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My dog is wasting away before my eyes...

wickett
July 5th, 2005, 10:44 PM
My dog is eating dirt, rocks, wood, etc. I feed him but it's like he's starving. He throws up everyday. He was throwing up bile for a couple YEARS every morning, now it's like dirt. I've been taking him to the vet for the last three years for being sick, but in the last year he has lost 25 to 30lbs. (he'a a retriever) I love him so much and I don't know what to do. The vet and has run many tests, but can't figure out what's wrong with him. His spirit seems pretty good, but he's getting weaker and weaker. I don't know what to do...

Karin
July 6th, 2005, 05:10 AM
My dog is eating dirt, rocks, wood, etc. I feed him but it's like he's starving. He throws up everyday. He was throwing up bile for a couple YEARS every morning, now it's like dirt. I've been taking him to the vet for the last three years for being sick, but in the last year he has lost 25 to 30lbs. (he'a a retriever) I love him so much and I don't know what to do. The vet and has run many tests, but can't figure out what's wrong with him. His spirit seems pretty good, but he's getting weaker and weaker. I don't know what to do...

After the first month with your vet and no answers I would've found a vet that did more than just scratched his head in dismay....actually it would have taken me less time.

Btw, why are you letting a sick dog eat dirt, rocks & wood? Is he not kept inside your cozy home?

coppperbelle
July 6th, 2005, 07:20 AM
First and foremost you need to find a vet that will do tests to determine the cause of the problem. This is not normal. Perhaps there is a veterinary hospital in your area that you could bring him to. Where do you live?

How old is your dog? What kind of retriever? What do you feed him?

Angeleyes1437
July 6th, 2005, 07:43 AM
For health reasons, dirt eating may be a sign of a vitamin or mineral deficiency. Blood tests should indicate this (did you have this done?). Perhaps it has now simply developed as a compulsive behavior. Bored or high-energy-high-drive animals frequently develop compulsive behaviors. Maybe giving the dogs a big kong stuffed with peanut butter, or one of those new cubes that you stuff with cookies or kibble, etc. will help redirect his weird snacking habits.

nymph
July 6th, 2005, 10:23 AM
Have you tested him for allergies? 2 of my friends' dogs suffer food allergies, their symptoms were a lot like what you just described. One dog (a lab/hound cross) was almost PTS due to constant vomitting, it took my friend thousands of dollars to find the solution. Both are on a vegetarian diet now.

Angeleyes1437
July 6th, 2005, 10:27 AM
That is true. Actually Maximus has the opposite problem. His food had too much vegetable and fruit ingredients (Wellness). I switched him to Solid Gold and he is doing great now ::knock on wood::

It could be a simple change of diet.

Prin
July 6th, 2005, 02:16 PM
Could be a food allergy/intolerance. I'm puzzled as to why you kept seeing this vet... No good vet would let a dog suffer so long without getting more aggressive with suggestions..

Allergy test, blood work up, did he do anything? Suggest you change the food maybe? Anything?

SnowDancer
July 6th, 2005, 06:34 PM
Time to get a new vet and/or see a specialist. Your profile does not indicate where you live. If it is Ontario, then Guelph Small Animal Clinic would be the place to go, with a referral. Great vets. Re the eating of dirt and stones, my Eskimo is a Hoover and loves to landscape. He is never off leash though so I am constantly stopping him from picking up things or pulling them from his mouth with my rubber gloved hands (loves used Kleenex).

MollysMommy
July 13th, 2005, 06:21 PM
He throws up everyday. He was throwing up bile for a couple YEARS every morning

My puppy did this too. Although I'm not sure if it can be of any help, but try to feed him immediately when he gets up in the morning. I was panicking because she was throwing up bile EVERY morning. The vet thought it was some virus. Then I read on this website and another one that mentioned that it could be some kind of acid reflux and that feeding right after waking would prevent the barfing. I feed her every morning right when she wakes up, and if she gets me out of bed too early in the morning, I give her a treat so she has something in her stomach. Also, try feeding him something that is easy on his stomach until you can find a new vet. Like cooked rice and meat. Search on this website for "bland" diets. Please let me know if your dog gets better! :(

vcheng79
July 16th, 2005, 11:35 AM
I think a new vet is needed. Find one who is willing to do blood test on your dog. It may be as simple as allergies but it could be something more series. 25 to 30 lbs is pretty series. Find a new vet!!!