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Guidance/Advice ... Sick little girl

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3:00a.m Saturday - Sept. 9/20 - Chloe wakes up and vomits up her food. We get cleaned up and settle back in - minutes later she at it again - white bile. We get up go downstairs and I take her out to potty - she pees and poops minutes later. Sitting downstairs with her trying to comfort her and offer water - she doesn't drink. Vomiting starts again white bile and then again now it has a pinkish tint. This continues throughout morning until about 7:10. I take to the vet as soon as they open. She had displayed no signs of being sick prior to this episode - eating, drinking, potty was all good. No, not to my knowledge or eye site had she gotten into anything.

Doctor visit - I explained what was happening - had a pic of vomit with pinkish tint - might be blood. So treatment plan - run tests - blood work most important - I opted not to x-Ray right way - but all other treatment including checking for parvovirus was done $262.00. Everything with blood work came back negative - liver count was a little elevated but that could have been caused by vomiting episode - wasn't concerned. Also given hydration pack - She was a little dehydrated.

So of course that morning while up at 3:00 am - I fixed some chicken and rice. She hadn't eaten for past 12 hours.

I was given script for the vomiting - Famotidine .25 twice a day - should stop the vomiting. It did. Continued bland diet rest of Saturday into Sunday with reintroducing her kibble. Blue Buffalo Life Protection Chicken and Oatmeal small breed - continued this from Breeder. Eating and doing fine.

All going well on Monday - back to her old self.

Tuesday hubby calls me at work early morning - she has bad case of liquid diarrhea. I go home home call vet and describe what's happening and was told I probably switched back to quickly (my fault) but wasn't told how long to keep on bland. So the doc gives me script for the diarrhea - metronidazole .25 2x a day. Said ok to give both meds at same time with food. Also given script for Hills i/d dog food - was told continue bland diet for 5 days - when stools look like they are returning to normal start integrating her kibble.

Follow visit today for initial vomiting. Diarrhea getting better stools are trying to firm up. She checked out fine and was doing well but low and behold she has a yeast infection in left ear. $$$$$ - so given $50 drops for that. Still she seems fine in the car ride home. It's been raining all day here and when it rains she reluctant to go out. So once we got back she finally pooped - still soft but not liquid like it was. Gets in the house and vomits her food up?

I'm thinking it could have been car ride?

That's my story - help/suggestions? She goes back on 10/15 for preventive and follow up on ear infection.

Sorry for such a long post.



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Sorry Chloe is not feeling well. Molly recently had a bout of soft and liquid stools. Her blood work and stool exam were normal. Vet prescribed 5 days of metronidazole and a prescription bland diet. Picky Molly would not eat the diet so we tried chicken and rice instead. Her stools would not firm up until the vet prescribed a second, longer round of metronidazole and we limited her protein source to one not likely to cause a food reaction. She is back to normal now. My vet said she has had several dogs with these GI issues and the extra dose of metronidazole seemed to help them also. I hope Chloe is better soon.



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Thanks - that gives me hope. She seems fine - but it's the little occurrences that are worrisome. Forgot mention too - she had a bad day with gas as well on Monday/Tuesday. That seems to have cleared up. She is not too happy with Hill diet either. She's been loosing teeth since last week also.



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you did all you can for now, time will help .

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Hope she gets better soon. Please read this below. A lot of people's dogs had same symptoms after feeding blue buffalo. Maybe you got a bad batch.

Blue buffalo food complaints

http://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/blue_buffalo.html





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My advice would be to feed the best food you can afford and be very careful with vaccinations. I try to give my dogs as few chemicals as possible.

It is possible you got a bad batch of food. With a small dog it is easier to feed better food - they dont eat much! Something like ziwi peak or honest kitchen are good options if you dont want to go the full raw route. I use commercial raw and honest kitchen, sometimes Ziwi too. Sometimes honest kitchen and chicken. Knock on wood, my hav has never been sick. He's a year and a half old. He has never had an ear infection, never thrown up other than a couple of times when he pigged his food. I have been lucky but I also think the diet helps.
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Thanks for the great advice - the bag of food she is on is nearly a month old - she had no previous problems with it. I guess my question now is, if I try a new kibble do I start it once I start weaning her off the bland diet? The 5 days will be on Sunday.

Please recommend a high grade kibble I can switch to.



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Molly's favorite brands of kibble are Taste of the Wild and Natures Variety Instinct. We also tried Orijen and Merrick but she didn't like them. Try to buy the food from a store that will take it back if Chloe doesn't like it. That helped me out a lot when I was looking for something Molly would eat, however she is extremely picky.



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Molly's favorite brands of kibble are Taste of the Wild and Natures Variety Instinct. We also tried Orijen and Merrick but she didn't like them. Try to buy the food from a store that will take it back if Chloe doesn't like it. That helped me out a lot when I was looking for something Molly would eat, however she is extremely picky.
I actually have some TOTW pacific stream already - I had tried switching when she was smaller to this but the kibble was too big at the time - she would gobble it down whole and then get sick. Maybe I will try again.

Shall I start gradually as I transition from the bland diet?


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The best advice I can give you is to be very VERY conservative about when to switch her back to her regular food. Keep her on the bland diet at least several days past when you think she's fine, then start adding her regular food (or the new one if you decide the BB might be the problem) very, VERY slowly.


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