Open for discussion:
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.