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Old 01 July 2017, 03:29 AM
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Our vets are on vacation for the holiday and we're not 100% convinced we should take her to the animal ER at MSU.

Our 12 year old Golden Retriever, who normally eats anything that isn't nailed down, hasn't eaten in 3 days. She keeps dry heaving, but nothing is coming up.

We'd taken her to the vet for similar symptoms 3 weeks ago, but now that she's out of meds she's right back to ground zero.

The vet told us to give her my opramezole, which she won't take even if dipped in peanut butter or a pill pocket.

She is 84lbs - i.e. hardly in danger of starving to death - but her poor tummy is bothering her. We already have one hound on hand dying of cancer, and so my husband has become a little blase. Is there anything I can do before bringing her in tomorrow? I know she's an old soul and well past her prime but we're not giving up on her.

Particularly, our vet, who is normally amazing, is a little short given the holiday weekend and she suggested bringing Amber in would be a waste of everyone's time.
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Old 01 July 2017, 04:04 AM
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Sorry to hear about your dogs. Have your tried broth? If you think she has acid reflux, milk always helps me when I have acid reflux.
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Old 01 July 2017, 04:56 AM
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Sorry to hear about your dogs. Have your tried broth? If you think she has acid reflux, milk always helps me when I have acid reflux.
I'm putting together a milky broth of drugs and chicken stock right now,

Sometimes I forget that the dog that eats poop might like the same thing I like
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Old 01 July 2017, 12:49 PM
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Milk, broth and omeprazole worked a miracle for her - she's back to snarfing food in her usual fashion. Hurray!
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Old 01 July 2017, 04:13 PM
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That's a great relief!!!
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Old 01 July 2017, 07:42 PM
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Glad to hear she's feeling better!
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Old 01 July 2017, 08:12 PM
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Good dog!

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Does she eat from a bowl on the floor? That's often an issue for larger breeds and especially dogs that are overweight.

My Aussie, Barley, had the same issue. Omeprazole takes care of it, but I also moved his food dish to a kitchen chair, so he's standing straight up to eat from it. His acid reflux has gone to nearly zero. May be once or twice a year he will get it. When he does, he refuses to eat as he's in pain.

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Old 03 July 2017, 08:42 PM
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We have a two bowl feeding/water station that has a base that is adjustable for a couple of heights. We have it adjusted for about 10" above the floor. This allows the dogs to stand comfortably and eat. The Aussie however, likes to lay down on the floor by the bowl sitting on the floor and eat that way. Both the Aussie and the poodlely one like to drink from the toilet bowl.
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Old 03 July 2017, 09:02 PM
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Interesting, that never occured to me! We can certainly put her bowl on my stepstool that would bring it to a more natural level for her.

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Both the Aussie and the poodlely one like to drink from the toilet bowl.
Oh, so it's not just mine? We actually wondered if the toilet bowl cleaners were adding to her intestinal distress and started closing the lids. I never realized she might prefer the toilet because of the height.

Thanks for the suggestions!
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Old 04 July 2017, 09:58 PM
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Unfortunately she just puked and pooped a bunch of blood, so it's off to the vet she goes. Our vet is going to refer her to the specialists at MSU (they have a fabulous vet school but you need a referral) who diagnosed our hound's cancer. Hopefully the news is not quite so bad for our Amber bear.
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So sorry to hear that, Plurabelle. Hoping for the best.
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Old 05 July 2017, 02:04 AM
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Ouch. Good luck!
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Old 05 July 2017, 04:32 PM
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Hannah and Asta send their vibes for good health.
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Old 12 July 2017, 06:05 PM
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Well we still don't really have an answer. They've tested everything they can, and the verdict seems to be "she's very old." Waiting on a call from the vet right now after bringing a urine sample now that she's on some meds.

She is eating, and seems happy, and her poop is no longer bloody. But she keeps throwing up even though we got her an elevated bowl, with a tennis ball in it, and are giving her omeprazole. I suspect it's just her time coming soon, but hopefully we can figure out a way to make it as comfy and healthy as possible.

Or maybe the vet will call me with a miracle cure and I'll have my Amber Bamber for five more years
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So sorry to hear. The happy part is good, though.

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The worse time of any pet owner's life. Hope you have your Amber for many more years!
Pearl and guest dog Sushi send their vibes.
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