Stacey's Persistent Vomiting

When your dog throws up once, you may or may not need to be concerned depending on how your dog is feeling. If it keeps happening, you need to take action.

Dog Conditions - Real-Life Stories: Stacey's Persistent Vomiting

Goldens are known for their hearty appetite. As a breed, they are predisposed to serious health issues, but a weak stomach isn't one of them.

Stacey started regularly puking to two times a day.

Consistent vomiting like that signals a problem. Stacey's mom took her to a vet. They checked Stacey's blood but saw nothing alarming other than elevated white blood cells.

What does that mean? Many things, including inflammation, infection, tissue destruction, even some cancers can cause high white blood cell count. Infections are usually the first suspect to consider.

However, Stacey's elevation was minimal, and with everything else looking normal, her vomiting was chalked up to upset stomach.

For two days, Stacey's vomiting stopped.

Stacey stopped throwing up, but she also stopped eating. Then, she vomited again, this time with some blood and her stool looked black and tarry.

Stacey also looked very ill and moved slowly and with difficulty.

This landed Stacey at an emergency clinic.

They kept her overnight for monitoring, IV fluids and diagnostics. Along with the obvious signs, Stacey was also running a high fever. Preliminary ideas included an obstruction, ulcer, or a tumor.

X-rays didn't reveal any obstruction, and as Stacey stabilized, she was able to go home with several meds--antibiotics, and meds for a stomach ulcer.

Stacey was very thirsty but still not interested in eating. She did not vomit, but her stools were still black and now loose.

Stacey ended up at an emergency clinic again.

This time she received a new diagnosis--pancreatitis. Stacey got a new treatment, and hopefully, she'll now be able to recover.

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