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Old 10-29-2010, 10:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My 10 year old boxer Bailey vomited last week and stopped eating. She is still drinking but will not eat. I took her to the vet and they performed blood tests, fecal exam and xrays. All came back normal with the Exception of the xray did show arthritis on Bailey's spine. We started pain medicine at the vets recommendation to see if that would help subside the pain so that she would maybe get her appetite back. However, she still will not eat and now instead of vomiting 2-3 days she vomits at least 4 times a day. I am at a loss. I just wish I had some diagnosis or some idea of what test to have the vet do next. I hate seeing my spunky girl who usually loves to eat lethargic and starving. I wanted to see if anyone had any similar health problems with all tests coming back normal but dog still not well. Bailey has been the picture of health her whole life. only to the vet for yearly exams/shots.
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I'm sorry your baby is sick. I really have no advice, but I'm sure someone will be able to help you. I hope she feels better soon. It's terrible when we can't fix what's wrong and they can't tell us. I wish they could.
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You could always try some chicken or something like that and see if she would be interested. I know this won't solve the problem of what is making her ill, but if she eats it atleast you can have the peace of mind knowing she atleast ate something and hope she can keep it down. Good luck and I hope she feels better soon!
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Old 10-30-2010, 06:27 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Try tripe. It's incredibly nutritious and no dog can say no to something that smelly! It's also easy on the stomach.
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Old 10-30-2010, 06:54 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Has your vet told you to try some Pepcid AC (famotidine). It cuts down on stomach acid and reduces nausea. If the dog is nauseated, she probably won't eat. 1/2 tablet per day. Works great in dogs and cats.

Or, call the vet and ask them for a medication to reduce nausea. Pain, stomach irritation, dizziness, and the use of anti-inflammatory meds can cause nausea in our pets.

When your vet ran blood work did he/she check for pancreatic issues? When she vomits, does it have a particular color? How is the pooping if any? Is the urine light or dark? Any problems with instability or stumbling? Any whining or unusual behavior?

I hope this helps and that your Bailey is on the mend soon.

Check out this link:

www.suite101.com/content/helping-a-dog-who-wont-eat-a58276

Not eating can cause hypoglycemia so it is important to get some calories and glucose into the system. Sometimes just getting them to eat a little will reverse the cycle.

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Old 10-30-2010, 08:48 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I would try a little bit of chicken and rice. Just keep offering even if you have to try hand feeding. Surely your vet can offer some kind of solution. THe pain meds on an empty stomach isn't helping either. Try some Pepto Bismal to coat her tummy, let her rest and then try the chicken and rice by hand feeding. I sure hope she perks up soon. Please keep us posted....
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Old 10-30-2010, 10:28 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Sorry to hear about your dog having problems. Has your vet mentioned Lymphomia? I hate to say this but what is going on with your dog sounds exactly what happened to our 8 year old boxer.
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Old 10-30-2010, 05:09 PM   #8 (permalink)
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i second the chicken.just quarter a whole one, see if shel go for raw , if not seer it on the grill or oven top to get some colour on it.

( dont cook it as the bones will become brittle , raw bones are fine )
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