Some quick advice please?

(17 Posts)
Yogagirl17 Wed 02-Jan-13 13:16:41

Hi, sorry I don't normally post in this topic so will be very grateful for any replies.

I have a 14 year old lab/collie x. He seemed fine yesterday morning - ate breakfast and had a good walk. But by last night he wouldn't touch his dinner, hasn't eaten at all today. Drank a little but not much. Took him out for a very short walk and he peed & pooed (sorry, but seems relevant) but still won't touch any food and just wants to stay in his bed - he's clearly not happy. sad

So here's my question. Vet is still shut til tomorrow. I don't know whether to try and tempt him with some chicken & rice (or scrambled egg - is that ok for dogs??) and phone the vet tomorrow if he's no better or whether I need to phone the emergency vet today.

Any advice...? Thanks!

tabulahrasa Wed 02-Jan-13 13:20:48

If he's otherwise fine but not eating I'd wait till the vet was open....chicken and rice or scrambled eggs are fine to offer him.

BrianCoxandTheTempleofDOOM Wed 02-Jan-13 13:23:04

I would wait and see, as he is not distressed or injured.

It may be that he picked up something on the walk yesterday (that you didn't see) and it has upset his tummy?

Keep a close eye on him, maybe call the vet for advice over the phone.

Offer chicken and rice.

Obviously if he seems to take a turn for the worse then vets straight away.

Hope he perks up soon.

mistlethrush Wed 02-Jan-13 13:23:43

I've been recommended scrambled egg and mashed potato for our dog due to her dodgy tum by someone that regularly deals with similar (rather than the very £££ tins from the vet) to get her back on track, so, yes, scrambled egg should be fine. Rice should also be OK.

Apart from not eating are there any other side effects? Is he uncomfortable anywhere - is his stomach hard in any places - if it is I would think that you do need to go to the vets sooner rather than later. Could he have picked anything up on the walk?

I wouldn't let him eat a lot of anything, but if you can tempt him to some small things that are gentle on stomachs I'd have thought it would be positive.

Yogagirl17 Wed 02-Jan-13 13:29:19

Thanks for the quick replies! I will try a little bit of scrambled egg & rice (as that's what I've just realised I have in the house) and see how he gets on.

Yogagirl17 Wed 02-Jan-13 14:16:22

He turned up his nose and egg & rice when I put it in his dish but did eat a little when I spoon fed him. He's gone back to bed. Worried but don't want to over react sad

Aquelven Wed 02-Jan-13 14:45:21

Have you tried looking in his mouth in case there is something wrong there, a tooth that's hurting or something...just a thought.
Did he walk ok when you took him out or was he reluctant? And I assume the poo was normal as you didn't say it wasn't?
He could just be a bit off colour, he's getting on a bit & they do have occasional off days as I know having ones who've lived till 18/19.

Have you any Bovril? He might drink a bit of that if he won't take egg & rice, or a bit of plain yoghurt in case his tummy is a bit off.

Yogagirl17 Wed 02-Jan-13 14:52:58

His mouth looks ok. Poo was normal. He's walking very slowly but not obviously limping or hunched over anything. He's definitely not himself but other than not eating, nothing obvious.

Aquelven Wed 02-Jan-13 15:04:32

I'd definitely pop him in the vets when you can. Wonder if he's starting with a bit of arthritis. This cold, damp weather doesn't help when they're getting older.
A bit of warmth might make him feel comfortable if you've got a hot water bottle.

Yogagirl17 Wed 02-Jan-13 15:14:46

Out of hours vet is £124 plus treatment shocksad

Aquelven Wed 02-Jan-13 15:17:49

I wouldn't think it was urgent, from what you've described, so I meant when normal opening hours are back.

Yogagirl17 Wed 02-Jan-13 15:21:26

Oh, ok yeah going to (hopefully) wait til tomorrow morning.

Aquelven Thu 03-Jan-13 17:12:00

How is she today, yogagirl?

Yogagirl17 Thu 03-Jan-13 18:55:38

Well, after paying the vet a stupid amount of money to do blood tests that were inconclusive, the dog then decided to eat dinner and seems a bit better. smile

MayerlingMignon Thu 03-Jan-13 21:43:56

A word of advice for the future - get yourself a proper vet that is open on normal days for normal business. Not open on the 2nd Jan?! WTH not?!! Glad to hear dog is better though.

Yogagirl17 Thu 03-Jan-13 22:29:01

Mayerling - 2nd of Jan is a holiday in Scotland, most vets as well as GPs, dentists etc all closed.

tabulahrasa Thu 03-Jan-13 23:05:01

Yep, that's why I didn't question it - everything was shut here, lol

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