Join Date: Jan 2011
Dogs Name: Barrett (Doberman) and Cricket (Chi/Terrier)
Titles: Barreet- CGC and Stuffie Destroyer Extraordinaire
Dogs Age: Barrett (1 Year) Cricket (8 Years)
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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.