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Old 12-04-2009, 21:25
Alfie Blue Eyes
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came back from a long walk thisavo and Alfie has been sick 4 times. He seems fine in himself waggy tail etc.

I know dogs are sick from time to time my first reaction was call the vet but my hubby said I was over reacting.

We stopped at a pub up the road where there were a unch of kids who were ripping a branch of the tree in the garden to threw for my Alfie, Jeremy Kyle decendents sprang to mind so we made our way home.

Do you think it could have been a bit of the tree he chewed on? Also, he does tend to pick up crap on walks but normally drops them when the next intersting thing comes along.

He hasn't drank any water since he was last sick just over and hour ago - his last sick was just clear.

Should I feed him?
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Old 12-04-2009, 21:31
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Just give him water and see how he is in the morning and give him his breakfast
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Old 12-04-2009, 21:55
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Similar happened to my puppy a couple of weeks ago I just made sure there was lots of water down for her overnight.Then once I was sure she was ok the next day and the sickness had passed I gave her boiled rice and chicken for a couple of days.Its very bland and it settles them down.I know post operatively in the past my dogs have gone on chicken and rice for a day or two.
I know its very worrying cos they are little and they cant tell you what is wrong.If his tail is still wagging then this is a good sign the thing you should check for is if his gums change colour from healthy pink this is a sign of shock in dogs and indicates that something more could be going on.
Try not to worry I know its difficult x
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Old 12-04-2009, 21:59
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Yep, I would do the same. Nothing to eat for the rest of the night, but it is vital that he drinks, as dogs and especially pups can get dehydrated very, very quickly.

Keep a close eye on him, and if his mood changes, or he isn't drinking, or if you have any doubts or concerns, give the vets a call, they might be able to advise you over the phone.
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Old 12-04-2009, 22:13
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He's just been sick again, have tried to get him to drink sum water but he won't.

Am going to stay up with him tonight ans see how he goes.

Thanks for the advice
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Old 12-04-2009, 22:22
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I would take him to the vet just to be on the safe side, he could have eaten something poisonous, as it's Easter has he got hold of any chocolate, it's really bad for dogs and can kill them if eaten in a big enough dose.

Lot's of innocuous things are poisons to dogs -

http://www.dogs.info/common_poisons.html
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Old 12-04-2009, 22:57
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Last time I had a dog being sick I fed Chicken and Rice and he was fine.

Last time I took a dog to the emergency vet, he was not only being sick, he was lethargic and refusing fresh chicken - turned out to be a gastro infection cleared very quickly with an anti-biotic injection (and something else - they stuck both forelegs) and follow on meds.

I would suggest phoneing the emergency vet for advice, but if they are anything like mine they will say "If you are concerned bring him down".

What concerns me is a, it is easter - has he got a cooked bone or chocolate? and b, the stick from the pub. He could have a piece in his stomach causing a blockage.

I'm not sure what I'd do if it was me. Either vet now or stay up and see how it goes, probably poaching a chicken breast to see if he'll take it or the broth. If one of my dogs refused fresh chicken I'd probably be straight up the vet

Being sick can be a natural reaction to eating something not right. And could be a mild viral infection. But it could be worse things.

I've not been much help have I They can be such a worry. Good Luck & hope pup is well again soon
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Old 13-04-2009, 07:41
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Any news on your puppy? Hope he's feeling better this morning.
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Old 13-04-2009, 08:14
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Dogs like to clear their tummys from time to time, maybe your pup was just doing this?
Dogs, like humans, can just get a bit ill and run down at times. Try feeding with chicken and rice, might help the pup settle his stomach back down. Don't panic if your pup gets ill from time to time, they have off days and pick up bugs too, normally it's nothing to worry about unless the pup is ill for a prolonged period. Hope pup feels better soon.
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Old 13-04-2009, 09:06
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Hi,

Alfie seems ok today and wasn't sick during the night, he slept like a log! Will see how he goes and try him with some chicken & rice later.

I was so worried - thanks for all your help and advice.
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Old 13-04-2009, 12:31
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Glad he's feeling better. Puppies & kittens seem to get these tummy bugs, viruses etc from time to time & usually get over them with a bit of TLC. I suppose it's just building up their immunity to the bugs in our environment.

A bland easily digestible diet like chicken & rice for a couple of days should do the trick.
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Old 13-04-2009, 12:40
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The vet would advise this and it has always worked for me. Nothing to eat for 24 hours, just water then plain chicken and rice in very small portions after that. This will settle Alfies tum.
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Old 13-04-2009, 19:00
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Hope his ok now, if any help .. when our dog was sick and had a high temp last year, our vet said to starve him for 24 hours case a tummy bug
((( only putting down cooled boiled water))) then offer him boiled chicken breasts to start with, ...
Ours was soon fine again ... always best to see a vet if they contine to be sick after 24 hours ..
hope this helped
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Old 14-04-2009, 11:10
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Glad your pup is feeling better today, I know how panicky you can get when a pet is unwell, they can really worry you.
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Old 14-04-2009, 16:10
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Alfie is is old self now - thank god!

Must of been something he ate when we took him out that day. Took him for walks yesterday and things he would normally pick up he ignored - I think he might have learnt his lesson...

Thanks again for all your advice
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Old 14-04-2009, 16:58
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hi my puppy was sick 3 times on saturday quite a lot i too was worried,but was ok in himself...i worked it out we live at the coast and took cookie for a drive and then a nice walk he then threw up and when we got home he did the same,i called the vet and she said its quite common for pups to be car sick so i put it down to that.next day he was fine.pups do seem to eat a lot of things they pick up on there walks which can make them sick but i think its a part of puppies growing up.hope your pup is ok today.
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Old 14-04-2009, 18:12
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I think that's something that's often not explained especially to first time dog owners is that like humans dogs get tummy bugs, coughs sneezes etc and like humans they usually clear up after a day or so. Its time to worry if it lasts more than a day or if its particularly violent sickness/the other thing.

Also as others have said watch the things your dog gets hold off. Our dog had a terrible time a couple of months back because he got into the shed and ate one of those round fat/seed balls you get for wild birds. His stomach was all swollen and he was leaving blast marks (and I mean blast marks) in the snow. Gruesome.

He's all better now but he was very sheepish for a few days, because they are not stupid (collies especially) and know when they've done something they know they shouldn't have.

We also had a dog when I was a kid who ate a packet of duracell batteries. He was not a happy bunny either, especially with the acid burns in his mouth.
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