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 My dog has the "runs"- any vets in the house?
Chief1246  [Team Member]
10/4/2009 10:41:13 AM EST
We have a 5 year old chocolate lab that has developed a sudden case of diareah. Wednesday morning, we woke up to find a he had a considerable sized accident in the house....it was all diareah, nothing solid. This is very rare has only happened a couple times since he was a puppy. The runs continued through the rest of the day. We cut his food on Wednesday and took him to the vet on Thursday when symptoms did not improve. The vet put him on some special bland food and gave us some probiotics, which we've been giving him daily. The vet also took a stool sample, but could not visibly see anything wrong with the dog. His official diagnosis was stress (the dog is far from stressed) and it should clear up in a few days.

Now it's Sunday, the dog is still on the special bland diet and the symptoms have not improved. The dog looks visibly sick and lethargic today (he acted fine when all this started.) Over the past few days, his need to go out has often been urgent (as it was at 4 am last night...again, he always waits til morning). When he's outside, he often spends a few minutes waddling around in a squatted position, as if he's having trouble passing stools, but when he finally does, the stools are either soft or liquid (which has us wondering if it's a blockage of some sort). There is often a mucus discharge with the stool.

I was hoping to bide time until the stool samples come back, but I have no idea how long that will be. I debated giving him some antibiotics (like I usually do for pigs) but didn't want to give him anything that I didn't have to
We live in a subdivision, so he's never out without a leash. His shots are coming due, but they are still current. He hasn't been boarded or around other dogs in the better part of a year. We do have an 18 month old son, so it is possible that the kid fed the dog something that we didn't know about, but our son really doesn't have access to anything we'd be worried about. I guess its possible that the dog ate a small toy or rock, but that's not something the dog normally does either.

I guess my question is, is there anything else we should be doing? The dog will get nothing but rice today. We keep him with water, but he doesn't seem to be drinking like he should. We plan on calling the vet tomorrow to check on the status of that stool sample and get his take. Any other ARFCOM home remedies? Anyone have any idea how long it takes things like this to clear up?

Thanks!
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Dipper  [Member]
10/4/2009 11:13:25 AM EST
Take him to another Vet ASAP.

Dogs can pick up stuff from other dogs droppings pretty easily.
Even dogs that are not permitted to run free and are always leashed can pick something up on your daily walk.

Have you changed food or given him a food he is not accustomed to.... did you switch food brands before this started?

Been to a dog park or place where other dogs frequently go to the bathroom?

Anyway, I would take him to another Vet before he gets dehydrated or his kidneys get to stressed.
bgenlvtex  [Member]
10/4/2009 11:45:45 AM EST
Has this dog been vaccinated for parvo? I see you said he is due but current, but what you are describing is consistent with parvo. Is there a strong odor with the movement? Is it a grayish/pink coloration.

Give him Gatorade for hydration and see the/another vet in the morning.
barkley-addict  [Member]
10/4/2009 12:41:03 PM EST
I agree take your dog to the vet immediately, regardless of any emergency fee. It sounds as if he's really sick, and the diarrhea itself as bad as you're describing it can finish them off in less than a day.
My older german shepherd had a longterm condition and wasn't in the best of health and got diarrhea 1 sunday night and was just going and going throughout the night and basically just bled to death internally before morning, combined with the dehydration.
Your dog should go to the vet. Best of luck.

Chief1246  [Team Member]
10/4/2009 1:58:12 PM EST
Originally Posted By bgenlvtex:
Has this dog been vaccinated for parvo? I see you said he is due but current, but what you are describing is consistent with parvo. Is there a strong odor with the movement? Is it a grayish/pink coloration.

Give him Gatorade for hydration and see the/another vet in the morning.


He was vaccinated for Parvo, but I think thats one thats coming due. Yes, there is a strong odor with the movement, but it is still brownish in color. I like the Gatorade idea though...we may haveto give that a try.

He hasn't been to a dog park in years and hasn't even been off of our property in a few months, but thats not to say that a stray or a racoon or something didn't come use our yard as a bathroom...anything is possible.

Since my first post, he's drank a little atleast. He is still up and moving around, but you can look at him and tell he doesn't feel good. We're going to get in touch with the vet anyways, but still, does anyone have any idea how long it usually takes these fecal test results to come back?
barkley-addict  [Member]
10/4/2009 2:21:22 PM EST
Buy some canned pumpkin and give him some of that, that's really good for diarrhea till he goes to a vet.
barkley-addict  [Member]
10/4/2009 2:24:50 PM EST
Originally Posted By Chief1246:
Originally Posted By bgenlvtex:
Has this dog been vaccinated for parvo? I see you said he is due but current, but what you are describing is consistent with parvo. Is there a strong odor with the movement? Is it a grayish/pink coloration.

Give him Gatorade for hydration and see the/another vet in the morning.


He was vaccinated for Parvo, but I think thats one thats coming due. Yes, there is a strong odor with the movement, but it is still brownish in color. I like the Gatorade idea though...we may haveto give that a try.

He hasn't been to a dog park in years and hasn't even been off of our property in a few months, but thats not to say that a stray or a racoon or something didn't come use our yard as a bathroom...anything is possible.

Since my first post, he's drank a little atleast. He is still up and moving around, but you can look at him and tell he doesn't feel good. We're going to get in touch with the vet anyways, but still, does anyone have any idea how long it usually takes these fecal test results to come back?


Parvo isn't simply a strong odor, it's an unforgettable type of sweet yet very foul sort of smell....
PollyPrissyPants  [Team Member]
10/4/2009 2:51:44 PM EST
Originally Posted By barkley-addict:
Buy some canned pumpkin and give him some of that, that's really good for diarrhea till he goes to a vet.


+1
jasonfin1128  [Team Member]
10/4/2009 8:55:16 PM EST
canned pumpkin works great. Also some cooked chicken breast is great too.
Bonesman  [Member]
10/5/2009 8:55:13 AM EST
I have Shi Tzu's in the 10 Lbs. range, the male had a bad bout of diarrhea with the bad smell you spoke of, the dark stool is blood, if it is black or even an odd brown color, Vet said since he is 10 Lbs. to get Imodium AD pills and cut them into 1/4s and give his 1/4 morning and 1/4 night, if he isn't better in one to two days bring him in, he didn't get better, took him back to vet he gave him meds for his problem and almost hospitalized him unless I would promise to force feed him water or Pedi sure every two hrs, I gave him this giant syringe every two days and between the forced water and the meds he snapped back. Vet said diarrhea can kill quickly and I stuck to the force feeding water every hour on the hour for two days and I mean in the middle of the night and all day. If your dog has had diarrhea more than two days see a vet! See a different Vet if need be, diarrhea kills quickly.

Please excuse all the commas and any poor spelling, it must have been a error in transmission through the internet!
blocker  [Member]
10/5/2009 4:28:19 PM EST
Be sure that the canned pumpkin is just that pumpkin NOT PUMPKIN PIE FILLING.

To answer your question stool samples should be tested and results determined in hours not days or weeks.

We recently had a bought with diarehia in one of my dogs and in two days she went from 100% to unable to stand up on her own. We took her to the vet and he gave her subcutanious saline solution and DIAGEL and I gave her probiotics and prebiotics and electrolite power and she was fine within 24 hours. Dehydration does bad things in short order.

Do not fool around with this. Your dog will loose the fight with diarehia. GET TO THE VET NOW! it's already been longer than it should have gone.

Just for info sake diarehia kills more humans world wide every year than anything else.

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