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About 10 days ago, my dog (heeler mix) randomly started throwing up. . . a lot. He vomited all night long on Friday, and part of Saturday until we got him to the vet. They said he was severely dehydrated, gave him fluids and anti-nausea meds, said he probably had bad gastritis and sent us home with some meds. he was ok that night, but he wasn't drinking water, so I took him to the e-vet on Sunday evening. He spent the night there, and went to the regular vet on Monday. He was eating fine when he was sick, and would take a few bites of boiled chicken each day from Saturday until Monday, but he wouldn't eat once he got home on Monday. He continued not eating all the way until Friday, and had 2 super dark stools during this time, so I took him to the e-vet again. They gave him fluids and recommended an ultrasound, which I got today (Monday) He wouldn't eat that entire time (I really thought he was going to die), but he was drinking water. On Friday, he started kind of gagging up his water, and burping a lot. I took him to the vet today, and she is treating him for esophagitis. The Ultrasound showed mild inflammation of his stomach, and I guess the fat around it. The vet said he does have blood in his stool. I have been stressing out horribly. I had almost come to terms with the fact that he wasn't going to make it, so to even hear that the vet is "cautiously optimistic" is encouraging. She also thinks he might have Addison's disease because of a few of the results, so she is testing for that. Does anyone have any experience with either esophagitis or Addison's? My dog is only about 8 (don't know for sure, we adopted him) and I don't feel like that is super old for a heeler, and he is so healthy otherwise. This has been a horribly stressful experience, and I'd just like to hear from someone who has been through it, so I can kind of know what I might expect.
 

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Our dog developed Addisons Disease at 2 yrs.old. Its diagnosed by a simple blood test so your vet should be able to do that & have the results overnight. She had symptoms much like your dog. She couldn't eat & had lethargy so could barely walk. But after diagnosis & on the right medication she was back to her lively self again.She lived to be 12 yrs.old on medication daily. Its expensive to treat but extremely vital that they stay on the medication & avoid stress . Best wishes to you & your pup. Sounds like he's in good hands.
 

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Well, The vet got back to me today, and he doesn't have Addison's. Still don't know what caused the vomiting, but he seems to be starting to feel better. He even played a little with my other dogs today. Unfortunately, he still won't eat. He can't have his old food, the vet says he has to eat the rx i/d food, made into a slurry for 3 weeks. This is because dogs with esophagitis can get scar tissue that will narrow the esophagus, which is obviously not good, and dry food can make it worse. He is not interested in the rx food. Not with beef broth, not with chicken broth, not even warmed up. He WANTS other food. He has been begging when I eat, which he never did before, and sniffing around for food. He just wont eat the stuff he is allowed. If I could just get him to eat this stuff, I would feel more optimistic.
 
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