Sick pup and I'm lost

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So yesterday was like any other morning she went to the  bathroom and ate normally, however when I got home from work last night I fed her dinner which she ate as fast as always and then when she went to the bathroom it was diarrhea.  She went four time last night and it continued to be that way.  I tried to take her for walk as we usually do, but she wasn't having it at all and just wanted to be picked up.  When we got back to the house she went right for her bean bag to lay down and would not play.  She slept from almost 8 last night until 6 this morning when I heard her dry heeving in her crate.  So I rushed her outside where she didn't throw up but instead had diarrhea again.  She ran back inside to fall back asleep and when I woke her up for breakfast she wasn't even as close to being excited as she usually is, she ate it but not as fast either.  I took her outside where we sat for awhile and then she threw up half of her breakfast. 

 

I'm so scared that she ate something bad because we went to my boyfriend's mom's house on SUnday where she tried to fit every leaf, twig, and any plant she could in her mouth.  The plants were nothing out of the ordinary, but I'm not really sure what I should be looking for.  I can't keep up with this pup and her chewing on everything outside.  She also tried to eat the other dog's food which I thought could possibly cause a problem since I know they have sensitive stomachs, but not make her throw up.

 

Any suggestions, I know if I call the vet they will tell me to take her in, but I'm trying to see if it will pass through her system.

 

Concerned Mommy

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I think I would be taking her to the vet if the diarrhea does not clear up within 24 hours. There are many causes for diarrhea including, but not limited to: change in diet, stress, disease, illness, and parasites. The diet and stress inducing life changes would only cause temporary diarrhea, but anything longer than 24 hours would more likely be from illness, disease, or parasites. In the meantime, you should stop giving her the regular dog food and just feed her boiled chicken and rice...small amounts at a time every few hours, and see if that helps.  Could just be something that didnt agree with her, and will clear up on its own, but I would be prepared to take her to the vet if it doesnt clear up soon.

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I would just monitor her- check her gums make sure they look and feel normal. Me being thru all I have call the vet always first and go from there... Maybe try some rice and cottage cheese or some boiled chicken. See if that helps with the diarhea. Believe me I have been thru this too many times to count in the last 7 months. Cisco is an avid sneaky eater, chewer, swallower. It usually just takes a couple days of a bland diet and rest and he is back in business. But I would call the vet and at least tell them your concerns and ask what to watch for maybe just make an appt. for later or tomorrow, so if she is not better you know she is going to see doc.

Hope she feels better soon and keep us posted.

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All of the above... Try not to stress.. Good luck, we're here and waiting for good news

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Thanks everyone, I scheduled an appt for tonight when I'm done with work..I feel bad for the poor girl but believe it or not she clearly didn't learn her lesson she tried to eat branches this morning lol

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Glad you are going~ and sounds like we have another doberdevil diva on our hands!

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Would anyone have slipped her a high fat "snack" like a piece of meat? The leftover fats of a meal? That can cause pancreatitis, and you will see the lethargic pup, the explosive diarrhea, and vomiting.  Basically their entire system flares up and they need to be seen so they can get on meds, have fluids, etc.

That being said, when Mandy says "check her gums" you are looking for a bright pink gum, when you press your finger against the gum and pull away it should go from white to pink in under a second.  This checks the circulation.  Also, if the gums feel dry or tacky it would be an indication of dehyrdation which is common with diarrhea and vomiting.  Another way to check for dehydration in an extreme case is to lift the skin of the nape of the neck.  It should pop right back down but if it is stiff and slow, they are extremely dehydrated.

I like Paul's suggestion of a 24 hour watch.  Depending on the severity of the diarrhea I will withhold a meal and then when I give a meal it is the bland diet to start.  Make sure she is drinking water of course.

It isn't life threatening so long as you watch her, and if nothing changes, get her seen by a vet in a timely manner. 

Sorry the baby is sick!

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Athena, get well soon babe!! Soph & Ang

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If it were my Athena I would def take her to the vet! I am a worry wart though. It couldnt hurt. think of it this way. if it is something bad i would rather take her in incase its something bad youcould catch it soon. Good luck with her i hope she gets better REALLY fast!

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Hope Athena is better soon!

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I hope Athena is feeling better soon. Does she have a temp?

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Well, this afternoon she still had a tiny bit of diarrhea, but was way more playful she played for about three hours outside until she started to fall asleep.  For dinner I fed her some chicken and rice (as advised by my wonderful dober family), which she enjoyed and was so excited to eat.  I tried to look at her gums they were white/very light pink (I hope that was what I was looking for, sorry I am a blonde)...Anyways she still hasn't gone since about 1 today from the lack of food in her poor body.  If not okay we are going to the vet tomorrow. 

 

Thanks everyone!

Love Tabby and Princess Athena (Sleepy Princess)

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Awwww... sweet baby~ If she doesnt go at all or its still diahrhea tonight definately get her to the vet.

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Poor wee girl :(

It's good that she has been active and has had something to eat though.

Keep us posted.  Get well soon Athena x

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Good news, she ate normally this morning without throwing up and her poop is back to normal LOL...looks like she is feeling better!  So whatever that was is gone now, stupid plants

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That's good to hear!!!

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YAY!!!! Glad she is all better! This probably won't be the last time. Cisco once a month scares the crap outta me! And now you will know how to monitor and when to get her to vet if she takes after my guy! So glad it was just an upset tummy!

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I KNOW how relieved you are. We have all gone through the
"What in the world is wrong with my baby?" scare.

This forum has been invaluable to set some fears to rest.... so many times, it's just an upset tummy, a nasty ear infection or in Cisco's case an entire Spring Collection of Victoria's Secret underwear. (Romeo and Paris ate a couch one time)

We have some very experienced experts on the forum. Given symptoms, they can usually tell us what's going on, but fevers and odd several days of distress need to be seen by your vet.

I'd like to know what is necessary to have in the house for emergencies..

Maybe Sweetpea, Happy Dance or Jess can let us know what the proper First Aid Kit for Dobes should contain