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So we have a 14 week old Great Dane puppy.  He has been occasionally vomiting and over the last couple of days.  The first day the vomit was a grey color and he only threw up twice, but continued to be his happy self.  Yesterday he started to throw up again, but he was very lethargic all day and refused to eat and drink anything.  He has not had and bowel movement for two days.  Yesterdays vomit was a light brown color.  This morning he started to throw up again and it was a very dark brown.  I will be taking him to the vet this afternoon, but am just curious.  We do have another Great Dane that is 3 years old.  Two nights ago she had the runs very bad, but other than that she is just fine.

Hi Callin,
I am sorry but I just got this in my mail. I hope that you have already taken him to the vets. I wouldn't even have been able to tell you what was wrong and would have told you to get him to a vets right away- so I am glad that you did.

Sounds like it could be food related or a virus. I am hoping it isn't parvo virus.

What did you find out at the vets?

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Jana Connell RVT, CVT


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I have over 42 years experience in the field of veterinary medicine. I specialized in small animals and did wildlife rehab for over 25 years, mostly raptors, squirrels and opossums. I am a Small Animal Nutritional Consultant with 6 certificates from Hills Pet Foods, CNM and Purina. I also specialized in Small Animal Dentistry which is a field I truly love. I also Teach Veterinary Technology to working technicians who are studying to take their California Tests to become Licensed Technicians. They have to take both the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam) and the California boards.

Audubon,World Wildlife Federation, American Society of Veterinary Dental Technicians.


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