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It's a puppy......

It's a puppy... she squats to pee and very little if any urine comes out. She was also throwing up and shivering like she's cold

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the puppy eat anything unusual?

We switched brands of food 2 days ago

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the dog's name?

Majesty

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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How long have you been seeing these signs?

What does the vomit and urine look like? Any blood?

Can she keep water down?

Are her gums pink or white/pale? Moist or sticky?

If you press on her belly, any tensing, tenderness, discomfort, or pain?

Could she have eaten anything harmful (ie bones, toys, plants, chemicals, human medications/drugs, etc)?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Just today
Half digested food
Can't get her to drink any water
Pink
No
Just some small sticks outside
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

Hello,

I have just received your reply and have quite a bit to type about Majesty's signs, so I will do so now and post shortly.

Dr. B.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

Hello again,

Now I am concerned about Majesty. Her signs don't quite match up and instead we'd be wary of more than one thing afoot. Specifically, her straining to pass urine rings alarm bells of a bladder infection at her age. Though the vomiting/appetite loss tells us she is nauseous and that is more often associated with gut infections, foreign bodies (a worry if she eats sticks), parasites/protozoa.

Therefore, I will outline some supportive care we can use for her just now but especially as bladder infections will need antibiotics from a vet that has examined her in person, we would want her seen as soon as her vet is open. Anyway for the moment, for her stomach, we could try to allay nausea with an OTC pet safe antacid. [ie Pepcid (More Info/Dose @http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid), Zantac (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/ranitidine-hcl-zantac), Tagamet (More Info/Dose Here @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/cimetidine-hcl-tagamet)]. Whichever you choose, we’d give this 20 minutes before food to allow absorption. Of course, do double check with your vet if she has a known health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned. Though if you give this and she cannot keep it down due to nausea that is usually a red flag that we need to bypass her mouth with injectable anti-vomiting medication from her vet. Afterwards, you can consider starting her on an easily digestible diet like cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, cottage cheese, scrambled eggs, or meat baby food (as long as its garlic/onion free).

For her bladder, to give her some relief at the moment, you can try to increase her urine dilution via increasing her fluid intake. This can be achieved by tempting her to drink or you can offer wet food, (as this is 35% water) to sneak some water into her system. As well, aloe vera berry juice (available at health food stores) can be helpful in changing the urine pH and making the bladder more comfortable. Now while these urine dilution steps will help flush out bacteria and soothe that inflamed bladder, it often won't clear the infection on its own. Therefore, in your wee ones’s case, I would advise that is prudent for her to see her vet (urgently, though not an emergency situation). And once she does we can make sure there are no gut blockages but also get her onto injectable anti-vomiting medication + antibiotics to settle her stomach, and get her back feeling like herself.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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