I have finally joined these awesome forums after reading things on here for the last few months. Today I had my first negative experience with Nala, my 5 month old GSD.
I get woken up at 4am by Nala barking and running in circles in her cage. At first I ignore her, but about 10 minutes later I decide to tell her to shut up (I am a very upset person when I am being woken up haha), and she actually does. A minute later I smell a foul odor. I look and she had diarrhea in her cage. First time ever she has done anything like that in her cage. I take her outside and she has more diarrhea. I bring her inside, clean her cage and put her back to sleep. A couple of hours later, I wake up, look over, and she is vomiting. Once again I clean her cage and put her back in, and then go online to see why this might be happening.
The first thing that I see is people talking about Parvo and suggesting if a dog has such symptoms to take them to the vet asap. I decide not to feed her and I take her to the vet, and he says he doubts she has Parvo because she is very active and was drinking water normally. He rules out worms, but says tests revealed strange bacteria in her stomach. He prescribes antibiotics and prescription food and off we go.
Throughout the day she eats the small amount of food I give her and takes her pill, and drinks a bit of water. I take her outside and she pees, and then something completely unexpected happens. She crouches to poo, and out comes a sock. I was totally relieved that she passed it! I watch her constantly and can't believe she was able to snag a sock when I wasn't looking and eat it whole!
In any case, that is my introduction to the forums
Here are some pictures of my Nala when she was little and how she looks now!