Sick Golden Retriever - long post, but need advice.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by spudchild, Apr 27, 2008.

  1. spudchild

    spudchild Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    My Golden, Nugget has been sick for almost 3 days, and is getting worse. Yesterday, we took him to our vet on an emergency walk-in appointment. Our regular vet wasn't there, and we had to see another one. $600 later, he's still sick, and getting worse. We have an emergency clinic, but I hate to take him to see another vet that doesn't know him, and have another huge vet bill.

    Here's the scoop: Three days ago he started to get diarrhea. It got worse throughout the day. Friday, he ate breakfast, but the poo problem was horrible all day, he threw up at night. By yesterday morning he had gone 12 hours with no water, and 24 with no food.

    The vet ran a blood panel to test for Pancreatitis--no problems there. She said on of his liver enzyme counts was very high, but not dangerously high. She did not do abdominal x-rays--she felt his abdomen, and said he did not give any signs of pain. She gave him an injection for nausea and inserted sub-cutaneous fluids. She sent us home telling us to keep him on a bland diet for three days--told us to give him a small meal that night, resume normal feeding today.

    Well--last night, it got to be time to give him a few bites of bland food, and he would have nothing to do with it. He started shaking, and then threw up again. We decided the best thing to do was to let him sleep, and not try to push it.

    This morning, we were hoping to see him back to his energetic self, all better. Instead, he was almost comatose on the dining room floor. We had to shake him to wake him up, and DH and I had to pick him up to put him on his feet, he couldn't stand up on his own. DH was able to get him to drink some water, but he absolutely refuses food. He is sleeping on our screened in back porch now. So, as it stands, he will drink, but has not eaten anything for 48 hours.

    What do I do? Should I give him clear pedialyte instead of water? Do I need to take him to the emergency vet? His regular vet will be back tomorrow. I've heard you can give dogs human doses of kaopectate, would this help settle his stomach? Anyone ever tried this? Should I just leave him alone, and be happy that he's drinking water? I'm getting panicked. Nugget is 16, but is usually in amazing health. He is energetic, and still loves to run and play. The only reason I bring his age up, is I know it will make it harder for him to kick whatever it is that is the problem.

    We can't figure out what made him sick either. DH said he fed him from a can that was dented (we feed him only high end organic human grade foods), and a week ago Saturday I put on his flea and tick treatment. I used a different brand this time. I usually use Frontline, but I went with one called Cutter this time.
  2. Ga Chicken Mom

    Ga Chicken Mom Songster

    Jul 24, 2007
    Poor Nugget. I would try to get him to drink low sodium chicken broth or some home made chicken broth without salt in it. Did you try scrambled egg? If he still has diarrhea, Imodium can be used for dogs - a Golden can have 1 tab - but I don't know if that is a good idea since you don't know what's wrong with him. I think he should have an xray. Hopefully Nugget will make it until tomorrow to see your regular vet. Please keep us updated.
  3. farmgirlie1031

    farmgirlie1031 Songster

    Apr 26, 2008
    I don't know it might have been the flea treatment. It could be something else. You may try to wash off the flea treatment and see if that helps. Then try feeding him rice and see if it can eat that and keep it down. If it gets too bad go back to the vet or at least call the vet and say what is going on.

    Our Golden got real sick once and we linked it back to the bad pet food during the taited food thing.

    But, I had a cat I put a flea treatment for cats on and she got like that where she was so sick and could not hold food down. She was shaking real bad too. We gave her a bath and she seemed to get lots better. So we linked it to the flea treatment. I'm just thinking that could be it since you used a different flea treatment this time. The cat and never reacted to flea treatment before until we used a store bought instead of vet supplied brand of flea treatment.
  4. mmajw

    mmajw Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    Try to get light things into him or maybe liquids hopefully not a blockage.

  5. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    imho, since he was so bad this morning, I would definately take him to the emergency clinic and demand X-rays. It sounds to me like he could have a blockage. But I would do it now because his rate of decline shows that he might not make it till tomorrow. And, even healthy dogs at his age can have an organ suddenly just shut down. I don't know what it is called, maybe a CBC, but there is a blood test that will show the health of his organs so I would ask for it, too. Please don't make him wait.....
  6. love-my-wolves

    love-my-wolves Songster

    Mar 14, 2008
    Front Royal, VA
    I totally agree with BeckyLa, I have worked in the vet field for 5 years, and this is highly suspect behavior. The flea meds could be doing it, be sure to mention it. But what is worse is not holding down food of any kind. That is not good. Kaopectate can be used, but is typically good for vomiting and diarhea. With that much vomiting, his body will begin shutting down worse due to lack of fluids. He needs IV fluids now! Please, take him ASAP, his age alone will not matter, but timing will. I agree he should also be x-rayed, but the fluids is the most important thing right now, that is why he isn't able to stand, and sleeps/rests so much. Good luck, and keep us posted. Steph
  7. s6bee

    s6bee Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    Western, NY
    I would take him in. Get the x-ray. He could have a blockage. It won't be cheap but if you feel he has time left despite his age, you may want to try. If you decide not to. Try cooking him up some rice and cooked chicken. Try that, just small amounts. Cook it in chicken broth instead of just water. I hope he's ok, but something just sounds off not age related.

    Good luck and keep us posted.
  8. spudchild

    spudchild Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    Thanks for all of the advice. I am calling the emergency vet to see if they tell me to bring him in. We are so worried about him right now.
  9. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    you said you fed him people food...was he able to get into some chocolate...or did you feed him any onions by chance? Or could he have any eaten a poisonous plant?

    I does sound like some sort of blockage for sure or something he got into and ingested. I would agree with the others. Bring him in right away and ask for xrays. I sure hope he's ok! Good luck!
  10. mmajw

    mmajw Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    Please keep us posted on how his visit goes we are worried too. [​IMG]

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