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post #1 of 20 Old 07-14-2015, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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sick dog, but doesn't seem sick?

So I'll start with the disclaimer that yes, we have a vet appointment booked. I'm asking so as to (hopefully) settle my anxiety over this issue.

My dog is my baby and is currently curled up on my bed while I sit at my desk. She always does sleep on my bed, it's her place and has been since she was tiny.

Over the past couple of weeks I've been getting increasingly worried about her.

She just turned 7 and is (we think) a ridgeback mix.

Her symptoms are as follows:
Excessive drinking
REALLY stinky burps (her breath is fine though)
Reflux or something? She'll occasionally have a tiny upchuck with no warning at all, usually just bile but it STINKS.
Sometimes, as in very very occasionally, she'll have an accident inside (only ever wee and never much)
Other than the above she is COMPLETELY NORMAL, bright and cheerful, playful, greets me loudly every time I walk through a door to where she is (normal, for her). Playfights with the greyhound. Her gums are nice and pink, the whites of her eyes are nice and white, she's eating normally and pooping normally. Her weight hasn't changed in a long time - she's at a healthy weight so it doesn't need to.

Between 4 and 6 years ago she had a few relatively minor seizures and saw the vet, but was never put on medication for them because they were so mild and infrequent. This seems unrelated and she hasn't had a seizure in over 4 years.

We have chickens but I don't think this issue has anything to do with them because they're in the backyard and the dogs only have access to the side yard because the greyhound (not the sick one) can't be trusted around them.

I don't think it's food related; she's not on premium food because I can't afford it but her kibble is good quality and we've used it for the better part of 15 years without issue. Additionally, there's been no dietary change. She has been on the same kibble (though sometimes we'll change flavour this hasn't happened recently) since she came off puppy food.

I'm terrified it's kidney problems but wouldn't she seem sicker? Vet appointment is tomorrow so I guess it's out of my hands for now but I can't help worrying about her, she's my child (and the only child I'm ever likely to have, I hate human babies).

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post #2 of 20 Old 07-14-2015, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Just want to throw some pics at you because of reasons.

First pic is her the day I got her, at 7 and a half weeks (long story there, she was a shelter puppy). The others are more recent.
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post #3 of 20 Old 07-14-2015, 05:40 PM
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The excessive thirst makes me think of diabetes. Vet will check and treat if needed. All the best to yall
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post #4 of 20 Old 07-14-2015, 06:13 PM
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Could be anything, glad you have a vet apt scheduled. About 2 years before I lost Ginger of old age at 16, I noticed some of the same symptoms you described: excessive drinking being one, she also had some weakness and coordination problems with her hind legs. I was surprised when the vet said she tested positive for a tick borne disease: Erlichiosis. she was put on antibiotics for 2 weeks and perked up quite a bit.

I hope your vet finds nothing serious with your dog.
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post #5 of 20 Old 07-14-2015, 06:21 PM
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Diabetes came to my mind, as well. To be honest, that mix of symptoms is quite different! But because of the excessive thirst and stinky burps, I thought diabetes. The reflux could be a result of food, though. How is her fur? Is it rough? If she's a ridgeback mix, she probably wouldn't shed much, but my dog had a grain allergy that was shown through itching and shedding. We changed her food and she was good as new, shiniest fur in the world. So, if the vet doesn't find anything and rules out diabetes, check the food!

I'm not a vet so I can't say kidney problems isn't out of the question. However, diabetes shows up as almost the same symptoms shown with kidney problems in dogs. They are almost identical. I will say that I think if she did have issues with her kidneys, she would probably be very lethargic and not herself like you say she is. My cat had kidney failure and it was just clear as day that she was not herself whatsoever. I mean, she hardly moved a limb, she was so ill!

All in all, I can say that if it were really serious or fatal, you would know. Dogs don't try to hide illness as much as cats do. And if it is kidney problems, you've certainly caught it early enough because she's still acting herself. I know it's SO hard not to worry about them, even when you know the vet is coming out, because your mind goes straight to the worst possible scenario. But I think your baby will be just fine and I will certainly be sending my thoughts and prayers! Keep us updated. All the love :)
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post #6 of 20 Old 07-15-2015, 05:17 AM Thread Starter
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She sheds a lot, always has (she's got a short double coat which sheds constantly - I have no clue what she's actually mixed with, ridgeback is almost definite, mastiff too, but other than that no clue because like I said she was a shelter puppy), but isn't excessively itchy and her coat is shiny all over and soft everywhere except on her back where it is, has always been and will always be coarse. We had a dog with food allergies for 13 and a half years (another rescue, 6 months old when we got her) so if that's all it is I'll be delighted. If it's diabetes I'm not sure how I'm going to find the money to manage it, but I'll do it. Wouldn't be our first dog with chronic health problems. Won't be the last.

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Okay so the vet said it could be mild pancreatitis related to a specific kind of treat. If that's the case, cutting that treat out of her diet will fix the problem.

If there's no change in six weeks, or if she gets worse, she'll refer us to a vet half an hour away who has the equipment to do a comprehensive abdominal ultrasound so we have a really good look at what's going on inside her. That should give us a solid diagnosis and we'll be able to go from there.

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post #8 of 20 Old 07-15-2015, 11:27 AM
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Glad to hear you had a good outcome at the vets office and your being proactive with the care. You may want to consider doing a full blood panel to have in her records, that way if something should go wrong or you have question about anything, you have it to compare to any other blood work that may be done down the road in the future.
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post #9 of 20 Old 07-15-2015, 11:35 AM
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Curious what the dog treat causing a potential problem for your pup is

I hope that's all that it ends up being! You're a great dog parent
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post #10 of 20 Old 07-15-2015, 01:25 PM
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Soy meal in dog food can cause all sorts of problems over time.

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