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Old 08-07-2013, 09:38 AM
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Over the last week or so Tucker has been acting off. It started by him not eating breakfast one day, but he ate that night and was fine. Then he refused breakfast again and vomited twice. He acted sick all that day, acting lethargic and eating grass. Mom said the first vomit was brown, like poop, which you'd normally think was food but he hadn't eaten since the night before and didn't vomit until the afternoon. He ate fine and normal the next day, then yesterday he ate breakfast but vomited later that day...around 5:30, brown again. He ate dinner normally. He refused breakfast today. Since that first day he vomited he hasn't been lethargic, but he is acting very strange which is making me more concerned than lethargy would.


He is...grazing, but not in the grass. He walks around sniffing the floor and nibbling up...something I guess. He's not licking the floor, he looks like he's eating crumbs. He does this in the bathroom and kitchen (only rooms without carpet). When we are outside he also does this on the deck and the front walkway. He also seems restless. Like last night he kept begging to go outside but wouldn't do anything and was walking around panting like he was anxious (which isn't terribly unusual so I don't know if it's important). I also found out there was a coyote in the yard last night so that might have been the cause of that. Then this morning he's doing it again. He woke my mom up (odd) very rudely and when I asked if he had to poop he exploded with happy so I took him out but he didn't poop (he had already pooped this morning though), he just really wanted to do his grazing thing on the walkway. So we went back in and he's been begging us for something, but we can't figure out what. He put his head under my mom's hand and made her spill her tea. He comes over and paws at us. These behaviors aren't exactly odd either, it's just the combination of all of it. Especially in the morning, he's usually pretty laid back in the morning. He finally settled down a few minutes ago.


I don't know when we should say "vet time" because he's acting odd but not THAT odd, and he's vomiting but not that much. He sometimes eats, sometimes doesn't, he's pooping fine (in accordance with his eating anyway). Plus he went to the vet a few weeks ago where he got blood work (all normal). Anyone have any ideas what could be causing this?
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:43 AM
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I'd be worried about pancreatitis - from what I understand it can manifest as periodic vomiting. Also, a partial obstruction could result in the same periodic vomiting. Either is a vet now sort of thing, though I know he's hard to vet.
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:47 AM
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My cousin just went through a similar thing with her dog, but they waited too long.

I'd vet now.
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:52 AM
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It definitely sounds like he's having digestive distress. I think I would fast him for 24 hours before starting him back on boiled chicken/rice slowly.

Have you changed foods? What food does he eat?

Could he have eaten a dead bird or other rotten/rotting thing?

Brown vomit could be from blood, like ulcers or something... I think I'd take a stool sample to the vet.
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:04 AM
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I'd take him to the vet ASAP, especially since it's been occurring for a week.
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:10 AM
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Thanks for the input, wouldn't pancreatitis cause abdominal pain though? We've felt his belly and he didn't seem to mind, and he's not walking hunched or anything. Though maybe he's just stoic. The other symptoms do sound similar though, maybe I'm just in denial.

Jess, what did your cousins dog end up having (if they ever found out)?


He could have eaten something in the yard, not an animal though, we would have noticed that. He eats poop, mainly rabbit poop, never dog poop. The only thing I know he got a mouthful of was some of my hermit crabs old moldy food (had left it in their tank too long). Their food is just human food...I think it was chicken (raw), cherries, broccoli, celery leaves, blueberries, maybe something else. That food had gotten pretty gross so I took the hose to the dish and hen I took him out he grabbed what I had rinsed off into the grass and ate it.

The color was light brown, mom said like milk chocolate.

He has not changed foods, he eats Taste of the Wild dry food with Wellness Stew wet food. We did just recently get a new bag of the food though.

I think we'll do the chicken and rice tonight/in the morning.
If he's still like this tomorrow I think we'll vet.
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Not really sure. My cousin, whose dog it was, says the vet didn't have an answer. Apparently jer mom told my other cousin that the dog was poisoned. I'm more apt to believe my cousin that they didn't give an answer, though. (I hate the vet they ended up taking her to)
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I'd still contact the vet today. A dog that's sick for a week should see a vet.

Fast him for at least hours to give his digestion a rest before starting the chicken, and then only in very small amounts at one- or two-hour intervals.
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The rabbit droppings make me think of Leptospirosis. I would take him in ASAP, but it also depends on your dog and what's normal for him, since some dogs vomit more easily and often, whereas it's a big red flag for others.
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How's Tucker doing today? Any change? Still vomiting?
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