My 6 year old beagle/ terrier mix ( we think..shelter pup), had a bout with hemorrhagic gastroenteritis two 1/2 years ago. He was treated with several meds , including an antibiotic..and after the meds and a chicken/ rice diet fully recovered. at that time, he was put on z/d…( another dog in the household had been on this and my vet said that this would be easy on his tummy, and he has been great for the past few years) Well now, 2 1/2 years later, we had episodes of vomiting. ( this giy eats so much junk in our yard..rabbit poo for on..as Im right there with him..he finds it..hes tiny and low to the ground and finds whatever..before I can grab him) Began the chicken rice diet..was fine then began to Vomit again when I tried to slowly introduce the z/d back. Back to vets and gave 4 meds ( no antibiotic) , then did ultrasound, x- rays And bloodwork. It showed minor thickening of the gastric wall, which he had 2 1/2 years ago , because of the gastritis. My vet recommended a specialist because the vomiting came and went for a few weeks. Well, I couldnt get an spot for a few weeks, and since then he is thriving on boiled chicken and rice…Im slowly adding pumpkin, then I tried sweet potato..next possibly carrot or green beans…hes been great! Regular bowel movements… I gave him two kibble pieces of the z/d to try…BOOM! Throws up… Specialist wants to do an endoscope. At the cost of $3200….ill pay anything for my dog, but just wondering if any of you have experienced this..and maybe something I can try before I go down that road…my little guy is an absolute nervous wreck of a dog! Also, this specialist wants to do a bone marrow biopsy because his red blood counts were slightly elevated….I told the specialist that the blood sample was taken a month earlier at a time he was ill and vomiting, probably dehydrated…which would cause elevation. Insisting no…He needed this painful procedure!..$ perhaps!? Im trying to get my vet— who has been a horrible disappointment…no guidance….to repeat the test. So, any suggestions…im seriously thinking of changing vets and specialist, and starting from scratch…..my gut just does not feel comfortable with everything being suggested at this point.Patricia AMember
Mary when i read your post this part really stuck out for me. .(. Well now, 2 1/2 years later, we had episodes of vomiting. ( this giy eats so much junk in our yard..rabbit poo for on..as Im right there with him..he finds it..hes tiny and low to the ground and finds whatever..before I can grab him).
It sounds too easy, but is it possible that his foraging habits are at least contributing to his gastro distress ? My one will eat anything off the ground in the backyard. Whether from birds dropping food, found her scraping up kibble that I imagine a squirrel got and buried from strays being fed outside etc. Got her out of the habit of eating her own pooh. These habits would always cause vomiting and diarrhea. I keep a close eye on her in our backyard now.
Maybe a walk instead of letting giving her even a chance to eat from the ground. See if that makes any difference in her gastro distress.
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