HELP! My puppy is Vomitting

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HELP! My puppy is Vomitting

Post by dan linnem » Mon, 06 Oct 1997 04:00:00



Hi Tony!

Thank you for taking the time to read my note & write back.  

Today, after x-rays, *** tests, etc., Petunia was diagnosed with
ulcers.  She will have anti-vomiting shots, antibiotics and tagament.
After this, she should be fine.  For now, I am (guardedly) relieved.  I
worry about her so much:  maybe she picked that habit up from me, and
that's why she has ulcers?

Anyhow, thanks again!

Melynda

 
 
 

HELP! My puppy is Vomitting

Post by dan linnem » Mon, 06 Oct 1997 04:00:00


Hello,

I need some help.  My seven month old Basset Hound, Petunia, started
vomitting after she was spayed a couple of weeks ago.  I brought her back
to her vet after we tried all of the home remedies he suggested, such as
baby food and rice, and she was still vomitting and she began to have
diarrhea.  When I took her in, he took a *** test to rule out any
infection in her body (perhaps from the surgery), and checked her for
parasites (came out negative).  She did have a slight temperature. We
assumed that she started to vomit because we recently switched to puppy
chow (we ran out of her Nutro Puppy Max & bought it just to tide us over),
and we had just had a party where people may have fed her some yummy table
scraps. He gave Petunia a shot of peniciliin and a shot to keep her from
vomitting & 3 cans of prescription food.  Petunia only threw up a tiny bit
whilst on the prescription food & things seemed to be getting better.
Then about a day after the prescription food & back on Nutro & Vet lamb &
rice treats, she began to vomit again & the rate has steadily increased
(over about a 2-3 day period).  Yesterday, I think she finally threw
everything up that she ate.  After she vomits, she seems ravenous &
immediately wants MORE food!  Petunia is not depressed & she continues to
run around & chase her dalmation brother.  

I am calling the vet again today (he's a really good vet), but I was also
wondering if anyone out there might give me some ideas of what could be
going on?  Could she possibly have Juvenile onset diabetas?  Could it be
some undetected parasite? Could she have a foreign object in her body that
is causing her to vomit?  Should I ask for x-rays?  Could she have
allergies to stuff on our farm (she goes out & plays a lot & sometimes
munches on soy beans)?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Melynda & Petunia Louise

 
 
 

HELP! My puppy is Vomitting

Post by BelShps4 » Tue, 07 Oct 1997 04:00:00


Melynda:

Please see your vet first........ which you have already done...... as far as
 the advice on this newgroup.... please give it little notice.

Quote:
>If she weighs about sixty(60) pounds I
>would give her amoxicillin in the amount of 750mg per day for one week.

 For Tony:

Why give her any antibiotics in the first place???  And who are you to
 prescribe a dosage??? Are you  a vet?

  Could she possibly have Juvenile onset diabetas?  Could it be

Quote:
>> some undetected parasite?

Melynda, have you checked out why??  When was the last time she had her
 physicall??  

Betsy & the Belgians
"this is what I do for MY dogs, not intended for everyone, not looking for
 flames !"

 
 
 

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Post by dan linnem » Tue, 07 Oct 1997 04:00:00


Hi Betsy!

Thank you for responding.  Petunia absolutely sees the doctor regularly,
and I always call at the hint of anything amiss. She has had all of her
innoculations, worming & takes her heartworm pills & uses preventive
medicine ear wash regularly.  I also got a stool sample checked.  

My vet is a reaallly good vet, and I trust him.  I just get so anxious
when my babies get sick, tha I guess I ask questions & wonder if anyone
has any ideas, similar experiences, etc...

Yesterday, the vet diagnosed Petty Lou with Ulcers.   Then he kept her for
observation for a day, During which she vomitted again!  Tonight she had
exploratory surgery in order to check & see if there was an undetected
blockage anywhere that did not show up on the x-ray.  Everything checked
out Normal, EXCEPT, she had enlarged lymph nodes in her intestine.  The
doc thinks it could be the result of a virus, and the traumas she has had
recently (Spaying, treats from people at a party, and basically chewing up
stuff on our farm).  However, he is going to check her nodes for cancer.
He says it rarelty happens in a dog so young, and is 95% sure she is ok.
His partner also looked at her cells under a microscope, and he said that
nothing looked cancerous to him and he has seen plenty of cancer slides in
vet school, however, there were a few cells he could not identify.  I
think they will be looking for lymphosarcoma and digestive system cancer.
Do ou know anything about these diseases?

Anyhow, thanks again, and please pray for Petunia!  I will be the saddest
person in the world if anything is wrong.  She is one of the sweetest
girls on earth.

 
 
 

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Post by CAROL WHITN » Wed, 08 Oct 1997 04:00:00


Melynda,

Quote:

> Newsgroups: rec.pets.dogs.health


> Hi Tony!

> Thank you for taking the time to read my note & write back.

I just saw your post this morning, and Tony's response.  This Tony
fellow is prescribing and diagnosing on the net without seeing your
dog.  Disregard any advice he may give.  I'd like to know his
veterinary qualifications; they may be non-existent.  Tony just
likes to jump in on any post and offer whatever strikes his fancy.
I was considering refuting his post directly, but decided anybody
with any critical sense would recognize what's going on, and ignore
his posts completely.

Quote:
> Today, after x-rays, *** tests, etc., Petunia was diagnosed with
> ulcers.  She will have anti-vomiting shots, antibiotics and tagament.
> After this, she should be fine.  For now, I am (guardedly) relieved.  I
> worry about her so much:  maybe she picked that habit up from me, and
> that's why she has ulcers?

Maybe - but - you did the right thing to take Petunia to your vet,
and follow your vet's advice.  There are some responsible
veterinarians posting here; you can tell the difference - they don't
diagnose nor prescribe over the net.

Quote:
> Anyhow, thanks again!

This is a dangerous approach - to encourage others to consider
Tony's suggestions in any way helpful. They are not.  By all means
read them for whatever enjoyment they may bring you (I find it hard
to imagine, myself) - and make sure to get any useful information
from qualified professionals, in person.  Posts from veterinarians
here - and from other dog owners and dog professionals - may help
throw light on a subject for you.

Good luck to you and Petunia - and please keep us posted!

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Post by dan linnem » Thu, 09 Oct 1997 04:00:00


Don't worry!  I would NEVER do anything without consulting my vet first.
He is a kind man who I call with any concerns at all and my pup gets
regular medical attention. I love my doggie too much to take her little
life in my own hands.  Thank you for your concern.  

I always find people here very supportive, and when I have a crisis, I l
feel better to hear other's opinions, and I like to know if people have
been through similar things, and in some ways this helps my wait.  It also
helps me to ask formulate questions to ask my vet since I am a novice yt
this puppy mommyhood stuff.  I don't know the ethics of the doggie channel
here, so I apologize if I should not be doing this.  

Waiting to find out what is wrong with my baby is the hardest part.  Today
I am waiting to hear the results of her lymph node biopsy.  The doctor
says it's only a 5% chance that it could be anything cancerous, but I am
still worried out of my skull.  Petunia has been sleeping at the vet since
Sunday, after a bout of trying ulcer meds, & her exploratory surgery. He
says that she recovered well, and is doing great keeping food down.  His
theory is stil ulcers and an infection.  I miss snuggling with my ***
girl.

Thanks,
Melynda

 
 
 

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Post by CAROL WHITN » Fri, 10 Oct 1997 04:00:00


Hi Melynda,

I'm afraid I may have given you a wrong impression with my post.  So
in case I did, this is meant to reassure you :-)

Quote:

> Newsgroups: rec.pets.dogs.health




Yup - looks as though it was my post <blush>.

Quote:
> Don't worry!  I would NEVER do anything without consulting my vet first.

THANK YOU!

Quote:
> He is a kind man who I call with any concerns at all and my pup gets
> regular medical attention. I love my doggie too much to take her little
> life in my own hands.  Thank you for your concern.

Of course.  Actually, my reply to your thanks to somebody else here
was intended to remind everybody that unqualified, and sometimes,
excruciatingly bad, advice is sometimes posted here.  A few people
do it repeatedly, and you happened to have thanked one of those.
Which could mislead other readers here.  I normally don't bother to
criticize; on the rare occasion, when I see what I think may
endanger readers' dogs - I will.

Quote:
> I always find people here very supportive, and when I have a crisis, I l
> feel better to hear other's opinions, and I like to know if people have
> been through similar things, and in some ways this helps my wait.  It also
> helps me to ask formulate questions to ask my vet since I am a novice yt
> this puppy mommyhood stuff.  I don't know the ethics of the doggie channel
> here, so I apologize if I should not be doing this.

The ethics are, while you can say anything you want, this IS a
newsgroup on dog health, and you might want to include in your own
view of it a "do no harm" clause.  Not that you yourself are doing
any directly.  Quite the contrary; you're setting a good example,
particularly with posts like this beautiful one to which I'm
responding.  Finding support and gaining information is an admirable
use of this newsgroup, as is providing your own reactions,
descriptions - worries - and love for your dog.  Sharing all these
things is a Good Thing <g>.

Quote:
> Waiting to find out what is wrong with my baby is the hardest part.  Today

Ohhhh, my sympathies; yes, that's the hardest part.

Quote:
> I am waiting to hear the results of her lymph node biopsy.  The doctor
> says it's only a 5% chance that it could be anything cancerous, but I am
> still worried out of my skull.

I'm old, tough, and stringy.  And still I feel much the way you do
when my dog is sick.  I use a particular technique to help me get
through when I'm worried about my dog.  I tell myself not to try to
predict, not to speculate about what I don't know.  I tell myself to
take each moment as it comes, and to keep myself on as even a keel
as possible, for my dog's sake - because I know my body chemistry
and feelings will be communicated to my dog.  So I take as rigorous
control as I can of my doings, and my body, and I try to be as good
a Mommy as I can for my dog, without causing anxiety by pampering
the dog unduly.  I DO go out of my way to meet obvious needs, to
soothe a fevered brow at times, as needed, to massage, nurse, feed,
whatever is necessary, and I set my routines around my dog's needs,
yet still try to approximate for the dog its expected rituals, when
appropriate.  This is "nursing mode" for me - actually, for me AND
my dog <g>.

Quote:
> Petunia has been sleeping at the vet since
> Sunday, after a bout of trying ulcer meds, & her exploratory surgery. He
> says that she recovered well, and is doing great keeping food down.  His
> theory is stil ulcers and an infection.  I miss snuggling with my ***
> girl.

That is one of the hard things.  You sound very capable. Petunia
sounds delightful.  Please keep us posted, and accept, in the
meantime, our very best wishes to her and to you.

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Post by dan linnem » Sun, 12 Oct 1997 04:00:00


Hi Carol!

Welp!  The wait is Over, and PETUNIA DOES NOT HAVE CANCER!!!!!  The biopsy
said that her lymph nodes were reacting to an infection.  The vet thinks
that it was because of something she might have eaten.  We are watching
her very closely & not letting her have a morsel of anything that is not
her prescription doggie food.

YIPPPEEEEE!!!!  MY GIRL IS HEALTHY!!!!!

Petunia seems just a tiny bit sore still from her exploratory surgery (she
had a pretty big incision), but other than that, her appetite is ravenous
(it's so sad because I cannot overfeed her& she is begging for so much
food) and she has only thrown up a tiny bit (one time) in the past couple
of days.  Petunia is on the mend.

Thank you for your caring posts.  I think that I'll go snuggle with my
*** girl now.

Sincerely,
Melynda

 
 
 

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Post by Tony Tac » Tue, 14 Oct 1997 04:00:00


Great news. I hope she lives for many more years and you get to hold her each
and everyday close in your arms.

Tony

Quote:

> Hi Carol!

> Welp!  The wait is Over, and PETUNIA DOES NOT HAVE CANCER!!!!!  The biopsy
> said that her lymph nodes were reacting to an infection.  The vet thinks
> that it was because of something she might have eaten.  We are watching
> her very closely & not letting her have a morsel of anything that is not
> her prescription doggie food.

> YIPPPEEEEE!!!!  MY GIRL IS HEALTHY!!!!!

> Petunia seems just a tiny bit sore still from her exploratory surgery (she
> had a pretty big incision), but other than that, her appetite is ravenous
> (it's so sad because I cannot overfeed her& she is begging for so much
> food) and she has only thrown up a tiny bit (one time) in the past couple
> of days.  Petunia is on the mend.

> Thank you for your caring posts.  I think that I'll go snuggle with my
> *** girl now.

> Sincerely,
> Melynda

 
 
 

HELP! My puppy is Vomitting

Post by CAROL WHITN » Tue, 14 Oct 1997 04:00:00


Hi Melynda,

Quote:

> Newsgroups: rec.pets.dogs.health



> Welp!  The wait is Over, and PETUNIA DOES NOT HAVE CANCER!!!!!  The biopsy

That's WONDERFUL!

Quote:
> said that her lymph nodes were reacting to an infection.  The vet thinks
> that it was because of something she might have eaten.  We are watching

Oh, how interesting!  What a relief!

Quote:
> her very closely & not letting her have a morsel of anything that is not
> her prescription doggie food.

Good for you!  I know you know how important it is.  Petunia is not
too young to learn the "Leave It" command.  Drop in on
rec.pets.dogs.behavior, explain the situation, and ask how to teach
"Leave it!".  Ummm.  Be aware that you'll get some very bad advice
as well as good advice.  Sorry I'm too swamped right now to cope -
just want to acknowledge the wonderful news about Petunia.

Quote:
> YIPPPEEEEE!!!!  MY GIRL IS HEALTHY!!!!!

Cheers!

Quote:
> Petunia seems just a tiny bit sore still from her exploratory surgery (she
> had a pretty big incision), but other than that, her appetite is ravenous
> (it's so sad because I cannot overfeed her& she is begging for so much
> food) and she has only thrown up a tiny bit (one time) in the past couple
> of days.  Petunia is on the mend.

> Thank you for your caring posts.  I think that I'll go snuggle with my
> *** girl now.

Add hugs from all of us.  With purrs,***s and wags.

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