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Well it's been a worrying 24 hours with our Bradley, bless him. Yesterday, he vomited, and had awful diarrhea which contained blood in it. Was extremely lethargic, and no longer the bouncing Bradley he normally is. Of course, we were very worried and took him to see the emergency vet.

The vet tested a stool sample. which thankfully came back negative for any serious diseases, but diagnosed him with gastroenteritis, which he said he probably got from something he licked of the ground or possibly eating something on his walks.

We always watch what he picks up, normally leaves, sticks or pine cones, and remove them immediately from his mouth, but i guess we missed something small this time, that he has eaten and has made him ill.

Anyway, he's had 3 jabs, and is on 3 lots of medication for the next week, and a special diet, so hopefully he will pick up soon, they have allowed him to come home anyway. I don't think i've ever been so worried, it's awful when they get ill isn't it. :(

I would just advise for everyone to be on the look out always on walks etc., for any hidden dangers... i know we can't wrap them up in cotton wool so to speak.. but it takes just a short time for them to detoriate rapidly...and is extremely worrying.

I'll keep you posted as to how he is in the week, he's asleep on my legs now so hopefully feeling a little better.

Bye for now

Bradleysmum


P.S The vet here in Barcelona, Spain, where we are staying was fantastic! He even spoke English, and the clinic was spotless, and his general manner with Bradley was so caring! Very reassuring when you are in another country.
 

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OH NO, Bradley had a misfortune, too. I sure hope he is feeling better. I know you have to watch every little things these guys pick up. My Angus is always picking up the same things as your Bradley-pine cones, sticks, leaves, and also cat poop. I live on a dairy farm and we have lots of cats around.
 

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Hi

Hope he feels better soon, they do get ill quite quickly but also they have a strong will to recover too, so hopefully it shouldn't be too long before he's back to his old tricks.

I agree the manner of the vet is very important, so far we've been really lucky with Mol and the vets we've seen have been great. It's so worrying when they're ill, more so because they can't tell you how they're feeling.

Give him a hug from us, I'm sure he's getting lots of tlc. Sounds like a bad weekend for the labs!

Best wishes

jill
 

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Hi Everyone,

Thank you all so much for your get well wishes for Bradley, it's so good to have support from lab owners as yourself, who understand completely.

Bradley is a little better this morning, he was happy to have some breakfast anyway, after having nothing (vets advice) for the last 36 hours. We had to go out for a bite to eat last night as i felt so guilty eating in front of him - daft i know - but just couldn't!

He's in his usual position now anyway, asleep on my legs, so the rest will do him good. Thanks again :wink:


I agree the manner of the vet is very important, so far we've been really lucky with Mol and the vets we've seen have been great. It's so worrying when they're ill, more so because they can't tell you how they're feeling.
Hi Jill,

I'm glad you have a good vet with Molly, it makes such a big difference doesn't it. It's very true what you say, our labs can't tell us how they feel, no, it's always comforting to see them being cared for by a professional in times of need. How is Molly? When is she seeing her specialist?

BFN

Julie
 
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