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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-23-2010, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Very sick puppy

Hi to all at the Hav forum

Just back from an emergency visit to the vet and would appreciate the experience and wisdom of the group. My 6 month pup Elvis got very sick tonight but now seems to be doing ok... He's exhausted and sleeping at my feet, poor little guy.

We had a brilliant day on the beach where he runs off leash and generally goes crazy with delight. He loves it, I love it, we could not have been happier. But at one point in the afternoon I saw him chewing on something, removed it from his mouth (a revolting bit of old meat/bone) and within an hour or so he threw up. At this point dear forum friends, if you are having your breakfast, skip the following... the vomit at first looked like egg whites and yellow yolk. He continued over the next hour and it became like the white of egg/yellow yolk. This happened nine times which i figured was way too much for a pup and we went to the emergency night-time vet. He was diagnosed with food poisoning and has been given antibiotic and anti nausea shots. I would appreciate your thoughts on the following:

- If my Hav is sick/throwing up what are the signs that he should be taken to the vet?
- What is the best way to help him recover and how long should this take?
- What is to be done with a dog who loves to snack on garbage whilst running off leash?!?

Many thanks and best wishes from Abu Dhabi. Karen and Elvis
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Karen, I have no advice. I'm so glad you got him into the vet!! How many times have our Havs gotten hold of something they shouldn't have?! Usually I don't think they suffer harm, but you just don't know. That must have been a powerfully bad piece of bone/meat.

I hope he's doing better and that the anti-biotics do the trick. Let us know.

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I lost my little schnauzer last July from just something like this. The Vet said that she had gotten into something. Sadly she couldn't be saved. I am extremly paranoid now about things on the floor and probably will never let Rosie off leash outside of our property. Guess it just goes with the territory of having a little dog.
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I wouldn't risk letting him run free when the danger is so apparent. Better to have a dog with more restriction (run with him, play with him) and less fear that he'll get into something that will kill him.

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I'm sorry to hear that. Something similar happened to my Lily before Christmas. I still am not sure what the source of the problem was. She was sick for three days and I was so scared but I gave her the antibiotics and ice chunks with a little water. That, combined with the anti-nausea shots from the doctor stopped her nausea. She continued to have a bloody- soup like stool (sorry for the imagery) but I watched her around the clock and she eventually got better. I also gave her a powdered probiotic supplement to settle her tummy. It is the same kind of probiotics in greek yogurt. Then the fourth morning she woke up and was good as new. Try not to drive yourself crazy with worry. If her situation gets worse or she won't stop vomiting bring her back to the animal hospital so she can be monitored and given IV fluids. Do the same if there are any new symptoms.
As far as getting into things they shouldn't-It happens-It doesn't make you a bad mom For me never letting Lily off the leash isn't realistic and not very fair to her. So I just make sure to watch her really well.
I hope little Elvis gets better.

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Any time there is prolonged vomiting (you be the judge) ,you should see a vet. from Dr. Pitcairn's Natural Health for Dogs and Cats. Glad there is an improvement. When I take Molly to the beach of leash , I stiil have to watch her. Dead fish can be anywhere.

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So glad Elvis is doing better!

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Poor Elvis! Hope he's better soon!

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I have no real advise but are wishing Elvis a speedy recovery.

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i know your puppy will recover, it's a scary thing when they get sick.

one of the most valuable lessons i taught my dog which was something a dog owner told me, was to teach him the command "leave it"

this command has taught my dog that when i say leave it, whatever he is interested in, he needs to leave it alone. this has been helpful on walks when he sees a dead bird or soemthing gross, same thing could work for you, dead fish or somehting gross on the beach. once your pup is back to feeling 100%, start this training, it wont take your dog that long to pick this up
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