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      Unhappy Oh....here we go....Mojo for Danny, please

      My little man started minor vomiting yesterday afternoon after being given a small Old Mother Hubbard biscuit (their normal 4:00 treat to tide them over till dinner at 6:00). He'd been "off" all day and had refused his Denamarin around 3:00. He loves his Denamarin.

      Two biscuit puddles and then a foam puddle.

      I didn't try giving him dinner but he did come into the kitchen.

      This morning? Didn't even want to come into the kitchen....when coaxed, he refused food/cookies. Wasn't drinking any water.

      Refused the second breakfast meal/cookies....did agree to lick a little sardine oil off my fingers but refused to eat even the smallest piece.

      His poops yesterday (2) were normal, as was one this morning. Later in the morning he had something that was 90% liquid per Bob. And gas. Oh, the gas...

      At first, I thought it was the taurine I started them on early last month (to go along with their grain-free kibble)...he's gurgled ever since I started it be that was the extent of the change. I think. Come to find out (yesterday), taurine can cause intestinal upset and gas. (According to one review I read, the gas is the worst the reviewer had ever experienced/smelled...yep....that would account for Dan's discomfort and our toxic house air.)

      So I'm thinking taurine. Until the diarrhea and the fact that Dan can't seem to get comfortable lying down. Then I remembered they had lamb ears last Saturday morning. Hmmm....those things are digestible and not greasy...but could he have an obstruction? Oh, crap.

      The one thing I'm avoiding dwelling on is his elevated (over 6 years time now) ALT levels. Ultrasound clear. No symptoms until maybe yesterday.

      This is a dog that is seriously sensitive and scared of anything that "affects" him. Leash touches his leg on a walk, I get the stink-eye. Sunnie's leash ends up under his tail? He comes to a full stop. Full stop, also, if he steps on anything. Yelps during play sometimes if he hits Sunnie or vice versa...not even hard. I can't imagine Dan in recovery from even a biopsy surgery much less...gasp....surgery for an obstruction.

      His appointment with a non-regular vet at our clinic...ours is booked...is at 2:00. We leave in 1/2 hour. Bob better be able to pick him up without scrunching him and hurting him (hard to do with Bob's gut)...I can't pick him up anymore. Sheesh....the pup's only 37 lbs....stupid back.

      Please, please, please....just enough mojo to not need some kind of surgery. Antibiotics would be lovely (yikes...not metronidazole...never again metronidazole for this dog). If they think liver, I'm now ready to contemplate steroids. Anything but surgery.

      I'll let you know what the vet says. I wish our regular vet was available...the one we're seeing is probably fine but young (i.e., not as much experience) and sounds tentative/speaks in questions (you know what I mean). If you're the one in charge and telling me facts, please don't sound like you're asking my permission to be talking. That doesn't inspire confidence one bit.
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      Arms loads of MOJO and a little prayer for Danny. Hope the problem is easily resolved!!!!!!!!!
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      Oh no! Sending a boatload of mojo for little Dan the Man that whatever it is passes quickly and uneventfully!

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      Only good thoughts for Danny...I know how upsetting this is..hope it's nothing serious.
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      Finger crossed it's nothing serious.

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      Sending lots of good thoughts your way!
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      Thank you all! So far, the mojo is working. The x-rays look to the vet to be uneventful (radiologist will also look at). We were sent home with some Cerenia for nausea (he got a shot at the vet's office as well as some sub-Q fluids) and two bags of the kind of treat he so willingly ate at the office. (Just like the car that stops making a noise when you go to the mechanic, eh? Actually, he was subdued at the vet, too, but those hypoallergenic prescription cookies apparently cannot be resisted. So far, they've stayed down.)

      The vet agreed that it was probably the taurine...or perhaps the taurine irritating things and then the lamb ear being uncharacteristically irritating, too, because of that.

      So. I'd already tossed the taurine and got some sardines instead. We'll go back to the lamb ears in a couple of weeks. (assuming that this clears up now)

      He can have a small meal tonight if he wants it (if the Cerenia works, I guess). The vet said to not worry about switching to a bland diet; given Dan's history of weirdness, he will probably do better if his normal diet is just left alone at this point (minus the taurine/lamb ears, of course). I'll eliminate his normal other supplements tonight/tomorrow morning (cosequin/vit c/fish oil).

      It might be my imagination (wishful thinking), but the little bugger seems to be a bit perkier now.

      Mojo works!!!

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      [QUOTE=SunDance;175832]Thank you all! So far, the mojo is working. The x-rays look to the vet to be uneventful (radiologist will also look at). We were sent home with some Cerenia for nausea (he got a shot at the vet's office as well as some sub-Q fluids) and two bags of the kind of treat he so willingly ate at the office. (Just like the car that stops making a noise when you go to the mechanic, eh? Actually, he was subdued at the vet, too, but those hypoallergenic prescription cookies apparently cannot be resisted. So far, they've stayed down.)

      The vet agreed that it was probably the taurine...or perhaps the taurine irritating things and then the lamb ear being uncharacteristically irritating, too, because of that.

      So. I'd already tossed the taurine and got some sardines instead. We'll go back to the lamb ears in a couple of weeks. (assuming that this clears up now)

      He can have a small meal tonight if he wants it (if the Cerenia works, I guess). The vet said to not worry about switching to a bland diet; given Dan's history of weirdness, he will probably do better if his normal diet is just left alone at this point (minus the taurine/lamb ears, of course). I'll eliminate his normal other supplements tonight/tomorrow morning (cosequin/vit c/fish oil).

      It might be my imagination (wishful thinking), but the little bugger seems to be a bit perkier now.

      Mojo works!!!

      When the MOJO comes from our hearts, it always works.

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      Interesting about the taurine. I've read some of the info on the Facebook page for Taurine-Deficient Dilated Cardiomyopathy and I hadn't seen anyone mention that their dogs were having difficulty with the supplement. But I haven't ready everything and I know Danny is more sensitive than many others in the GI department. I think a number of foods have added taurine or its precursors, especially some of the grain-free foods.

      I'm glad Danny seems improved. You're right about these silly dogs not showing the same symptoms to the vet that you've been stressing over at home. Bring on the treats!

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      Glad he's feeling better. Is he on a lamb based kibble that is grain free? Is that why the added taurine? Just curious. Niner is on a grain free (though no peas) and fish based so I was just wondering.

      Hope he continues to improve.

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