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Old 02-04-2013, 09:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Saturday I drop the dog off at day care. Pick him up and he is sufficiently exhausted, so that was a success. The girls there said he would not stop playing for like 5 hours straight.
However now he has diarrhea everywhere. Frequent, like 3 or 4 times a day. He is waking me up at 3am to go.
It is frozen here and snowing so I really do not think he would have gotten into some nasty standing water at the board. I would think that would rule out giardia and coccidia?
He is also blase about his food, ignoring a few things in each dish (hearts mostly); which he normally eats ravenously so I broiled him up hamburger, cottage cheese on the side, and mixed in feed-sentials. Still he ignored the cottage cheese and supplement which he usually goes nuts for.
One last thing is that he seems to be fatigued more than usual at the moment. Normally zipping around, I want to attribute that to being tired from daycare but not 2 days after the fact?
Only seen a semi-formed poop twice out of ten or so. And that I would not even count.

I am hoping this boiled meat and cheese will help, but if it doesn't I will take him to the vet tomorrow and start a 24-hour fast. Just hoping to rule out any thing if someone has an idea.
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Take a fecal in today. My vet office allows a drop off without seeing the dog. They may not but see if they will.

Could also be stress colitis - even though he had fun.

I tend to try to do the 12 hour fast first then start with bland foods (small servings of oatmeal and pumpkin to start).
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Ditch the cottage cheese and give him pumpkin and extra chicken necks to tighten up his tummy. And absolutely, get a fecal done.
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I'd bring in a fecal. Large groups of dogs like that can pass who knows what along to each other.
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well, he had not crapped since 3am yesterday morning, until this morning. And I lost it in the snow (like heck I am picking up his runs at 3am) so I could not take a fecal in yesterday.

Today he had a very nice poop. It never ceases to amaze me that I can still say something like that.

Yest, 7AM: 1LB ground beef slightly browned, cottage cheese, feedsentials
10PM: ~1/3LB ground beef, boiled in with brown rice, bit of liver, bit of broccoli

Going to continue the boiled mix until it is gone, but should I still be concerned about anything ?
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I would just make sure he's getting enough liquid. If he had that sort of diarrhea he may be a little dehydrated.
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He wouldnt get diarhea that soon if he did pick up worms. He probably just got stressed. Rice, pumpkin, boiled chicken should help.
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:51 PM   #8 (permalink)
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did they give him some "treats" that upset his stomach?
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:11 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Diarrhea is back after that last good poop. Not solid at all. Twice in 30 minutes this morning, and it is truly terrible smelling.
He also vomited a decent amount of brownish liquid this morning. He does vomit bile in small amounts if he does not get a midnight snack, but I did give him a bite, but have never seen brown come up.

Fecal is negative for parasites.

I have a hard time believing treats could upset him like this, for 5 days. I have been wrong before.

Have also been adding extra water to the rice and burger combo to make sure he is hydrated.

I will give him a day to see if lesser portions will help, if not, it is off to the vet.

Thankful for the snow makes clean up at least a bit feasible.
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