my dogs is throwing up blood and I can't afford to go to the vet, Please give me advice on what this could be . I feel really bad as I love my and she is not an out door pet, and is only fed good dog food. She is part husky and collie.
Bluebell78 answered Friday July 7 2006, 2:36 pm: i have been thinking about it and that is pretty serious. he could be very sick. try changing up his. maybe it the food your feeding him. look it up on the internet and see what it could be. i am dog lover it just wants to make me cry. i hope goes okay. try talking to one of your friends and see if they know a vet by anychance so they can talk to them about it. good luck and i hope your doggie is okay. [ Bluebell78's advice column | Ask Bluebell78 A Question ]
kristen22 answered Thursday July 6 2006, 8:49 pm: It's just throwing up? no other symptoms? Here's a few reasons why:
*It could mean there's blood in his stomach. That must mean he either ate something bloody, he's bleeding internally, or his esophagus is ruptured.
*Maybe he ate something causing cuts/irritations inside his gastrointestinal tract. Thus causing bleeding.
*Dogs from four months to four years old are particularly susceptible. Canine distemper virus (CDV) spreads through the air and through contact with infected bodily fluids, including food and water contaminated with these fluids.
Take him to the vet. I know you said you can't afford it, but it might come down to losing your dog or not. You can call around and explain your financial situations to the vet and sometimes you can find one that will be willing to work with you. [ kristen22's advice column | Ask kristen22 A Question ]
isis answered Thursday July 6 2006, 4:39 pm: There are many reasons for this happening and most of them are serious.
Are there any other symptoms? How much blood is there? What colour is it? Tenderness to the abdomen or it appearing to be bloated. A bulge in the throat area. Not eating and/or diarrhoea, blood/parasites in stools. Drooling more than normal, bleeding from anywhere else. Is she on any medication that could have upset the lining of her stomach? Has she been anywhere that could give her access to rat poison? Has she swollen a foreign body or been ill with something else that has made her vomit to the point where she could have torn a blood vessel in her esophagus. If she's getting on in years, it could be a stomach ulcer. If it looks like coffe grounds it's probably coming from her stomach, if it is bright red it could be coming from her throat area. Generally, the further the blood has to travel the darker it tends to be. Even if it is bright red though, you cannot afford to take any chances with her health. This is just a list of a few of the possible causes of this problem.
However, as I, and everyone else has said, she must see a vet as soon as possible. Blood loss in an animal can be serious, not only from the cause of the problem, but also because it doesn't take much loss for the animal to be beyond help.
Is there a parent or other relative that could help out financially? If not, you could approach the vet and see if they do a payment plan. You could then stage the repayment. Or try your local animal charities to see if they can recommend some method of assistance.
I hope you are able to get this dealt with quickly and I wish you and your pet all the best. [ isis's advice column | Ask isis A Question ]
lulabelle answered Thursday July 6 2006, 3:25 pm: Call your local shelter and find out who the local pet rescue organizations are. These organizations can usually help you w/discount vouchers for local vets. You may have to exaggerate a little, tell them that you are going to have to give her up because you can't afford vet bills. You don't want to but you don't want her to die either, that sort of thing. These organizations will do anything they can to see to it you keep your dog. Also, only feeding your dog commercial dog food is not all that good for her. They fill it w/corn and potatoes which is not natural to a dogs diet. Look to see if they put onions or garlic in the food. This is toxic to dogs and cats and they should not be eating it. Some grocery stores like Kroger have frozen dog food which is much healthier for your dog than dry dog food. If you are giving your dog raw hide chews then take them away immediately and throw them away. These are chemically treated and absolutely not healthy for your dog. You can go to your local grocery store and get real dog bones for a fraction of the price. If they don't have them out in the meat department just ring for your butcher and ask for dog bones. He'll cut them up to size for you. Publix usually has these out someplace w/the meats, but they will get them out of the freezer for you if they aren't out. Kroger doesn't usually have them out but you can ask for them. Your dog will love them and be much happier and healthier. Dogs do eat vegetables so it wouldn't hurt if you weren't able to finish all of yours to put the left overs in your dogs bowl. You don't want to train her to eat from the table, but if you but it in her bowl it will let her know that this is the place where she is allowed to eat. I have included some websites for you below that may be of some help in saving money as well as having a healthier dog. Among these sites is one, I think the third one down, that is also a place where you can buy all of your dog's shots (distemper, etc.) and you can take an active roll in keeping your dog healthy. It's not hard to learn how to give your dog a shot. They don't really feel it where the vets give it. Some of these humane society organizations can show you how to do it, which is how I learned to do it, or you can take it to your vet and have them show you, though you will have to pay them a fee. But once learned you will always know how to do it yourself. But first things first. Your dog needs attention now. It could be something simple...or not. No one can tell you what is wrong w/o looking at your dog. Barrow, payments, sell something, but your faithful companion needs attention now. Think about what your dog would do if things were reversed. You know she'd drag your tail in there and think about how she was going to afford it later. Take care of her now that she is in distress and the good news is I've given you a good foundation to help you lower your costs and improve the health of your friend for the future. I wish you luck and my prayers are with you and your faithful friend.
thelaura answered Thursday July 6 2006, 1:31 pm: I'm sorry to hear about your dog.
Vomiting blood may be something simple, but it is highly necessarry to take your dog to see a vet. Either that or take a sample of blood to the vet.
It could be a number of things, more serious, such as your dog may have swallowed a foreign body and is stuck in the stomach, ulcers.. and more.
Don't panic though. Just get it checked and don't waste too much time.
Best of luck. [ thelaura's advice column | Ask thelaura A Question ]
DangerNerd answered Thursday July 6 2006, 1:27 pm: I am sorry to tell you, but you MUST take her to the vet.
This is a bad sign when blood is involved. If you want to keep your dog alive, you must take her to the vet right now... not later. NOW!
Almost any vet will let you make small payments.
We have made payments of as little as $13 to our old vet.
If this was you throwing up blood, would you want someone else saying: "Well, I lover her, but that would be expensive... so I will just let her bleed to death." ... would you?
Of course not.
Pick up the phone, call the vet. You will be glad you did.
DefinedEyes answered Thursday July 6 2006, 1:20 pm: Its always really really bad when animals throw up blood. Even if you cant afford to take her to the vet, I see that as your ONLY option if you want her to live. Because things like this are extreamely serious. I'm sure you can work out some kind of payment method. [ DefinedEyes's advice column | Ask DefinedEyes A Question ]
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