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My boxer's (1 year old) nose is stuffy and she has thrown up

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My boxer's (1 year old) nose is stuffy and she has thrown up a clear liquid twice today but is not coughing. She will drink her water but isn't eating as much. My family has suffered recent accidents which caused hospitalization and is to be gone a lot so I thought she might be stressed but now I am concerned.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She has also lost weight recently.
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.

Hello,

Although weight loss and a poor appetite can be stressed induced, that would not be the explanation for her since she is exhibiting other symptoms of illness. The vomiting is of particular concern.

Vomiting causes can include:
- Dietary indiscretion (eating something you do not know about)
- Stomach or intestinal foreign body
- Something that was given to them (new food, new treat, human food)
- Intestinal parasitism (not just the worms, but the microscopic bugs like Giardia and Coccidia). They can cause vomiting also, not just diarrhea
- Toxin exposure would be less likely, unless you have reason to suspect exposure to a chemical.
- Less commonly, endocrine diseases like Addison’s

So, at 1 year of age I get worried she ingested something that has caused an obstruction or some other dietary indiscretion that has made her sick. With weight loss, I would also be worried about a intestinal parasite problem. Not likely worms, but definitely giardia or coccidia.

Plus, the stuffy nose. I can't rule-out a upper respiratory infection.

So, without question, she needs to get in to a vet for evaluation, basic supportive medication for the stomach, and possibly some testing to include a fecal test and maybe some belly x-rays.

Hope that information helps.

Dr. Andy

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She had 2 abnormal (runny) stools last week but her stools have been nirmal since. Do you still think it could be a parasite?
Thank you so much.
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.

Yep. Absolutely a consideration especially with the weight loss and her age.

Most vets encourage fecal testing once a year. In fact, the CAPC (Companion Animal Parasite Council) recommends four times a year. Parasites are so common. But!

It's only 1 consideration. Either way, she is clearly not well and will need some form of supportive treatment that we cannot manage with over the counter products.

Dr. Andy