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Old 01-29-2018, 06:15 PM
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My dog is sick, can anyone tell me if they recognise these symptoms.

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My 12 year old lab/weimeraner mix is sick and I was wondering if someone has experienced something similar with a dog of theirs or if they know what’s wrong. My father found him outside a few hours ago and he just stood still like he didnt know him.
He wouldnt move or do anything so my father had to carry him inside, he seemed lifeless. We thought he might’ve had a stroke or something. He puked about an hour ago and now around 2 hours later he has these stomach cramps that wont stop. His muscles tense up every 20-30 seconds and then he breathes very heavily in between. Has anyone seen this before? Do you think he ingested something? I will take him to the vet in the morning since its night now where I live. Btw he looks a lot better know than he did before, he barely moved his head for an hour at first. He has tried taking a few steps but then he just stops and lays down.
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Old 01-29-2018, 07:41 PM
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I would go to an emergency vet and not wait til morning. With a senior dog it could be a lot of things and if he did eat something poisonous morning could be way too late.
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Second the ER Vet recommendation. Sounds like something serious going on and immediate medical attention is definitely indicated.
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Exclamation Yikes.

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It sounds very much like bloat, & this was posted at 7:30 last night, Eastern U-S time -
it's now 1-pm of the next day, over 16-hours later. // If it was bloat, ALWAYS a vet-emergency, which cannot "wait until morning", & he was not taken to the ER, odds are good that he has died, or is alive, but has organ damage - which may or may not be treatable, or even survivable.

Bloat interrupts the flow of blood to the parts of the GI tract that have twisted, & the tissue dies quickly - entire sections of the bowel, esophagus, lower or upper stomach, including the crucial valves at ingress & egress, can die, become necrotic, & send toxins thru-out the body via the bloodstream.

In addition, pressure from the swollen stomach puts a tremendous load on the heart & lungs, & swelling can physically inhibit the diaphragm - making it impossible to breathe. Suffocation & heart failure are both possible.
The LIVER is damaged by the flood of toxins in the blood, & the kidneys are overwhelmed; filtration suffers, & they are likely to go into shock, when the body simply shuts down, unable to maintain homeostasis or even life itself.

I certainly hope I'm wrong, & he didn't bloat - plus, i sincerely hope he was seen by a vet, urgently.
But the prognosis, from the described symptoms, doesn't seem good.

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Wow talk about negative and unhelpful, especially over twelve hours later.
What good does it possibly do to say that the poor dog may have or likely have already died???
If I was the already stressed op this negative post would just make things worse.
You can share helpful NEUTRAL information about bloat without the negative judgmental drama.
You're also not a veterinarian but some kind of trainer and in no position to make internet diagnoses.
Qualified vets don't make internet diagnoses, much too risky without actually seeing and assessing the dog.

My last dog got suddenly severely sick one night during a long spinal illness and stopped eating. When he even refused his favorite treats I brought him to the ER. They were convinced at first he had liver failure. More tests showed no his liver wasn't that bad but he had a severe infection from being on too much steroids for too long. He died in the hospital the next day, just couldn't fight it off. There's no way anyone could have diagnosed it without many clinical tests.

Can't diagnose on the internet and negative comments for a potentially critically sick animal are unhelpful and unsupportive.
Op I hope your dog is feeling better!
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Yep. Keep it positive guys. Nothing realistic please! The dog is clearly fine. Nothing to worry about. I saw zero judgement. If judgement is what i understand it to be: negative subjective opinion. Zero. Yes, there was a lot of info on bloat- most informative. Perhaps not something u want to be reading in this medical emergency. But probably not checking your phone. Statistically. If it were bloat, post was right. But for me, i think it would of gotten me over the barrier of why id not taken dog to bet already. Expense can be a barrier. And ive read post after post of behavioural case formulations and training suggestions where the dog has never been assessed. Its a forum. Thats how it works.
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I had posted at the time the op posted that they shouldn't wait until morning and to take the dog to an ER immediately.
Posting the next day that the dog's probably already dead is not compassionate or helpful. And already way too late to be helpful for a time sensitive emergency.
No need to make the person feel worse if they come back and read this and the dog is critically sick or God forbid has died from an awful illness.
It is supposed to be a positive forum, posting smug comments like the dogs dead already and you were too late is unhelpful and rotten.
That comment didn't need to be there. Bloat information is helpful yes but it could have also been other things.
Adding to someone else's grief and stress is insensitive and unnecessary. You can give helpful facts without the meanness.
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I would disagree that posting that is "unhelpful"- what if this post comes up from someone searching the internet because their dog is experiencing similar symptoms? Or someone reads this, and then remembers because of that post when their own dog shows these symptoms?

Sometimes people need to hear that a dog showing certain symptoms needs to go the vet or it may likely die. Harsh? Yes. But the very fact that someone decided to post on an internet forum about symptoms this severe reflects this troubling fact. Yes, E-Vets are expensive, but they are a necessity sometimes.
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