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I'm going through this right now.
2 weeks ago I noticed Lucy walking really slow on our walks. Not being as bouncy as she had in the past. She's 7, so I chalked it up to age. No vomiting.
Then it slowly got worse. But nothing that said aha!
Took her to the vet on Wed. Nov 6. Told them she was walking slowly and eating slowly. She was still eating, drinking, pooping and peeing. Just very slowly. She is not vomiting. I was worried about grass being balled up in her stomach. Vet did a few xrays. Grass is too hard to see, but you could see something quite large in her stomach, her colon was full and her small intestine was pretty much empty. Vet gave me some liquid laxative.
Lucy still continued to limp along. Still doing everything, but very very slowly.
Took her to the e-vet on Sunday Nov 10. Vet took xrays. Stomach empty. Colon full. Lucy was given barium and the next 8 hours several xrays were taken to see what was happening. She was also given meds to speed up her system. Still nothing definitive.
Yesterday Nov 14. Took her to regular vet again. xrays show things are still moving along. By this time I had gotten smart and brought a full stool sample to vet from that morning. It appears that Lucy is full of grass, and the grass she is pooping out is yellow and shredded, so it's been in her system for awhile. Vet also found lots of seeds. So we assume that whatever grass she ate was in seed.
So now we feed her small amounts several times a day. Walk her several times a day. We keep going through her poop carefully to see what's there. Still lots of grass and seeds. Grass being long and stringy is really what the vet thinks is the problem. It was probably all balled up in her stomach, but she's passed a lot of it now.
You can't see grass on an xray. You don't want to open a dog up if they have grass in their intestines, because there's what 20' or so of small intestine and it would be impossible to open it all and remove all the grass. So it boils down to Lucy getting it all out of her system on her own. I hate seeing her slow and moppy. But that's all we can do.
~ Stacey with Lucy and Riot, missing Hunter, Reilly, Tiger and Pennie
Wiseman Wildfire Grayling Fish On CD RA JH SHU WC "Lucy"
Thistle Rock Kicking Up a Fuss CD RA WCX ** "Riot"