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Hello, my name is***** and I'm happy to help you with your question. How long has Brandi Lucy been unwilling to eat?
Poor baby, that sounds awful. Is Brandi Lucy spayed?
Ok great. My first concern was a uterine infection as this can cause vomiting, anorexia, and increased thirst. Did the increased thirst start around the same time as the appetite change or has that been going on for longer?
Ok thank you. Does she have any trouble holding down water?
Well that's not good. I have to say, given the duration of Brandi Lucy's signs (almost a week of not eating and not feeling well is quite some time), and the new development of vomiting with slight traces of blood, I am quite concerned for her. Possible causes of decreased appetite, vomiting with blood, and increased thirst include gastrointenstial ulceration (which can range from mild to severe/life threatening), foreign body obstruction, and hormonal diseases (diabetes, adrenal gland disorders).
Has she produced any feces this week? If so, were they normal in appearance and consistency?
Well I'm glad to hear that she is feeling ok otherwise and still has some energy to play (that lowers my level of concern somewhat).
Does Brandi Lucy have a veterinarian that you could take her to see this week?
Ok great. And the San Bernadino Humane Society clinic will see sick dogs (pardon my ignorance, every shelter has different policies and regulations)?
Poor girl. Well my recommendation, in an ideal world, would be to take her to an emergency clinic tonight for evaluation. My reasons for this include the duration of her symptoms, the fact that her condition has recently worsened, and that she's not acting normally otherwise (laying lethargic on the floor). Of course I can't see her or examine her, so you'll need to use your best judgement to make that call.
If an emergency vet is not an option due to finances or availability, I would take her in first thing tomorrow morning to the Humane Society clinic. They will likely recommend blood work and x-rays to evaluate her internal organs. They may also recommend fluid therapy if she is dehydrated, and anti-nausea medication to help her feel better.
Do you have any further questions that I can help with?
Do you have any further questions that I can help with? If not, I wish you and Brandi Lucy all the best! I would love to hear an update after she sees the vet!
Perfect! I'm glad to hear that she'll be getting the care she needs. She's lucky to have such a loving family. :)
How is Brandi Lucy doing today?