Q. Dog is sleepy , hasn’t been eaten, not his usual playful self

Tue, Sep 19, 2023

As of Sunday my dog stopped eating only drinks water. His poop is slimy and yellow with a little red in it. And he’s throws up everything he eat and it’s not digested when he do throw up
What are causes & treatment?

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Based on the additional information you provided, such as the slimy and yellowish stool with traces of red, as well as vomiting undigested food, there are several potential causes for these symptoms.

1. Gastrointestinal Infection: One possibility is that your dog may have contracted a gastrointestinal infection, such as parvovirus or gastroenteritis. These infections can cause symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and lethargy. If your dog has not been vaccinated against parvovirus, it is important to consider this as a potential cause.

2. Dietary Indiscretion: Another possibility is that your dog may have ingested something that is causing gastrointestinal upset. Puppies are known for exploring their environment with their mouths, and they may accidentally swallow objects or consume something toxic.

3. Intestinal Parasites: Parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, or coccidia can also cause gastrointestinal symptoms in puppies. These parasites can be contracted through contaminated food, water, or soil. Symptoms may include diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, and lethargy.

4. Dietary Intolerance: Some dogs may have food intolerances or allergies, which can lead to gastrointestinal upset. If you recently changed your dog's diet or introduced new treats or table scraps, this could be a potential cause.

Considering the severity of your dog's symptoms, it is important to seek veterinary care promptly. If you can't get him to a doctor right away, try the following:

Ensure that your dog has access to fresh water at all times. If your dog is not drinking, you can try offering small amounts of water frequently using a syringe or a dropper. Dehydration can worsen the symptoms and lead to further complications.

And if your dog is not eating, do not force-feed him. However, you can try offering small amounts of a bland diet, such as boiled chicken and rice, to see if he shows any interest.

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