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1- Is he still vomiting/diarrhea?
2- Can you take a look at his gums and see if they are pink or pale?
3- Besides baytril he is on any other medication at home?
Did he get into anything prior to all of this starting 4 days ago?
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Friend, often blood work and xrays will tell us all that we need to know to reach a definitive diagnosis. But, in some cases we need to do additional testing to find the exact underlying cause of the symptoms. In this case, the fact that he is a young dog with a quick onset of vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, etc. I would really want to rule out the ingestion of a foreign body. There are certain types of foreign bodies that are not seen on plain xrays. I would recommend you have him rechecked this morning by family veterinarian. Discuss with your vet about doing an abdominal ultrasound to take a closer look at what is happening in the gastrointestinal tract and abdominal organs. I believe this test may help your vet find the exact underlying cause.
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He's been on medication for the vomiting. The big question now is: Why is he so lethargic? So, yes, I would focus on his gastrointestinal tract.
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No friend, the cetirizine is for the vomiting, the famotidine is an acid reducer for the vomiting as well and the baytril an antibiotic. Unlikely for this to be the result of these medications. These medications are the reason why he is still not vomiting or diarrhea. So, we can not rely on thinking that everything is okay because he is not vomiting or having diarrhea. The medications could be masking the symptoms it is for this reason that I would like to take a closer look at his gastrointestinal tract and abdominal organs.
Friend, I can understand how a hemivertebrae would cause a dog to become lethargic (painful). But, that does not explain why was he vomiting and had diarrhea. Either Mason is dealing with 2 completely different issues or we are missing something here. I would wait and see how he responds to the steroids, very often dogs with disorders of the vertebral column will respond favorably to steroids. If you don't see a significant improvement within the next 48 hours I would consider a second opinion either with a neurologist for an MRI or Myelogram. Or, an internal medicine specialist. If he does respond favorably then we know he was dealing with 2 separate problems.
As I said earlier, there are foreign bodies that are not evident on plain xrays. And, blood work is not often reflective of what is happening in the gastrointestinal tract. I guess we would have to wait and see how he responds to the steroids.
Pain can cause vomiting but not likely diarrhea.