My dog has not ate all day and is extremely lethargic. SHe threw up the water she drank, and I noticed today that she was straining to poop. She had a raw bone on Monday and I am worried that it may have caused an obstruction. She was eating fine yesterday, but today she is not acting herself. I know I will have to take her to the vet, but will she be fine until the morning, or should I take her tonight? I took her temp and it was 101.3
not seeing your dog no one can say whether she will be fine til tomorrow. but she does need to see a vet as soon as possible. i am sure they may do what is called a barium series to determine if there is something in there...surgery if there is and proly a few nights stay in the hospital. let us know how she makes out.
The temp is normal for a dog, they run higher then people. If you get into the 103 to 104 range, then you should start to be concerned. You know your dog the best and I don't want to scare you but there are some warning signs when it comes to abdominal conditions that would indicate immediate treatment. - Is your dog's abdomen distended? There are times that a stomach can actually flip and cause bloating to occur...this requires immediate surgury. -Check his gums, if they are not a healthy pink but instead a pasty white or yellow color that can be a sign of internal bleeding or shock -If there is persistent vomitting, one or two episodes probably can wait till morning. -Any diarrhea? If so, is it bloody? -Also, depending on what area of the country you are in there is a dog flu that has gone around...some dogs have gotten quite sick from it. The woman who bred my border terrier had a dog hospitalized for 6 days with it.
I worked as a vet tech for several years before allergies finally forced me to quit...the above signs (except the flu) were the symptoms we would tell people to watch for if they were hesitant about bringing their dog in.
I asked my vet about feeding raw bones and she did say they could get stuck in the intestine. She said feeding bones is not worth the risk. They don't have much nutritional content. She said you will just end up with dogs with missing teeth. It can also mess up the dog's rectum.