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Old 05-21-2011, 07:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Watery Diarrhea?!?

About 12 hours ago when I let Barrett out to go potty (He's 7 months old) we were outside for a hour before he finally did something. Well something was watery diarrhea. He has gone out four times since then with the same outcome. He has only peed once and it was very strong smelling. I can also hear his tummy gurgling as he goes. :confused2

I'm calling the vet when they open in 30 minutes. I don't like or want to do the "wait and see" I'm worried about him getting dehydrated.

I was up most of the night trying to think of what caused it and searching the forum for anything similar and I haven't found it. Here’s what I can think of that could be causes:

1.On the 10th we were in our vet’s office just to get have his teeth checked out, get him weighed and buy flea meds and heartgaurd and a guy started petting him. I didn't think anything of it but this random guy’s girlfriend turned around and said "Don't pet him! You shouldn't be petting any other animals right now." Okay, I thought to myself that was extremely random but whatever. But then I couldn't drop it so i asked the receptionist why she would say that and she responded that they were there visiting their sick parvo puppy. OMG! Barrett is up to date on ALL his shots and the receptionist/vet tech tried to assure me that he will be fine. Well either way it’s been in the back of my head having me worried.

2.Barrett is teething his back 2 molars, his new ones are in and causing a lot of discomfort because the baby teeth haven't come out yet. The vet said since its even on both sides he should be okay but if he can't lose them on his own in 3 weeks she'll check them out again and talk about some oral surgery. So he's been teething really bad and needed something to chew on so Thursday I gave him a rawhide… I know I should have just waited because the bully sticks I ordered came Friday but I could tell yesterday he needed to chew on something. So now a blockage is also in my mind. He has not thrown up though and after using the “search” function for the 2 hours everything I found on blockages say puking is part of that. Maybe if it is, we caught it fast. NO MORE RAWHIDES… I know I never should have given it to him in the first place!!!

3.Also while using the “search” function I found some articles about how bully sticks can cause watery diarrhea. He has had them in the past when I bought them from Tractor Supply but the one he had today was an odor free and the first time he’s had an odor free so I don’t know if that has anything to do with it. I don't think it’s the bully sticks but I also think it will be worth mentioning. I think if it was those then he would just have the diarrhea and not be trying to poop more.

4.We did a lot of yard work this week. I read that stress can also cause it. We are expanding the yard for the dogs to have more room to play so we had 12 ton of dirt brought in and the yards just kind of a mess. Also, very fun with a sick dog and a rainy weekend. I really don't think its stress because Barrett has had fun outside all week helping the guys work and as with bully sticks, wouldn't he just have diarrhea and not problems trying to poop?

Anyways as I said I’m calling the vet first in 30 minutes to take him in, luckily they are open on Saturday mornings.

Any thoughts or knowledge you can shoot my way would be helpful.

Thanks.
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Old 05-21-2011, 08:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello. I am very sorry to hear that.

I have just recently experienced this. I don't want to speculate so, so to keep the stress down, take the pup to the vet and tell them you need a Parvo test. They will find out about the Parvo because from what i understand you definitely want to catch that early.

If not they will probably give you some Metronidazole for the diarrhea to give the pup.
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agree with above. Please check for Parvo first thing....
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Old 05-21-2011, 09:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Update:

Well we just got home from the vet. I told them my major concerns were the parvo and the rawhide. They did a fecal flotation and that all came back fine. My understanding is that tests for parasites.

Then I brought up the chance of a blockage again, the vet got kind of snippy with me when I said I clean up his poop daily sometimes twice a day and i know the rawhide hasn’t passed... his response "I never see it pass in my dogs." Umm, okay. What I said back was “Well in the past I have seen it in his.” What I wanted to say was “I'm sorry I didn’t know we were talking about your dogs, please tell me more!” Anyways after he saw the look on my face was serious he decided to do a stomach x-ray. Well he showed me the x-ray and explained there are some small pieces to pass but that he should be able to pass them. He said he can squeeze on his tummy and he doesn’t show any pain in that so he doesn’t think it’s a blockage.

He said he thought it was just a case of “Montezuma’s revenge”. Does anyone know what that means??? I googled it and it says travelers’ diarrhea…

Anyways he prescribed Amforal (150 mg/tab) 3 pills twice a day for 3 days. He said it will take a day for the meds to kick in…

Wow in typing this I realized they didn’t do anything to test for the parvo… unless the fecal floatation does that too….

Well better go call the vet again, he did say if I needed anything else to call.
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Thanks for the update...Hope he gets well soon and no big troubles!!!!!!
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Wow in typing this I realized they didn’t do anything to test for the parvo… unless the fecal floatation does that too….

Well better go call the vet again, he did say if I needed anything else to call.
Yes, call - fecal flotation is not a test for Parvo. Good luck, and I like that you are your dog's advocate - like it very much
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How's Barrett this afternoon? I hope he is better. Was he acting okay this whole time? I mean except for the diarrhea, of course. I would think he would be acting really sick if it was parvo. I'm NO vet, but every time I hear about parvo, they are very sick with bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some puppies just have sensitive tummy's. To much rawhide and bully sticks can cause stomach upset. Anyway, I hope he gets better soon.
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Old 05-21-2011, 06:07 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Barrett has been good all afternoon. He’s been acting normal the whole time, never lethargic or vomiting. The only issue was the diarrhea. He still has the diarrhea but I did take away all bully sticks and stuffies today and probably tomorrow too. He doesn’t need any more of that stuff in his system until it is having some normal stools. So now we just wait. He is eating and drinking and playing like normal. Even at the vets office he was knocking everything over when they took him back for the x-ray… I could hear the techs laughing down the hall about how busy he was; little did they know he is ALWAYS that busy. LOL! That’s the main reason I have NOTHING but lamps on my end tables!

But yes Barrett’s doing well. Still has some lose stools and if those aren’t better by Monday, back to the vet we will go.

Also when I called the vet back to ask about the parvo test they said they weren’t worried about that being the issue at all. They said since he wasn’t throwing up or lethargic and there was no blood in the stool sample that they weren’t concerned about it being parvo.

I will probably still call them back on Monday, unless something happens between now and then that I need to talk to them sooner, when we went in today Barrett’s normal vet wasn’t working, just the other vet in the office was there. So I’m going to call and see if she can look everything over also.

But anyways hopefully our weekend gets better from here. Barrett and I are going to lay down and snuggle for a while since I’m exhausted from being up worrying about him most of the night.

Thank you all so much for your caring concerns and advice.
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Old 05-21-2011, 06:10 PM   #9 (permalink)
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How's Barrett this afternoon? I hope he is better. Was he acting okay this whole time? I mean except for the diarrhea, of course. I would think he would be acting really sick if it was parvo. I'm NO vet, but every time I hear about parvo, they are very sick with bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some puppies just have sensitive tummy's. To much rawhide and bully sticks can cause stomach upset. Anyway, I hope he gets better soon.
Yes he had energy the whole time and never threw up, I would never think parvo but that guy petting him has had me paranoid.

He's never really had an extremely sensitive tummy but I did consider this being too much crap in 2 days. I still wanted to get him checked because of the other WORST things it could have been.

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