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I know the breed can be picky but this is a little bit extraordinary. My 9 month old is starving herself and throwing up from starvation I think.

She usually wants to go out to go to the bathroom and started only peeing. She started throwing up in the car, but I thought nothing of it and thought maybe her car sickness is coming back till she started puking in the house. The other night she was sleeping and started puking up liquid.

She quit eating her food and is starving herself to the point she throw up. If she gets excited she might take a few nibbles of food from the bowl. Hasn't really been begging for human food.

After she threw up from not eating the other night I had to put a few tiny pieces of hot dog in her bowl so she would eat and she had to go to the bathroom in an hour. She won't eat otherwise.

I know these dogs can be picky eaters but she ain't even eating the food when she has to be starving and throwing up from not eating. She's otherwise a normal dog.

She has been way more anxious lately. She got over her car problems but I just got a new car. She freaks out and pants and looks absolutely on the edge of a mental breakdown in the car now unless shes held or has a window open to sniff, but now she has to be in the crate to go anywhere if at all till i figure her car anxiety out now.

She's way more vocal at the house she barks a lot more now. I don't think it'd be appropriate to leave her food out til she eats because she won't eat it even if she's puking because of it. She will eat it all if it's got a hot dog in it...or is this just an extraordinarily picky eating habit.

Or can changing something Iike the car cause this big of a anxiety problem? She used to love it and be in the car for a while and not mind until she had to go to the bathroom. Now when we leave she sometimes tries to go back in the house.
 

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Yup. She's staying home now till then. I wondered if this type of thing was ever heard of before with a explanation as to why.

I'm just wondering in how sudden car anxiety comes about with the not eating unless it's a big treat like the hot dog. She used to get sick every time in various as a pup til we learned she didn't have issues if she wasn't on the floor facing backwards.

:( anything to do in the meantime while I get a vet appt.
 

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Yup. She's staying home now till then. I wondered if this type of thing was ever heard of before with a explanation as to why.

I'm just wondering in how sudden car anxiety comes about with the not eating unless it's a big treat like the hot dog. She used to get sick every time in various as a pup til we learned she didn't have issues if she wasn't on the floor facing backwards.

:( anything to do in the meantime while I get a vet appt.
I'd see if you can get her to eat anything - moistened food, some chicken and rice, etc.
 

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I'd see if you can get her to eat anything - moistened food, some chicken and rice, etc.
I had to ground up a piece of hot dog and put that in her bowl for her to eat after getting sick. She ate the hot bits first than the rest that I mashed the hot dog on to get it to taste like it.

She went over and looked in her bowl with a few morsals in it just now, looked at me and stared...so I filled it up more and she just looked at it and walked away after drinking some water.

As for a blockage I just had the same thought. She used to be very smart and sneaky to get tissues and socks. We been working on getting her to stop picking things off the floor at home. I had to block the kitchen off after she became obsessed with running in there to find a goodie, even after cleaning and scrubbing anything.

I thought maybe she was just over a tissue sock eating phase since we been trying to stop that...

But when I do get her to eat within an hour she wants to go out and go to the bathroom.
 

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I'd make a vet appointment with the description. Normal/ healthy dogs won't starve themselves.
When Ellie, age 14, began to develop IBD and lymph gland complications, more than one vet insisted it was life changes from Covid, she was sensing my anxiety and even, she gained a pound or two. She how has an unmistakable illness which I firmly believe was NEVER an emotional problem. Dogs don't have a lot of ways to tell us they are in pain or something isn't right - we have to watch their behavior and figure it out. If my vets hadn't attributed it to her emotions, we could have intervened two years earlier and I doubt it would ever have developed the way it did.

Don't wait until she emotionally adjusts, you have a lot of medical/physical symptoms to look into first. With such a young dog I'd suggest seeing your vet or an internal medicine specialist very soon. Whoever you see, consider asking for an ultrasound. It is a relatively non-invasive procedure, not wildly expensive, and provides lots of information "hints" about the stomach, intestines, liver, adrenals and more. I helps to know what if anything should be followed up.
 

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When Ellie, age 14, began to develop IBD and lymph gland complications, more than one vet insisted it was life changes from Covid, she was sensing my anxiety and even, she gained a pound or two. She how has an unmistakable illness which I firmly believe was NEVER an emotional problem. Dogs don't have a lot of ways to tell us they are in pain or something isn't right - we have to watch their behavior and figure it out. If my vets hadn't attributed it to her emotions, we could have intervened two years earlier and I doubt it would ever have developed the way it did.

Don't wait until she emotionally adjusts, you have a lot of medical/physical symptoms to look into first. With such a young dog I'd suggest seeing your vet or an internal medicine specialist very soon. Whoever you see, consider asking for an ultrasound. It is a relatively non-invasive procedure, not wildly expensive, and provides lots of information "hints" about the stomach, intestines, liver, adrenals and more. I helps to know what if anything should be followed up.
They will do an xray immediately if they think this puppy has a blockage. It is the first thing they do when a dog comes in with these symptooms.
 

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We will see what happens at the vet today
after posting this I tried to be more quiet assuming I caused lots of stress from being loud and she really gets scared by loud things. She started eating agin on her own. I thought I just stressed her out.

Got sick again and it takes some coaching to get her to eat or she will eat one or two morsals and walk away.

I think I mistook her freaking out in the car for anxiety and Instead might be pain. She is fine if the cars not moving. She is hesitant to come outside now to go to the bathroom even after telling me she has to go. I'm wondering if this is because she's worried we're going into the car.

She's totally hungry still after quitting eating. If we ask her if she wants food she perks up but won't eat. I bet she just can't resist the hotdogs because it's really high value and just a trick...

I now regret not remembering to pay her insurance policy like I told myself to last month.
 

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I had some crappy things happen recently so I haven't been in a good mood till recent so I never followed up.

I called around when our vet wanted to schedule a week out to see her. The only places that were open were emergency vet hospitals who quotes us like 7k for surgery costs instantly and told us what their emergency room cost is just to be seen, and that x-rays alone were $400 and they also would do an ultrasound.

Since I lost my job and we're broke I had to decide to get her an insurance policy again that allowed us to use it the next day, and to my surprise Care Credit approved my girlfriend on the spot for a credit line of 80% of the cost of surgery...without even a income check.

So I thought to try to give her a laxative to help her poop something. She started to make tiny poops every time she went out and was asking to go out now like every 20 minutes.

I gave her one serving of mirilax after learning vets online say is something they'd give dogs and what dose. I figured if anything she might get to get something out.

She went out the next morning and took 3 dumps in a few minutes. We started monitoring her food intake and now shes back to her normal routine. She was being trained for service work so she knows every time we leave the house she needs to go, and since she had that miralax she's been going when she should.

She doesn't freak in the car anymore but she did learn thru this whole ordeal that whining will get her up front in mommy's lap when we leave in the car, or that whining gets her window open...

She's almost a year old (in February) and she still doesn't have much interest in her food. She won't eat a whole serving of it anymore but grazes all day so we leave it out for her now. We gave her a huge serving of wet stuff when we ran out and stores were closed for Thanksgiving. She went nuts over it and had no bathroom problems.

I'm thinking a blockage could clear and come back. I mean...she eats bedding obsessively. I though I puppy proofed the house to make sure she can't eat anymore...guess what...

She learned stuffing is inside of pillows. She's smart enough that she learned that stuffing is in pillows...and pillows have zippers...and I can in zip them.

Idk how she knew our body pillow was full of stuffing but I just walked in to find my girlfriend fell asleep and her dog unzipped the body pillow and hit the jackpot.

Now that she's got Care credit and insurance we got a vet appt for her just to be sure nothing will come back and cause problems again.
 
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