People should not seek out diagnoses over the internet in place of having a vet physically look at your pet.
Last night my neighbor was asking me questions about her dog. He was having gagging issues, no vomiting, and was walking around slower than normal and acting restless. She asked me what could possibly be causing the gagging issues. Sight unseen I rattled off what I thought could be some potential causes.
When she got off of work today, she asked me to stop by and look at him since he was not any better than last night and the trip to the ER vet early this morning didn't produce any results. What she described to me did not prepare me or even remotely describe what I saw. His gagging is secondary to a much bigger problem.
After another trip to the vet, this time to his regular vet, he is being treated for the lesser of the 3 evils and hopefully will be OK in a week or so.
So seriously people, I would recommend that you go to the vet if your pet is having an issue instead of having us play guessing games about what it could be.
Scout , You make a very good point, and as always your advice is gold standard and caring. Nothing takes the place of quality Veterinary care. Knowing when to seek this care is a problem for some. Hopefully the person with the sick dog has learned something.
At the same time, you just said that they did go to an Emergency vet that didn't find anything. Why was that? I would be very mad at the ER vets. I guess if they didn't find anything, I hope the family wasn't charged anything.
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Ali I have no idea why the ER vet did not see what I saw. I asked her that as well as her reg. vet questioned her on it. The *only* thing I can think of is that an adrenaline rush, whether due to fear or anxiety, may have caused him to act more *normal* during the ER trip than he was at home. I have seen dogs whose owners claimed they couldn't stand or walk for days walk into our office. It's usually people who are bringing them in for euthanasia and then they are second guessing their decision because now all of a sudden their dog can walk. Or it could have just progressed to the point where last night it was unmistakeable what was going on. But if he was as bad at 2am as he was at 3pm it is gross incompetence on that ER vets part.
Thank you Oldhounddog. He is my godson and Scout's best friend. I love that dog as if he were my own and I really am hoping for the best outcome in this.