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Old 08-08-2007, 07:57 PM   #1
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Another sick canine child

I have been up now 24 hours straight with Oakley our 7 year old pound pup. Last night before we went to bed we noticed he was kinda just out of it and not his self, jumping off the walls you know. Then I noticed as he did get up he was walking weird in the back end so naturally I called the vet 10:30 at night (not to late) so I got the vet on call for the night (not our vet) explained the symptoms and was told to give a baby aspirin and bring him in in the morning. So we were up all night with him, the aspirin did help with the walking weird problem.
So 7:30 we left for the vet a full blood workup was done and everything came back clean the vet explains I think he just has a tummy ache and sends us home with prescription dog food.
This is a dog that bounces off the wall, grabs shoes, and clings to his mama and always on my heel. He is just laying around with no energy what so ever. The vet did tell me if it is still going on in a couple of days we may want to run some x-rays to check for obstructions.
He does get up to let me know he needs to go outside but as soon as he's back in it's to his bed.
I'm thinking we may need to see another vet, second opinion thing.
Oakley has never been sick since we have had him (6 years), we go once a year for check-up and that 's it, now Annie our Basset that's a different story.

Yes we have Annie-Oakley at our house.
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Old 08-08-2007, 08:01 PM   #2
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Good thoughts coming your way. Do you have ticks in your part of the world? Sounds to me that lyme disease needs to be ruled out.
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I hope everything turns out alright and Oakley bounces back. With three traveling canines of our own, I understand just how much their suffering can bring you down.
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Old 08-08-2007, 08:09 PM   #4
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Good thoughts coming your way. Do you have ticks in your part of the world? Sounds to me that lyme disease needs to be ruled out.
I thought the same thing last night, but with lyme disease they run a high fever and he is not. I also worried about snake bite but that was not it. No toxins showed up with the blood work.
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Our Moose and Wally send their best wishes for Oakley's good recovery, Becky. Isn't it strange how you find yourself missing the bouncing off the walls stuff? ~G
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Old 08-08-2007, 09:20 PM   #6
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If this were me I'd be erring on the side of caution and going for another opinion. Just a couple of times I've had a vet say later, oops - missed that - and I don't expect to ever hear it again. Keep us posted and go get some sleep, even if you do it in shifts.

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hope the puppy gets well soon. I look forward to seeing you and him at the Can Opener!
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So sorry to hear you’re that buddies not feeling well. I know how hard it for you because he just can't tell you what's wrong. But you know that by the way he's acting something is surely wrong. This came on very fast. Have you checked around for something he may have eaten by accident? You might be surprised what a dog would eat given the chance. Good luck.



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I hope you can find and correct this as soon as possible. Since pets can't talk, it makes things so much harder to figure out sometimes.

We almost lost Gracie our Yellow Lab last year when she ingested some Sago Palm leaves. The ASPCA has a great web site which lists many plants that are toxic to dogs and cats. Here are the top ten from that site:

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Marijuana
Ingestion of Cannabis sativa by companion animals can result in depression of the central nervous system and incoordination, as well as vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, increased heart rate, and even seizures and coma.
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All parts of Cycas Revoluta are poisonous, but the seeds or “nuts” contain the largest amount of toxin. The ingestion of just one or two seeds can result in very serious effects, which include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, seizures and liver failure.
Lilies
Members of the Lilium spp. are considered to be highly toxic to cats. While the poisonous component has not yet been identified, it is clear that with even ingestions of very small amounts of the plant, severe kidney damage could result.
Tulip/Narcissus bulbs
The bulb portions of Tulipa/Narcissus spp. contain toxins that can cause intense gastrointestinal irritation, drooling, loss of appetite, depression of the central nervous system, convulsions and cardiac abnormalities.
Azalea/Rhododendron
Members of the Rhododenron spp. contain substances known as grayantoxins, which can produce vomiting, drooling, diarrhea, weakness and depression of the central nervous system in animals. Severe azalea poisoning could ultimately lead to coma and death from cardiovascular collapse.
Oleander
All parts of Nerium oleander are considered to be toxic, as they contain cardiac glycosides that have the potential to cause serious effects—including gastrointestinal tract irritation, abnormal heart function, hypothermia and even death.
Castor Bean
The poisonous principle in Ricinus communis is ricin, a highly toxic protein that can produce severe abdominal pain, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, weakness and loss of appetite. Severe cases of poisoning can result in dehydration, muscle twitching, tremors, seizures, coma and death.
Cyclamen
Cylamen species contain cyclamine, but the highest concentration of this toxic component is typically located in the root portion of the plant. If consumed, Cylamen can produce significant gastrointestinal irritation, including intense vomiting. Fatalities have also been reported in some cases.
Kalanchoe
This plant contains components that can produce gastrointestinal irritation, as well as those that are toxic to the heart, and can seriously affect cardiac rhythm and rate.
Yew
Taxus spp. contains a toxic component known as taxine, which causes central nervous system effects such as trembling, incoordination, and difficulty breathing. It can also cause significant gastrointestinal irritation and cardiac failure, which can result in death.
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How is Oakley doing today? Is there any improvement?
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...The vet did tell me if it is still going on in a couple of days we may want to run some x-rays to check for obstructions.

He does get up to let me know he needs to go outside but as soon as he's back in it's to his bed.

I'm thinking we may need to see another vet, second opinion thing.
Oakley has never been sick since we have had him (6 years), we go once a year for check-up and that 's it, now Annie our Basset that's a different story.

Yes we have Annie-Oakley at our house.
I'd advise that you take him to his regular vet, I think and obstruction could be very serious in less than 'a couple of days'.

Is he pooping OK? If so it would indicate that he is not completely obstructed.

Geez, I hate it when they get sick, ... so much worry.
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Becky, sorry to hear Oakley's not feeling well. It's so hard to have a sick pet - that's the time I most wish they could talk. Sending good wishes your way ~
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