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Old 01-04-2013, 06:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys. This is my first post and I'm looking for any helpful ideas or suggestions on what's going on with my 9 month GSD, Samson.

It all started on the 28th of December. He started drooling a lot, had diarrhea and was vomiting followed by retching. He was in obvious pain and I surly thought it was bloat. I immediately took him to our local emergency clinic where they did x-rays, blood work and gave him an IV. They told me that he did not have bloat but couldn't see if any obstructions due to all the gas.

I then took him to his vet the next day where they again said he didn't have bloat but we're going to treat him a possible infection in his intestines with antibiotics. They also gave me Science Diet ID food and told me to only give him small spoonfuls at a time along with small amounts of water. He did not retch for about a day until one afternoon. He vomited up what I had fed him an hour earlier and again I took him back to the vet. They took another x-ray and said that he surly didn't have bloat but wanted me to take him to a specialist for an ultrasound. They were going to do the barium test but we're scared he would throw it up, plus he's can get pretty anxious.

I took him for the ultrasound yesterday and they did not see any obstructions and said that everything looked normal. They said that he possibly ate something that he has already passed and is now is feeling the aftereffects. They told me not to give him any food or water for 24hrs.

Well today I fed him very little and gave him very little water and he is still retching. I'm totally at a loss and very frustrated. I'm looking for what may be causing the problems and what steps I could take next.
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I'm sorry your dog is going thru this..I honestly can't imagine what it could be, but I think I'd be taking him back to the specialist, and say "look he hasn't improved and is still retching",,what's next??

Keep fingers crossed for him please let us know how he makes out
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Yes, if I were you I would call the vet. In the meantime, try ice cubes, instead of water. Also some plain cooked white rice with a little chicken broth that he may be able to keep down. Sometimes even buttered toast can help. If he likes yogurt (the one with the live cultures) try that.
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Is he on any antibiotics for the infection they think he has?
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Things like this are so hard to sort out without knowing exactly what/how much you're giving.

Dehydration alone can make them vomit even more.

1) antibiotics? What ones, how much, how often?
2) water? How much/how often?
3) Food? How often/how much?

Did the retching come on after you tried to feed? Is anything coming up?

A dog can live easily without food for days - did they tell you to start refeeding?

Water is more important by far. If food makes the dog retch, then stop feeding for at least 24hrs. but GIVE WATER.
Small sips.

2-3 laps every 20-30min.
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Is he on any antibiotics for the infection they think he has?
Right now he is on Flagyl Metronidazole. He's been on it four about 4 days. The ultrasound vet said its not a virtual infection. Maybe a bacterial infection?
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Things like this are so hard to sort out without knowing exactly what/how much you're giving.

Dehydration alone can make them vomit even more.

1) antibiotics? What ones, how much, how often?
2) water? How much/how often?
3) Food? How often/how much?

Did the retching come on after you tried to feed? Is anything coming up?

A dog can live easily without food for days - did they tell you to start refeeding?

Water is more important by far. If food makes the dog retch, then stop feeding for at least 24hrs. but GIVE WATER.
Small sips.

2-3 laps every 20-30min.
He has only vomited two days. The first day and last Monday. The first day was white froth and the next time was the food I gave him and later white froth and what appeared to be like eggs if you whisk them before frying....if that makes any sense. Now its nothing but retching with no vomit and a lot of drooling.

I'm feeding him Science Diet I/D right now in small serving. His normal diet is blue buffalo wilderness. I give him about 5 spoon fulls individually. I'm giving him a few sips of water ever thirty minutes or so and he is urinating.

I plan on taking him to the vet in an hour or so if they can get me in to check him out again for dehydration and other probable causes.
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Flagyl really upset my dog's stomach.
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Flagyl really upset my dog's stomach.
What were the symptoms?
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He wouldn't eat. Later we found him to have a kidney disease, but once I stopped the flagyl, his appetite returned.
The vet said she has taken flagyl herself and it is very, very bitter tasting.
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