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DakotasMom
22nd October 2008, 01:35 AM
My little dog has diarrhea. It started on Saturday morning after having a normal stool sample. We fed her later in the day (same food as always) and she had diarrhea all night and into Sunday. On Monday I phoned the vet and they suggested half a children's Bepto tablets and put her on rice and chicken food. They also said to bring in a stool sample if it didn't get better. Well, we were up again all night last night and I got a stool sample and dropped it off this morning. There was no sign of parasites and they said it should work through her system. If she was not cleared to bring her in on Thursday and they would look at her. We adopted Dakota (5yr. old) in May and have not had 1 problem with her. She has been on the same food and treats since day 1. We do not give her any food scraps. The only change is on Friday she went to the groomer and had her glands cleaned out. However, she goes to the same groomer every month and we haven't had a problem until now. Any suggestions? I'm a tired stressed out mom wanting the best for her baby. Thoughts/suggestions appreciated.

*Pauline*
22nd October 2008, 01:55 AM
I think you'll have to wait for the test results. I would guess there could be a possible link to the groomer and have your dogs glands done at the vets next time.

sdarone
22nd October 2008, 01:56 AM
Oh my! Charlie had problems with diahrrea too. This last time the doctor put him on an antibiotic (i can't remember the name of it at the moment), changed his food, and some other pill to stop the diahrrea. We first had him on the medicine for 2 weeks, but as soon as we stopped the medicine it came back. So the vet put him on it for a month. He's been great now. We never figured out what was causing it. The vet said he could have gotten some kind of virus or something. His stool samples kept coming back normal.

We now have Charlie on a new food, Life's Abundance. He loves it and he hasn't had any problems with it. Here's the link to where you can order the food if you want.
http://www.healthfoodforpets.com/BentleyBoyer/Dogs.htm

Good luck with your baby. It's so sad when they are sick. Oh and I also gave Charlie some Pepto Bismol the day before we took him to the vet. That really didn't help him much, but you may want to try it.

Love my Cavaliers
22nd October 2008, 02:25 AM
My breeder swears by canned pumpkin and baby food chicken for diarrhea - nothing else. It's worked for my dogs twice before. And one of them had really liquid stools. Worth a try.

qwickkertje
22nd October 2008, 10:11 AM
Ours had diarrea when we came back from vacation.. I boiled rice (a LOT of rice) and in the same water I boiled chicken breast as well so they have been on rice and chicken for a few days.. only Qwick still had diarrea then and so he stayed on rice and chicken a few days more and I added some Enterol on his food.. after a few more days they were all fine again :)

Good luck and I really hope it gets better soon!
I boil the rice and chicken with (lol here goes a try-to-translate) chicken bouillon (herbs for soup? :p)
Dutch talking people will probably know what I mean.. This way it has at least a nice smell and a little extra taste without making it too spicy ;)

shippers
22nd October 2008, 01:27 PM
Perhaps Dakota has eaten something nasty or caught a bug whilst shes been on her walks? Sally had a few epsiodes of diarrhoea when she was younger and she was given antibiotics and fed chicken and rice and it cleared. Hopefully it'll pass. Is she drinking well? Otherwise she might get dehydrated. Hope she's better soon

sdarone
22nd October 2008, 05:24 PM
Bev,

the canned pumpkin and baby chicken food, do you mix that together? I'll have to try that next time. I wonder if we could mix it all in with a little bit of rice too. Sometimes I wonder if Charlie likes getting sick to his tummy cause he gets yummy food for a few days! LOL! Although for now, Charlie has been doing really good on his food.

oh I remembered the name of the antibiotic the vet put him on, it's called Flagyl.

Love my Cavaliers
22nd October 2008, 05:45 PM
I think the baby food chicken is to make it more palatable than just the pumpkin (although my four eat anything and everything you put in front of them!), but yes, I just mix them all up together. Rice would be a great addition. As far as the flagyl, make sure you get the generic form - metronidazole - it is much cheaper. I mistakenly asked specifically for Flagyl once and was shocked at how much it was. The vet then said that I could have the generic instead at a fraction of the cost.

sdarone
22nd October 2008, 05:54 PM
Oh good to know about the Flagyl!

Yes, my Charlie is a finicky eater. I practically have to beg him to eat. Lately, I've been putting a little cheese in his kibble and its enough for him to at least go to the bowl and start eating. He can go days without eating. It was worse when he was younger. Now that he's a little older he's a little better at eating. Thank God!

Lani
23rd October 2008, 12:41 AM
I hope Dakota gets better soon. I have more experience with diarrhea in dogs than I care to admit (and it's much worse when it's bloody diarrhea in a 14 year old dog ...).

My little rescue Sparky has had bouts of it recently, but again the stool sample is negative.

I hope Dakota gets better soon. If not, you might want to see about getting some flagyl. Not all parasites are easily detected in stool samples. Hopefully it's just a little bug though that goes away. I hate giving meds (to me or the dogs) unnecessarily. :)

Princess Buttercup
9th November 2008, 11:45 AM
Quick question - is there any particular type of rice (brown or white etc) that's better to feed a sick dog? Our little one has had diarrhea all night, and I've no idea what's wrong with her. She's in fine form otherwise... Will bring her to the vet tomorrow if it hasn't cleared up.

Ejay
9th November 2008, 03:29 PM
when bailey was on rice & chicken, we just used regular white rice. we put the chicken in with this and she did fine. Just make sure she is drinking plenty as these little ones will dehydrate very quickly.

Princess Buttercup
9th November 2008, 03:46 PM
She seems to be drinking normally, and she's in grand form otherwise - so am hoping she just ate something dodgy on her walk. Made the chicken and rice, and she loved it - I didn't give her too much, in case her tummy is still a bit delicate. Will keep her on in for the next few days, and see how she gets on. But if she's still having bouts of it when we get home from work tomorrow, it's straight to the vet for her...

lorebringer
9th November 2008, 07:27 PM
Often it takes a few days for it to clear up - if she doesn't have a temperature and seems ok in herself that she may only need a probiotic to help settle the belly (something like procolin is great). I mix a bit of live bacteria yogurt in with their food for a few days after they have had a bad bout to get the belly working properly again. And keep them on the chicken and rice (boring white rice) for a few days too.

If she seems a bit sluggish or not herself, or if it contines for more than a day or two, a trip to the vet is called for as she may have gastroenteritis or another bug, thus might need some antibiotics. As long as she is drinking and keeping food down there is no need for big worry - just keep a good eye on her :thmbsup:

Princess Buttercup
9th November 2008, 08:47 PM
Often it takes a few days for it to clear up - if she doesn't have a temperature and seems ok in herself that she may only need a probiotic to help settle the belly (something like procolin is great). I mix a bit of live bacteria yogurt in with their food for a few days after they have had a bad bout to get the belly working properly again. And keep them on the chicken and rice (boring white rice) for a few days too.

If she seems a bit sluggish or not herself, or if it contines for more than a day or two, a trip to the vet is called for as she may have gastroenteritis or another bug, thus might need some antibiotics. As long as she is drinking and keeping food down there is no need for big worry - just keep a good eye on her :thmbsup:

We haven't had any recurrance of it yet since we got up this morning, so fingers crossed she just ate something yesterday that didn't agree with her. She was in great form on her walk just now, and is waiting impatiently for her dinner (she keeps going to her bowl to check if it's appeared yet), so I'm taking that as a good sign.

What's procolin - and where can I get it? And I probably sound like an idiot - but how can I check her temp - and what should it be? I'm not as worried about her as I was this morning, as she seems happy enough in herself... am hoping she'll have a normal "evacuation" on her walk before bed, and I can relax a bit more...

lorebringer
9th November 2008, 09:15 PM
Procolin is a probiotic for dogs - you can get it in the vets! I find live barteria yogurt to do the same job though, just need to be careful how much you give because it can have the opposite effect to what you want if they get too much :eek:, a tablespoon twice a say should do the job.

A thremometer is the only way to take the dogs temp beause a few degrees (or less) change can't really be taken by feel. It should be between 101.5 and 102.5 Fahrenheit (or 38 to 39 Celcius), usually taken in the ears or rectally (lovely! :rolleyes:). If she seems ok though it can nearly be presumed that she doesn't have a temperature - most dogs get very under the weather if they have any sort of temperature (except if they are in heat!)

If she still has runny poo tonight I wouldn't be too concerned - leave some newspaper down just in case, but everything should settle down by tomorrow.

Princess Buttercup
10th November 2008, 10:20 AM
Well she pooed on the floor again last night - seems to be firming up though, but still not great. The thing is, she also peed inside (despite peeing plenty on her walk at 11pm) - is this normal when they have a tummy upset? Am a bit concerned, so I think we'll probably bring her to the vet tonight... She still seems in grand form, and was delighted with her freshly cooked breakfast...

Sumilidon
10th November 2008, 11:43 AM
I had a Yorkie as a child (years and years ago) and it had the same problem. Turned out the little sod was eating something he shouldn't in the garden and only doing it when we weren't looking (as he had been corrected).

We then attacked the plant with a shovel and no more issues.

Princess Buttercup
10th November 2008, 09:18 PM
Well we got home this evening to find that:
a) looks like she peed twice
b) there was more runny poo
c) there was a small bit of blood in it
d) she'd also thrown up some of her breakfast
...so we brought her straight to the vet, who admitted her straight away. She got an antibiotic shot, and she's being put on a drip. They said she'll more than likely have to stay in tomorrow night too. They think it's gastroenteritis - they've had quite a few cases of it over the last two weeks. I'm in bits. Our poor golden retriever seems really confused - he misses her already :(

diddy
10th November 2008, 09:43 PM
Dont worry too much. Drips always look worse than they really are. Its just a foolproof way of replacing fluids shes lost during the sickness/runs and to keep fluids going in for a few hours as they often wont drink when they really should. Its just to stop her getting dehydrated. Let us know how she gets on. Hope shes better very soon.

Princess Buttercup
11th November 2008, 11:21 AM
The vet just called, and she was sick again last night - but is bright and alert. They're going to x-ray her shortly to rule out a blockage. My poor little girl.... :(

lorebringer
11th November 2008, 12:27 PM
Bright and alert is good! If there is something seriously wrong with the dog they will not be themselves at all. The vet will do all they can to make sure she is right as rain again and the drips look so much worse than they really are, esp on a small dog. They will rule out everything serious before they can conclude what is wrong and she is probably on some antibiotics to clear up infection. Often with these things it is a waiting game to see how they get on and for their bodies to sort out the problem (with a little help!).

Keep us posted on progress - you guys must be so worried :(

Princess Buttercup
11th November 2008, 01:15 PM
Throughout the whole thing she's seemed fine in herself - a little bit more clingy than normal, but that's about it. I took her for a walk before we went to the vet, and she wanted to run, so I didn't expect they'd think it was serious enough to admit her. Anyway, they gave her antibiotics last night, and I assume they've given her more today. Will ring after lunch to see how she's doing.

It was so weird when we brought her in - the place was full of massive boxers, rottweilers and what looked like pit bull or staffie crosses - and there we were with our little fluffy princess. I cried when they took her away - they had to carry her in coz she didn't want to leave us.

Princess Buttercup
11th November 2008, 02:22 PM
Nothing much showed up in the xray, apart from the inflammation of her stomach walls. They're going to monitor her for the next 24hrs and if she keeps getting sick, they'll have to operate to see if she swallowed something that didn't show up on the xray. The vet had a good feel of her tummy while she was sedated, and didn't feel anything, so that's good. They say her tummy is less tender than it was last night, so she has improved a bit - so fingers crossed it's just an infection, and the antibiotics are helping...

Love my Cavaliers
11th November 2008, 03:32 PM
When Oliver swallowed a toy that created a blockage, he was really, really ill and never had good moments while we were waiting to see if the blockage would move on it's own or if he needed surgery. By day #2 it was obvious that he was one very sick dog and had surgery that morning. The blockage was moving, but too slowly and they didn't want to wait any longer. He lost two feet of his intestines because they had become gangrenous in that short period of time. (That was 5 years ago and he's fine now). So, just to reiterate what Lorebringer said, if there is something seriously wrong with her, she would most likely be acting much sicker than she is. Hopefully, they won't have to operate. Good luck. :xfngr:

Sabby
11th November 2008, 04:14 PM
My Eboney had gastroenteritis at the starting of the year. It was terrible. We had to rush her to the vets at 3 in the morning. She had to stay at the vets for two nights and they put her on a drip. I cried when I had to leave Ebony at the vets, but you know she is at the best place she can be. I keep my fingers crossed :xfngr: that she gets better real quick.

Sabby

Princess Buttercup
11th November 2008, 04:53 PM
My Eboney had gastroenteritis at the starting of the year. It was terrible. We had to rush her to the vets at 3 in the morning. She had to stay at the vets for two nights and they put her on a drip. I cried when I had to leave Ebony at the vets, but you know she is at the best place she can be. I keep my fingers crossed :xfngr: that she gets better real quick.

Sabby


What were Ebony's symptoms?

lorebringer
11th November 2008, 05:20 PM
What were Ebony's symptoms?

Exactly what your baby has been having (speaking from experience - haven't a clue about Ebony!); bad poos, bit of vomiting, sore belly etc. The problem is that they can get very dehydrated if they don't take in water but are still spurting from each end (and from the sound of it the vets have been dealing with this).

My lot have had it once or twice (not to mention the numerous "guests" I have had!), it effects different dogs differently (some seem fine and just poo a lot and others are really miserable). A big problem as far as comfort with it is that their whole digestive tract can get very inflamed and they can be very sore to touch. Have the vets done a scope to check out her stomach and upper small intestine? Have they done a poo and vomit sample (lovely!)?

From what you have been saying it really sounds like a bad infection but as I said before everyhting else has to be ruled out before conclusions can be made, everything they are doing is to ensure they don't miss anything and to make sure she gets well!

Sabby
11th November 2008, 05:20 PM
What were Ebony's symptoms?

Ebony went from bad to worse within 4 hours. She started being sick at 11 o’clock at night just before I was going to bed. I thought it was a once off and didn’t think much about it. Only 10 minutes before she was playing. We went upstairs (My cavaliers sleep in our bedroom) and she couldn’t get comfortable. She kept moving from one place to another. Normally when she puts her head on my pillow it stays there until the next morning. Then she was sick about every 40 minutes. My husband does shift work and he came home about 2’ o’clock. He let the dogs out in the garden and she went to do her toilet, she came back in and I heard him shouting upstairs for me to get up that we have to take her to the vets now. I never got out of bed this quick. When I got downstairs I couldn’t believe my eyes. There was a big puddle of blood on the floor. I couldn’t believe that amount of blood had come out of Ebonys behind. I m glad my husband was there, because I was panicking. We rushed her to the vets and he said at that time a lot of that gastroenteritis was going round. He felt her tummy and he said that there was still blood in her tummy and that they would have to keep her there and put her on a drip. She was ok after 2 days.

Sabby

Sabby
12th November 2008, 12:30 PM
How is your little one?

Sabby

brotymo
12th November 2008, 01:44 PM
I am so sorry your baby is sick. I was so absorbed with Bandit over the last couple days that I wasn't looking much at stuff here.

Is she still at the vets? I hope she is improving.

Princess Buttercup
12th November 2008, 02:30 PM
Well I rang this morning, and she hadn't had vomiting or diarrhea for the previous 24 hrs. They hadn't fed her, but she'd been drinking and had kept that down. They did a contrast xray with Barium after I spoke to them, just to rule out any foreign bodies. Spoke to them just now, and those xrays were clear, so they said we can take her home tonight. :rah:

Am so relieved - we miss her so much. She normally follows me everywhere I go in the house, so it's been weird for the last couple of nights.... and I miss her snuggling up on my lap when I sit down. Hopefully she's feeling better now, poor little baby...

Sabby
12th November 2008, 04:01 PM
You must be relieved that she is coming home. Thank god the x-ray showed that everything is clear. Did they say what they think it is?

Sabby

hbmama
12th November 2008, 05:01 PM
Glad she is better now. Hopefully they will figure out what caused it though. :xfngr:

lorebringer
12th November 2008, 07:31 PM
So great to hear your little baby is doing well!:D

Princess Buttercup
12th November 2008, 10:23 PM
Picked her up this evening, so she's home at last. They think it was gastroenteritis - seems to be a lot of it going around the area at the moment. She's curled up on the sofa now, just gave her a little food, going to take her out for a short walk in a bit. We have tablets to reduce the inflammation in her tummy, and antibiotics, so hopefully they'll sort her out in a few days.

Thanks for all the support guys!!!