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post #1 of 556 (permalink) Old 07-19-2007, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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Shadow's sick

Poor Shadow started having diarrhea last Sat. afternoon. So, I took her food away, made sure she had water, waited overnight and started her on boiled chicken and white rice on Sun. morning. She seemed to be doing better by noon. However, by Sun. night she refused to eat anything and was drinking very little. She was also having dry heaves by this time. We went to the vet Mon. morning, he said she had good color and wasn't dehydrated at all. His recommendation was to give her Gerber's meat baby food and a prescription for Metronidazole. He thought she probably just had a tummy ache and that it would be fine in a day.

Well, I think it's more than a "tummy ache". As of last night she is refusing to eat almost anything I try to give her, and the list is long: baby food, chicken breast, chicken broth, yogurt, rice, chicken jerky (her favorite treat), jack cheese, and cottage cheese. She did eat a small piece of cheddar cheese this morning and took small amounts of Nutri-Cal last night and this morning. She is hardly drinking, either.

The vet comes in at 9:00 AM and the tech said she would talk to him to see if he could see Shadow between the surgeries he's doing today. So, I'm waiting to hear what time I can take her in....

In the meantime, anybody have any ideas what could be wrong and what I should tell the vet? Thanks.


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I'm sorry to hear Shadow is under the weather, Leslie.

It's no fun trying to figure out what's going on. Please let us know what the vet suggests this time.

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When Jasper was younger- he would vomit from hunger...and still not eat. it took rabbit fillets to fill his belly. But Cash recently, ate something outside that made him vomit and he had to be on iv overnight-- so I'm glad you're taking her to the vet.

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So sorry to hear about little Shadow. It could be many things, maybe she just ate something that isnt' agreeing with her

I'm glad your vet is getting her in quickly. Hopefully, the treatment plan works!

Have you tried giving her sips of water from a water bottle? I know when Gucci was feeling under the weather and refusing to drink from her bowl, she was willing to drink from the bottled water. She thought that was pretty cool. Still does.

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Sorry to hear about Shadow. I'd suggest a blood test panel and a CBC (complete blood count). That really helps in diagnosing if there is anything more serious than a simple tummy ache. She may need an IV if she's dehydrated. Hope she feels better soon. Keep us posted!
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Bad news, good news

Bad news: Vet can't see her until tomorrow morning. He said to keep giving her the Nutri-Cal and Pedialyte. Also, keep trying to get her to eat other things, baby food, cheese, etc.

Good news: I scrambled an egg and added some cheddar cheese and she ate about half of it.

I'll keep you posted on how she does. Thanks for your well wishes and advice. I knew you guys wouldn't fail me :-)


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I am sorry that Shadow is sick, please let us know what the vet says.
Sending healing vibes.

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We're sorry Shadow is sick. I have found if I am truly worried and I just show up at my vets they always see me. Glad you got him to eat the eggs.

Is Shadow's poop ok? Keep a watch out. Throwing up and not eating is also a sign they have eaten something that has not passed through the digestive tract.

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I know it is stressful but the good news is that he did eat something . It is important that he drink flids so he does not become dehydrated ..
I agree some blood work might be in order . Maybe it is good that he has some time to rest and let the meds work .
? do you have a 24 hour emergency facility available just in case or does you vet take calls after 5 . Always good to have a back up plan just in case .
Cosmo had a bad spell a while ago - he would not eat and felt downand out . He missed a meal but had a good nights sleep and seemed better the next day .
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