My 6 yr. old, female yellow Labrador retriever
who is otherwise healthy & happy, not overweight (70lb) started vomiting 2-3 weeks ago. These vomit sessions were full diaphragm, contents emptying vomits. Initially started after a short (1/4-1/2 mile) walk just following 7am Beneficial dry food breakfast. Just prior to vomiting, upon last few hundred yards of walk, very heavy panting and frothy, very slimy drool would form around her mouth and drip/drape from her gums & lips. Normally she does not drool. Prior to entering the house, I'd wipe free any of the drool. Within 30-40 minutes following the walk, she emptied the contents of her stomach
. This vomiting pattern would slowly, but steadily increase over the following days to 3-4 times a day. After the food was completely evacuated from her stomach from the first couple vomits, bile only or a bile & phlegm mix would produce. Additionally, I noticed her stool becoming increasingly soft and more yellow in color and her energy level dropped dramatically. All awhile her appetite never ceased. Because of this vomiting and severe decrease in her energy level, I took her to the family vet, where her potassium was checked and was within limits...Addison's disease was suspected. Her resting heart rate at the Vet's office, while panting quite rapidly, was 42, 48 & 38BPM. A "heart block" was suspected, so I took her immediately to the cardiologist where EKG, ECG, Ultrasound of the hearts valves & major arteries and an ultrasound of her stomach and intestinal track. She has some mild regurgitation was noted in Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Pulmonic Valve & Left Ventricle systolic function is mildly reduced. Initial conclusion: 3rd Degree Heart Block. Immediately took her to University of Florida where a pacemaker be installed on 10/17/13 with no remarkable complications. Medications are Cephalexin
(500&250mg) every 12 hours, Sucralfate(1g) every 8 hours, Pepcid(10mg) every 12 hours. Brought her back home(Naples, FL) at 6pm on 10/18/13 where her overall demeanor and alertness was good and strong. By 10/18/13 at 9pm and after the anti-nausea medication, which was given to her in surgery, finally wore off, esophagus regurgitation started. The regurgitation is just that…no food or bile present and regurge and occurred 2 times on 10/18. 10/19 regurge occurred roughly 10 times, 10/20 regurge occurred 20-25 times and the following and very troubling started. She had been resting quite a bit following surgery and when I took her outside to potty, she had some difficulty rising from the floor. She walked outside as if the pads of her paws
were either burnt or raw
…more of a hobble really. Just following her squat to urinate, she went to stand up, got very wobbly and then her front legs
gave out. 2nd attempt was no better and was even more of a face-plant into the grass. At this point she lay there, knowing something was up. She does not appear to be in distress, doesn’t appear to be uncomfortable and is still very alert and happy acting…she just has major issues going on with her muscles
. This happened again in the evening and even worse the following morning. Yesterday, spent several hours with the cardiologist and Internal Medicine doctor, ran another set of EKG, ECG & X-rays and everything with the pacemaker and heart is intact and functioning well, respectively. Waiting on results of: Thyroid Panel, Acetylcholine Receptor Antibody, and ACTH Stimulation test as well as a full blood panel. Blood panel is OK. She continues to regurgitate and is this morning at the point where I have to carry her in and out to go potty as her legs just give out after 3-5 seconds. Idiopathic is where we are until the test results come in…Thank you.