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Hi Pearl! My dog has had watery poops for the...

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18 Jun 2021

Hi Pearl! My dog has had watery poops for the past two days, but she’s been overall active and playful and eating and drinking. Tonight- two days after all of this started, she has puked twice already, and has now begun retching with nothing coming up
JA: Hi there. I'll do all I can to help. Does the vomit look liquidy or foamy? Is there food in it?
Customer: The first one had her food just some bland chicken from trying to get her poops normal again, the second one was just bile. Now she’s just can’t go to sleep she settles down and then starts retching again
JA: Could she have eaten anything unusual?
Customer: We believe so, my parents had some guests over my nieces first birthday- and my dad bought these really good burgers that are super seasoned and my girlfriend and I picked them up the next day, and I think the little one and our other dog a (mini dachshund) got into atleast one burger. The dachshund is good, but this one has had runny poops ever since and then now with the puke and retching
JA: What's the dog's name and age?
Customer: Holly, shes a year and 4.5 months
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: thats about it, she’s been drinking water relatively well, and eating good and playing. Just has continued to have runny poops two days later, and now this
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18 Jun 2021

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18 Jun 2021
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian

Hello and welcome to Just Answer! My name is***** and I am happy to help you with your question. My job here is to determine whether or not diagnostic tests need to be run or if we can manage things at home. I will do my best to sort things out for you and give you my professional advice based on the history and signs.

18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian

I am happy to help you with this question. Approximately how many times has Holly vomited?

18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
Hi Scott thanks for getting a hold of me! She has puked three times now, she puked twice when we first got into bed and then I went upstairs w her to get an ice block and because my girlfriend is on call so she's trying to rest. Holly then retched atleast 4 or 5 times with nothing coming up, which was when I decided to create an account and contact you guys. While waiting for your response she puked one more time
18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
After this last puke she’s finally starting to settle finally on her dog bed but first she had another watery stool
18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian

Thank you for that information. Approximately how much does Holly weigh?

18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
She’s about 9 pounds, she’s a tiny Papillon x Pomeranian
18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian

One of the biggest concerns we have when this happens is the risk of dehydration. This could require treatment by a veterinarian, so I am going to recommend a few ways to measure the hydration status.

There are two methods to check the hydration level. The more accurate method is to feel the gums. They should feel wet and slippery normally. If they feel dry or sticky then that is a sign of dehydration. The second method is called the "skin tent test." This is performed by gently pulling up on the skin behind the shoulders and letting go when you feel resistance. Count how long it takes for the skin to return to a normal position. Normal is less than 2 seconds. Please let me know what you find.

18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
Her gums are slippery and wet, and her skin is tight as soon as I pull a little on it
18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
She’s been enjoying an ice cube since we started this conversation so that’s been good to see haha
18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian

Thank you for performing those tests. As long as the hydration test is normal, then you can continue to treat at home. There are many causes of diarrhea, but some of the most common reasons are a sudden change in diet, swallowing a foreign object, intestine parasite, or internal organ inflammation. The goal of treatment is to prevent further episodes and monitor for dehydration.

Treatment for diarrhea is recommended to offer a low-fat diet such as boiled chicken and white rice for a few days. Feed in small amounts. You can also add a little fiber to the diet to help bulk the stool. Psyllium husk such as Metamucil or Benefiber are safe fiber options you may add to the diet. Canned pumpkin can also be given, but it has less bulking effects compared to the others. Water may always be offered. Pedialyte is safe to give. Kaolin & pectin and probiotics are helpful adjuncts to treatment of diarrhea. Imodium can also be given in the amount of 0.5 mg every 8 to 12 hours as needed for a period of only 2 to 3 days. If diarrhea persists for more than 48 hours, then a veterinarian should be seen.

18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
Absolutely we’ve been giving her boiled chicken since the first run of watery diarrhea started Wednesday morning- I wasn’t sure what medication per chance. Like I told Pearl I’m thinking it was the seasoned burgers my father made for company, that her and her dog brother (a dachshund) snagged one- the Doxie has been fine since, but she’s not being doing well since that day
18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
She’s currently falling asleep, but she’s doing a small cry a little and still licking her lips every few minutes is this normal after a sudden bout of vomit?
18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian

Yes, that is a normal sign. If she is licking her lips, then that could be an indication of nausea. If she stops that behavior soon, then it is not likely that she is nauseous. If she is having trouble getting settled, then nausea could be a factor. You can give an over-the-counter remedy to help reduce nausea. A good over-the-counter medication you can give is Prilosec (i.e. omeprazole) or Pepcid AC (i.e. famotidine). The amount to give is 2.5 mg.

If no vomiting occurs after 6 hours, then you can offer a low-fat diet, which consists of things like low fat cottage cheese, boiled chicken, white rice, or sweet potatoes. Offer this in small amounts. Water can always be offered, but only allow to drink it in small amounts at a time. Pedialyte is safe to give. Keep monitoring the hydration status 1 to 2 times per day. If vomiting continues, or if you notice a worsening of the hydration status, then a veterinarian should be seen.

18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
Sounds great, that’s great help I’ll see if I can find that around the flat to help her atleast get some sleep poor girl went from runny stools Wednesday morning, to a good sleep all of Wednesday night no issues whatsoever ate her boiled chicken and rice, to a good day today- just to get pukey tonight. So if she’s not better by tomorrow, I’ll have to take her to see a vet in person correct? Is there anything else alongside the medication and or food you can recommend to try and get her back to health?Like I said to Pearl, she’s so active, she eats, drinks and plays w the doxie no problem- it’s just her stools are runny and she farts when she poops right now, and now tonight this
18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian

I think if she is not better by tomorrow and is still having diarrhea, then a veterinarian should be seen tomorrow. I think a good start is a stool exam to examine her for parasites. If it was from the food, then kaolin & pectin, probiotics, and a low fat consistent diet should be sufficient to take care of her.

18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
Thank you Scott you’ve helped a lot and reassured me plenty, before I leave- how many days does it take for the stools to become back to a normal state? As well since my last message she has not licked her lips once I think it’s safe to carry her to her bed as I don’t think she’ll be nauseous tonight again would you say?
18 Jun 2021
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18 Jun 2021
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian

It can take 3 to 4 days sometimes before the stools become completely normal. You should be observing a slow and gradual improvement. It does not sound like she is overtly or seriously nauseous, so I think you can let her rest and monitor for now.

18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
Perfect thanks again so much I think that’s about everything and I’ve got a list of medications and what not to pick up tomorrow if need be. If there’s anything else you think I should know before we end this I’m all ears, you have no idea what a relief this has been at 3 in the morning hahaha
18 Jun 2021
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18 Jun 2021
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian

You are most welcome. I hope I have given you a satisfactory answer. If you have any follow up questions, please reply here and I will be happy to assist you.

18 Jun 2021
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20 Jun 2021
Scott Perry
Scott Perry

This is Dr. Perry and I am just checking in to see if you have any follow up questions. Please let me know if you do and I will do my best to help.

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