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, though, you need to take action.
Goldens are known for their hearty appetite. They are predisposed to serious health issues as a breed, but a weak stomach isn’t one of them.
Stacey started regularly puking 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 except elevated white blood cells.
What does that mean? Many things can cause a high white blood cell count.
- 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 her vomiting was chalked up to an upset stomach, with everything else looking normal.
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 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. Finally Stacey got the treatment to address her real problem.
Pancreatitis in Dogs