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Old 12-10-2012, 02:44 PM
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Vomiting, Not Eating, Lethargic

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First: My pooch was diagnosed with mild kidney disease this year. Pooch was a fan of Waggin Tail jerky - suspected in other canine kidney ailments. Naturally, we no longer buy dog treats made in China, and pooch seemed to be doing much better. No meds were required.

2nd: We found tainted dog kibble in our yard near the inside fence this summer. Thank goodness that it was tainted with weed killer so neither dog ate it. Anti-freeze is tasty.

3rd: Out of the blue Pooch started vomiting. Being a seasoned pet mom, I wasn't alarmed at first...Dogs do that now and then. However, this past week, she hasn't been eating and she's now vomiting bile. No blood.

4th: She's been licking the rain water off of the painted deck (Sherwin Williams deck paint, if that makes a difference). She does drink water out of her bowl too.

5th: She's lethargic. Sleeps all day. She still cuddles tightly in bed though.

6th: I don't have urine or stool samples. We have a doggy door from the kitchen to the outside, so I don't see her (or her beagle bro) when they go in and out. My home office is in the basement. The vets will be able to get a better handle on those samples while Pooch is in the cage.

At this time, she's in a vet's care at the hospital for tests for the night and until tomorrow afternoon. She's has lost 7 lbs. 40 lbs to 33 lbs. She's a beagle, and we all know how much they love dinner time!

This has been a tough year for us. We had 4 dogs in Jan: ages 18, 14, 7, and 5 (pooch). All were strays or rescues. The 18 year-old died in Feb. of a brain tumor. The 14 year-old died in June from cancer that started in her spleen and spread to her brain. I don't see any connection to pooch's problems, but I wonder what our 7 year-old beagle is thinking after losing two other dogs this year.

Pooch had spinal surgery in 2010 to prevent loss of her back legs. She had to be caged for so long after that in order to heal. She hated that. You know the familiar howls of misery.

I'll keep you posted on what this turns out to be -- if anything is discovered. Let's hope that it's simple and not poisoning or kidney failure. If you have other thoughts on what this could be, please share.

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It is starting to sound like poisoning of some kind. The vet give her a complete blood work up? What were the results.
Seems like a lot for one to go through in one year.
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Sounds like kidneys to me.

So sorry for your recent losses. I have to say though, you must be doing a lot very right to have a dog live to 18 and another to 14.
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We may know tomorrow if no more tests are needed. Sometimes lab work is sent out and that takes longer. She's being feed with an IV right now due to the weight loss.

Thanks for your concern. I'll make sure that you know the results for all of your doggy's sakes.

BTW: I don't want to lose her for any reason, but poisoning would be the worst of them all. People can be so hideous! She really is a quiet beagle who spends most of her time indoors and our dogs are locked inside at night.
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What a rough year you've had. It's so hard when our pets get sick... I hope they are able to diagnose and treat for a full recovery. Best wishes.
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It's her kidneys and it's bad. She's still not eating, but she is drinking and she cuddled up against us while we visited in the hospital -- that's an improvement.

The vet is keeping her until tomorrow to see if more time on the IV improves the condition. If that works, we may be able to take her home, nurse her and prepare special meals to get her to eat...I know she won't eat that prescription dog food. If not (or even if yes) the other options are to take her to Ohio State Univ. where they can do doggy dialysis.

The vet made it clear that my little buddy is miserable. However, she is alert and should die at home.

For the love of God, please don't feed your pets food made in China. Google "China dog treats kidneys."
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Oh, I am so sorry. Do what ever you think is best for your baby.

Again, sorry, my prayers are with you!
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Puppy food not only has too many calories for an adult dog
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I'm so sorry you guys have to go through this. I hope that pooch will get well enough to have a little bit of time to enjoy life just a little bit more.
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It's her kidneys and it's bad. She's still not eating, but she is drinking and she cuddled up against us while we visited in the hospital -- that's an improvement.

The vet is keeping her until tomorrow to see if more time on the IV improves the condition. If that works, we may be able to take her home, nurse her and prepare special meals to get her to eat...I know she won't eat that prescription dog food. If not (or even if yes) the other options are to take her to Ohio State Univ. where they can do doggy dialysis.

The vet made it clear that my little buddy is miserable. However, she is alert and should die at home.

For the love of God, please don't feed your pets food made in China. Google "China dog treats kidneys."
I just lost my 22 year old cat to kidney failure and the only thing I want to tell you to keep in mind is that kidney failure is a very painful way to die so dont let it go to long. I know its hard to let them go but given the choice wouldn't you want to be taken out of your misery.
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