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From: ellie (204.211.2.254)
Subject:         Re: Is this serious?
Date: May 28, 2009 at 7:12 am PST

In Reply to: Is this serious? posted by Rebecca on May 28, 2009 at 1:12 am:

ok. first off, I am assuming she is fully vaccinated, right? if she has had all her shots, we're not looking at parvo. Right? when I get rescue pups in, even though the first thing I do is stick a shot in them, they aren't fully protected till I can give them their boosters. SO I tend to have parvo on the brain, but I expect that is not something you need to worry with.

so the 2 most likely explanations: ate something yucky. or has a really bad worm infestation.
If the first one is true, the diarrhea should not go on much more than today, because she should have rid herself of the offending bug. If she is not better today, a vet visit is in order.

in treating diarrhea in dogs, a few things: hold their food for a day. Food is irritating and the gut needs to rest. Keep plenty of fluid in them. Give water and keep an eye on whether they're drinking or not. If they stop drinking water, you have a serious problem and you better get to the vet pronto. You can give pedialyte if needed.

Try giving slippery elm bark to soothe the stomach.

you can give kaolin-pectin. Plain ol' humans' kaopectate used to be fine, but now they've started adding salicylates for some gosh-knows-what-reason, so you'd need the veterinary kind. You can order a bottle from a pet supply place and it's worth having it on hand.

You can give immodium, which may be easier to get hold of.

Keep an eye on hydration; if you lift up the skin on the scruff of the neck, and release it, it should snap back into place quickly. If it goes back into place slowly or not completely, the dog is severely dehydrated. GO TO VET.

IF there is any blood or tissue or strange discoloration in the stool, GO TO VET.

IF this goes on more than 36 hours, GO TO VET.


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