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Shih Tzu throwing up a lot

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Shih Tzu throwing up a lot
  • We took our 4 yr old shih tzu to the vet yesterday as he had been throwing up a lot the day before.He started throwing up blood the next morning and we decided to take him to the vet right away (we had an appt. already for our new puppy to get her boosters). They said he had a problem with his GI tract and that he had a very slow motility (not sure if that is spelled correctly, but basically his *** were not traveling through his body quickly enough and they had built up in his colon). We brought him home and he had been as active as usual (ie. not very, unless we let the puppy play with him), but seemed very happy. Today he began throwing up again. He threw up the food the vet gave us for him and he threw up foam. My mom just left to take him back, but I'm worried. He's my mother's dog and they have an amazing bond, she loves him to death. Not only would I be devastated if he was very sick, but I don't even want to imagine what my mother would do if he died. We just spent almost $2,000 for treatment (and finally surgery) for my sister's cat's urinary problem. Money is tight and I know my mom would pay almost any amount to keep him alive, but only within reason. Anyway, I just want to know any ideas of what's wrong and, hopefully, some assurance that this is a small problem. My mother (who is a nurse) thought that he had an ulcer, which makes sense as the stress of a new puppy could cause one. Any ideas?
  • Somethings to consider, did the dog come from a breeder and if so do you still have close ties, you may want to contact the breeder to see if this may be a genitc problem?  Perhaps he may have eaten something that is causing this problem? Does the new puppy show any signs similar the the dog with the problems?  These are just some thoughts but the vet should know best.

    I hope that everything turns out alright!

  • Xebby
    I hope that everything turns out alright!

     

      So do I. Welcome to the forum. I hope your mom's dog feels better soon.