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Old July 30th, 2010, 09:05 AM
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15 year old lab with problems

About 6 months ago I got this 15 year old lab from a fellow who was leaving the country, although he had arthritis he has been an active and loving member of the family. Yesterday about 3:00 P.M. he was acting strangely as exhibited by him backing up rather than moving forward. I put him outside where he woofed up breakfast and continued over the course of the afternoon to intermittently eat grass and vomit, about 3 or 4 times and just laid down in the grass. I brought him in (usually he wants to be in the house but yesterday he had to be coaxed) about 8:00 P.M. and he bedded down for the night. He woke me at 3:00 A.M. and wanted to go out, where he vomited again (not much there to vomit since he is off his feed). He came in this morning about 6:00 and is lethargic and just won't eat anything; tried him on cheerios and milk, no dice; boiled egg, same thing. Other than that he seems well and wags his tail when you pat him. Any idea what's happening here, before I take him to the vet?
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Old July 30th, 2010, 09:09 AM
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15 year old lab with problems

Forgot to relate this: I contacted his long-time owner in the Ukraine and he said that Gunner has exhibited these symptoms before in hot weather, which we have been experiencing for several days. That's why I am waiting to see what develops before I take him to the vet...
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Old July 30th, 2010, 09:29 AM
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He needs to go to the Vet right away. It could be any number of things. Dogs tend not to show pain, especially Labs which would be pretty useless as hunting dogs if they whimped out at every little thing.

Because of the eating issue I am thinking blockage. Has he pooped?

When my Lab girl had an acute episode of invertebral disk disease and significant spinal stenosis one of the first things we noticed was she would only walk backwards.

In my experience a Lab that won't eat is feeling mighty bad. Dumb dogs, they wag their tails regardless. I wouldn't put too much stock in the tail.

How wonderful of you to take in a dog at his age. Old dogs are special. Sounds like you are too.
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Old July 30th, 2010, 09:43 AM
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Gotta love the wife

I took this guy in without asking the wife and we have an 11 year old lab. I figured we may have a chance at doggie heaven... Thanks for your response
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Old July 30th, 2010, 01:17 PM
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You rock for taking him in. I would definitely see the vet he may have eaten something outside. Dogs tend to eat grass when there tummies are upset.
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Old July 30th, 2010, 11:33 PM
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I would agree also that he should be seen by a vet just to be on the safe side. My dogs are (one is a lab) are more lethargic in the heat also, but it takes an awful lot to put a lab off their food! Good question about the poop - is there any?? Thank you again for taking in this senior. Good luck.
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