On Friday last week we noticed our 11 yr old schnauzer acting odd. He was grunting, turning in circles, did not want to be picked up or even petted. He appeared to be in pain. We took him to the vet who said he had somehow injured his back and had swollen discs. Perhaps by jumping on or off furniture or rough housing with our other dogs.She prescribed prednisone and a 1/2 a pill of pepcid ac daily. He started the medicine and after a few days seemed to be doing better. Then on Wednesday he began vomiting everything he ate. I thought perhaps it was the medicine and since his back seemed better-he was jumping up on the furniture again, walking normally, okay with handling, I stopped giving him the medicine. Thursday he started vomiting blood. He was still eating last night, but this moring will not eat or drink. He just lays in the floor or on his blankie and won't move. He is on his way to the vet now.
OMG, that is so sad... I am sorry. Prescription drugs are the WORST! (For dogs AND humans alike.)
I know he's better now, but I wanted to share -- in case he ever refuses to eat again, or is just "acting old":
I have learned that when my own dog acts depressed, sad, or "old", if I spoil her with some human-grade food for dogs (that is, cook her some homemade chicken/veggie stew, or lamb/veggie stew) she gets ALL HAPPY and eats it all up! My dog is very old, and rarely gets excited about things anymore. BUT whenever I make her chicken/veggie stew or lamb/veggie stew, she goes CRAZY -- her ears perk up, and she starts running around and acting like a puppy! It's the cutest thing ever. Just seeing her reaction is sooo worth the time it takes to make the stew, and I try to make it for her at least 50% of the time. The rest of the time, I spoil her with a holistic canned food that she loves. (She used to only eat dry food, but she started refusing to eat it about a year ago.)
Best wishes for your doggy!
Oh, I am sorry. Good luck, I hope they check him out better. Maybe his pancreas? Maybe it is the meds. I took that stuff, it made me sick. It took longer then just stopping to have it go away all the way. I am hoping for good news for you.
i hope things turn out well for you,i know how much we love our pets because they become more and more like family to us.be strong for your pet because they can sense our fears....be well
I'm sorry!! whatever the vet says don't put him to sleep before getting another vet to see him
I second the second opinion thing!!!!! Again, I hope it all turns out well.
I'm with rednck and loveofnight and tantrum.
So sorry to hear about this! Hope he recovers very soon.
Oh, NOOOO! I'm so sorry, let us know what the vet says. I really feel for you as the mom of 2 dogs who are my babies. It's a strange set of symptoms, huh? Fill us in when you get back. You're in my thoughts.
I hope he is Okay
Make sure that Vet warms the thermometer first tho!
rsmallory, any word on your dog? Let us know if you get a chance. I'm thinking about you.
Poor thing - I will be thinking about him and hoping for a quick recovery.
Good for you for writing about your concerns here on the forums.
I had many problems with my old dog, and I put my concerns out here in the forums. Hubbers were very helpful, with their good wishes and good advice. Later, when my crisis was over, some Hubbers wrote me for my advice about things they were experiencing with their dogs which were similar to what I experienced.
You have a lot of support here. And you will have a lot to give back. Let us know what you find out and how things go with your beloved doggie.
I have a little schnauzer myself. I am sorry to hear of your dog's health problems. Please post again and let us know how your dog is doing. I'll hope for the best.
Update on my dog: He saw the vet and it was a reaction to the prednisone steroid that messed up his digestive tract. We have some different meds and softer food and we'll see how it goes over the weekend. $163 bucks later-but worth every penny!!!
Thanks to everyone who posted here-your thoughts, advice and prayers were warmly accepted and appreciated more than you could know.
http://hubpages.com/hub/Life-With-My-Mi … Schnauzers
want to know more about my dogs? Check out my hub above and see a picture of Ceasar who you were all so very nice to be concerned with all day. Thanks again.
awesome I am so glad to hear the update!
Hope he gets better now poor guy
I am glad to hear the pooch is well.
Sometimes when a dog acts the way yours did they have a bone stuck in the anal passage,that is why you do not give dogs bones to eat especially chicken and pork..
Ceasar did well all weekend and seems completely back to normal now. Thanks to everyone who commented and offered advice and prayer.
happy news, so nice to hear. we love our pets so much. your little Caesar reminds me of my dog, Belle, who lived a long life of 14 years.
they understand us better than any human.
My dog died last year, I love her I did was hard to see her sick but she needed to be put out of her misery. Best dog ever she was!
I'm really happy to hear that, give your dog a big hug for me!!
What a blessing that your little one is doing better. That Prednisone must make them wig out. My 11 yo Malamute type guy was given that. Boy did it make him strange, almost psychotic, until I finally cut the tabs in two and gave 1/2 every other day.
Thanks for sharing your story. I'm a huge dog fan. Had four, then three, lost my 14 yo in July and still not over it. Down to 2 now. The place seems empty.
See you in the hubs. Dogs rule!
Oh wow I got on this one late but am so glad I got to read a happy ending where your dog is doing all right.
I'm glad to hear that. jeez sounds like you guys got hit by a lot, swine flu, colds now, and a sick pup who is now recovering. you all need a vacation!
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