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chubbies is a mut - dont know exactly wat but i know maltese is somewhere in there - he may weight about 8 lbs right now he hasnt ate anything.... his vomit is white its only water i guess....its his stool that has me worried it was just black might be blood and mucus like....hes sad but gets up to drink water ...his stomach is making a lot of noise like when we are hungry....im so scared the vet isnt open until about another 2 hrs....
sadly, no... that was the initial reason why i made the app for, but hes been like this three days now ..i will tell the vet his symptoms before he gets his first shots....i cant afford hospital stays and im just so afraid he wont make it...
For right now, I would like you to start by smearing about 1/2 teaspoon of honey on Chubbies' gums.
Your dog may be suffering from HYPOGLYCEMIA (low blood sugar). I would like you to go right now and treat him for this by giving him a 1/2 teaspoon of honey, karo syrup, corn syrup or maple syrup. See if he will lick it off your finger, or rub it on his gums.
In a little guy like this, we always worry about low blood sugar if he is not eating. Smearing on the honey will at least keep his blood sugar up until you see your vet.
Here is more about low blood sugar:
There are a lot of different possibilities for what may be going on with your dog. The ones that I would be considering if he were on his way in to see me are:
1. One of the things that I think of first in a young dog is that he may have a Gastrointestinal Foreign Body.
Dogs eat the strangest things - plastic bags, children's toys, bones, bits of towel, socks, rocks and other things. Often, these foreign bodies pass through the intestinal tract, but sometimes they do not. They may get caught in the stomach or the small intestines.
The symptoms of a GI foreign body are generally vomiting, loss of appetite, depression and dehydration. If your dog consumed an object that is caught in the small intestines, it might explain the symptoms that you are seeing. This would be particulary true if the object were something like a ball that could bob over pylorus (outflow from the stomach) and then move away again. Thus, water could pass through but not food.
In the case of an obstruction, surgery is often needed to remove the foreign object. I will include further information about GI foreign bodies:
If I examined your pup and was concerned about a foreign body, I would probably recommend x-rays to see if a foreign object were visible. A plastic bag would not show up on x-rays. It does, however, show up very well if the dog is given some barium (a type of milkshake like drink) by mouth. Then a determination can be made about how best to get this out of the dog, or whether it might move through on its own.
2. It is possible your little Chubbies simply has gastroenteritis from eating something he shouldn't have. Table scraps or twigs and leaves could be the culprit! Gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines and can be caused by a large number of things, including sudden dietary changes.
Puppies are notorious for being curious and eating all kinds of things!
3. Another possibility is Parasites.
Here is a link to information about whipworms which are notoriously hard to identify by fecal analysis, and are not killed with pyrantel pamoate (standard puppy dewormer):
He might also have Coccidia.
Blood in the stool of a puppy is very often caused be COCCIDIA which is a type of parasite (not a worm). Coccidia is a protozoal organism, quite similar to what causes Traveler's Diarrhea in humans.
It can be treated with a course of S-125/Albon medication.
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4. A bacterial infection: Dogs can be affected by overgrowths of bacteria in the intestines. In an adult dog these might not be more than a nuisance, but in a pup they can be serious. The 3 most common are Campylobacter, Salmonella and E.Coli.
Here is a link with more information:
5. Parvo virus.
I KNOW THAT THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE MOST CONCERNED ABOUT IN YOUR DOG!
Parvo is a highly contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea, often with blood, in puppies. It causes severe dehydration, and untreated often results in death.
Usually, it would take a couple of days of untreated vomiting and diarrhea before the puppy died.
Puppies are routinely vaccinated for Parvo virus as part of their regular vaccines. These are usually given at 8, 12 and 16 weeks.
Once fully vaccinated, there is a virtually zero chance of a dog getting Parvo virus.
Some breeds are more susceptible to Parvo - this means that they get sicker and take longer to recover than other breeds. The susceptible breeds are Rottweillers, Dobermans and Labrador Retrievers.
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The botXXXXX XXXXXne is that there are a number of possibilities for what may be going on. Your vet would need to do a physical exam and possibly some diagnostic tests to figure out what the underlying problem is. I would start with a fecal sample, blood test and abdominal x-rays. It sounds like it is time to find out what is going on!
If he is feeling unwell at the moment, there are some things you can do at home until you can get him in to the vet:
1. WITH-HOLD FOOD for 12 hours since he has been vomiting today.
This gives the intestines a chance to rest and heal.
2. When he is fasting, he can have lots of clear fluids.
So, water is fine, but also he can have pedialyte, Gatorade, apple juice diluted 50:50 with water, or chicken or beef broth diluted 50:50 with water. Give the fluids in small amounts frequently. For a dog this size that means about 1/4 cup an hour.
It is important that you do offer these fluids that have calories in them as low blood sugar is a problem in small dogs.
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3. After 12 hours, you can start your dog back on a bland diet.
For patients that I see, I recommend a mixture of 75% cooked white rice, and 25% low fat protein. For the protein you could use extra lean ground beef, boiled with the fat scooped off, or chicken breast boiled with fat scooped off or even scrambled egg cooked without fat in the microwave. Feed small frequent meals. For a dog this size, I would suggest 1 tablespoon every 3 to 4 hours.
4. After 1-2 days on the rice mix, you would gradually change your dog back to the normal dog food.
So, on day 3, give the rice mixture, but bigger meals, spaced further apart. On day 4, mix a little tiny bit of the normal food in there, and decrease the frequency so it is down to 3 meals or so. And so on.
5. Keep your dog as quiet as possible - just out to relieve himself and back in.
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The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would strongly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.
Best wishes to you and to your dog!