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AnswerDear Zena,
I have a 2 yr. old Tibetan dog named Pandy and she scared me to death today... She looked like she was going to vomit and poop at the same time. Her back legs were like those of a rag doll, she was shaking and looking pretty bad. Pandy vomited three times and after that she seemed to be better.

She eats everything in sight. Could this have been the reason or should I take her in to the vet tomorrow? What kind of illnesses can a Tibetan Spaniel have?

Jaklinebt (Originally from Spain, Living in USA)


Dear Jaklinebt,

The Tibetan Spaniel is considered to be a very healthy breed, often living to the ripe old age of 16. Some Tibetan Spaniels are prone to generalized progressive retinal atrophy, but a responsible, ethical breeder would have screened for this. There have been some cases of juvenile kidney disease.

Like humans, dogs can suffer from gastrointestinal problems which often result in diarrhoea and vomiting. Sometimes this is all that is necessary and then they are fine. It is always a good idea to let your vet know if your dog appears to be suffering. In other cases, they may have gotten into something that wasn't good for their tummy. It is for this reason that dog owners should take the time to "dog proof" their home to ensure that dangerous or harmful products are out of reach.

Sincerely Zena & Zippy


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