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Old 01-11-2008, 06:56 PM   #1
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hi incase some of yous dont alreay know..
i have a 5 1/2 month old rednose pitbull. he is about 45-50 pounds and built like a horse..

about 1 week ago he got into the garbage in the kitchen as i forgot to put it outsiide..

not sure what he ate besides my wifes leftovers but he threw up twice that next day and was fine after that but he went from eating 3 fups of food a day to only 2 if that..

he eats 2 cups a day for the last week instaed of his usal 3. and today he threw up his food again and a whole lot of mucus..

now i called the vet and they said to bring him in but its $85 just to see him because its the weekond and its afyter hours..

now he threw up 3 times in 9 days and went from 3 cups of food a day to 2 cups only.. the third cup will sit there untill the next day..

do i need to spend $85 to bring him to the vet.....
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Old 01-11-2008, 07:12 PM   #2
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i also just niticed his lips are kinda redish and look a lil erriatated and like raw skin.....?
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i hope he didnt eat any bones that were in there. they can cause a lot of problems for some dogs. i would get that dog to the vet myself. vet bills suck , but your dogs health is worth it !
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Been in that situation(take them in or not). We always end up taking them in and getting it straightened out. The last dog bill was $600 though... I still recommend taking them in if you are as attached to them as we are.
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thats all i needed to hear.. ill call and see whens the next available after hours appointment.. thanks.. will let yous know whats going on..
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It'* possible it swallowed something like a plastic bag that is blocking him up. I'd take him in.
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o.k i just called my personal vet and they were closed so i called a local 24/7 emergencey vet ($158 first time fee ) and they described something and told me it was called "parva" or something like that.. and they said it could kill him if not treated enough and vigoriously..

or they said it could be just an upset stomach.

they said i can bring him in at anytime for a

first time fee of $158 +
$47 for each test starting with a "parva test" and others if the first is negative.. plus
$$$$???? for what ever the treatment and medicine will cost..

i dont want to loose my best friend

so its time for me too go broke again....
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Canine parvovirus is most likely what they are talking about.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parvovirus

From the wiki site...
Canine parvovirus is a particularly deadly disease among young puppies, causing gastrointestinal tract damage and dehydration as well as a cardiac syndrome in very young pups. It is spread by contact with an infected dog'* feces. Symptoms include lethargy, severe diarrhea, fever, vomiting, loss of appetite, and dehydration.

The most accurate diagnosis of parvovirus is by ELISA. Dogs and cats can be vaccinated against parvovirus.
end wiki...

ELISA is the test that they would run (Enzyme Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay). Treatment is pretty much supportive with IV fluids, anti-nausea meds, and keeping them warm.
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My dog recently got acorn poisoning from eating too many toxic acorns. Sounds crazy but it was really serious. He slowly got worse until one day he got really bad. He wouldn't eat(very uncommon as he has an overeating disorder, pika(sp?)) and he threw up often. We took him in and he was near death(looked it too). He was very dehydrated. $600 he is better and everyone is happy. Now we have to figure out how to keep the acorns cleaned up from a giant oak tree...
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Do you have a humane society anywhere near by??? They take of your dog for next to nothing.
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