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My poor little Poppy is feeling very unwell :(. She has been vomiting :puke: whenever she eats for 3 days now. She vomited blood this morning, and she had only drunk a tiny bit of water. She spent the day at the vets on an IV drip and they gave her a shot to stop her throwing up (somehow they managed to get her to eat a little bit and it has stayed with her!). X-rays didn't show any blockage and the vet doesn't know why she is poorly, but if she is sick again after food, then they want to do a barium meal. She is so subdued and won't even sniff at her food...I'm not quite sure what to do to help her?

After such an awful time with our little boy Bramble, I am an especially anxious Mummy and think the worst! Does anyone have any suggestions to encourage her to eat (the vet wants her on Hills prescription ID, but she is not impressed!). Or does anyone have a similar experience and could put my mind at rest a little?

I forgot to mention that she is just getting over being spayed 10 days ago...no fun for Poppy these days :(
 

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My poor little Poppy is feeling very unwell :(. She has been vomiting :puke: whenever she eats for 3 days now. She vomited blood this morning, and she had only drunk a tiny bit of water. She spent the day at the vets on an IV drip and they gave her a shot to stop her throwing up (somehow they managed to get her to eat a little bit and it has stayed with her!). X-rays didn't show any blockage and the vet doesn't know why she is poorly, but if she is sick again after food, then they want to do a barium meal. She is so subdued and won't even sniff at her food...I'm not quite sure what to do to help her?

After such an awful time with our little boy Bramble, I am an especially anxious Mummy and think the worst! Does anyone have any suggestions to encourage her to eat (the vet wants her on Hills prescription ID, but she is not impressed!). Or does anyone have a similar experience and could put my mind at rest a little?

I forgot to mention that she is just getting over being spayed 10 days ago...no fun for Poppy these days :(
I wish I could tell you something that would help but I don't know. I'm sending hugs your way though and healing vibes for your sweet Poppy. Do you and/or the vet think any of this could have anything to do with her spay? Or, could she have gotten into anything toxic? I so hope she starts feeling better soon.

I'm sure you'll get some good feedback from the group.
 

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oh NO poor thing :( have you considered home cooking for her, at least for now to get her over this? little bits at a time...? I hope she feels better soon and your vet can help figure out this mystery.:grouphug:
 

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oh NO poor thing :( have you considered home cooking for her, at least for now to get her over this? little bits at a time...? I hope she feels better soon and your vet can help figure out this mystery.:grouphug:
Gee, Tammy, you are starting to sound like a reformed smoker!:pound:

(only kidding... I'm so happy for you that the home cooking is working out well for you!)
 

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Have you tried very small amounts of chicken and rice mixture every 45 minutes or so to see how she tolerates the food.
 

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I should have added...

I'm so sorry to hear that Poppy is sick. We went through a bout of tummy trouble in Feb.(?) that landed him in the hospital... I know how worrisome it can be!:(
 

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When we first brought Buster home from the shelter, he had a lot of gut issues, including unexplained vomiting and diarrhea.

Our Vet used a type of canned food [not the ID formula] that Buster gobbled up even though he was not interested in the boiled chicken and rice I had given him in the morning. I do not know which formula this irresistible canned food is, but maybe your Vet used that to get Poppy to eat at the office and maybe s/he would let you have some of that to add to the ID.

Regarding the Hill Prescription ID formula, Buster eats the canned ID from time to time whenever he gets really soft poop from eating something he shouldn't [usually grass]. I keep several cans on hand. I have warmed it up in the microwave after refrigeration to make it more fragrant and palatable when Buster seemed to be bored with it. That helped.

He is not fond of the kibble ID, but he likes the canned version. After a few meals, he is usually "normal" enough to start re-introducing his regular food, EVO Red.

I hope Poppy is feeling better by now.
 

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Poor baby and poor you. My Lhasa is in kidney failure and so sometimes (not often) he does not want to eat and it is important he does. It is important to keep them on a restricted diet until the vet says its ok to transion back. To get them started eating a bit of chicken should be ok, dogs eat mainly by smell so they like smelly things and food, I jazz up Boo Boo's by spraying a tiny bit of truffle oil and sometimes a bit of curry powder not a lot remember they have super keen noses. Misty got really sick from rawhide during the Christmas holiday and it took about a week to get her eating again. Hope your little Poppy feels better soon.
 

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Thanks for all your help and kind words! I thought Poppy was improving a little today...although she still wouldn't eat the canned I/D (even warmed slightly!), she did gingerly ate a little baby food at lunch! (the rice and chicken came straight back up on Sunday, so going a different route!) She was very excited to be outside and we had a little walk and she was quite perky! But I think the anti sickness shot they gave her must have worn off....she vomited bile this evening and is very sad and uninterested in food and life :(. (although I did get some tail wagging, and she is snuggled on the sofa with her Daddy!)

This evening the vet gave me some anti sickness drugs to give her at home and the food she ate whilst at the vets (the prescription I/D, but in kibble) but she won't eat that or the baby food anymore...hope the drugs kick in soon! I don't want to be going down the barium meal route!

These fur babies can add far too many wrinkles!!

I really appreciate you all replying, thank you!
 

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Are they absolutely sure there's no blockage? There has to be some reason that nothing stays down. I know how difficult this has to be for you. Sending hugs. You might want to get another opinion. It's so frightening when our babies are not well.
 

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Throwing up bile [yellow, foamy material] often happens when the stomach is very empty. Sometimes, if my dogs have not eaten for a while [skipped a meal], and I don't let them eat the neighbors' grass, I find a small puddle of bile. Then I'll find something to tempt the dog to eat.

I realize you are having problems tempting your pup to eat and then it comes back up anyway. As a natural worrier, I feel your pain.

How is Poppy doing today (Wednesday)?
 

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Hello again!
Poppy did finally eat this afternoon....seems turkey and baby food is just temptation too far!! I've been feeding her small amounts every 2 hours. Fingers crossed it has not come back to haunt us....yet! She is still taking the drugs to prevent her vomiting, so I'm not sure if she's improving or it's the drugs...she's not quite herself still though.

No idea still as to the cause...she had no antibiotics after her spay and she was basically healed by the time the vomiting started, so the vet doesn't think it is the cause. He did wonder if she had picked up a virus from when she had her op. I'm keeping all fingers and toes crossed it's not a blockage, she's only just recovered from one surgery, another one would be so awful for her! I think food would still be coming back up if it was a blockage, even with the drugs? Don't you think?

Sorry to ramble!! You are all being so sweet, thank you!
 

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This has happened to Sissy twice. The first time she ended up on an IV drip the 2nd time I caught it really quick and the vet put her right on meds which helped tremendously. We think she is sensitive/allergic...to what they are putting on the lawn. We keep all 3 off for 24-48 hours but both times she has gotten so sick has been within a few days of the apt spraying the yard. The other two dogs seem to be fine. I had all 3 of them on a heartguard/comfortis combination pill and that did cause them to have severe diarrhea so they are no longer on that. It is so HARD to try to find the cause of things once they get sick. Happy to hear she is eating small amounts and keeping it down. Keep us updated!
 
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