My dog refuses water and food now. Breed terrier x cairn.7 years old, weight 12 kg, rescued 2 years ago. Neutered and hernia repair 8/10/2011.
1st Symptom onset at 4 am Sunday GMT continuous vomiting of foamy bile to start with every twenty minutes to 40 mins. He was drinking water on Sunday. We took him to Emergency ( Medivets in our area)after 12 hours as he continued to vomit and his condition got worse. The Vet gave him an injection- Cimetidine and anti emetic ( name not known). Told us to observe him and give him 100 mg cimetidine in one spoon of wet food every 8 hrs and a very small quantity of water as she said water would trigger his response to vomit. We were told to observe him and to bring him in if he vomited 2 hrs after administration of the anti emetic injection. He did vomit a tiny quantity of foam then the vomiting stopped. 19:00 Sunday GMT.
At 5:30 am Monday he was still drinking water but listless and slight groans of pain which we thought was due to the retching the previous day. He went on a couple of walks, where he was desperate to eat grass and was drinking water on his own but refused food.At
at 1 pm he was getting worse and groaning w pain, we then took him at 14:00 to our Vet. The Doctor said he had to run blood tests to rule out pancreatitis
, should that be negative he would then X ray our dog to rule out intestinal obstruction. He also said he would put him on an iv drip for which we were thankful and hoping for.
After 3 hrs: results all blood parameters normal, X ray showed calcified hard object (3cm?)in the gut- Vet did not specify in what part exactly but we assumed it was the colon because he was hopeful it would be expelled. He was given a pain killer and anti emetic and rehydration salts. No drip had been given because the Vet said our dog was too nervous and anxious. We were told to pick him up 18:00 GMT and to call Emergency ( MediVets not linked to this Vet surgery ( which we had assumed) and did not have any record of blood works or X ray result done at Richmond Vets , (our vet)when we called at 21:00 as he was refusing water.) We thought medical records would be transparent. We then started to force feed him the rehydration salts with a syringe and managed to give him 50 ml at 22:00. Listened to bowel sounds w stethoscope , could not hear any at this point and started to fear volvulus as our dog was crouched in a sphinx position and in pain. Tenderness over abdominal area , tense but no actual bloating. He passed stools for the first time in 24 hrs at 19:00 after we had taken him to the Vets. At 10-12 pm did not pass urine or defaecate
. Our dog was in pain but now lying on his side and not in a sphinx position anymore. We went to sleep next to him. He was very sleepy -vet said he would be after medication.Breathing was regular. At 3:00 am, he was unresponsive and in a stupor for 15 minutes, teeth clenched, w tongue pressed between. We then force fed him 50 ml of reconstituted rehydration salts through clenched teeth, he was refusing with such resistance to water.
After 15 mins he appeared to regain some energy and we then took him out where he had two bouts of diarrhoea with some semi solid material and urinated 4:00 am. Force fed him another 50 ml of water plus rehydration salts. perked up during walked with more vigour.
Symptoms now: lethargy,fatigue refusal to eat or drink, no vomiting, no fever, doesn't seem in pain, responsive and more alert. Eyes
not glazed, no groans of pain
What do we do now? What may be wrong with him? Vet told us to call him at 9:00 am GMT today.
Thank you for any help and advice.