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Old 08-05-2010, 02:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What do you do with your dogs when they have diarrhea?

My dogs stay confined to an area of my house that has linoleum flooring when we are at work or otherwise away from home. I don't let them on the carpet if we aren't around to keep an eye on them. We just recently moved into a new (brand new) home so everyone is still getting used to it and figuring out how to use the space. So anyway, fast forward to this week when my dogs all got massive diarrhea. I was at a complete loss for what to do with them. I thought it was one dog and confined her by herself and put the other two in their crates. Came home at lunch to check on them, and the two in crates had it and were completely freaked out trying to stay away from it. So yeah, crating them doesn't really help when they can't help it.

They're doing much better now. But it got me wondering what other people do when their dogs are sick like this? I obviously don't want them to ruin a brand new house, but I can't just throw them outside, either!!

I'm strictly asking about logistics, not looking for medical advice. They're all fine now.

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Old 08-05-2010, 02:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Can you confine them to the kitchen (gawd, ya just about hate to confine them anywhere, I know), it's a mess wherever they are. Just thinking hard floors are easier to clean up.

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Old 08-05-2010, 02:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah they are definitely confined where they aren't on the carpet but I still don't like diarrhea on the floors and walls and baseboards. Yuck!
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I read somewhere on the forum to feed canned pumpkin. Maybe someone else can comment on that.
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Canned pumpkin will definitely work to help with loose stool... not so much diarrhea, and the OP stated Logistically... not medically.

I think you answered your own question. You can't throw them outside, and crating isn't going to work, so if you have to go out, your best/only option is the kitchen where if they do mess... it will be easier to clean up.

Sometimes you just have to deal with the sh|+... that's all there is to it really.
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I read somewhere on the forum to feed canned pumpkin. Maybe someone else can comment on that.
Thanks but I know what to do healthwise. I am strictly talking logistics here.
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If I think a possible "explosion" is imminent and I can't stay with the dogs, I don't like to crate. It's not fair to them if they really have to go and end up doing it in their crate. Not to mention cleaning explosive poop off a wire crate ain't so easy. I have a room in the basement that is empty and has a drain in the floor. That's where the dogs go if I think they are likely to have to make a mess. The floor is sealed concrete and is easy to clean up and the room is just big enough for them to be able to get away from their mess.

Also I know you said from a logistics point of view, but in a situation like this I won't feed the dogs ANYTHING, no pumpkin, or rice, or any other home remedies. If they are having explosive runs, their system needs a rest, not more ammo. Especially if I know I will have to leave them alone, no food at least for a full day prior. Dogs will do just fine without food for a couple days and trying to feed them for the sake of feeding them usually just prolongs the mess. They do get free access to water however since the runs can be quite dehydrating.
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Canned pumpkin will definitely work to help with loose stool... not so much diarrhea, and the OP stated Logistically... not medically.

I think you answered your own question. You can't throw them outside, and crating isn't going to work, so if you have to go out, your best/only option is the kitchen where if they do mess... it will be easier to clean up.

Sometimes you just have to deal with the sh|+... that's all there is to it really.
Thanks! Yeah it just freaked me out happening in the new house. I wasn't prepared and didn't know what to do with them! Thought maybe someone had a clever solution for this problem, maybe.
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Thank God it wasn't the explosive stuff. It was still piles and patties but still.... Not good on brand new carpet. Sadie had the grenade type diarrhea when she was a puppy and you are right. It is no fun cleaning that stuff off a wire crate. Or off textured walls for that matter!!
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Cricket got explosive diarrhea the night we moved into our new house, and we hadn't unpacked anything to keep her confined to a room (no doors between laundry/kitchen and the rest of the house) and we didn't have any fencing up outside yet and there was a torrential down pour outside! We had to get a long fabric lead and tie the poor girl up in the kitchen, she could still go a few metres but just wanted to go outside
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Colorado Dobes -- Is there any way you can give them a garage? Or a Basement that is considered "unfinished?" IMHO, I'd rather clean up an explosion in a garage (that can be hosed out) or unfinished basement (easily mopped with bucket, bleach, and mop) than deal with what can happen with a crated dog. In our new place, we "stained" the basement floor versus actually "finishing" it with flooring. When I go out, the DoberKids can be left there. Thus far, *knock on wood* no accidents but you never know. Outside isn't what I consider a reasonable option for me either given we have "wild life" that get active at dusk where we live now that I really don't want them tangling with.

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In the winter the dogs are either in their crates (if it's not the explosive kind) or if I think that they're going to make a real mess, I put them in the breezeway in the attached garage. During the summer we have an outdoor dog pen (very large) that they stay in if the weather is decent. I can't think of anything particularly clever to do with them re: keeping things clean unless you have one of those showers that have the solid doors. If you ''crated'' your dog in there with a blankie at one end at least it would make for easy cleanup!
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I don't have any experience of this but what I would do if I had to leave Murphy knowing he was 'loose' and may not last would be to put him in the biggest hard floor area we have (kitchen/diner) so that he has enough space for him to avoid stepping in it and put lots of newspaper or old towels down so that the floor was covered as much as possible & some of the liquid may also be absorbed, therefore, less mess.
A practical solution but goodness knows if it would work, hope I never need to find out! LOL xxxx
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We do have a garage with a door that goes out to the dog pen. This week I've been very fortunate. We've had weather in the upper 70s so I've been able to leave them in the garage a good bit with the door open to the pen so they can come in and out. The temperature has been perfect for it. Then I let them in one at a time so I could keep an eye on them. We do have an unfinished room in the basement but I don't think the concrete is sealed so I've never put them in it.
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We do have a garage with a door that goes out to the dog pen. This week I've been very fortunate. We've had weather in the upper 70s so I've been able to leave them in the garage a good bit with the door open to the pen so they can come in and out. The temperature has been perfect for it. Then I let them in one at a time so I could keep an eye on them. We do have an unfinished room in the basement but I don't think the concrete is sealed so I've never put them in it.
If you put a coat or two of concrete paint on it it will seal it and make it much, MUCH easier to clean.
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If you put a coat or two of concrete paint on it it will seal it and make it much, MUCH easier to clean.
I will probably do that in case I run into this situation in the winter when the garage is too cold for them!!
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what about a stall mat? my boys eat their raw food on one. makes cleanup super easy and doesn't get the floors all yucky.
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first, I cut it down to about 5x5 since it's rather large. I have a florida room off my kitchen, but it's carpeted so I put the mat in the florida room. sometimes I put them in the kitchen, which has tile.

The mat is nice because it has some give to it (for their comfort) but durable enough that liquids do not penetrate through.


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You could also pick up a package of wee-wee pads from a pet store to cover part of the kitchen or bathroom floor with if you confine them in there. Might encourage them to keep the mess in one location.

I've never seen a stall mat. Do you get it at a tack store? Is it like a waterproof blanket?
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Old 08-05-2010, 11:43 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Its more like a thick padding, really heavy (although my only experience was lifting them up to clean under them). I think they are rubber, not sure... I do know Tractor Supply sells them.
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I bought mine at the farm store. it's made of rubber but impervious to liquids. Mine isn't heavy to lift. I did cut it down to a smaller size so that probably helped. I love it. no meat mess on the floors
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Yea... it could just be all the sawdust and horse poo on it... like I said, my only experience with them is cleaning under them, which is NOT fun! LOL!
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Yea... it could just be all the sawdust and horse poo on it... like I said, my only experience with them is cleaning under them, which is NOT fun! LOL!

I'm totally with you on that! Everytime you have to move them, they weigh a ton and are wet underneath with pee, they always seemed to slip out of my hands and flick pee all over me when they 'slap' down onto the floor again!! - they are designed to protect concrete floors from horses hooves & provide a comfortable surface to lay on - something absorbant would be much better for what the OP is talking about IMHO xx
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As I was reading this thread, I was patting myself on the back for no one in my house having diarrhea. Kate has a very sensitive stomach and seems to often go on hunger strikes and get diarrhea for no reason (always on the weekend!). Darcy gets diarrhea if we train with anything too treatlike. Now I'm training her with only her kibble!!!

After reading the thread, ALL 3 of my dogs broke with diarrhea within 2 hours, even the oldest girl who has an IRON stomach. Kate's stomach even was growling so much it was keeping me awake. They all eat different foods so I am guessing they chomped on something gross in the yard.

So I'm going to have a fun Friday. Le sigh.
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