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As I said in one of your other discussions, we live on 5 acres. The house area is approx. 1/2 acre. My English Setters eat grass daily and they have a variety of grasses to choose from. Very rarely do they vomit. However, recently Hammer started to eat a lot more grass but he did not vomit. There was no change in anything else until he lost his appetite and this was a major warning sign to me. Just before we were leaving for the vet, Hammer vomited grass with yellow bile. The yellow bile concerned me. Hammer's blood tests revealed that his liver enzymes were 400 times higher than normal. I am not saying this to alarm you but if Molly does seem a little quieter, possibly you could talk to your vet particularly because you have a good relationship with him. Despite an x-ray and ultrasound and 2 courses of treatment, Hammer's liver enzymes are still high but the vet cannot now find anything physically wrong with him. Sometimes these problems are easily resolved, sometimes they are not. I always believing in trusting your intuition because you know your dog better than anyone else. I hope that you resolve your concerns with Molly very quickly. I am still trying to find out what is wrong with Hammer. Susan
I do not want to cause unnecessary alarm but yellow bile is not normal. When a dog vomits grass the bile is always white. In saying this, there may be a simple explanation for what is happening to Molly but to be on the safe side, I would get this checked out with your vet, particularly because you have a good relationship with him.
And thank you, Tracy for your well wishes for Hammer. When I sort out what is going on I will let you know. I have had terrible experiences with vets, particularly since my long-time vet retired but I have always tried to be an "empowered" dog and horse owner. The major problem I have faced is getting a vet to listen to me and this can have disastrous consequences. The vet treating Hammer is new but he appears to care and I can accept mistakes provided the intention is pure.
I have been reading this post with interest. I hope Molly is OK and there is nothing too much than the heat! I know my girl is off her food a little lately and I think it is just the heat.
Hope it cools down your way overnight. It's not too bad up here at the moment, with a bit of breeze coming from the Cyclone out in the ocean.