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Old 06-11-2017, 03:09 PM
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You'll need to make really sure that he does not become dehydrated if you are committed to waiting till tomorrow. Get an eyedropper and some unflavored pedialyte and try to get a few eyedroppers full in him every hour or so if he doesn't drink it on his own. You can also add a little bit of low sodium, it needs to be low sodium, chicken broth to the pedialyte to make it more palatable to him.

How long did you cook the rice? It's best to slightly over cook it so it's easier to digest. You can also try pureeing it and the chicken in a food processor (add a few teaspoons of water) which will make it even easier on his stomach. Like everyone has been saying just feed him a little at a time and see how he does before feeding him more.

The yellow color to his poop may be from the chicken, it can cause that to happen, and hopefully that's all it is.
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You'll need to make really sure that he does not become dehydrated if you are committed to waiting till tomorrow. Get an eyedropper and some unflavored pedialyte and try to get a few eyedroppers full in him every hour or so if he doesn't drink it on his own. You can also add a little bit of low sodium, it needs to be low sodium, chicken broth to the pedialyte to make it more palatable to him.

How long did you cook the rice? It's best to slightly over cook it so it's easier to digest. You can also try pureeing it and the chicken in a food processor (add a few teaspoons of water) which will make it even easier on his stomach. Like everyone has been saying just feed him a little at a time and see how he does before feeding him more.

The yellow color to his poop may be from the chicken, it can cause that to happen, and hopefully that's all it is.
We're going to mix some water with chicken broth this afternoon. I don't know about feeding him any more solid food, it seemed to literally shoot through him. I did cook the rice a normal amount, and I then reheated it with extra water. Hopefully he'll feel better until I can get him to the vet!
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We decided to give him heavily diluted tuna water instead of chicken broth, as he loves small amounts of tuna. Tuna water = fail. He wouldn't touch it. I've force-watered him half a glass, and I'm going to finish the glass off. He also lapped a bit of ice water, and we played chase the ice cube.

He seems to feel so much better, he actually wanted to play. He also chewed his chewy bone a bit, and he ate a touch of kibble. I know he's malnourished, but he's just pooping out what we've given him so far!

I'm taking him to the vet first thing tomorrow. I just have to. He feels better, and his diarrhea has lessened in intensity, but he's not eating or drinking enough. If nothing else, the vet can advise me on how to best feed Biscuit, but he'll also probably need rehydration. His nose is cool, and his pee is light in color, so I think he's drinking enough to get him through the morning. I'll keep "watering" him. Please pray for us!
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We decided to give him heavily diluted tuna water instead of chicken broth, as he loves small amounts of tuna. Tuna water = fail. He wouldn't touch it. I've force-watered him half a glass, and I'm going to finish the glass off. He also lapped a bit of ice water, and we played chase the ice cube.

He seems to feel so much better, he actually wanted to play. He also chewed his chewy bone a bit, and he ate a touch of kibble. I know he's malnourished, but he's just pooping out what we've given him so far!

I'm taking him to the vet first thing tomorrow. I just have to. He feels better, and his diarrhea has lessened in intensity, but he's not eating or drinking enough. If nothing else, the vet can advise me on how to best feed Biscuit, but he'll also probably need rehydration. His nose is cool, and his pee is light in color, so I think he's drinking enough to get him through the morning. I'll keep "watering" him. Please pray for us!
Praying that it's nothing serious and he feels better fast! I hate when they are sick and can't tell us exactly what's wrong.
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I'm a little perplexed by this whole issue.

From an outside perspective:
- you love this dog.
- have put enough time, travel and money to get to agility nationals.
- have used the serious descriptor of 'explosive' to describe current events.
- have not been able to hydrate the dog which is of small stature.
- did not want to spend unnecessary funds or time or travel on this incident after 12 and then 24 hrs of symptoms.

All this is to highlight the use of unnecessary here. This dog and his abilities are clearly important to you even just measured in time, travel and money. You seem to use words that imply you think this is serious. Given how important this dog is and the serious nature of the illness I can't understand why you deemed a vet or evet visit unnecessary, especially given the peace of mind some IV fluids and being given the all clear can give.

Maybe my views are being coloured by my pup having a near death experience with diarrhea, sorry if this seemes really harsh but I felt the need to say something. Best wishes for Biscuit's full recovery.
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Another thing I would want to keep in mind is that you travel with your dog for agility, meaning that he is a lot more apt to catch something then a dog that stays at home. I know I am in an effected state, but with the spread of the Dog Flu I would be in that vet's office when they open this morning. Sounds like a horrible weekend!
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Hope he's better, or hydrated! I'm a wait & see person too, on a budget, and all that, but as soon as I read, 'not drinking water' I was worried, very worried. I've had dogs with explosive diarrhea, and months of off and on bloody diarrhea, and it's just come on, and gone, and heck, I've had my gut problems that go away on their own but...

So not everything is an emergency, but when water is pouring out of one end, and not getting into the other, you have a serious problem--I hope all is well, betting you are taking care of this right now. Please do update.

PS. I did call the vet for the bloody diarrhea, nothing diagnosable, it went away. The explosive diarrhea was due to eating kitty litter, which is kaolin clay, which people use for 'cleansing'--so that one was not an emergency.
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In short: he's okay!
@Chas I totally get what you're saying. The reason I wasn't in a hurry is because yes, I was panicking a bit, but Biscuit was on the mend yesterday, and even better today. I had syringed a lot of water into his mouth, and sure enough, the vet said he wasn't dehydrated at all. Thank goodness!

Biscuit is okay! The vet didn't have to give him any fluids, and while the lab results from Biscuit's stool sample don't come back until tomorrow, the vet is quite sure that this is colitis. He gave me some probiotics, diarrhea stopping gel, a gut-cleansing pill, and some gentle dog food. He said that symptoms should clear up within 24 hours, since Biscuit was already much better.

Biscuit is still a little under the weather, but he has an appetite. He even (and this is quite exciting!) drank a fair amount of water mixed with his kibble. Hopefully, the times of force-feeding water are behind us, but I'm willing to keep doing it if I have to. He actually seems to almost like it, lol.

Biscuit likely already had the bacteria in him. The vet said 60% of dogs have the bacteria in them, but not all of them manifest it until triggered in some way. It was more than likely triggered by something at a trial, since Biscuit was at a trial Friday morning, and sick Friday night.

You're right, @jclark343, the weekend kinda sucked. But at least I'm not the one with the diarrhea. Poor Biscuit. I set my alarm to wake me up every 3 hours during the night, and Biscuit didn't soil the floor last night! I took him out at 1 am and 4:30 am, and he didn't even have to go at 1. So, he only had one bout of diarrhea all night long. Progress!

The vet said that if I hadn't taken Biscuit in, Biscuit's diarrhea likely would have cleared up on its own. It just would have taken a bit longer. I'm still glad I took him in, though, because with his medication, he can get better sooner.

Thank you everyone for your advice and well wishes! While I won't consider Biscuit healed until his stool is solid, I do think we're out of the woods!
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