Vomiting/Diarrhea

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Dallas was vomiting and had watery diarrhea last night. I was at work and he was being looked after by a close friend. I called the emergency animal clinc and of course they said bring him in, I probably would have sent him either way. He tested negative for parvo and xrayed him to make sure he did not have a blockage, I caught him eating on a pine-cone the other day. It was all negative except for a thickened abdominal wall said to be caused by excessive gas; he has been rather gassy lately. They gave us some canned dog food for two days and said to only feed him half the can twice a day. He has been eating 4-5 cups of dry large breed puppy food. Is it normal to cut the food back like that when they get upset stomachs, will the food change not make it worse? I did give him new treats over the past couple of days; I will be throwing those away as soon as I get home.

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Some of the dobermans I have had over the past 30 years or so have had such sensitive stomachs, almost anything new or different to their regular diet would make them throw up.  Others seem to have had iron clad stomachs and could eat/digest anything with no problems whatsoever. Hope he's ok now.

When my rat terriers get pukey or get the runs for no apparent reason, I give them a couple spoonfuls of plain yogurt, or cottage cheese, and canned pumpkin (not the pie filling, just plain canned pumpkin) helps to solid up the poo when they get diarrhea.  Ziva is one of those iron-clad stomach girls, so I havent had to deal with that sort of thing with her....but I still occasionally give her a spoonful or two of yogurt just to help with the digestive tract.

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If my dogs get pukey, I have them skip a meal, and then when I feed them I feed boiled chicken and rice or cottage cheese and rice depending on the dog.  It's two cups rice to one cup cottage cheese.  I feed them this until their stomach settles and then I switch back to their regular diet in a day or so.

I'm glad Dallas went in for a check, when it's the diarrhea and puke, it's a little scary.  I agree with Ziva's dad, sometimes its just a sensitive stomach.  My chihuahua has the sensitive stomach and will get randomly puky for no reason I can see.  So I do what I said above and away we go.  If it doesn't clear up with one or two meals on that, we'd go in, but so far I haven't had to worry about it.

On the note of the amount of food, they probably want him to eat a minimum amount, so that his stomach can be settling and not overfull.  If he seems really hungry wait an hour and then you can give him a little more.  It's only for a few days and when he's ready to eat his regular food again he will be very glad!

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So I have feed him the prescribed food for the day and he is still looking for food and has not had a stool at all today. I called the regular Vet and she said it was ok to give some rice so it is cooking now. Is it normal to not have a stool the day after having diarrhea and eating a lighter amount of food?

 

 

Thanks for the advice!

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I know I've been concerned at times about the same thing.. after an upset with Sofia I noticed there were no Mt. Doberman to pick up for a full day.. It's off putting I know. we're all consummate poo watchers here, so just keep asking any and everything.

The boiled rice and a little white chicken meat will be relaxing to his tummy and go easy on the food for a while. Lighter is better and the canned pumpkin and yogurt is a great tip from Ziva's Dad. Be sure and offer a lot of water.

Keep us informed.

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chicken and rice are great cures for upset tummy's - pumpkin is wonderful too.  I give Rocky a spoon of pumpkin most mornings as his treat.  He likes it! 

 

I wouldn't worry if he didn't poop yet,  if he had diarrhea for a few days, he's probably pretty cleaned out in there.  Might take a day to get back to normal and build up a bit.