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Old November 7th, 2012, 08:31 AM
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Food troubles, sore nose

Hi everyone,

I'll be calling in the afternoon to get a vet appointment if I don't see any improvement, but I thought maybe someone here might have had a similar experience and have advice.

I woke up this morning to my 9 year old Aussie x pretty much glued to my back. She's generally not much of a snuggler, and it's pretty common for her to demand ample space to stretch out. If I, the human, move too much while trying to fall asleep, it generally results in her leaving the room in a huff, and going to lay down elsewhere.

Anyways, so I get out of bed early, thinking I can avoid the early morning "feed me, feed me now" whining. lol Maggie is the type of dog that will come running at any time for almost any food. Yet instead of coming to vaccumn up her breakfast, she sat at the front door crying to go out. This is not normal behaviour for the kibble monster, but none the less, I start getting ready to go for a walk with her.

First thing I find when running around the appartment, is her big water bowl empty (it was full last night). Then I find the vomit covered dog bed in the livingroom. At this point I'm trying to think of anything she could have gotten into to make her sick. I can't think of a single thing. There's nothing poisonous around here, and she's not one to chew things at this age.

I took her outside, poop looks normal, although a little small. Then I noticed her nose, along the "seam" where it meets the top of her muzzle, is all red and bloody looking. That's the only way I can describe it. It doesn't seem to bother her.

She still won't eat her kibble, although she has no issue with having things like cooked veggies (which I give her as a treat here and there). The only interest she has with her kibble, is to carry it in individual pieces to different locations around the appartment. She's not eating it. I just find it all very odd for her.

Any ideas anyone? Allergies? Just not feeling well (like we gets colds, etc)?
I've read the post about when to take your pet to the vet, but in a circumstance like this, I'm not sure how long is reasonable to wait. This is the first time something like this has happened.

Thanks!
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Old November 7th, 2012, 08:54 AM
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Could she have gotten into mouse or rat poison put out by a neighbor, Kally? The bleeding at the 'seam' bothers me and the intestinal upset would be enough to have me at least talking to a vet.
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Old November 7th, 2012, 09:13 AM
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hazelrunpack, she's actually a leash dog, so where she goes, I go. She does always have her nose on the ground, but I generally watch her so that she doesn't pick anything up. That being said, she was running in my parents backyard on Sunday... I'm not sure if she can get sick a few days later, if she managed to eat something bad there.

It's not that her nose is bleeding, it just looks like she bashed the top really hard making it bleed under the skin type thing. I have no idea what could have caused such a thing out of nowhere.

I'm trying to get through to the vets office now, atleast to see if they think it's necessary to bring her in right away or see if it's okay to wait.
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Old November 7th, 2012, 04:51 PM
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Is this a new bag of dog food you are using? One that was just opened or has she eaten normally from this same one?


Were you able to get her into the vet today? What did they say?
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Old November 7th, 2012, 05:21 PM
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I think that if she'd gotten into warfarin poison at your folks, she'd have shown symptoms sooner, Kally. (Whew)

I have seen a dark discoloration of the skin on the upper snout before--Ridge had a bad case of folliculitis a few years back and that's how it started. But I don't recall that through the whole ordeal she ever lost her appetite or had any digestive difficulties.

Hope you got in touch with the vet and they had some good advice for you! Keep us posted, pls!
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Old November 8th, 2012, 07:31 AM
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Thanks for the replies everyone.

Mags seems better this morning, but still not herself.

I ended up taking her to the vet in the afternoon, after she continued to vomit, and then started falling down here and there. It was really strange because she'd perk back up, then go back to sleep out of nowhere.

The vet thinks it's acute pancreatitis. She was also pretty dehydrated. They were going to keep her for a few days, but she was stable enough by then, and to be honest, with the cost, and some other factors (long story) I felt it was best to bring her home.

She's had bloodwork done, had Sub-Q fluid shots, medication to stop the vomiting, and been put on a low fat wet food, which I was able to start this morning. Poor bugger seems hungry now, but I was told to only give her a small amount every two hours. I'm not crazy about feeding her Science Diet anything.. but for a few days I figure it wont kill her, atleast until I can find a good alternative.

We'll know more when the blood work comes in (checking for both toxicity and factors related to possible health problems).

@Growler, hm, good question. I think she's been on this bag of food for atleast 2 weeks. She normally loves this kibble, but wouldn't even touch it. The little sample food was one that was new, but she wanted to eat it. Unfortunately that didn't stay down either

@hazelrunpack I asked about her nose, and the vet thought that she was just pawing at her nose, and maybe made it sore. He ddn't seem to think much of it. It looks a bit better today, but I have to wonder if it's an allergy thing. Mind you, I wouldn't think food with duck as the protien source would be a common allergen. I noticed that she also has a sore looking ear. I suppose when we go for our follow-up, I'll ask about it again.
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