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We think he may be impacted. He stopped eating yesterday,

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We think he may be impacted. He stopped eating yesterday, and is just laying around, won't eat, will only drink water off my husbands hands. Insist on laying in our bed and being where we are but not playful like usual. He is almost 7 months old. He had chewed up a piece of my jacket sleeve that was layed on his crate while I was at work this week. We thought we removed all of the pieces, but it was the day after that he started behaving this way. It began yesterday.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help the dog. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Buddy
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Buddy?
Customer: He has vomited once.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 9 months ago.

Hello, I'm Dr. Kara. I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian and I'd like to help. Please give me a moment to review your concerns.

Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 9 months ago.

I am sorry to hear that your fellow Buddy is lethargic and has vomited twice after chewing up and likely ingesting part of a jacket sleeve.

I agree that all of these signs are indicative of a possible gastrointestinal obstruction.

In most cases vomiting is triggered by eating something they should not, too much table food, too many treats or something they find to chew on outdoors or around the house.

More serious causes of vomiting in puppies include viral or bacterial infections, a dietary allergy or sensitivity, congenital internal organ failure (kidney or liver disease), or a full or partial gastrointestinal obstruction.

In a young dog, especially one that hasn't finished his vaccine series, a viral infection such as Parvo virus or a foreign body leading to a partial or full gastrointestinal obstruction would be the most likely causes and both can be deadly. Not all dogs with viral infections run a fever initially, sometimes they are too weak to mount a fever response. Worms can cause loose stools, but rarely cause vomiting and lethargy.

With his history of chewing on your jacket and symptoms beginning a day later an obstruction would be the most likely cause.

Because he is young, this has been going on for more than a day, and he is lethargic ideally he would see a veterinarian now. Young puppies dehydrate easily and he needs fluids.

I like to give suggestions to try to help at home but in this case there really isn't anything you can do at home for him now as he is vomiting. He may need emergency surgery, and if this is an obstruction the longer you wait the sicker he will get.

If you don't know of an emergency clinic near you here is a link to help you find one (look under pet emergencies):

Best of luck with your little one.

Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 9 months ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 9 months ago.

Hello, I wanted to make sure that you didn't have any further questions for me, and I'd like to know how things turned out for your pup. If you could give me an update that would be great, thanks, ***** *****