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    DefaultFirst afternoon of retirement and darn HK is sick

    I am not concerned and plan on riding this out, but thought I would see if someone wants to push me to the vets office. Not sure what the symptoms of bloat are.

    She started trying to find anything to eat, licking the floor, etc. Then she started to heave. She brought up a fleece ribbon, 3 inches wide and mayve 18 inches long. A piece of one of her fleece tug toys we have had for 2 years. and a bit of food.

    Got her outside to finish, and she was going nuts trying to eat every leaf she could find. There are lots of them on the ground now. Brought her back in. After a bit she started licking the floor again so I took her back out to puke. No heaving, but back for the leaves. She is laying at my feet now, seems at peace.

    She had a good BM last night. I can't say if she went this morning or not, too dark to see what she was doing.

    Do not know if the fleece caused the problem, or if the problem caused her to swallow the fleece.

    Since she is quiet now, I am thinking to ride it out. Checked her tummy, as much as I know. It doesn't seem bloated or anything, i.e. not swollen to sight or feel.
    Hershey Kisses, In charge of getting Ed out to the dog park so that he gets some exercise.

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    I don't think she would seem at peace if it were bloat. That ribbon probably irritated her stomach.
    Tell her Daddy's not going to work anymore and will stay with her all the time now. She will feel better.
    Happy Retirement.

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    Keep an eye on her (obviously you will) and see how she does. If there is no improvement or she goes back to the frantic eating I'd take her in. Get better soon HK.
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    Poor HK! I hope that's all there was to it. What a way to start your retirement! Help she feels better soon.

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    Hope she got all up. Don't worry dad like that, HK! Healing tummy thoughts sweet girl.
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    Keep us posted, Ed. Hope she's better, soon.

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    Sounds like what Sammi did the time she eat a sock! Once she hurled it up, she seemed to feel so much better as you might imagine Hope HK's tummy is all better real soon and you two can get busy having a whole lot of fun!

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    Doesn't sound like bloat. Here's a list of canine symptoms for bloat FYI...

    -"Unsuccessful vomiting" means either nothing comes up or possibly just foam and/or mucous comes up
    -Doesn't act like usual self
    -Perhaps the earliest warning sign and may be the only sign that almost always occurs
    -We've had several reports that dogs who bloated asked to go outside in the middle of the night. If this is combined with frequent attempts to vomit, and if your dog doesn't typically ask to go outside in the middle of the night, bloat is a very real possibility.
    -Significant anxiety and restlessness
    One of the earliest warning signs and seems fairly typical
    -"Hunched up" or "roached up" appearance
    This seems to occur fairly frequently
    -Lack of normal gurgling and digestive sounds in the tummy

    -Many dog owners report this after putting their ear to their dog's tummy.
    If your dog shows any bloat symptoms, you may want to try this immediately.

    -Bloated abdomen that may feel tight (like a drum)
    Despite the term "bloat," many times this symptom never occurs or is not apparent
    - Pale or off-color gums
    Dark red in early stages, white or blue in later stages
    -Unproductive gagging
    -Heavy salivating or drooling
    -Foamy mucous around the lips, or vomiting foamy mucous
    -Unproductive attempts to defecate
    -Licking the air
    -Seeking a hiding place
    -Looking at their side or other evidence of abdominal pain or discomfort
    -May refuse to lie down or even sit down
    -May stand spread-legged
    -May curl up in a ball or go into a praying or crouched position
    -May attempt to eat small stones and twigs
    -Drinking excessively
    -Heavy or rapid panting
    -Shallow breathing
    -Cold mouth membranes
    -Apparent weakness; unable to stand or has a spread-legged stance. Especially in advanced stage
    - Accelerated heartbeat
    Heart rate increases as bloating progresses
    -Weak pulse

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    Poor HK, and happy retirement to you!!! Just think you can now doggy sit allllll dayyyyyy longgggg.

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    It sounds like she has something that's messing with her tummy and she's trying to fix it by coughing it up. Abbey did this on and off for 2 days - acted like she was heaving, chewing on the carpet, eating 34234 pounds of grass, puking up the grass along with bile.

    The vet thought she might have caught something (parasites) from the dog park and gave us 2 3-day doses of dewormer. It worked.

    So it sounds like she's got something going on in the tummy - could be piece of that fleece or could be worms or something, too. You never know what they get into at the dog park! (That's where Abbey caught whatever she had, I think).

    I would watch her tonight and if by tomorrow she's still acting like that, maybe call the vet.. They may want to do xrays if they *think* she may have eaten the fleece or something else..

    Ed, do you know the last time she was dewormed? That would be something relatively inexpensive to try with the vet.

    Good tummy thoughts - keep us updated!

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