I'm so sad. I'm confused, heartbroken and so upset. Just before Christmas I was unable to get delivery of the main regular food I feed both of my dogs (raw tripe). They have both eaten this for the last 6yrs no problems. Anyway to get us thru the holiday period I got them a bag of dry food after searching for one with no chemicals etc. Both seemed to enjoy the change and as I expected both started drinking a lot more water. However the spaniel had a couple of accidents in the house, i changed him onto butchers tripe and he seemed to settle down again. I never thought anymore of it then their regular food arrived just after Christmas and I transferred both back onto that. Just this Monday the spaniel didn't want to eat and I noticed he had a blocked crusty nose so I cleared it for him then he started drinking a lot again but wouldn't eat. We had a restless night Monday and he was also sick and his eyes looked all droopy and bloodshot and I noticed a little blood coming from his nose he really looked ill so I called the vet out of hours early morning and took him in to the surgery. The vet seemed surprised he could walk I guess me calling him in out of hours he was expected a dog incapable of that, anyway I explained the food situation and the drinking etc said I was worried it may be his kidneys and the food change was just purely coincidental with the increased thirst. He looked him over said he was feeling groggy and under the weather got a blocked nose and a stuffy head and gave him an injection of Loxicom and a few pills for me to administer during the next few days then bring him back in for a check up. The vet said once we had cleared up this episode we would do blood tests to see if he did have kidney trouble. I asked the vet did he think this was an emergency situation he said no, I apologised for getting him out of bed. But I know my dog and up until he stopped eating he had been his normal self. This was my first visit to this vet as I am new to the area. Tuesday I couldn't get him to take any of the pills as he wasn't eating and he looked really poorly. I managed to get one of the smaller pills into him but after drinking he was sick and it came back up. I had to work and by late afternoon when I finished work and checked on him he seemed to be getting worse, eyes looked awful and he had a yellowy discharge from them now too, I rang the vet again and said I was worried couldn't get the pills into my boy explained he hadn't eaten now for 48hrs and was being sick. Vet said to bring him in first thing in the morning. During the night my dog woke me a couple of times and the last time he woke me around 4am he was actually stood up and wagged his tail a little, I thought he was rallying round at this point, I went outside with him and he had a wee then followed me back inside lay down and went to sleep. I was wide awake now so decided to stay awake. He slept till about 7.30am then got up went into the kitchen for a drink where he lay by his water bowl and seemed to be really struggling to take a drink. I jumped in shower to get ready to go to the vets. When I came down my dog had been sick in the kitchen and it looked quite thick and tarry with blood in it. I put him in the car, he was sick twice on the way to the vets. The vet looked at him said he was going to keep him in as he really was quite a sick boy and also dehydrated, they put him on a drip and I was going in later in the afternoon to visit. Vet said that the urgency was to do tests now to see what was going on and was glad I had rang and took him back in. I got the feeling the vet was kind of saying I should of listened to you more when you called me out for emergency appt. When I went to visit my boy he stood up in the cage when he heard my voice which I took as a good sign but then was immediately sick again with blood. He had also had diarrhoea I was told by the nurse. My boys stomach looked swollen and bloated even tho he had eaten nothing, his eyes had gone from being bloodshot to being all yellowed. Vet said could be liver/kidney/both or something else going on and we would know when test results back in and at the moment he was a very ill dog. I got a phone call this morning, my boy past away in the night. I went to see him and he looked peaceful and was no longer bloated. Vet said he had cancelled blood tests to save me money and said he could do post mortem to find out why he died but thought it was unfair on the poor chap and his thoughts were cancer spreading rapidly that's why it was showing in his head, and it could of been in his liver, kidney, pancreas etc. I wasn't really thinking straight was so upset and all such a shock. I'm so confused I had stated I was worried about kidney disease. In short my dog, who would of been nine in a couple of weeks, rapidly deteriorated to his death in such a short time. I know liver and kidney diseases don't show signs until late stage but such a quick end to a wonderful life has left me heartbroken and confused. I feel like I let him down. Sorry such a long post.