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    That is very true. Ours does this too, an hour away from home.

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    I would drug test the dog just to be on the safe side.

    Then at least you'd know what you're up against.

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    They did a blood test but she had such high level of cholesterol that the result was useless! So they repeated the test this morning but still the same result. She did have a quite fatty meal Sunday night, but this was Sunday! And given that she now has not eaten anything at all for over 36 hours this is all very odd. None of the vets was there when I rang so I just spoke with the Nurse and she said they'll probably attempt another test later today but she'll get one of the vets to call me when they have seen her.

    On the positive, she seems to be a bit more responsive today.

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    I think that's a great idea to drop them off at the vet if in doubt. I wouldn't have thought of that but will definitely ask when I pick her up whether they would do that too.

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    Rox is home and much better. Vet says it's not drugs not her pancreas not diabetes... but 'a bacterial infection'. We'll never know what it caused - not unless we're willing to pump more money into tests to find out. Since we coughed up 650 to get her back to her old self... we won't go for more tests and settle for 'mystery infection'.

    And yes, we can bring them in for the day to monitor if things get pearshaped...

    I don't like this year much yet.

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    Whilst i dont want to incur anger. I wanted to offer another response to a sick dog.
    I tend to think of nursing care a human would require. If i am sick, nobody stays home with me. I just go sick, maybe rest up. No doctor, no emergency visit, no medical observation anywhere/no drip/no antibiotics prophylactically for virul infections etc etc.

    So i go to work. And worry some till i get home.

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    My main problem is that I live a 3 hour drive from an emergency vet so if things go really wrong time is my enemy, I just can't pop down to a vet. I do have to err on the side of caution if I think a dog is likely to need antibiotics or something. I once had a dog come down with pyometra which just started as her slightly off her food and boy did she go downhill fast. If I had left her all day without taking action I suspect she would have died by the time I had managed to get her to a vet.

    If I lived closer to a vet I would probably have a slightly different view on things.

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    I guess the difference is that you can call an ambulance if you go downhill. The day I decided to work from home Rox went downhill pretty fast. We meanwhile got the final lab report for the last blood works they've done. While they still don't understand fully the high level of fat in her blood and put that down to a fatty meal she had on Sunday. All other signs point to bacterial meningitis, hence her acting so weird. So she is now on a longish course of pretty strong antibiotics in an attempt to knock it on its head (vet speech). We can only know for sure if we go for a test of spinal fluids... but it's expensive and painful and the antibiotics seem to do the job. So we just go with it for now and watch her closely. If she goes downhill again or if it comes back after the course is finished we obviously have to take the test to be sure... but for now we just hope she'll be ok. She is still not 100%... gets tired easily, sleeps a lot, is a bit grumpy and very clingy... but she scoffs down her prescribed diet of chicken-rice and gravy. Nero is very jealous.

    Bernie, BTW... I meant to message you anyway. You mentioned Brian has joint problems too. The last two weeks we have had Nero on a combination of fishoil and turmeric. I put 1 teaspoon/day in his food - but you can also get it as (rather pricey) pill if Brian is a fussy eater. Turmeric is a natural anti inflammatory and Nero is doing so well on this combo that we have put off thoughts on surgery for now. We still restrict ball games but he is allowed off the leash again and doing fine. He is barely limping anymore, only a little stiff immediately after getting up but otherwise no longer noticable.

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    dogs can get salmonella food poisoning too.

    Higher chance if your dog is a forager...
    Salmonella Food Poisoning in Dogs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    dogs can get salmonella food poisoning too.

    Higher chance if your dog is a forager...
    Salmonella Food Poisoning in Dogs
    Interesting although the article did have some rather strange advice in it like cooking all bones which is a big no no for dogs and boiling eggs for 7 minutes? Gosh when I cook eggs from myself usually only a couple of minutes and as kids who didnt scrape out what was left of the raw cake mix that Gran made. I dont cook any meat I feed my dogs and what about that rare done steak that many people like. Imagine having to boil everything to death before you or your dog ate it.

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