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Chaya's been vomiting

Hi all, Chaya just had her 3rd birthday yesterday, but we didn't get to celebrate too much because she started vomiting on Saturday night. We went to Agility around noon, where she had 3 sticks of string cheese. I'm not sure if it's because she's been on a diet lately and all that cheese was too rich for her, but that night about 2 hours after dinner of 1/2 cup kibble (Acana Ranchlands) and a handful of green beans, she threw up everything. The next day, she seemed better and we just gave her 1/2 cup kibble for breakfast and dinner. This morning, I went back to green beans and kibble, and 4 hours later she threw up again! I could still see some cheese from Saturday in her vomit (sorry for being so graphic), and what's more, there was so much that came out of her. It was also covered in this white sticky mucus thing that wasn't present on Saturday

I'm not sure what to do at this point. She's been pretty tired, probably from lack of food and feeling gross. She's drinking water fine, and keeping that down (at least for 3-4 hours, which I feel like is long enough for her body to use whatever water it needs). Does this sound like something that will pass on its own? I haven't seen her eat anything bad lately, and it's weird that she didn't throw up at all yesterday but started up again today.

Her stomach isn't distended - it's nice and soft. Her nose is a little dry on top and her gums are pale pink. Her stools looked great this morning.
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Happy 3rd Birthday Chaya. I hope she is feeling better now.
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My vet always has me fast a vomiting dog for 12-24 hours, then start back on food with a bland diet of rice and either hamburger or chicken (can't do chicken with my current dog) to rest their gut. If she's still vomiting tomorrow, I'd call the vet, but in the meantime, I'd stop giving her anything to eat.
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Bad news - She had quickly deteriorated throughout the day - vomiting more frequently, being extremely lethargic, NOT EATING her rice and chicken, and I thought by the evening her breathing was becoming labored. It seemed more than just the usual tummy troubles, as she never turns away food.

After my husband came home, we took her to the emergency vet after calling our regular vet last night. It turns out to be pancreatitis (sp)!!! Her enzyme levels were were around 4000 units, where they should be around 100-250 units normally. They are keeping her until she stabilizes, giving her fluids and nutrients through IV and also pain medication. I feel so bad for her - I looked up the condition and it said that it's acutely painful. I wish I'd taken her in sooner so she didn't have to be in pain for all that time

Hopefully she can come home tonight. I miss her so much, and thinking of her sitting in that crate in that bright and loud room full of doggy patients, not knowing why her parents left her there when she is feeling so crappy, just breaks my heart.
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I'd say it's almost certain that the string cheese caused the pancreatitis attack; just too much fatty/rich food for Chaya.

I had a Bichon Frise for 11 years who had bouts of pancreatitis. The vet put him on Canine I/D which definitely helped. He rarely got any more attacks. However, what I found interesting was that he would usually get a pancreatitis attack whenever I was feeling very anxious/stressed over a long period of time, say a few days or so.

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So sorry to hear that Chaya is sick. Hope she feels better soon.
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I'd say it's almost certain that the string cheese caused the pancreatitis attack; just too much fatty/rich food for Chaya.

I had a Bichon Frise for 11 years who had bouts of pancreatitis. The vet put him on Canine I/D which definitely helped. He rarely got any more attacks. However, what I found interesting was that he would usually get a pancreatitis attack whenever I was feeling very anxious/stressed over a long period of time, say a few days or so.

Wishing Chaya a speedy recovery!

Yes I agree - I usually give her low-fat mozzarella cheese, but Saturday I ran out and gave her full-fat cheddar cheese....and lots of it. I didn't think it would be a big deal, since she regularly devours giant marrow bones and bully sticks. I think by her being on a lower calorie and fat diet for the last 2 weeks, her body saw the cheese as a more-than-usual influx of fat.
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I was afraid it was pancreatitis when I read your original post. Wow, so sorry. I think once she is recovered you will probably get veterinary instructions to keep her on a strict low fat diet and it probably won't include a lot of people food like cheese. I hope her recovery is swift and she's back to normal soon.
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Did you bring your girl home? I hope she is feeling better.
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