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sick Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever

July 14th, 2007, 04:14 PM
My daughter's one year old retriver first got sick last night and has vomited or had diarrhea several times during the past 24 hours. A normally active dog, the dog is now lethargic. They've taken him to their local vet who upon examination of the dog notcied that its abdomen was hard. An X-ray showed a black mass in the intestines, which the vert explained as being caused by one of two things: the dog has injested something that has become stuck in the intestines or the intenstine has buckled. Either way the vet has indicated the dog is in serious condition and may need surgery. Is this a common problem with tollers and can a dog survive such a problem?

July 14th, 2007, 04:40 PM
I can't tell you whether it's a common problem with Tollers. Injestion of a large foreign object can happen to any dog. Bloat (torsion) and intussception (telescopting of intestine into itself) can also happen to any dog but bloat is more typical of deep-chested dogs. Surgery is necessary in all instances and is immediately ncessary. Good luck and keep us posted.:fingerscr