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Old 12-10-2015, 07:08 AM
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When your dog isn't acting quite right....

So my standard dachshund mix, Sam, is very energetix, happy and loves to chase the cat normally.

Starting Monday night he started eating weeds and grass. I of course was trying to stop him. Shortly after he started having an episode of swallowing every couple seconds and drooling. Upon inspection I found a chute of weed stuck to the roof of his mouth. I removed it and there was immediate improval, though the drooling persisted well into the evening.

Tuesday he was sluggish and not quite himself but he is eating fine. His bowel movements have been slightly less but he isn't straining.

Wednesday morning I woke up to his stomach gurgling so I took him outside. Of course he did nothing so I brought him in and gave him a pepcid and went back to bed.
Wednesday night he enjoyed his walk but wasn't quite himself (no barking at everything that moves). He ate his dinner with zeal then proceeded to sleep the rest of the night.

Now I am worried since he is sluggish and slightly lethargic but I really have no other symptoms to go on since his gurgling stomach stopped.
I don't know if I should wait this out or take him in.

If I take him in I'm afraid I won't have anything to tell them and I'll go home 50 dollars poorer with no answers.

I have checked his gums, ears, eyes, pads of his feet, pushed gently on his belly, and all is normal.

Please help!
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Nobody knows better than you, if your dog is just not acting normally. If you can't come up with the cause, you need your Vet to check him out. I know that's costly, but won't you sleep better knowing what the problem is, and knowing that you did everything possible to find the cause?
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Nobody knows better than you, if your dog is just not acting normally. If you can't come up with the cause, you need your Vet to check him out. I know that's costly, but won't you sleep better knowing what the problem is, and knowing that you did everything possible to find the cause?
very true words. if the dog had soemthing stuck in the mouth could be infection
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My general rule of thumb when my dog just seems a bit off but there's nothing to pin point what might be wrong is to give him 3 days to get better. If he gets worse during those 3 days then I'll take him in sooner, either on the day he gets worse or the next day if my vet can fit us in. If he gets better by day 3 then I don't take him in and figure he might have had some stomach bug or something. My exception is when he's acting off on Thurs or Fri, then it's a judgement call on just how bad he seems to be feeling, I might get him to the vet right away since while I don't want to take him needlessly I also don't want to bring him to the E-vet and spend $160 to just walk through the doors.
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My general rule of thumb when my dog just seems a bit off but there's nothing to pin point what might be wrong is to give him 3 days to get better. If he gets worse during those 3 days then I'll take him in sooner, either on the day he gets worse or the next day if my vet can fit us in. If he gets better by day 3 then I don't take him in and figure he might have had some stomach bug or something. My exception is when he's acting off on Thurs or Fri, then it's a judgement call on just how bad he seems to be feeling, I might get him to the vet right away since while I don't want to take him needlessly I also don't want to bring him to the E-vet and spend $160 to just walk through the doors.
Agree with your method. Those weekends with no Vet available except the E-Vet is something to try to avoid when possible. Its always a judgement call, I have rushed her to the Vet almost immediately, if I think it is, or could become life threatening, or if I feel she is suffering from pain or??? Its always that judgement call, and somehow, my wallet always takes a back seat to the process.
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24paws, how's your dog? Hopefully back to his old self again.
One of mine was very "off" a couple weeks ago, and I was on the verge of taking him to the vet. I know exactly what was wrong with him (like an idiot I gave him a cooked steak bone which he worked on for a couple days in his new crate). He was one sick pup. No energy, sleeping all the time, trembling, not eating, not pooping. Luckily he showed marked improvement the next day, and more the next day, and was back to himself by day three (after a MASSIVE poop!) Lesson learned on my part. After reading up on what could've happened, I'm lucky he was okay.

Animals are so good at being sick at just the wrong times. I have horses, and my vet is an hour drive from here. An emergency vet call to my farm is NOT cheap to say the least. Last winter when one of mine was acting colicky, I called and got the vet out. By the time she got here he was just fine. Still cost me a pretty penny.
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Dogs normally eat grass to make themself sick. he seems to have improved so maybe he just had some kind of bug, that made him feel a bit off-ish. is he eating and drinking ok?
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Well I wound up waiting it out and he seems to be coming back to his normal self :relieved:
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Sometimes they eat grass/weeds to make up for something they're missing in their diet, or because they already have an upset stomach. Mine has gone for grass when thirsty! So it could have been a bit of a stomach issue that was then compounded by the stuck weed in his mouth. Glad he's feeling better now.
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