My westie, Snowball. Just this morning, I wanted to play with Snowball for 30 minutes minimum. She didn't want to play for the first time!! Normally, she'd be running to me when I open the door to the room. But this time she was just on her pillow, laying down there like an old dog. But since she didn't want to play, I just gave her breakfast to her.
And in the afternoon, Snowball's food bowl was still filled with the food I gave in the morning.. Snowball also didn't have the mood to play this afternoon. She walked slower than before, didn't eat her breakfast and she DID eat her dinner but only a little and she's got no mood to play.
Sorry, I've got no time (too busy) to take Snowball to the vet.. I really want to but I've got no time. I don't want a sick dog in my house . I think the closest day I could bring Snowball to the vet is this Thursday or Friday but that's really long from now..
Additional Text : Today she even had diarrhoea.. And no there weren't any worms.
***Edited By: Doggie28 on 8/31/2010 8:21:45 AM*** Reason: ..........
Look up a local West Highland White Terrier rescue ASAP (or some may even be willing to provide transportation for the animals to their facilities if there are none in the immediate area.)and surrender your dog so it can get the vet care from an owner who can properly provide it. A shelter will kill your dog stuff it in a garbage bag and stick it a cooler with a pile of dead dogs they've killed that day and probably a day before. About a hundred a day in most shelters. Healthy dogs get 72 hours before they are put down on average, a sick dog will be put down probably before you start your car to leave.
Not sure how no kill shelters work, but they are usually flooded and unable to take on over flow sometimes pets get put to sleep surrendered to these as well.
Do not get another pet, my honest opinion.
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Oh, thank God my cousin was free today!! When I read your posts.. I got worried and called my cousin right away. She came to my house at the afternoon and brought Snowball to the vet. Illusionminis, when I read "If she dehydrates, she could die in about 24-48hrs.", got me shocked and worried. So my only option was my cousin and luckily she was free!! Cousin said that the vet told her that Snowball had a sickness passed from another dog around my neighbourhood. Vomiting and Diarrhoea. Vet said it was almost serious. The vet also said that my cousin or I could pick up Snowball in about 2 or 3 days. Well am I glad!!
it is great you got him to a vet before it was to late. dehydration is a serious issue, esp. in younger dogs. Once they have a bit more body weight you have a bit longer. When a small dog doesn't eat or drink much, and has diarreah it can become a big problem quickly.
It is always worth having that checked out sooner then later. I am glad you found the time(person) to help. Ask your vet if there is something you can keep on hand for next time. Give him big kisses when he gets home
I'm a starter dog owner and I can't describe what the vet said but she said something like "It would be very serious if you didn't bring her(Snowball) on time." So I was thinking it was "almost serious" if I never called my cousin to bring Snowball to the vet on time. I didn't know that diarrhoea could be a serious problem to small dogs as I'm a starter dog owner..
I have another dog too and since Snowball did not want to play, I played with my other dog. Okay just to make it easier.. my neighbour has been having dogs for years and he is really good in them too. So I told my neighbour about my dog having diarrhoea and he said I should take it to the vet but he did not tell me that my dog having diarrhoea is a serious problem so that part I did not know it is a serious problem. I only knew it could be a serious problem when I read the posts above. So that was the part where Snowball got to the vet (by my cousin).
I did not hospitalize my dog. My cousin was the one who brought Snowball to the vet. But I couldn't go because I was busy doing my work. My cousin later came back to my house and I asked her where was Snowball and she said the vet asked me or her to pick Snowball up after 2 or 3 days. Currently, I do not know why Snowball is hospitalized too. It's either my cousin did not tell me or the vet did not tell but the vet would tell.. I'm not sure.
It's a long story but I made it short. I hope this could help you, Deputydog. No. It is NO joke.
Cousin said that the vet told her that Snowball had a sickness passed from another dog around my neighbourhood
That's what I was afraid of when you mentioned about the two other dogs you had found and let in with Snowball that night. Even though they appeared healthy, they could be carriers of something that, with Snowballs immature immune system, she could easily pick up.
I am glad the vet thinks you got her there in time and that she will be OK in a few days. What a relief that must be for you. Diarrhea itself is not always an indication of something serious. But given the fact that she is so little, and young, it can turn serious quickly if a cause is not figured out and treated right away.
Keep us posted on her condition and give her lots of get well kisses from me.
I think I forgot to mention something. Ok. As far as I remember, my father scolded me for playing too much computer.. and then he grounded me. I had to do house work (which I hate to do), couldn't go out unless there was an emergency (THERE WAS CLEARLY AN EMERGENCY. But my father could not understand. I told my mother about it and so she called my cousin/her sister..) and I forgot this one. And that punishment was for a WHOLE long week. I should have told the whole story when I posted this topic so none of these questions would come up..
Sorry for late reply, my monitor got spoilt. Snowball's back. She's fine.
No, I'm not having the other dog. He belonged to somebody around my neighborhood. They were on holiday in Australia. I think it was few days ago when the owner of that brown dog rang my doorbell and told me (I was at the garden playing with Snowball and the brown dog) that the brown dog was theirs. They thanked me for taking care of the dog that belonged to them by offering me to go to their house and have a little snack(home-made cookies). I am not sure if this actually work, they also told me that they left their dog (name is the old common, Fluffy) at the the garden and they put a big amount of food in Fluffy's food bowl. And a lot of water too. Does it work that way? I mean really? Leaving huge amount of food and water in the bowls while they've gone for holiday?
I'm not too sure how Fluffy ended up at my gate while there was a huge downpour the other day. It was either he jumped out from his owner's house gate or the owner left the small gate unlocked/opened. They don't know either. So It's a mystery.
I am also really happy when I could pick Snowball up and she's in good condition again!! She is really happy she could come home too. The vet also told me that if there happens to be more stray dogs outside your gate and I want to bring them in, I should leave them at the garden instead of being with Snowball. I gave Snowball loads of hugs and kisses when I got her back.