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duncans_ma
16th November 2006, 11:16 PM
Thursdays are the days that neither John or I can get to the pups during work (only 6 more weeks) so my little sister comes to walk them at lunch time.

Today she walked into a real mess. Arthur has has an upset tummy since coming home from the kennel on Sunday. I thought it was improving but she walked into poop all over his crate, the side of couch, the floor, EVERYWHERE! :grnyuk: So I rush the 35 miles home and get him to the vet. :drivecar:

We have a very bad bacterial infection causing colitis in his little tummy and colon. The doc seems to think this has been brought on by stress of neutering (2 weeks ago) to the 1st time he was boarded (last weekend), etc....poor little guy he is none to happy. :( :( :(

So I am home the rest of the day taking care of my littlest man. Please keep us in your doggie thoughts.

OH! and I am having a dinner party tonight for about 20 people....nice timing, ay? :sl*p:

arasara
16th November 2006, 11:41 PM
aww Ashley I am sorry to hear that. I hope arthur starts to feel better soon. :( Glad you took him into the vet and worked everything out. He should be on the mend soon! :flwr: You're in our thoughts!! :hug:

judy
16th November 2006, 11:41 PM
poor arthur! and poor you. and your little sister. hopefully with medication the ordeal will soon be over. So the vet didn't think he caught anything while being kennelled?
i'll be thinking of you and hoping for good news.

Claire L
17th November 2006, 12:01 AM
Big :hug: s to you and Arthur Ashley. I hope he is better soon, poor little guy. I wish I could reach over and rub his little tum tums for you while you're serving dinner...

:flwr: :hug: :hug:

Coco's mom
17th November 2006, 12:10 AM
Oh how scary! I am so sorry to hear that Arthur is feeling ill. :( Not so great timing too. You have my wishes for a full speedy recovery. :flwr:
:hug:

*Pauline*
17th November 2006, 12:26 AM
Oh poor Arthur, hope he's better soon. Keep us posted. :hug:

Lani
17th November 2006, 01:41 AM
Poor Arthur. :(

Lucky has colitis too, so I can relate. He spent the day at the vets yesterday. I hope both our sweet rubies feel all better soon. :flwr:

Lindsay
17th November 2006, 02:00 AM
:( Poor Arthur! I hate to hear of people's dogs being sick, especially the young ones.

Spencer and Izzy send big licks his way :flwr:

Cathy T
17th November 2006, 02:35 AM
Oh no Ashley! So sorry he wasn't feeling good. Hopefully his tum tum will settle down. And nice timing, huh?! Your little sister must be a trooper!

Linda
17th November 2006, 02:44 AM
Oh Dear Ashley I know just how you feel, your poor little sister.
Hope you didn't get a ticket driving home. :drivecar:

Arthur Sweetie I am so sorry your not well :cry*ing: :cry*ing: , Dudley said to let you know he had a very upset tummy a while ago and he was pooping all over the place and he said it was just no fun at all.
:yuk:
But on the bright side your mommy like my mommy got you to the Vet right away. Arthur you should be feeling better in 3 or 4 days. I can relate to you, I know I am older and it must be harder for you being smaller so keep your chin up buddy you will feel better soon.
:hug: :thmbsup:
Get your mommy to cook some of that yummy boiled chicken and rice after 24 hours I swear (well not really) that you will love it.

Your Pal
Dudley & Darby :dogwlk: :dgwlk:

Thinking of you all :flwr: :flwr: :flwr:

duncans_ma
17th November 2006, 05:53 AM
Thank you all..we are doing ok after the party...just tired. :)

Nisha
17th November 2006, 06:47 AM
oh no!! how terrible! poor little Arthur! glad the party went well though...how is Arthur doing now?

Alison_Leighfield
17th November 2006, 07:40 AM
Ashley,

How are things today? any better with Arthur's tum???

(((Gentle hugs))) from us xxx

Alison, wilts, U.k.

duncans_ma
17th November 2006, 03:53 PM
Arthur seems to be doing better although we are on a 24 hour fast so I suppose there is nothing left to........(thinking of tactful word)...dispense.

Thankfully, my OH will be home a couple of times today to check on the little red monster :)

THank you all for your kind words.

arasara
17th November 2006, 04:02 PM
Ashley,

Glad to hear that arthur seems to be doing better. How did your dinner party go last night? (:

duncans_ma
17th November 2006, 04:03 PM
Party went well.

Thank GOD I did most of the prep Tuesday and Wednesday! :yikes

arasara
17th November 2006, 04:05 PM
lol good thing you accountants know how to think ahead. I would have been the person calling and saying "ok you can come in 30 more minutes.. wait.. 15 more minutes!!" LOL (:

I am glad the dinner party turned out well!! I am sure all of your guests fell in love with your little furries too!! (:

Nisha
19th November 2006, 02:20 AM
oh thats great news that he seems to be better!!


I am glad the dinner party turned out well!! I am sure all of your guests fell in love with your little furries too!! how could they not! :)

Nicki
19th November 2006, 12:09 PM
Sorry to have missed this before...poor little guy, it's awful when they are poorly like this.

I have recently been told that the Rubies are very prone to Colitis, it even seems to be hereditary, someone "researched" {a lay person} the lines and seems to have traced it back to a couple of whole colour stud dogs, brothers, one in the UK and one in the US.

I was told to try this...it worked for TedBear!! I cooked the pasta and fed that 3 times daily.

the best way to bring them back immediately after an attack is to feed half an oz of boiled fish together with half an oz of pasta (either cooked or raw). If raw crumble it up over the fish. It has never failed me yet.

After 2 days on that, I go on to an oz of Chappiex3 for 2 days, then on to 2 meals of Chappie for 2 days. Depending on how the poos look I start to introduce a few kibble {dried dog food} at a time and work up from there.

Another wonderful aid for colitis is BCK Granules.These are a charcoal based Nescafe consistency stuff, but black, which help the gut to recover.

Not sure if you can get Chappie in the US, it's a fish and cereal based tinned or dry food, not something I'd normally feed but it's very useful in this situation.


I haven't managed to get the BCK granules yet, but they are made by a US drug company...

Maxxs_Mummy
19th November 2006, 03:17 PM
Oh no, poor Arthur :S I've only just seen this thread Ashley, so sorry :(

Glad he's a little better now. Maxx used to get colitis all the time too and I have always found that Tagamet works quite well on him. Also the starvation for 24 hrs and then on to boiled rice and chicken.
Take care xxxxx

duncans_ma
20th November 2006, 05:33 PM
We are doing well...the vet gave us some medicine to be given with food through this coming Friday morning. Also gave us Prescription Diet i/d for dogs with gastrointestinal problems. (See link)

http://www.hillspet.com/zSkin_2/products/product_details.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=8455244417 60532&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302037389&bmUID=1164040332511

We will begin to mix in his regular food tonight as we have been having regular, solid elimination for 36 hours at that point.

Should be back on regular food by Wed and just time for a special Thansgiving dinner on Thursday.

Lani
20th November 2006, 05:49 PM
I'm so glad that Arthur is doing better!!! :jmp2:

pippa
20th November 2006, 09:48 PM
Hope Arthur and Lucky are both feeling better.Pippin suffers from colitis but he has been fine ( touch wood) these last few months.

I know what a worry it can be when they are not well.

Daisy's Mom
21st November 2006, 10:53 PM
This is scary to me because Daisy is being spayed on the 29th of November and we are boarding her for 3 nights starting Dec. 19! So it is eerily like your situation with Arthur. Hopefully we won't experience anything like this!

I hope he's feeling better, poor little fella. I hate to see sick babies and animals most of all because they don't understand what's going on and they can't tell you how they are feeling.

Remali
21st November 2006, 11:04 PM
I'm glad to hear that he is doing better! It sounds as if the new diet will be of help to his tummy troubles.

duncans_ma
21st November 2006, 11:09 PM
The problems started right when we came home from boarding him. He had diarrhea for almost 2 days. We thought it was stress as it began to get better on day 3. Then day 4 was the real trouble. Now we know that if he is feeling bad on day 1 after coming home then we likely have a problem.

He is doing great now and now that we know he may be more likely than some to have this we will keep a close eye on him.

If I were you when you pick Daisy up just keep close watch her when she is out to potty so that you may catch any problems before you have a big mess to clean up and before she gets to feeling really bad.

I am sure she will be jsut fine.

Lani
21st November 2006, 11:47 PM
Ashley, I hope Arthur is still doing all better. :-)

Lucky is just now getting over his issues a week after they re-started. :xfngr: Fingers crossed for firm poo all around and no more vet visits!!! :flwr:

Cathy T
22nd November 2006, 12:47 AM
I can't say enough positive things about the prescription id food! I carry two cans of it with us when we travel (for a weekend) and always have a couple of cans on hand. Usually if either of mine gets an upset tummy all I have to do is feed them the id (only...nothing else at all...no treats, no pumpkin, no nothing) and within 24 hours they are better. I had Jake on a prescription diet for about a year because of his tummy problems. Now our problems are few and far between. If the problem persists for more than 24 hours then we are at the vet's office.