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|Fri, 07-16-2010 - 8:47am|
Since you seem to have made something of a career of animal rescue, I'm sure you've done more "nursing them back to health" than most...
On Wednesday evening, I came home to a REAL mess, it was totally disgusting! Missy had vomited and had diarrhea all over the house! :( (I don't crate her during the day anymore, because normally there is no need to - she doesn't have accidents, and she doesn't get into things) Normally, Missy and Ace (S's 83 lb lab mix)excitedly greet me at the door, but Wednesday it was just Ace at the door while Missy laid under the dining room table looking at me. I start cleaning the mess, and she starts having dry heaves that won't stop, so I call the vet. We get there, and my baby girl who weighed 31.4 at her visit last week now weighs 29.6... doesn't sound like a lot of weight to drop, but at her size that 1 1/2 lb is a fair percentage of her original weight. He tells me she probably ate something that made her sick and gave her a shot to stop the vomiting, tells me to rest her stomach, only offer small amounts of water and no food for several hours, and gave me "sensitive stomach" food. She really only nibbled at the food when I offered it, and only takes a few laps of water at a time.
Yesterday morning, I wake up to Ace having zero energy, and several piles of vomit at the back door - way too big to be compliments of Missy. So I take his food and water away, basically giving him the same treatment as Missy. By last night Missy is back to her usual activity level, but still not eating. Ace was still really inactive, just drinking a few laps of water, and turning his nose up at the special food.
This morning, both are at about their usual activity level, but both are still turning their noses away from the sensitive stomach food (a canned food) as well as the few bits of their usual food that I offered them. They are drinking a little better though. My vet is out of town, so he's unavailable to me, and he's the only one within 30 miles who specializes in dogs or cats... the rest in our area do cattle, horses, pigs, etc., and only see dogs for the farmers who are cattle clients.
Do you have any idea how to get these dogs eating again? Preferably something that's not going to end up on my floor! It's been 2 days since Missy ate much of anything and probably a day and a half since Ace ate - she last ate Tuesday night, Ace last ate on Wednesday night. As I said, their activity level isn't much off this morning, but I'm starting to get worried.
Rose, Furmom to