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    I think I have a love-hate relationship with public holidays. Without fail someone/something always get sick. As would have it the 12 year old has woken up with a massively swollen eye and the jrt - Java - has woken up shivering like he has been for a dip in an ice bath! Ignoring the needs of the 12 year old .. lol... not sure what to do with jrt.

    Firstly, Java has never been sick one day of his life. He is the sort of dog who could get hit by a mack truck, get up, give me the thumbs up, and say "I am ok mum". I am thinking I may need to take him to the emergency vet which is 50 mins away. Is this being overreactive? Should I wait and see if he settles down or it gets worse? Paying for the vet on a public holiday is not an issue. I never have a problem handing over my husband's mastercard ...lol.

    I am so ignorant I don't know whether I should keep him warm, cool him down, etc. Any help with the dogs care would be appreciated.

    The complication to my dog's needs is the son will need to go to hospital today for the eye. He is a year out of treatment for a brain tumour so we really can't ignore the swollen eye. Is it rude of me to pass this whole mess (kid and dog) to husband and head out for a bit of two up ... definitely joking! As you may have guessed by now I have a bad habit of handling stressful situations with a good dose of bad humour!
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    Nothing much to offer but hugs. Are the dog's gums pale? If you press them, does the blood flow back immediately? If not, I would take him to the vet if you can. But if his gums look ok, it may be ok to just wait and see. It's a tough call...

    And I hope your son's eye turns out to be harmless.

    Crossing fingers that your day will improve and you do get to enjoy some two-up.

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    Dog Shivering or Trembling Causes and Treatments on MedicineNet

    I'm wondering if child and dog have accidentaly head butt each other or something - and now both are suffering the after effects. Was there any rough play yesterday? Or if you are in the southern states of Australia - there's been a sudden onset of cold weather - and even my dog who normally is just fine in any cool weather - is a snuggle bunny, heater hog.

    Have you tried offering the dog a treat? If his appetite is off as well and he isn't warming up with a blanket or warm wheat bag, then I'd be thinking seriously about the vet. It could be that he's hurt himself badly (can you firmly feel him all over - check his joints, back, head for wrongness or swelling) or eaten something bad or been stung or scratched by something poisonous or something he's allergic to or he's got some sort of flu/disease.

    It must be hard to decide what to do - if they're both taken unwell at the same time.

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    It would appear disaster has been diverted -at least temporarily. Kid has infection - antibiotics prescribed.

    Husband left to supervise dog whilst I took kid to hospital. My final words were "if dog dies that is grounds for divorce" - lucky hubby is used to wife's very bad sense of humour and poor timing. His favourite is when he takes the kids to the beach and rather than say "have a good time" I say "if a shark gets one of the kids - I'll never forgive you" - very tolerant husband of a wife who's verbal skills would appear to be limited, unique and downright warped.

    Dog has major vomit whilst I am out. Now the positive part of this is for once it is not me cleaning up (as it is all about me - not dog, kid, hubby!). I think I had a smile on my face when I got the call from hubby (oops! - did I write that). Hubby stated dog has picked up since then. I have been home half hour now and there is no more shivering, treat eaten and kept down and he is enjoying a warm bed (that would be my bed) and lots of attention. I had a feel for any sore spots and he just wagged that tail and licked me - nothing too sore there! We have isolated him from other dogs just in case. I am wondering if he has eaten something in the yard overnight. Asked hubby what vomit looked like and his response was "vomit". Obviously my poor verbal skills are now rubbing off. Other dogs all okay.

    Cav is looking a little too happy. If she could talk I think it would be "see, it is the boys - all they are is trouble". She is in fact looking a little too pleased with herself! May be due an uppercut!

    Rang vets and told them to whole long winded (possibly actually definintely boring) story and surprisingly they agreed we can sit tight for the moment but should bring him in if he gets worse (of which we obviously will).

    So all is well until I take a magpie to see an avian biologist on Friday and the GPS randomly tells me to do a u-turn in the middle of a busy shopping centre on a divided road and I actually momentarily consider doing it.....................

    Written with tongue firmly in cheek.

    Thank you Beloz and Hyacinth.
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    Not a good start to your day--I hope by now (nearly 11 am here) you have worked out what to do.
    Your son is the starting the point whatever the scenario. If you are really worried about Java--perhaps call your vet for some advice--you know that will end up with a bring him in. But you may be able to drop and leave and collect later when you have your son sorted. Shivering dog--what else is he displaying, does he play where he could have been bitten by something? Does he have an elevated temperature? Eating etc? Could be reacting to your son's situation?

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    Hope everyone is better now
    Pets are forever

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    Nothing like a good vomit to make a dog feel better.

    Mine did that to me the other day - wouldn't eat her dinner - very unusual for her.

    And then she had a very watery vomit with a very small chicken treat in it and something else that looked vaguely like dirt or gravel. And then she wanted her dinner back. Eventually, with ongong demands from her about being STARVING, I thawed out some cooked rice for her and gave her that. And she's all good now.

    It's very hard to do the 24 hour fast when she's eaten something that has upset her tummy. Sigh.

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    Loved your post Ratbag, i agree its always the public holidays when everything seems to turn to chit, and really happy things have sorted themselves out, and your son is fine, must be such a worry for you and hubby (and his mastercard, lol). I always worry about baits and the like when i see those symptoms, do you have nice neighbours? Glad all is sorted and get your little butt off to two-up!
    The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
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