Been up all night with my dog 18 replies, 19694 views

viva hate
9/9/2010 6:45:00 AM
Don't read if you're grossed out by poop.

So, he started having diarrhea tuesday afternoon. Wasn't concerned about it because he has it every once in a while... Usually because he gets stressed out. He's a rescue dog with issues.

Well, he continued to have it a couple times yesterday, but it wasn't super runny every time. I was going to feed him some boiled chicken and rice for dinner, but I didn't get home in time and my dude fed him his normal food.

Well... Starting around 9pm up until ummmm 20 minutes ago, Steve (my dog) has been having to go out every hour or so. He didn't "go" every time, but it's been super runny, but not bloody or anything really disturbing. I feel awful for him. I've read you can give them pedialite to keep him hydrated. He's been drinking water but it probably couldn't hurt. Other than that, I've read boiled bland chicken and rice is good, I just don't know if I should hold off on feeding him 'til tonight.

-We haven't changed his food/this bag isn't new, he's down to the last 1/4
-He didn't get into the trash
-We have cats, but he's never been interested in their litter boxes before... Didn't see him eat anything in there bleeehh
-We don't really feed him table scraps so it's not that...
-We do have a urinal that he's gotten into if the roommates leave the bathroom door open

Yayyyyy owning a dog = cleaning up massive amounts of shit

/wall of diarrhea text
9/9/2010 7:11:00 AM
I'm in the airport drinking beer. I didn't read your problems.
viva hate
9/9/2010 7:14:00 AM

Originally posted by:Davey.

I'm in the airport drinking beer. I didn't read your problems.

Well, you can go right to hell, you limey bastard.
Captain Ahab
9/9/2010 7:26:00 AM
9/9/2010 9:06:00 AM
Originally posted by:Marty610

9/9/2010 9:32:00 AM
That's strange. He probably just ate something that didn't agree with him. My dog has a sensitive stomach, so when he has issues (usually he throws up instead of poops which I am thankful for), I feed him a mixture of boiled chicken, rice, cottage cheese and plain yogurt and it clears up in a day or so. Then I slowly transition him to his regular food again by mixing it in with the bland ingredients.

Then the asshole gets pissed when he has to eat just his regular food again. I swear he gets sick on purpose.
viva hate
9/9/2010 9:49:00 AM
Thanks for the advice, ill try it. I wish this was just barf. Blappp
9/9/2010 10:32:00 AM
Poor thing. Yeah, it is par for the course being a pet pwner, or a life form on Planet Earth for that matter. Maybe he ate something that did not agree with him, or picked up a bug of some sort. As I say happens to us all.

Diahoera is basically the body trying to relese something. Can even be emotional distress, and when you get a stressed person (or animal) it can excebate it. It could be an old infection that has resurfaced in a time of stress. What tends to happen is pathogens do not always get eliminated fully and can store up. The body simply stores these away to deal with later. Also during times of improved health. Because your body decides now is the time to clear the rest of that flu you had as a child but, never fully got rid of. People who go on health kicks often notice childhood illnesses return breifly.

But, the thing to remember is that this is just the immune system working overtime to pass something so it will sort itself out eventually. I know that is small consolation while your still trying to clear up after him. Hang in there, I am sure he will be fine.
9/9/2010 10:35:00 AM
Sorry about the poops
viva hate
9/9/2010 10:39:00 AM
Dianna... I hope your lil baby dude never gets the shits this bad.

I never thought I'd be in my kitchen at 430am, watching my dog shit all over the floor because he couldn't hold it long enough for me to grab a leash.
9/9/2010 10:42:00 AM
The best thing to do, and what your vet will most likely tell you is to withhold foodand water from him for 4-6 hours. After 4-6 hours you can give him his water back but withhold food all together for 12-24 hours, then switch him to a bland diet of boiled chicken and rice, then slowly incorporate his normal food back into it.

Right now everything you are putting into him is racing right out and his intestines have no time to pull any moisture out of it. The goal is to keep as little in their stomach as possible to slow the digestive system down. the slower the food passes through him the more moisture is pulled from the poops and thats when you get normal healthy solid poo.

I deal with doggy diarrhea on a very regular basis, unfortunately.
9/9/2010 10:44:00 AM
Oh, and limit his playtime! No dog park, or running around like crazy. Just take him for a few short walks a day. Rest will slow down his digestive system as well.
viva hate
9/9/2010 10:54:00 AM
Thanks for the advice, he hasn't gone in like 4.5 hours so it looks like it's slowing down. He's just really tired. I'll try giving him some chicken and rice later tonight. Poor dude.
9/9/2010 11:02:00 AM
If this ever happens to Indiana I'm going to give him gatorade and saltines then tell him to man the fuck up because that shit works for me.
9/25/2010 6:13:00 PM
I know this is well sorted now. But I just thought I would risk thread necro as I was reading another forum I use which included a little bit on pet health.

I will leave it linked in case any pet lovers here find it of any use. Wish I had thought of it weeks ago really.
9/25/2010 6:14:00 PM
double post whoops
Higgs boson
9/25/2010 6:29:00 PM
Withholding water is the most insane thing I've ever heard. My mother in law is a vet and we had this same thing happen to us, we put off seeing the vet for a week and almost killed our dog by doing so.

She (my mother in law) recommends keeping a few cans of pumpkin in the pantry for said occasion. It works great, just a few tablespoons every 1 to 2 hours will help settle their stomach.

Gatorade isn't that great due to sugar content but if its really bad i would recommend to try to get some sugar free pedialite (they make it for diabetic children) or some other type of electrolyte re-placer. If your dog is over 35 lbs and large chested you may want to watch the cooked rice also. If he hasn't eaten in a while and hes having deeper issues then what is showing feeding him that could force bloat.

You have to remember also that dogs don't show signs of pain like humans due to preditor/prey mentality. (They become prey once they become too weak therefore pack turns on them) its drilled into their brains not to show how sick / hurt they really are.

You may want to get him to a vet to check for giardia. If he drank out of any puddles or free standing water this can cause this parasite to really reek havoc on his intestinal track and it is extremely common with house pets because they are more prone to this type of parasite.

Also, get a temp on him. Make sure hes running around 100-101. If hes got a temp more then 103, get him to a vet. Over 105 can cause brain damage (this happened to our akita in the middle of the night)

sorry your dogs pooping everywhere.
viva hate
9/25/2010 6:40:00 PM
Thanks for the advice, I had read about the pumpkin helping fix up pup bowell problems. He was ok by the next day, I just kept him on a bland diet for a couple days.

Now he just craps when he can't get to us in another room becaue of separation anxiety... But that's a whole other issue we're dealing with... Aaahhh dogs.
Higgs boson
9/25/2010 6:45:00 PM
i do behavior modification work. i dont charge. let me know via pm if you are interested.