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Can anyone shed any light on what might be going on with my 18 month old cocker spaniel. We went for a walk yesterday and he was more hyper than usual on this walk - I thought it was just that he had been in most of the day as the weather was bad. The minute we had got home from the walk he started what I can only describe as a period of intense mania like he has never had before - he was tearing round the house , leaping over things, frantically licking his paws but all of them not any particular one. he couldn't settle and kept jumping up as if something had spooked him. I've never seen him like this before and I was on the verge of ringing the vets for advice but after about half an hour he did settle.
This morning he was sick and again later, a larger vomit. He is still acting strangely following me everywhere and can't settle for long without changing position and flopping down somewhere else. He had a poo this morning, normal. went for a short walk this evening and seemed fine. HIs tummy is gurgling excessively, I can hear it. Do people think this is just a tummy bug ? He does have a habit of swallowing whole socks despite our best efforts to keep any out of his reach, it is hard with four teenagers in the house. He normally regurgitates them whole after a couple of days.
I am actually worried he could have got hold of some drugs or something on his walk , does that sound ridiculous ?? My older dog was poisoned a few years ago at the same country park and the vet thought it could have been weed/ cannabis stubbs she had eaten.
I was going to suggest keeping a close eye intil you mentioned the socks. Your dog sounds like he is in painand trying to get away from it.
I really think you need to get him to the vet as if he has a sock stuck it could be like threatening. It is really that serious.
Yes I understand the seriousness of the sock but , I just don't know for sure that he has swallowed one. This episode of mania was very strange, he was panting excessively and his heart was racing but this was yesterday evening.
Both signs of pain. How many poos has he done today? Hiw many does he usually do? Is he still eating?
He had a poo this morning. He hasn't eaten much today, he is settled and sleeping now.
I would take him to the vets in the morning. Like you say, you can't be sure if he has swallowed anything. He probably hasn't and its probably just a transient thing but is it worth the risk? Most insurance companies will cover OOH costs.
He's not insured but cost not a problem. I guess I just have no evidence he has swallowed a sock just this strange behaviour. he always bring s the socks up 2/3 days later so I'm kind of waiting for that to happen, but obviously I do understand that there may be a time when it causes an obstruction. He is a total worry, we try to be so careful but he still gets things, he can open doors. He also licked some wet paint a couple of days ago because he broke through the door, just throws himself against it.
With recent experience I'd be concerned about pancreatitis can he settle or is he up and down and a bit manic?
They are a complete worry - im avet nurse and had to take my dogs into work as they got hold of chocolate. Buggers.
Im wary of telling you to watch and wait but if thats your plan then keep a close eye on him. Vomiting without pooing is a red flag for a blockage so if that happens then get him to the vet.
Nothing you describe suggests any poison, more like a reaction to acute pain. Dogs are very stoic and hide discomfort and pain well.
Thesethings always seem to happen on the weekend
Thanks for all the advice. I will keep a close eye on him, going to bed soon and he sleeps on my bed anyway. I'm a light sleeper so will know if he's jumpy or unsettled in the night and can take him to the emergency vets if needed.
Hope he's ok, give us an update in the morning 🐾🐾
When my dog had eaten a rag he behaved in a similar way. Constantly getting up to change position and vomiting.
However, it wasn't all the time. In the morning he didn't seem himself and vomited a few times. He then spent the whole day perfectly happy playing at daycare. It wasn't until dinner when he tried to eat that he started vomiting again.
He had episodes where he was getting up, moving position and stretching. We did take him to the vets and because he had a stomach condition and they couldn't feel anything he was treated for that although they were concerned he had eaten something causing an obstruction. As he had never done that previously and he had a known condition it threw up off that scent.
However, less than 24 hours later we were back as he was worse and then they felt the rag in his intestine requiring emergency surgery. The cost of that was I think just over £1500 but the emotional cost was far worse because he struggled to recover and we were concerned about complications etc but fortunately he pulled through and is fine now.
My dog ate the rag (unbeknown to us) because he was high on steroids at the time which changed his behaviour. You really need to start making sure he can't swallow socks and if you suspect that, which is now given the vomiting and pain I wouldnt be doing a wait and see. You have been lucky in the past if your dog vomited them up naturally as with ours it was a bit of the rag that just moved enough from his stomach into his intestine and jammed and they were concerned it had damaged the walls but because we got it quickly he recovered.
What I am saying is that if you know your dog is an eater I would be very very concerned about obstructions. They can X-ray them to see. And maybe explaining exactly what could happen with socks to your teenagers might make everyone think twice about leaving them out. It really can kill them.
hanks Bitey. Glad your dog recovered. Just an update. he was unsettled until about 2am, constantly changing position every few minutes etc. I rang the emergency vets at 1am and spoke to someone who said there is a nasty vomiting bug going round the area and if he didn't settle then to take him in . He did settle and seems chirpier this morning, lots of tail wagging etc. they suggested some scrambled egg which he has just had and seemed to enjoy. No further vomiting, so I'm just keeping an eye on him for now. Dh has been away overnight but will be back shortly so if he does need to go at least one of us can take him.
Glad to hear he is better and hope he continues with no more vomiting.
further update : I have just been out into the garden for a thorough poo inspection.( weather has been atrocious here which is why I hadn't been out there for a couple of days). He clearly has been pooing aplenty as well as on his walks but I did find obvious remnants of sock in one pile so I am a little more worried now. He does seem so much better this morning tossing his soft toys around, but obviously I will be keeping a very close eye on him as there could be more sock still in him. what a worry. Kids have been instructed yet again of the seriousness of discarding socks on their bedroom floors at all. I might have to reconsider installing a stair gate again although it was a pain before and he can jump it anyway !
The one benefit of a chewed in pieces sock is that it may pass through. However, that does mean that an obstruction (or partial obstruction) is back on the cards so I would be watching for any discomfort (stretching a lot as well as not being able to settle) as they are very good at masking pain.
Thanks Bitey -yes I will watch carefully. he is now shuffling along on his bottom like they do when their anal glands are blocked so I suspect there is possibly more irritating him waiting to be passed. I'm going to take him for a short walk in the hope he has a big one.
I have visions of you having to pull it out OP!! Well actually don't do that , if it does show itself and is stuck call the vet. They may well give it a tug but in all honesty you could (again probably wouldn't) cause more damage if it is wrapped around anything.
I think if he is still quiet tomorrow then call your regular vet as they may be able to give you something to setyle his stomach if there's any inflammation.
I think your kids will need to manage without socks if this continues! £2000 isa lot to pay for a pair of sock no?
Glad hes feeling better