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Sorry to hear that Magnus is not feeling well. The piece of corn cob in his kennel makes me worried that he might have eaten the rest and if so, he may have an obstruction. Did he get into the trash recently or was he given a corn cob to chew on?
If you found it in his stool then he ate it for sure. It may have caused Gi irritation on the way out or there may be a piece of it that is stuck and causing an obstruction. With having found it in his stool and the vomiting that he is doing I would be concerned that there is an obstruction.
The best recommendation I could make would be to take him to an emergency vet tonight and have them evaluate him for a foreign body obstruction. If there is none, then they can give him anti-nausea medication to make him better and fluids to re-hydrate him. If you cannot take him in tonight, then I recommend taking him in first thing in the morning. In the meantime, do not feed him as this can make vomiting worse. If he will drink water and hold it down you can give him small amounts at a time but if he continues to vomit the water then it should be withheld and he should see a vet right away. I can help you locate an emergency veterinarian in your area if you do not know where one is.
If he is not wanting to drink voluntarily, then do not make him drink. Since he is not willing to drink water, the best suggestion I could make is to take him to an emergency vet tonight. If he does have diabetes insidious, then he is at increased risk of dehydration because his kidneys are not able to conserve water when they need to.
Foreign body obstructions can be life threatening if they cause the intestines to rupture. If he does not have an obstruction, then he can be treated with fluids to make him feel better and anti-nausea medication so that his appetite will return.
I can help you locate an emergency veterinarian in your area if you do not know where one is.
Where do you live? Are you near a major city?
Ok, I've driven through Joplin many times. Ill find you an emergency veterinarian that is open now so you can take Magnus in tonight. Give me a few minutes.
No, I am in Wisconsin. I have driven through because I used to drive home during the summer for vet school. I found two places near you. One is in Joplin and the number is(###) ###-####this is the Emergency Pet Center in Joplin. The other number is ***** Animal Emergency Clinic of Northwest Arkansas and their number is(###) ###-#### ***** places are open either 24 hours or after hours and can take care of Magnus tonight. Best of luck!! I hope he is OK.
Yes, I think that emergency treatment is best for him. I cannot tell you that he will die if you do not take him in tonight but with his pre-existing condition and vomiting on top of it I am very concerned that he could be in a life threatening position without immediate intervention. Especially if he does indeed have a foreign body obstruction and need emergency surgery to prevent further decline. I do not intend to scare you and if getting him in tonight is an extreme hardship then I recommend taking him to his vet first thing in the morning.
I understand your hesitation and I cannot speak to your previous expereince, but I would be remiss in my obligation to you and Magnus if I didn't recommend emergency care given what I little I know about him and this specific situation. I have seen dogs that have done very poorly due to delay in treatment with foreign body obstruction and while I cannot say for sure that he has one, the circumstantial evidence tells me that its prudent to seek evaluation sooner rather than later. Since I am unable to predict how things will work out, the nest recommendation I can make is to have him evaluated tonight, but I understand your reluctance to do so given your previous experience and if you choose to not take him in tonight, he should be seen first thing in the morning.
Sounds good but if he vomits after that, I do not recommend waiting until the morning to have him seen. Pleas feel free to let me know how he does.
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