I have a 1 year old pomeranian and he is really sick right now. Last thursday night, he started vomiting and didn't want to eat anything. Apparently, that morning before all this happened, I found him and my other dogs digging into the trash bag. He's been declining ever since that happened. I took him to the vet a few times. The first time, they gave him a shot of antibiotic and prescribed Reglan for his nausea/vomiting and Flagyl for his antibiotic. They also tested his stool which came out negative. The second time, I had the vet give him IV fluids because he seems dehydrated and unwilling to eat. Nothing seems to help. He's still not eating or drinking any fluids. I've been syringe feeding him but he's been throwing up everything I gave him. Just last night, he's been vomiting 5-6 times throughout the night. There's no foul smell to his vomit. He's had all his shots, so I don't think it's Parvo. What do you think I should do? Right now, I'm giving him Nutrical and water. No food.
Just took him back to the vet today. Tested negative for parvo. They gave more IV fluids and changed his antibiotic from flagyl to amoxicillin. He's still not doing better but he did drink fluids on his own today. Still vomiting after drinking it.
I would seek the advice of a new vet ASAP, and ask him if there's a possibility of an intestinal blockage. Did you go through the trash to see what he could have gotten into? Did the first vet do an x-ray? Please keep us posted, and good luck with the little guy.
I agree, he needs an xray. Could be something he ate that is causing an obstruction and not letting anything stay down. Is he having regular bowl movements? if not, that could also be a sign. Could just be something eat ate and you dont know. My 2 year old dachshund ( I call her my garage disposal on legs) will try to eat EVERYTHING.. about 2 weeks ago she starting throwing up everything she would eat. She still had an appetite and would still go to the bathroom so I took her into the vets, they xray'd found no obstructions and put her on a special diet for a week to regulate her stomache. Never actually found out what she ate but she is back to normal now..
He's drinking on his own but he's still not eating. I made some chicken soup with rice but he will not eat it. They didn't get an X-ray on him so I think I will get that done. I think there must be a foreign obstruction causing him to vomit like this. He has gone to the bathroom a few times, but I haven't seen any bowel movements. What kind of food should I give him? Thanks guys!
I agree totally with LPN, do not feed anything solid, but keep up with the liquids, a small amount at a time. I don't know why your vet hasn't done an x-ray, but you need one done immediately. Keep us posted.
X-ray didn't show anything. The vet wants to do surgery on him. I don't know what to do. I don't have the money for that. He's apparently off and on with drinking water on his own, so I have to syringe feed him water every couple of hours. No stools since he got sick last week.
Ask your vet if he will accept payments. Also there is a fund for the purpose of getting medical care for your pet...care credit? (I am guess on the name, but am sure someone can correct me if I;m wrong) Ask your vet if he participates in it. Your last resort would be to find a rescue and surrender him so that they can get the needed surgery done for him.
So sorry to hear about your pom. I used to raise them. I had a similiar situation about 2 months ago. Took my dog to my vet. Antibiotics, x-rays, stool samples. She apparantly chewed a toy that had soft inner material in it. Wrong to start with! The x-rays were neg. She was no better. Vet said he could open her up because sometimes an object that is very thin or soft can cling to the intestines & can't be detected with x-rays. I gulped & said do it. She was opened stem to stern. Negative. I was racked with "What is it"??? I took her home after 2 days @ the vet. continued with liquids, pedialyte, began soft foods very little amounts, every 2-3 hrs. see if your dog will accept first. Baby cereal mixed into a gruel. Then graduate to canned puppy food for the interest to grow. Well, in 2&1/2 days my baby was keeping the food down. I never DID find out what it was! I was also giving her antibiotics from my vet. Hope this helps you & your pom. My best, Pat
Can you possibly ask about a vet college program? I know that sounds crazy but we have a major university here and they allow students to preform surgeries under the supervision of their professors. There is no cost for this and we have actually used this service with good results.
I hope that you can figure out something soon to help your poor baby get better! All the best wishes your way!
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I haven't tried feeding him with any food as of yet. I tried baby food before but he vomitted everything out. (This is almost 4 days ago). I heard baby food doesn't taste good so maybe that could be the reason. Yorkswon, did you syringe your pom or was he able to eat and drink on his own. I live in Houston. I will ask the vet to see if there are any vet colleges that would do surgery on him cost-free.
So it has been 4 days of vomiting and unable to eat or drink water? Or was it also happeing prior to your original post?
Need to make paymentn arrangements with your vet and get him taken care of before its too late. Not the most favored option, but a rescue or non-kill shelter may take them and provide all the medical care for him. Granted you will have to surrender him tot hem for them to be able to pay the costs, but if it is whats best for the dog than you may have to.
Did your vet offer a barium study before an exploratory surgery? How long have you used that vet? Mine takes care credit as well as post dated checks for large bills. I'm concerned that there was no x-ray done until after someone suggested it here and you went back with that idea. It should have been done long ago. And the next step is usually barium. We make them drink barium which glows when x-rayed. We then take x-rays every 1-2 hours to see if the barium goes through or hits a blockage. Sometimes the intestines can get inflamed (called Illius)and cause blockage symptoms. That can'r be diagnosed unfortunately without surgery. And I advise to apply for care credit
it is interest free if paid off in a certain amount of months (depends on the clinic, can be 3, 6 or 12 I believe) If not, the do slam you with interest and retro it back to the date of purchase, but I was much happier paying off my cat's bill for a year instead of having to put her down. There's no annual fee so it's not a bad thing to have in your wallent in case of emergency
Your right, barium study is usually the next step. I am just cincerned for the dog as it appears it has been sick some time and some treatments are being withheld due to cost, so suggested the CC for surgery fees.....I hope they are caring for the dog or consider relinquishing it to an agency who will pay for the care :(
Here's the update. My pomeranian got better! I'm not sure how it happened, but he woke up yesterday morning wanting to go outside to play with the other dogs. He started drinking water from his bowl and ate the food that was left for him. But, he threw up after eating because he ate too much. Then today, he started to respond to me and acted like himself again. He finished his last dose of antibiotic yesterday. I'm so glad he is almost healed and no surgery is needed to be done. Now I just have to feed him more so that he can regain the weight that he lost. I guess he had a stomach virus or some type of infection in his stomach. Thank you guys for all your help!