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    Default Zoey tummy troubles...

    Zoey has had diarrhea since Saturday. She wouldn't eat her breakfast, which is totally unlike her because it is usually gone in under a minute. When she had the diarrhea again, I began a fast for 24 hours. She basically slept all day...because she was sleeping and not drinking, I was syringing about 2 teaspoons of water to her every hour or so.

    On Sunday was much more active and I fed her boiled chicken and white rice (which she ate with gusto) but she still had diarrhea. She was drinking on her own and she wasn't dehydrated at all (skin snapped back, gums good color)

    Today, she is eating really well (scarfing down the chicken and rice) and is playing like mad, but still has the runs. There is now a pinkish tone to the fluids in her diarrhea, which I am assuming is blood. I made an apointment with the vet for tomorrow @ noon. They are slammed because everyone is paranoid because of the food recall

    Here are my thoughts:

    ~She has been eating cat poo in the back yard and maybe she picked up a bacterial infection or worms.

    ~She eats innova evo and my hubby (bless him) left the bag open on the counter for a few days while I was out of town. Could the food have spoiled??? I noticed white flakes in the food, but I don't know if those were there before or if I am just paranoid...

    ~blockage???

    ~I did some research and the parvo concept scares the sh@# out of me, but I figure if it was parvo, then she would be going down hill instead of her activity levels increasing...

    Any input would be appreciated
    I love my Wesley, Cody, Zoey & Stewie

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    When Bentley had the runs I gave him canned pumpkin and it worked wonders for helping firm up his stools. First I would check with your vet, and if there isn't anything serious going on, the boiled chicken and rice will help, and 100% pure canned pumpkin, not the pie filling, should help. I fed Bentley about 2 teaspoons of the pumpkin and he is 19 lbs. Also, the vet may want to check for worms. I would definitely consult a vet tho....just to be on the safe side.
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    I would think given the duration and its persistence against the fasting and bland diet it must be some kind of tummy bug/infection. Definately doing the right thing going to the vets. Hope she is on the mend soon.
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    Poor little mite. Yeah a vet visit would be a good idea.
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    after the experience i went through when zack had bloody diarrhea and then vomiting/lethargy, and was sick for 5 weeks, until one blessed vet decided to try a deworming medication immediately curing zack, i would always consider worms, and i would also be aware that isolated negative stool tests don't mean anything. If i wanted to be sure about worms and some other bugs, i'd have daily stool samples for at least 3 consecutive days, to rule out those things. Zack had three stool samples but they were each about a week apart. All negative. But worm meds cured him overnight after he'd been sick for 5 weeks so...so much for isolated stool samples, that's my opinion.

    Were you talking about EVO kibble or canned food? I don't believe the kibble could spoil. but i sure don't know what the white flakes could be, my EVO kibbles have never had white flakes in them. Just kibble.

    I'm glad she is getting her energy back and drinking. I hope she's much better tomorrow. There are so many things that can cause diarrhea symptoms. i think you have some good theories to explore. good luck at the vet. Hopefully whatever it is, is running its course.

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    Yesterday, I called the vet asking if I could run by a "sample" and they said just to go ahead and bring her in (I LOOVE my vet). They knew if I was that concerned that it was important.

    When I brought her in, a new doctor whom I had never seen before, stopped in his tracks and said "She is GORGEOUS!!" I liked him immediately, of course. Turns out he is a vet that works there seasonally and usually works in Michigan. I asked if he was a cavalier fan and he said that he works personally with three AKC show breeders at home and they are his absolute favorite breed. !!

    He examined a fecal sample and even called me into the back to look under the microscope (which no one has ever let me do) and he pointed out that there were no parasites to be seen, but there was a high white blood cell count from her intestines. He also said that her bacterial count was normal as well. At that point my brain was screaming Parvo, but he assured me that she would not be romping and playing if it was parvo.

    He is treating it as "nonspecific toxicity" because the blood cells make it seem as if she may have eaten something poisonous and her body is fighting it off. He gave me Hills I/D and some anti diarrhea medication (Amforal) and asked me to call his this morning.

    Zoey had diarrhea at 6am, before I gave her the medicine. I fed her around 10am and gave her the medicine. She romped and played for about 30 minutes, then threw up the food. I called my vet and he said to continue with the medicine and feed her a tablespoon of the I/D every three hours instead of 2 big meals.
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    just being in the same room with ID diet makes me want to throw up. Zack threw that up too. But to be fair, he also threw up chicken and rice, which he ate voraciously.

    hopefully the antidiarrheal meds will help her out. Zack had flagyl which was anti diarrheal, and it worked fast and thoroughly, at first. But the diarrhea came back later.

    it does sound like there is something toxic and her body is dealing with it. Did the vet say anythnig about stool samples on consecutive days to be clear about worms and things?

    good luck! get well soon zoey

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    He said to call back tommorrow at the latest with any updates. I am going to mention the consecutive samples to him because that correlates with all of the research I have done about parasites. There seems to be progress though, because usually the second she eats, it comes right out the other end. I just gave her a table spoon and she gobbled it up and there is no sign of the runs...yet. But we shall see.

    I really was not impressed with the I/D ingredients as it has wheat, corn and soy (all three my shih tzu is allergic to). Zoey is on Evo so she hasn't eaten grains in months which could be why she threw it up. The first ingredient is water so I am assuming it is very gentle, but it wouldn't be an option for stewie if this ever became a problem for him.
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    UGH. Take that back. Runs again outside.
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    Oh Monica I am so sorry. I know how awful you must feel. I thought I was going to lose my mind when kosmo got sick and he only threw up 5 times - poor you have had to struggle through this for days. ;(

    Zoey is probably losing weight too which isn't good for her. Has the doctor suggested pedialyte or something like that?

    How long has this been going on? He would have to take more invasive action soon I am assuming? Is Zoey acting alright or sleeping more or anything? Does your oh think you're overreacting? (mine would!)

    If you need anybody to talk to you have my # (I think?) - I LOST yours

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