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I haven't been on here in a long time and forgot my original log in information. Anyways last Thursday night my 3yr old dober girl was eating grass and vomiting, with some diahrrea , she went outside at least once an hour and neither of us slept. took her to the vet the next day and they gave her an injection to help her nausea and gave us teh same medication in pill form to give her daily over the next 4 days, told us to call if it continued and told us to start her back on her normal food by the end of the weekend(we were giving her chicken and rice) she seemed to be feeling better, no more vomitting but still had runny stool and she was waking up a few times a night to go out, she wouldnt always go to the bathroom though just wander around. She REFUSES to eat her food at all, also tried mixing in some chicken and rice and still a no go. One of her stools was almost all grass so I called the Vet yesterday and they gave us a medication(I dont have the name of it right now but can get it) she got two pills for the first dose and then gets one every 12hrs for the next several days. Still wouldnt eat but drinks water and took a small treat or two from my husband. last night she got up again at 2:30am and wouldnt settle, we crate her and she just whined all night until I would get her out of her crate, when I took her outside she would just walk around the yard, she went to the bathroom once. We are so exhausted from being up with her so much, should we just crate her and let her cry it out? What can we do to get her to eat and calm down? Give her a few more days on her meds? I am at a complete loss and all three of us are exhausted. Her vet is closed today or I would call them for some advice. She also just walks around the house all day whining. shes fine when we leave her alone, no messes or anything. I'm sorry this is so long just at a loss. any advice would be amazing!

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When my last dog wouldn't eat or settle down, he had an obstruction. I would ask for an x-ray and blood work (he was also septic). Usually dogs are really good at hiding pain but seems like she's either in a LOT of pain or just very open about it. Is she fixed?

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Thank you for getting back to me. Yes she is fixed. I thought maybe it could be an obstruction as well but she doesnt ever swallow anything she isnt supposed to, but I guess anything can happen at anytime :/ my husband text me and she went on the floor in the house and it was watery and dark brown :/

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Please take her back to the vet and ask them to really find out what's wrong. 

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Her vet is closed today. My cousin's aunt is a Vet and she is going to take a look at her this evening. I am getting frustrated that her vet so far has been so nonchalant about it thus far despite me going into great detail about whats been going on.

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That is really annoying. My emergency vet was more concerned with scolding me on feeding a raw diet (Monday night) and my normal vet didn't bother doing the x-rays they said they were going to do the first time I took him (Wednesday). They finally operated Thursday which was too little too late. Please keep us updated on what you find out and fingers crossed is something easy :(

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Im sorry to hear that :/ She ate some chicken and rice last night and only got up once around 4am and that was only to pee. I couldn't get her to eat this morning or this afternoon but today was her first day without her anti-nausea pills. Still has runny stool with a bit of bright blood. I called her vet today and they sd to keep monitoring her and call Friday if she doesn't get better. She is on Metronidazole and has a few days left on that(she's been on it for a little over 24hrs so far). they sd it could take the medicine a couple days to kick in. She's settling down now, not pacing or anything and she was running around barking at people walking. We are going to see if we can get her to eat tonight but her vet doesn't seem overly concerned right now.

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Do you have any bone broth or slippery elm? That can help sooth intestinal distress - you can even make a tea out of the slippery elm (supposed to be good for people, too). Sounds like hippy stuff but the raw forums I'm on really like them and they seem to help. 

 

I'm really glad she's eating and settling down :)

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Thank you for your help I really appreciate it! Is the bone broth something I can make or do I buy it? Where might I find slippery elm? It makes me feel better that the vet isnt too concerned and that she slept through the night. It does bother me that shes laying down more than usual but if I was sick I would be the same way. She has always been very sensitive to medications, even dog asprin makes her stool runny :/

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You CAN make broth but it takes 24 hours and can be quite smelly (boil bones, apple cider vinegar, and some garlic cloves in a crock pot for 1 hour on high then reduce to low for 23 hours, remove the bones and garlic, chill, skim off the fat and you're left with meat jelly). I've actually seen it at the grocery store, oddly enough but I didn't check what the sodium content was, or Honest Kitchen makes some powdered broth that you reconstitute. Slippy Elm is pretty standard in the vitamins section - open a few capsules in a mug and top off with boiling water. Let it cool and serve. 

Again, this stuff sounds odd but it makes me feel active in helping them feel better. Bone broth is actually pretty good for people, too, but I keep it for the dogs :) If you do make bone broth, usually a tablespoon per meal is plenty. The powered stuff says 1/4C for every 25lbs per day.

Hopefully she feels better soon!!

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How's she doing?

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Dang.. this is upsetting.. Wish rnm would check in.. any time there's blood involved I would be the first to be pounding down the door of the closests emergency vet. Xrays are called for and NOW.

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Lady Kate, isn't it so upsetting when vets take such a nonchalant approach and you KNOW something isn't right! Hopefully she'll come back with good news.