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Monday, July 14, 2008

Stomach Woes

Sick Chocolate Labrador Resting: Cheyenne
The wee one is sick.

We woke a couple of times this weekend to vomit in the living room and back door entrance. When asked who got sick, both Dakota and Cheyenne would drop their heads and walk away. Needless to say, it is always difficult to see who gets sick in our house because they both take on guilt so easily.

Throwing up is not a punishable offense in our home. We just want to know who did it so we can keep an extra special eye on them for any other aliments. So, when both look guilty, it just makes our job as responsible dog owners even more difficult.

However, I got have a trick that was confirmed this morning. You see, when asked who got sick, Dakota will always act guilty even if she is not. However, Cheyenne will not act guilty unless she is. Again, I couldn't be sure but then I fed them.

Dakota finished her food in the normal 10 seconds but Cheyenne (who is normally as fast as her older sister) took forever to eat. She didn't turn her nose up but kept eating her food VERY slowly until her plate was clean. It was a clear sign that the vomit culprit had been the Wee One (Cheyenne).

There is no loss of energy nor vomiting other then during the night. But that doesn't mean anything because she eats everything she can get her mouth on - hence her AKC name "Cricket's Great White Hunter" because sharks are found with even tires in their stomachs at times.

Who knows what she could have gotten into - too much grass at the dog park yesterday, a stick behind the garage, or even a dead animal. Whatever the case may be, Cheyenne is now on supervised outdoor time and this Lab mommy will be whipping up a batch of boiled ground beef and plain rice for Cheyenne's dinner to help ease her ailing stomach.



Anonymous Tanya said...

We also have been a stint of the stomach woes. Lambert started with back door issues a week ago. He then started to vomit, of course we don't have the issue of trying to figure out who is the culprit. We started the boiled rice and beef and then he started to vomit. It was a real concern for us as it was so violent. We ended up getting him into the vets which resulted in x-rays an overnight stay. End result... Gastritis so he was put on meds for a week and half. I hope the pup feels better soon.

July 14, 2008 9:21 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Thanks Tanya! I hope all goes well with Lambert. We will be sending him lots of doggy prayers.

As for Cheyenne - the Lab Brats Daddy didn't tell me that there was grass in the vomit so we think it was either too much grass or something that the dog park may have sprayed on the grass. Either way she is on bed rest and will still get a special bland supper.

Thanks for the well wishes!

July 14, 2008 9:30 AM  
Blogger Annette said...

Hello. My name is Annette and I'm the proud owner of two yellow lab puppies (11 months old). I hope you don't mind me posting you a question. Have you ever had trouble with your labs being mean, mean bullies to each other? One of the labs has been downright mean to the other one. I'm so frustrated. Thanks.

July 14, 2008 3:54 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Annette -

Don't be frustrated. My breeder told me that 1 lab puppy is like 1 tornado and 2 is like 10. That is why we waited a year before bringing home the 2nd pup.

That doesn't mean you should despair. First, keep in mind that your pups are going through the terrible twos. Read up on the
Labrador Retriever Stages of Development so you can better understand why they are doing what they do.

Next, you will want to read the article on Labrador Retriever Canine Sibling Rivalry as everyone goes through the wonderful hierarchy in their dogs from time to time.

Why did I write this articles? Because you are not alone! :) These questions are asked so much online that I got tired of typing the information out over and over again - hence, I created an articles section on my website. Please read these two articles (and any others you feel may help) in my Labrador Retriever Articles section and let me know if you have any questions.

Don't give up hope! It does get better!

Lab smiles!

July 15, 2008 8:43 AM  
Blogger Annette said...

Shannon, thank you so very, very much! I'm going to read the articles right now! You are my hero!!
Thanks so, so much.

July 15, 2008 12:15 PM  

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