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#1 Clementine

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 04:58 AM

Hello,

Sadie has always been an avid eater, racing Maxx to finish her food first. I've been feeding them the same food, EVO, most of their life, but alternating the flavors. I am sure she enjoys the food. The last week, she has not been finishing her breakfast, which is WAY abnormal for her. I see no signs of illness and she still loves to play (but from what I've read, dogs will hide pain to keep their rank in the pecking order and not seem weak for the other dog, unless they are in major yelping pain). I got new treats a few weeks ago but I only give them half of one a day (they are small dogs). I've cleaned her bowl to make sure it didn't smell foul to her. She did have to have her dew claw clipped far down last week, because she tore it and it was dangling, but it's not red. Her teeth and gums seem fine although I noticed a little tarter buildup. Her little nose is moist and cool. The house is cool. Any ideas what could be going on? She still feels warm to the touch, but so does Maxx. I am worried because I leave town tomorrow evening and if she's sick, I need to take care of it now.
Bless her heart. If you have any ideas or maybe this is just what dogs do sometimes.

Thanks,
Jen

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 06:09 AM

Hi Jen,

A couple of things come to mind - first I know you said it was really hot where you live right now, maybe the heat is getting to her? Second - my vet said that her primary way to monitor pain in animals is their eating habits. When they feel really sick or especially when they hurt, they won't eat. I would take her in for a quick check up before you leave. Maybe the claw is still bothering her. Thirdly, you can check a dogs temps by feeling the tip of their ears. Place it between two of your fingers. Try both sides and then check Maxx's and see if they differ.

I think given the circumstances I would get her checked out before you leave. Who's watching them your mom?

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 06:30 AM

Jen:

It could be the heat. Ollie all of a sudden gets diahrrea from the dog food he's been eating since February. If I give him hard boiled eggs and rice, he's fine but when I try the food again, look out :( . I haven't taken him back to the vet because other than that, he's fine and himself.

If Sadie's fine in every other way, I wouldn't worry. Generally I heard it's cats who are ill if they refuse to eat. You could also call the vet and just ask them over the phone or give Sadie a hard boiled egg and see if she gobbles it up.

Let me know how you make out.
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Posted 30 July 2008 - 06:41 AM

Thanks Pammie! I am taking her in in one hour. Her ears do feel warmer than Maxx's. Thank you. I sure hope my baby is ok. Yes, my mom's taking care of them when I am gone.
I'll let you know.
Jen

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 06:50 AM

Hi Clementine,

I agree with Sweet. Take Sadie to the vet to be checked out. If nothing else, it will ease your peace of mind. Hopefully, nothing is wrong.

Take care.
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Posted 30 July 2008 - 08:42 AM

Clementine,

I hope your doggie is ok. Let us know what the vet says.

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 11:39 AM

I'm glad you're taking her in. I wouldn't chance it either if you are going to be away. You never know if they come down with some virus or got into something we don't know. I know our pets mean the world to us and when they're sick it's just like our kids when they were sick. Please let us know what you find out and I hope it's OK.

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 02:20 PM

Thanks everyone.

The vet gave Sadie some antibiotics and pain medication. The vet said she seems to be in pain when she touches her abdomen and back. Not sure what is going on with my little angel.

I think she'll be ok but I really don't like giving her medication... but if it makes her better it's all I can do. I *really* hate leaving her tomorrow, but at least she gets to stay at my house and my mom will care for her. However, if she is worse tomorrow I am postponing the trip. She definitely is the light of my life :( (and Maxx).

Thanks,
Jen

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 03:41 PM

Jen,
Our pets mean the world to us. They are so innocent and give us such joy and are completely dependent on us for their needs. When there is something wrong they cannot just tell us so we can take care of it, we have to try and figure it out. When I see that one of my cats is not acting normally I worry just like I did when it as one o my babies. I completely understand you wanting to postpone your trip out of town. No one could take care of my babies the way I could and no one can take care of my kittens the way I can, because no one knows them the way I do.
When dogs don't eat you know they are not feeling right. I hope the meds do the trick and she is 100% tomorrow and you can leave, if you need to, with a free mind.
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Posted 31 July 2008 - 04:54 AM

Hi Clementine,

Hopefully, it's just a virus and the meds will knock it out.

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 06:39 AM

Thank you everyone! Sadie ate her wet food this morning and enjoyed her pills as a banana sandwich. She LOVES bananas. I am relieved that the pain meds are not making her groggy. I still hate leaving them, sick or not.

I am sitting at my house in severe Raynauds state, ha ha, because I'm trying to keep the house cool enough for the furbabies.

Oh, she just rolled on her side on my foot. Better start rubbing her tummy.

Thanks again!

Jen

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 10:26 AM

Hope all is well Jen. How's the little sweetie today? With you and/or Mom, who could want for more?
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Posted 01 August 2008 - 02:46 AM

We just went through the same thing with out dog, he drives me nuts because he always races to the closet his food is in everytime he hears that door open & he would eat all day long if we let him. He had HORRIBLE breath (forever it seemed) but I decided one day to switch his food brand up a bit, well, he was good with that but a couple MONTHS later, he started turning his nose to it (weird, like with your dog), all else seemed fine.

Then he started getting quiet and clingy so I took him in, SAME THING as your dog, abdominal pain & lower back pain. We did an x-ray & lab work... didn't see anything but liver enzymes were all whacked (which could mean a million things)

He ended up staying at the vet for a few days & was on steroids & anti-biotics, then came home & finished the antibiotics out. He would only eat canned food (& he inhaled it) I gradually worked him back to the hard food. A couple weeks of the hard food & he started turning his nose again

SO... I went back to my original brand & all is well...haha. It took him a couple weeks to get better after he finished anti-biotics, he is now back to irratating me again.

Please keep us posted!