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post #1 of 86 (permalink) Old 07-11-2012, 08:25 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy I Lost Toby

My seven year old Toby had lost weight over the past 8 months or so but not to an alarming extent. On July 6 he vomited all of his dinner. He had been outside on a hot day (with shelter, shade and lots of water of course) so I chalked it up to him scarfing down his food too fast on a hot day. On July 7 he did not eat at all and vomited clear fluid indicating a completely empty stomach. I had to work that day and left him in the air conditioned house. I came home and he was drooling clear, snotty fluid and vomiting bile. He was still drinking water and he went outside to pee. I could not entice him to eat anything. He did come up the stairs that night to sleep beside my bed as usual. This was all on a week-end and I could not get ahold of a vet whom I trusted. Sunday morning I carried him outside since he was weakening but he got up and walked around and peed. He followed me in the house which involves climbing some stairs and drank water. I left a message with my vet that I'd like to bring him in on an urgent basis at 8:30 Monday morning and went to work leaving Toby in the air conditioned house again hoping that he would make it that long. He did not appear to be suffering. It was more like his body was shutting down and he was calling it quits. When I got home at 6:15 PM he was dead . I suspect cancer but wonder if it could have been a tape worm or other parasite. It happened so fast. I still have Jojo and Toby's son, Max. All are AKC German Shepherds.
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So sorry for your loss Run free Toby.
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Very sad...Sorry for your loss.
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Sorry for you loss.

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So sorry for your loss.
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post #6 of 86 (permalink) Old 07-11-2012, 10:47 AM
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Sorry for the loss of your precious Toby, run free sweet boy, run free.

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I'm so sorry for your loss.

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Neither of the other dogs are showing any signs of problems? If the other dogs are showing symptoms, but milder, could be food or parasites or something, and Toby's system couldn't handle it as well. So watch for problems on the others.

Also, find a 24-hour ER in your area, that you can use for emergencies. Ours only gives enough meds, etc. to make it a couple of days until we can follow up with our regular vet. And that way you have an extra set of eyes looking at the problem.

My parents cat lost weight slowly like that over the course of 8 or 10 months. They finally diagnosed her with diabetes. By the time they started with insulin, the cat was done. They had to put her down. I haven't really heard of shepherds with diabetes, though.

Could have been a blockage, could have been many different things.

So sad about your dog though. I am sorry this happened.

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Have you no access to an emergency vet?

Sorry for your loss.

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