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i have a dog that starting the last week doesnt seem to be eating much, she will just sniff food and ignore it.. she's also tried multiple times to poop and nothing comes out but once or twice some yellow ooze.. she drinks normally, but sometimes just vomits the water up

her condition has changed since then, now shes able to poop but its all soft-serve, and she eats a little but i had to mix in some canned dog food to get her to do that and even then she mostly just picks at it

also the whole time she licks her butt a lot, her behavior itself doesnt seem all that much different, besides these issues she acts somewhat normal, but as she's a 9 year old basset hound she tends to sleep 16+ hours a day anyway

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I'd take her to the vet, none of that sounds normal.
 

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it doesnt sound normal but its not entirely unusual for her to be a very picky eater.. usually doesnt wolf anything down but nibbles on it here and there throughout the day.. and if she went from nothing coming out at all to at least having diarrhea then it should rule out bowel obstructions right?.. it seems like she might be improving

the only thing i can think of is before this happening she did get into some raw turkey bits just after christmas.. a neck, gizzards, etc
 

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It's the straining to poop and vomiting that would have me worried. While the raw food could have upset her stomach if she isn't use to it, it's not dangerous. I feed my dogs raw only and they have been getting a lot of turkey lately. I guess she could have a partial obstruction, but I'm not a vet and for something like that a vet is best.

When my cat had an impacted anal gland he stopped eating and seemed to be constipated. When we took him in to be checked out the vet told us the gland was impacted. I wonder if your dog is having a similar issue.
 
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my brother took my dog outside this evening.. he said she took a normal dump, normal shape, solid, though it is 0 degrees outside so maybe it just froze before it hit the ground.. and today i did get her to eat a fair amount and she didnt throw it back up yet

also, it was the first time she got ahold of a fair amount of raw meat
 

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Turkey necks have a lot of bone and can cause constipation. But I would think the liver(if she got the liver) would counter this. Anyway, I'm glad she is feeling better.
I also have a basset hound, a 11 y/o male.
 

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im not so sure she's better, its uncovered more symptoms, her poops are very thin, she's drinking a lot of water, urinating a lot, licking her crotch a lot too... she's going to the vet today
 

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Is she spayed? She could have pyometra, an infection in the uterus. It is life threatening and requires an emergency spay.
 

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no, she isnt spayed, but her symptoms dont seem to match those of pyometra all that closely, she's at the vet right now with my brother
 

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damn it, my brother just called and said it is an infected uterus, they want $400 for the surgery and i dont have it, recent events with my dad dying and forcing me to move halfway across the country a few months ago have left me borderline homeless as it is and this dog is the only thing thats kept me sane during this time
 

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I'm sorry to hear that. Will the vet do payments? Or do they have some sort of credit care or something like that. I forget what it is called. $400 isn't bad, my cat had pyometra the surgery was over $1000. But I know if you don't have it you don't have it. Hopefully they will work with you.
 

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I know some vets do care credit or something like that. I've never used it, but it's based on your credit score. You'd have to ask your vet about it. Maybe call some shelters or human societies. They may be able to help you or point you in the right direction.
 

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Did you ask about the care credit, I'm not sure if that is the name. I've heard so humane societies offering help for people in need. But again, I'm not 100% sure, I've never used it.
 

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i looked into care credit and was denied as theres unsufficient evidence of credit.. im the type of person who prefers to buy everything on cash so ive never developed a credit history as ive never had a card or taken a loan as i hate the idea of owing anyone money

anyway, so an animal rescue group just called, said they spoke with our local vet who we took the dog to earlier and covered the costs of the treatment, she will probably go in for surgery tomorrow... if this is on the up and up, when im financially more stable i will have to donate back at least as much as this surgery cost

unfortunately with my dad dying last year and having to make an emergency move halfway across the country to aid family, it's left me with barely enough money to live on
 

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Sounds like you, your brother and the Vet need to work out some way to pay for her medical needs. She has always been there for you, as you said, now its your turn. Between you, your brother and the Vet, there has to be a way to work it out.
 

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Sounds like you, your brother and the Vet need to work out some way to pay for her medical needs. She has always been there for you, as you said, now its your turn. Between you, your brother and the Vet, there has to be a way to work it out.
Easier said than done sometimes. Many vets do not do payments. I know around here it is really rare and if it is done it's case by case. But he said a group has talked to the vet and offered to help, so lets hope it all works out.
 
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they said the dog should be able to have surgery tomorrow.. vet said her condition isnt THAT serious because theres drainage (i can smell it), and she's on anti-biotics to slow it down until surgery
 
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