
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:05 AM
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I have nothing helpful to say, but I'm kind of curious to see it... lol
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:08 AM
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:10 AM
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I want to see it...
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:46 AM
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This is the strangest thing I have ever done.

I should have cleaned the vomit off it completely but I'm too grossed out.

Squeamish, don't look!!!

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y10...ar/file-76.jpg

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(Don't know if you guys will notice it in this picture - but see the "groove" along the top of it?)

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It was severed by me btw it was not disconnected when I found it. It is solid and dried out feeling, but the "tail end" is pliable and obviously I was able to break it in half.

Just.... wtf is it.... my friend says it's like an internal cuterebra. Ewwww.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:01 AM
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Hmmm. It actually looks quite flatworm-esque to me!
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:05 AM
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Google image Turbellaria...I think that's pretty close..she might have just ate it outside or something!

Not to derail this thread, but I was reading the wiki on turbellaria...check this out...LMAO

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Two turbellarians mating by penis fencing. Each has two penises, the white spikes on the undersides of their heads.
Hahaha...'penis fencing' just made my night..
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:17 AM
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I ruined my night be googling images of worms all night, but yeah penis fencing does make it a little better
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Kinda resembles a grub????
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:02 PM
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So I brought it to work and waved it in everyones face, and the reaction was kind of what I expected... "What IS that?!" I don't know, I'm asking you! Vet goes "is it a caterpillar?"
I actually had to pause and think on that, maybe she did swallow a bug and then throw it right back up. Maybe it's completely unrelated to her vomiting from 2 weeks ago. I don't know!

She does have a parasite though. Brought her poo in today as well. None of us could identify it (leave it to my dog to have something strange) so we sent it out to the lab, but we are thinking it is maybe some type of coccidia.

So yeah maybe my dog has 100 different things going on right now, but I do know for sure that my dog is gross. Actually both dogs are probably gross. I am assuming that whatever Juno has, Lucy probably has as well.
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