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I'm afraid this has not been a fun week for Shelby. The squirts have cleared up, but other problems have appeared. This picture was taken about 15 mins after Shelby threw up her dinner. It was 3:30am. This is the second night where she's thrown up. She wanted to come into bed with us, but we were concerned that she might throw up in the bed. So after cleaning up the vomit, Steven pulled her bed closer so she would feel more secure.

Oatmeal BathWe also noticed that she developed welts on her face an underbelly. We cleaned EVERYTHING. We wiped her down. But it soon became clear that it was her kibble that was causing the problem. The more she ate, the worse the welts were. Poor thing was probably quite itchy. Luckily it never got so bad that she couldn't breathe. And they always went away within an hour. I gave her an Aveeno Oatmeal bath to soothe her skin.

We took her to the vet. The first part of the mystery was why, after finishing the almost the entire bag of food, she would suddenly develop an allegery. The second part of the mystery was why she was vomiting so far after she ate. Usually, if something is going to happen, it happens right away.

So without getting any conclusive answers from the vet, we did get a prescription for low-ingredient kibble so we can better identify what she's allergic to. We gave her a bit, and she didn't develop any welts, however about 2 hours later, she wandered off to her window seat and threw it all up.

We're not sure what's wrong. She's lost 1lbs over 3 weeks. Poor Shelby, and she must not feel good, and she's probably terribly hungry. Steven is making her a chicken and rice dinner right now with the hopes that she can keep this down.

November 16, 2006 | Permalink


Poor Shelby! She looks pretty miserable. I do hope she gets better soon.

Posted by: MadHatter | Nov 16, 2006 9:43:12 PM

Oh Shelby, I hope you feel better ASAP. I'm praying for you, darling. By the way, what kibble are you eating?

Posted by: Sophie | Nov 16, 2006 9:53:46 PM

Oh Shelby, I hope you feel better ASAP. I'm praying for you, darling. By the way, what kibble are you eating?

Posted by: Sophie | Nov 16, 2006 9:55:36 PM

poor lil shelby...we'll be saying some prayers for her to feel better soon! xo

Posted by: jennifer | Nov 17, 2006 3:13:17 AM

get well soon, baby, blessed be.......

Posted by: nadine | Nov 17, 2006 3:49:07 AM

I was really sick when I arrived at my Mom's house. She fed me rice with cottage cheese for a few days. She said that combo worked for Annie when she got really sick and had a throwing-up thing like you have. Annie had to eat rice with cottage cheese for 12 DAYS! Our doctor told mom she probably got a virus or something.

I'm hoping you feel better soon. (And Annie does, too.)

Hi, my name is Della. I've hijacked Annie's blogroll to introduce myself and our new site together.

Posted by: Della | Nov 17, 2006 4:24:14 AM

Look at that face. How do you sleep easy when they don't feel well? I hope she feels better. Give her kisses from her "friend" Bam in Nashville.

Posted by: Cat | Nov 17, 2006 4:55:27 AM

Feel better soon little pug!

Posted by: Lola | Nov 17, 2006 5:34:33 AM

Just a thought, but sometimes Dory throws up in the early AM from empty stomach. I guess it's quite common in pugs. She also has a sensitive stomach, and has thrown up both rich (multiple meat) and large kibbles. Though with Shelby, it certainly sounds like an allergy. Was it a new kibble you were trying? California Natural makes a couple of really great bland kibbles (chicken or lamb + rice). Best of luck, and I hope Shelby feels better soon!

Posted by: April | Nov 17, 2006 6:50:41 AM

I always keep candied ginger around my house. It is great for the flu, nausea, upset tummy and gas. It works for humans so I tried it on Maya B. She came home from grandmas with diarrhea. I let her eat a few very small pieces of ginger and she felt better.

If you've never tried it you should, it calms a quezy tummy right away. Shelby may still throw up as there is definatly something going on but she will feel better.

Let us know how she's doing. I'll keep her in my prayers.

Posted by: Priscilla | Nov 17, 2006 7:05:33 AM

Winnie, I highly recommend Dick Van Patten's (Natural Balance) Duck and Potato kibble. It's their allergy formula and is single source protien and single source carb. I feel like it's the next best thing to cooking it yourself. It's a bit more expensive, but if you go to the website and contact them, they'll send you coupons. I have them do that quite frequently. If you do try it out, please let us know how Shelby reacts to it. Good luck & hope the baby feels better soon. http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/allergy/PandD.html#Product

Posted by: h | Nov 17, 2006 8:48:03 AM

Poor Shelby!

I hope you get better soon. Pug tummies are important to keep happy.

~Pug hugs

Posted by: Pugsley | Nov 17, 2006 9:55:28 AM

Poor baby! My pugs and I hope she feels better soon! (They send her snorts and licks.)

Posted by: Laura | Nov 17, 2006 12:04:12 PM

My pugs also had/have something similar. They'll get welts and their hair falls out. It's happened since they were little though, not suddenly like Shelby's.

Posted by: Laura | Nov 17, 2006 12:05:55 PM

Poor Shelby! I know how you must be feeling because we went through something similar with Miko. At the end of 7 days on rice though, she got majorly itchy and got welts from the rice! Just a response to the Natural Balance - Miko was on that and didn't respond well because (maybe) she is intolerant of corn and wheats.

I hope Shelby feels better soon!! Ask your vet if you can give her pedalite (the stuff to give kids when they have the stomach flu to keep the eletrolites up in there system - our vet gave us some doggy stuff that is similar).

Posted by: Amanda | Nov 17, 2006 12:14:22 PM

It seems like something is upsetting her stomach. Winston used to have
that kind of thing going on with him while back. He eats carrots once in
a while, one of them must of been rotten and I missed it. I knew that had
something to do with him throwing up.
Wishing Shelby for a speedy recovery. Pug-n-kisses from me and winston.

Posted by: Joanne | Nov 17, 2006 1:10:16 PM

A tablespoon of plain yogurt can help with tummy and digestive problems. Make sure you get a brand with active cultures. It gets some good bacteria into their systems to counteract the bad. Its a great probiotic.

Posted by: Susan | Nov 17, 2006 1:12:11 PM

Oh I feel really sad now I love shelby ;-( give her a cuddle from me x

Posted by: Cara | Nov 17, 2006 2:29:53 PM

Hi Winnie, we had a similar experience with our pug when she was very young. Everytime she ate, she threw up afterwards and sometimes not until hours later. We went to the vet and they could not figure out what the problem was, gave her a shot of cortisone, and sent us home. The problem persisted, but after 3 or 4 days, she was able to eat normally. The whole time I gave her small amounts of plain rice and made sure she got plenty of water. As long as Shelby stays hydrated and doesn't lose her appetite altogether, she should be fine soon.

Posted by: Lexi | Nov 17, 2006 3:05:49 PM

We love you, Shelby!

I know you'll take good care of her, Winnie. Poor puppy! This makes me very sad.

Posted by: Randon | Nov 17, 2006 4:17:32 PM

By the way, as I recall, Shelby has health insurance? Is that right?

Posted by: Randon | Nov 17, 2006 4:19:32 PM

please get better!

odd job cat

Posted by: Odd Job Cat | Nov 17, 2006 6:13:48 PM

Winnie, Shelby might be allergic to chicken. It's very common in some little doggies; our friend's pekinese was allergic to chicken, but it took a very long time and many trips to the vet to figure it out. Stop giving her chicken and see if her symptoms resolve. We love you Shelby; get better soon!

Posted by: diana | Nov 18, 2006 5:59:27 AM

My grandpug, Lucky, has extreme allergies. His daddy had him tested and it seems like he is allergic to EVERYTHING. He tested allergic to chicken, so we feed him turkey. Lucky takes allergy shots, we hope that will help. It is very hard to see your baby suffer so. Benedryl has a very poor success rate, as does hydroxyzine. Unfortunately prednisone is the only thing that helps when it gets unbearable for Lucky. Shelby is a lucky girl to have parents who will help her and not give her up at the first sign of trouble.

Posted by: pug grandma | Nov 19, 2006 5:07:17 PM

my baby pug(male) throws up a few hours after he eats i am feding him boiled hamburg and rice he still throws any suggestion are welcome
thanks petey pug

Posted by: sue | May 24, 2007 5:23:12 AM

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