I have a 55 pound huskey/lab/heeler. She is about 13. Three weeks ago my husband and I made a big move to Thailand. Obviously we brought our girl (Moonlight) with us. When we got here she was fine, just a bit frazzled from such a long journey. She had been behaving normally until about 6 days ago when she began vomiting quite a bit. We waited a few hours to see if it would subside, and it did not, so we decided to take her to the vet. The vet ran blood work, and said while her liver count was elevated, it was still within the normal range and all of her other organs, as well as red and white blood cell count were good. The vet said most likely she licked a puddle, some dirty water, or something and had a bacterial infection. She prescribed a 5 day course of antibiotics which ends today, and some anti nausea pills. The nausea pills were helpful, but we haven't used them in a couple of days, because she displays no signs of nausea. However her appetite has been finicky. This is not at all like Moonlight. She is a voracious eater, she will eat anything and go through great lengths for food. We even had to buy a child lock for our fridge because she can open it and go on a raid. Food normally can not be left out or unattended because she will claim it. She has been eating, but not with enthusiasm, and today for the first time she is outright refusing to eat. I know anti-biotics have side effect, age causes behavior changes, and so on. I just want to know if anyone can offer some advice, experience, or knowledge. She will be going back to the vet within the next two days, I just want to know if anyone else has experienced something like this with their dog.
I can't believe I forgot to add the perhaps the most important thing. Aside from her finicky appetite she is acting 100% normal. We played fetch for an hour yesterday and she still is walking around wagging her tail and smiling being her normal self.
Not sure how the Vet care is there but glad blood work was done. Dud the Vet check stool samples for parasites, Giardia? Sometimes it tajes more than one sample to catch that.
Have you changed food? Have you maybe checked expiration dates?
Any plants or pesticides around she may have gotten into?
The vets here are very good, I was surprised. Lucky for us we moved to a part of Thailand that LOVES dogs. There are dogs all over the streets but they are cared for and fed and have their own little hangouts. The temples are a big reason for the high dog population, but also there is a no kill policy here...they won't even euthanize the sick, but that's their belief. Any way no, she did not check stool, that is something I will have to bring to her on Monday. Thank you for that suggestion!
I changed her food immediately after she was sick, because I had heard about some of the bad batches coming out of Asia (mostly china) and switched to Pedigree that was made in Australia. She wouldn't touch it. So we bought a couple pouches of wet food from a convenience store across the street, and she devoured it. So we bough a 12 pack box of Pedigree wet foot with gravy last night, and she wouldn't touch that this morning when I gave it for breakfast. And then I tried some tex mex rice I made (normally she loved stir fried rice), but she wouldn't eat that either. We will buy more of the wet food she had first and see if that might work.
Our yard is pretty clean and there are no harmful plants that I could identify. I have been watering the plants, but not used any chemicals of any sort.
Good news. After spending all day yesterday online doing massive research. I came to the pretty sure conclusion that Moonlight had an intestinal obstruction (she has been known to eat ANYTHING). About 3 hours after I came to this conclusion she proved me right.I had to help her pass a hefty bit of cloth of some sort, but within an hour her appetite was back. Today she is 100% acting like herself. I am still keeping my Monday appt and lining up some X-rays to make sure she got it all out.
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