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    Unhappy Dog Gastro - Any Advice?

    Hi all,

    Jax had terribly runny poo and threw up twice this morning. The vet diagnosed something similar to gastro and gave him one shot of pain relief and one shot of something to prevent more vomiting. He diarrhoea-ed again when we got home and has been refusing any water (even ice blocks which he normally loves!) so I'm a bit concerned he may get dehydrated.

    He's just resting at home with me now. Wondering if anyone's experienced this before or has any advice?

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    He may just have a tummy bug like the vet said but he will need to start taking in some fluid before too long.
    I'd let him have a big rest & then try & get him licking the ice blocks or taking water but if he continues no drinking you'll have to take him back as little dogs & pupps get dehydrated very quickly.
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    just had to let him outside to poo again he went about 3 times but only had a few dribbles come out.

    he also seems to be gurgling up some clear, frothy liquid - not vomiting as no retching sound.

    I cleaned him up and have brought him back in with me (too hot for him to out on his own today!) and offered him some ice but he kept backing away from me *sigh*

    will keep an eye on him and give the vet a ring if he still refuses to drink in the next hour or so.

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    I would take him back from what you just discribed as he's still losing fluids but not taking any in.
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    thanks. have just rung them to get an appointment and am waiting for them to call me back.

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    Looks bad from here.

    Especially as he's firing from both ends.

    Any chance he'd drink vegemite water? ie dissolve a teaspoon of vegemite in a mug of hot water and invite him to drink that.

    He may associate ordinary water with feeling ill.

    But he may also have some sort of blockage that is causing all the problems. Does his gut feel hard or does he react hurt if you touch him around the tummy? Is there a lump above his stomach in the throat area?

    My dog sometimes gets this from eating bones. Ie she fires at both ends but it usually gets better after she's sicked up bits of bone or crapped them. If the bone/stick/spikey peg/thingdogshouldnothaveeaten is stuck, your dog won't be able to sick it up and will get worse.

    If they haven't called back and dog still won't drink I will be taking dog to your favourite dog surgery.

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    These sypmtoms are the exact same as when my 3 year old dog had pancreatitis. Vomitting lots, really bad diarrhoea to the point she was trying to go but nothing or small amounts were coming out pretty much liquid, wouldn't drink, wouldn't eat, very lethargic. Took her to the vet she had to stay in 2 days for some medicine and because she was dehydrated. I would take your dog back to the vet and ask for blood tests and also for them to have a feel of his tummy to see if something could have gotten jammed.

    Hope he is ok.

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    I would imagine you've been to vet by now, but for future reference, to rehydrated a dog who won't drink, you can, if necessary syringe fluid into the mouth. You need to go slow and ensure dog swallows, but it is a potential lifesaver. You can also keep a product called 'Lectade' on hand ( like gastrolyte for humans ) to improve rehydration. I watched my Dad save the life of one of our Affies by doing this for a couple hours before we could get to vet, and have done it with numerous dogs myself... Many dogs quite like the flavor.

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    Any chance he'd drink vegemite water? ie dissolve a teaspoon of vegemite in a mug of hot water and invite him to drink
    ooooh - interesting suggestion. I tried tempting him with ribena before but might give that a go

    he may also have some sort of blockage that is causing all the problems. Does his gut feel hard or does he react hurt if you touch him around the tummy?
    when we saw the vet this morning she felt him for blockages and said it didn't feel like anything was there.

    to rehydrated a dog who won't drink, you can, if necessary syringe fluid into the mouth. You need to go slow and ensure dog swallows,
    thanks - this will be my next step if the vegemite trick doesn't work

    thanks for all the responses - it's always makes me feel better just being able to share experiences!

    The vet called me back about an hour ago and suggested the syringe feeding thing and also giving him a tiny bit of food with lots of liquid...otherwise i'd have to bring him in and put him on a drip! I'm hoping it won't get to that stage so am going to give the vegemite water and syringe feeding a go.

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    How's he going?
    If that dose not work you can buy fluids from the vet & inject them under the skin. It causes little areas of swelling but they soon go down, I'd ask the vet how much each injection site though.
    I have saved dogs this way & it is cheaper than the vet putting up a drip.
    I'd also try some power aid or anything with electralites in it to brake the cycle if he is still got dirrahra or vomiting.
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