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    Quote Originally Posted by rubberlegs View Post
    This only happened yesterday afternoon after we did some training and played an hour or so before I replied?
    She's fine now, I assume the combination of water, treats and exercise + the heat resulted in a little vomit...
    Woke up to vomits by the back door this morning
    This is the 3rd time she's thrown up in a fortnight, each time different - foamy first, water next, this morning was bile/phlegm type
    She is going back to the vet ASAP

    It's strange because she is otherwise her usual self, very bright and bubbly, wanting to play, energetic, mischievous
    Yesterday we spent all day out and about. She even swam for the first time!
    All it took was for her to see another dog (a lab of course) do it and she finally ventured out to a depth she actually had to swim in
    After a few minutes she was swimming out to retrieve sticks having an absolute blast
    I was so stoked I've been trying to get her to swim properly for months!

    We had such a good day play and behaviour-wise yesterday I was feeling so positive and now this again...
    Stresses me out so much.
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    Sorry to be reading this 'rubberlegs' - but good on you for taking her to the vet ASAP.

    Good Luck ! I hope that between you and your vet - you will be able to work out what is going on with the pup !

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    Maybe she just swallowed too much water when swimming? If she's eating normally and being her usual self, I doubt there's anything serious going on and if it were my dog I wouldn't have necessarily taken her to the vet for that. Most dogs vomit occasionally...

    It's great when they start swimming, isn't it? Our foster pup finally took the plunge when my daughter and my dog temporarily disappeared from sight behind some big rocks in the middle of the river they were floating/swimming in together. The pup was watching from the side and suddenly couldn't take it any longer and just jumped in and swam over to them.

    As for lashing out at other dogs at the dog park, your dog sounds a lot like my Banjo in that regard. She loves playing with dogs she knows, but is very sensitive to any bad vibes she gets from dogs she doesn't know. And that can include them being too much in her face and not responding appropriately to her body language. So she lashes out to defend her personal space. A trainer also told me recently that it's very common for desexed female dogs to not want to socialise much with other dogs (strange dogs, that is) once they get to a certain age. I was warned a few times here to stop going to the dog park and I wish I had taken their advice earlier. In the end it cost me a couple of hundred bucks to see a trainer to help me with the reactive behaviour getting worse. But we're both totally fine with this issue now. It still requires some managing, but it doesn't affect our routine much at all. I just still don't take her into the dog park if there's more than one dog in there.

    The easiest and most successful strategy I implemented was the 5 second greetings. Allow your dog to greet other dogs, but call her away after 5 seconds (I still count this in my head). Obviously this only works if your dog has good recall. You can try just walking in the other direction to see if she follows. But if she doesn't, you'll have to do this routine on lead and just walk away with her after 5 seconds. I also found that this strategy doesn't work well in the dog park because there are too many dogs at once and often they are over-excited and things get too chaotic. Works very well for us at non-fenced off leash places where people just walk with their dogs though. It taught Banjo that she doesn't have to be worried about a potential challenge from strange dogs because she can always just walk away. The more confrontation-free encounters like this she had, the more confident she got. She now usually just ignores other dogs on walks. Or she has a quick sniff and then continues what she was doing.

    It's not necessary for your dog to play with every dog she meets. I think it's good for them to have doggy friends and play dates. But the dog park routine is often more to satisfy the owner's needs than the dog's, I think now.

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    Hey Beloz, thanks for the reply!

    Yeah, swimming rules! I haven't been so happy about her doing something since her first frisbee catch! I did think it could be a swallowing salt water thing, she was swimming around mouth open with a stick in her mouth. I thought if that were the case it would have happened much sooner though. I just don't know. Three turns in a fortnight seems a bit much? Her diet has been up and down a lot lately as well over Christmas - kibble, wet food, raw, bones. She had adult food for the first time last night and this is the brand and type we're going to stick with from now on. Her vet said it could be Addison's Disease when we were there two weeks ago so I guess we'll start with blood tests.

    My point of view on dog parks has changed entirely in the last couple of weeks. I'm having trouble even getting her through the gate without making a HUGE scene with her excitement/barking let alone being circled by 5 dogs once we get in there. There's just too much going on for me to try and control the outcome. We went to an off leash area yesterday, there was probably 5 or 6 border collies there and she loved it. Not a single problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubberlegs View Post
    Three turns in a fortnight seems a bit much? Her diet has been up and down a lot lately as well over Christmas - kibble, wet food, raw, bones. She had adult food for the first time last night and this is the brand and type we're going to stick with from now on. Her vet said it could be Addison's Disease when we were there two weeks ago so I guess we'll start with blood tests.
    I hope that you have told your vet about - 'her diet being up and down a lot lately' and what she has been fed on.

    If the vomiting has coincided with a drastic change in her diet - then I would probably be looking at getting her feeding regime under control before looking at blood tests for addison's disease. But either way - your vet still needs to be made aware of everything.

    Good Luck !

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    Her first bout of vomiting came before we were away over Christmas and her diet chopped and changed every day
    I'll be sure to fill him in on everything, don't want to miss anything this time
    Thanks for the advice guys

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    Was the vomiting all the vet went on to suggest Addison disease? It seems rather overcautious if there are no other symptoms. But then again, wikipedia tells me that it is underdiagnosed and that sometimes no symptoms are displayed until it's practically too late. So a simple blood test would at least put your mind at ease.

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    Yeah, he was pretty confident it was just an upset stomach/gas. Every time he squeezed her she'd let out a smelly *toot*

    He went on to say she may have an intestinal obstruction but because her appetite hadn't changed, her stools are fine and she is otherwise very happy it wasn't likely. She's such a little scavenger she's always chewing on something or digging something up from under the house. He offered x-rays, blood tests for Addison's and the like but said he didn't think it was necessary just yet.

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    NILIF includes stopping the dog from helping herself to fun things like whatever is under the house...

    Might have to keep her on lead a bit in the yard until she starts making good choices about where she can go and what she can eat.

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