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Has she been getting any medication? Any change in her diet?
No, Friday she was sick but afterwards was her usual self running around and barking, so we thought it was something she has eaten outside, yesterday she fine but today is listless, sick and had difficulty passing her waste, both had blood in them. Poppy has also been trembling. Mum has kept her warm with a blanket. Two or three months ago we had to remove a tick which was on her back.
Has she been vaccinated for diseases like distemper and parvo?
Poppy has all her jabs but was due for a booster in 2 weeks time
Could she have gotten into the trash?
Yes! I has left a bag outside to put in the bin and found her snuffling inside it - the bags was ripped open and contents exposed. I got her inside and cleared it up straight away.
Oh dear! I'm concerned about two different conditions now, a foreign body ingestion or pancreatitis.
Has she been able to hold down any water? How long ago was her last vomit?
What is pancreatitis? What sort of foreign body? No she won't drink water not even from our hand. I'm not sure when the last vomit was, she's at my mum's house now. Is she going to be alright?
The pancreas in a small organ in the abdomen that makes all of the digestive enzymes. They are transported from the pancreas into the intestines where they become active. Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas which causes those enzymes to be released in the the surrounding tissues where they become active. That means they digest and damage those tissues. This can cause vomiting and pain.
If you have an emergency vet in the area, I do suggest taking her before tomorrow if you can.
I would start with a physical exam, blood work, and x-ray of her belly.
Okay thank you
Then you can offer her a small amount of boiled white rice and white chicken. If she can hold that down for 12 hours, you can increase the amount to her normal meal size. Continue the boiled food for the next several days, and then slowly transition her onto her regular food.
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