Monday morning when I fed the dogs Max ate slowly which is NOT typical for him, and later threw up a bit of his breakfast. I didn't think much about it, as he acted fine. Later that morning Ron called to tell me that Max had thrown up his entire breakfast. Max does not have a touchy stomach and never does that. Panic! What did he do or eat on Sunday? Lots of culprits, but the first one that came to mind was blue-green algae. A Google search mentioned liver involvement, so I called the vet clinic and made an appointment. No, not an actual emergency (yet), just a concern about blue-green algae.
I took an early lunch to check out my dog. He seemed fine, but kind of quiet. Not typical Max. When I took him out he had a bowel movement, a mixture of solid and soft, but at least I knew it probably was not a blockage. He didn't take the biscuit I offered. Again, not like Max. I "knew" it was probably nothing, but still I was concerned. Normally I would have just kept an eye on him and waited until the next day. Like humans, dogs can have upset stomachs for a day or two. If he hadn't gone swimming and done the dog walk with many other dogs and lots of proffered treats, I wouldn't have thought anything about it.
We arrived early for our Vet appointment as I was hoping to catch a urine sample. As suspected, it was not easy and every time Max wanted to lift his leg and I moved the small container into place he stopped and stared at me. "You want to do what?", he seemed to say. It was a no go. My Vet had prepared herself on the blue-green algae question, and agreed that we should do a physical and blood work. We opted for the in house test since it was faster. I took Max home and ran some errands trying to stay busy so I wouldn't worry while waiting for the test results.
A call two hours later informed me that everything looked totally normal, including the liver values. Whew! I felt SO much better! I could breathe again! Max didn't get any supper that night and did not pester for it. It's always best to fast a dog with a stomach upset, although I normally feel guilty. We did a short walk and he acted fine, and by the time the dogs got their bedtime biscuits Max was demanding one too. He ate his breakfast the next morning, and has been fine ever since.
Do I regret spending the money for the blood work? Absolutely not! Don't know how I would have survived the day otherwise. It's probably stupid to worry so much, but it's definitely stupid to take a chance.