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Marley had been developing a habit of throwing up after consuming water after/during a vigorous play or exercise session. The problem decreased as we learned to limit his intake and just delivered a little at a time. This weekend more of the same but it appeared as though it was happening with very little exercise. We had not done too much about it to this point because virtually every experienced dog owner we talked to said is is normal and do not worry about it. So we forced ourselves to not get overly concerned which I think to this point we may have been guilty of, being first time puupy owners, and the fact that he is our little guy who means so much to us. This weekend the vomiting escalated.

This morning I sensed he was not himself from the start. Took him a long time to get going, but once he did, he walked, did his business and we came back in to eat breakfast. Marley, the most voracious appetited dog I know, refused to eat. His normal ritual dance and excitement of anticiaption was not there and his food was greeted with no interest at all. He layed in the same spot far too long with no interest in moving, even at the sound of treats!! Off to the vet with Kathy. I just got a call from her. She left Marley there so the vet could deliver IV fluids, and have an xray taken. She feels that is possible Marley may have a blockage of some sort in his digestive system. Something I would not rule out, but he is always in our sights when we are with him. But there are times alone or at day care, I cannot account for. They plan on calling her back shortly to report findings, if any. Not looking forward to a surgery bill, but at this point if that is what it takes, I will be happy to hear we at least know what is causing his problems and an end is near.

So I will try to get my mind of this, and go back to work and await word from Kathy. Hoping for good news!! Lets have a Doodle Cheer for Marley!! Thanks gang. With fingers crossed, Greg
 

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The surgery bill won't be nice to look at, but it should help with the throwing up. I think that's one of the first signs of blockage.

But, another thing with the throwing up, my aunt's dog (a cockapoo or spoodle) had the same thing happen. Except her's is from an over extended something, I think esophagus. And the solution to that was having her eat "standing up" which is her on her back legs eating. So, perhaps you should look into that too. It's a funny sight to see Java eat, but by extending her body, the food isn't getting stuck in the extended esophagus, so no more throwing up.

Good luck! I hope its nothing serious, though!
 
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Aww Greg, it's so hard when they are sick! Hang in there and hopefully it will just be a 'bug', no surgery needed. Get Well Soon Marley!!!
 

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We'll all be anxious to hear how everything turns out. Hang in there Marley -- woofs and licks from Lucy.
 

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ohhhhhhhhhhh ((((greg and kathy))))))))) saying prayers all goes well with Marley!!!

we had the same thing with peanut last march...she didnt' end up with surgery , 3 days in ICU and watched at home for 5 days did the trick. HOPE YOU have the same great results we did last year!!!

PLEASE keep us posted

did they do a barium test yet?
 

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Anxiously awaiting to hear news of Marley. Cali and I send hugs and best wishes that everything turns out all right.
 

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Hpoe all turns out well, I 'm sure surgery would be costly, but hay, what we won't do for a happy healthy doodle. Wishing you the best, fingers and paws crossed, Dana, Tucker & Frankie
 

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Thanks all for all you well wishes. We appreciate it. Marley's examination revealed that there is no blockage, but he seemed to be retaining too much fecal matter in his colon and fluids in his small intestines. He had an IV fluids and blood work done as well. He was treated to the extent they felt proper, and I will touch base with them early tomorrow morning hopefully with a good report. If no improvement in the signs we are looking for we will return for more work. A possible enema if he does not relieve himself of the problem. When we got home we took a short walk and he did pee and poop so that is a good sign. They advised us not feed him tonight and gave us medication. If he does continue to pass this excess waste, we will start on bland diet for a while to get him back up to speed. If not back to the vets.

Not a good story, but at this point we are happy that it so bad it required invasive procedure. The medication has made a little groggy this evening. He has not been very active, sleeping most of the evening. With a little luck, he will wake up tomorrow morning feeling a little stronger and happy to up and about. It is so sad to see him like this. Totally not himself. But remain our vigil giving him lots of love. I was elated when he ran, slowly to us at the office when we picked him up and he covered us with lots of kisses. I look forward to more of the same tomorrow.

I will keep you all posted to how tomorrow goes. Thanks again for your thoughts, prayers and good luck wishes and fingers and paws crossed.
 
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