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Audrey's Change in Behavior

I've been pretty lucky with Audrey. She's just a week or so shy of 16 months old and so far she's been a happy and healthy dog. She's not a picky eater and eats whatever is given to her well every time.

Then all of a sudden on thanksgiving morning she threw up yellow liquid in her crate (this was a one time incident and she hasn't since). after she threw up she was just really quiet probably because she doesn't feel well and would sort of stand still in a frozen position and just not move for a bit... she's not necessarily lethargic but she went from being a very hyperactive dog to just a chill dog after that. she doesn't seem to have much of an appetite either. before she used to hungrily chow down on her food right away and gobble everything up but now she doesn't seem very interested in her food and a lot of the times doesn't even touch her food. I also noticed that she doesn't drink as much water as she used to. before she couldn't really sit still but now she just wants to be by me and get petted...

honestly to tell the truth, she was a little too hyperactive before and I prefer this new chill personality of hers... but the sudden change in behavior is a bit concerning so just wanted to hear your thoughts. thanks.
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Brody vomits up yellow bile sometimes when he has an empty stomach. He isn't always interested in eating first thing in the morning and quite often he doesn't eat his evening meal. I started giving him a bedtime snack (not a big one) just so he'd have a little something in his tummy. That seemed to help. He always seems a bit lethargic/mopey after he throws up yellow bile. Plus he always does it on the carpet and that stuff stains!

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Brody vomits up yellow bile sometimes when he has an empty stomach. He isn't always interested in eating first thing in the morning and quite often he doesn't eat his evening meal. I started giving him a bedtime snack (not a big one) just so he'd have a little something in his tummy. That seemed to help. He always seems a bit lethargic/mopey after he throws up yellow bile. Plus he always does it on the carpet and that stuff stains!

awww... i hate it when our babies aren't feeling well... how long did it take Brody to bounce back to being his normal self? it's almost been a week and Audrey is still noticeably calmer... i'm just hoping she's not really sick still... and i didn't want to overreact and take her to the vet right away so I've just been monitoring her.
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Well, he's never been mopey for a week. One time he threw up a lot of it while we were at work. I had actually thought at first he peed in front of his crate in his x-pen and couldn't believe it. Then realized it was in the crate too and under his chin - he had just leaned his head out of the crate to vomit. It was quite the mess, the poor little guy. That time he was mopey for a couple of days, but he did perk up when he finally ate. It's sort of a catch 22 because he isn't hungry but needs to eat to feel better.

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Have you tried chicken and rice? I think maybe you should take Audrey in . It just doesn't seem normal and has been a week now? Maddie was very lethargic once and all it took was a IV of fluids. I hope Audery gets better today.

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I agree with Suzi. With a sudden change in behavior like that, especially where she's not drinking the usual amount, I'd get her checked out by the vet. Small dogs can get dehydrated very quickly, and that can have severe consequences if not treated.

It definitely sounds like she's got a little tummy trouble going on. It sure wouldn't hurt to do what Suzi said and put her on chicken and rice for a few days, with as much water mixed in as you can, and still have her like it. (like thick chicken with rice soup)

Another thing that you can use, but I'd want to have her checked out by the vet first, is 1/2 Pepcid AC twice a day. We've used this several times with Kodi (on the vet's advice) when he's had tummy troubles.

I think, because he trials a lot, he comes into contact with a lot more germs than the average pet dog, even though I never let him come in direct contact with the other dogs, sniff other dog's droppings or drink any water but his own. Still there have been several instances over the past 4 years when he has had mild tummy problems after shows. A few days of Pepcid and a bland (chicken and rice) diet usually set him right. But I've done this originally under vet supervision, and later with her knowledge and agreement that I was handling it correctly.

While a lot of dogs DO start to settle down more as they approach 18 months, it doesn't sound right for it to start so suddenly.

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I think a trip to the vet would be the thing to do. Hope she is feeling better soon! It is so hard when are babies don't feel well isn't it? Keep us posted.

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thank you for the good advice everyone! she started eating and drinking like normal again after almost a week of being off and not interested in her food. usually I scatter her food on our tile floor because she likes it like that but she doesn't seem interested in her food that way anymore and only eats it when I hand feed it to her...

like Karen said... Audrey is almost 16 months old now and may be outgrowing her hyperactive puppy stage... so maybe that's what feels off about her. I will continue to monitor her and take her to the vet.

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