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Poor Biscuit has been up every 3 hours during the night with explosive diarrhea. He's gone at least 7 times. The first time, I thought it was because he hadn't eaten enough (he often has diarrhea when he's hungry, but not explosive diarrhea). The second time, he begged to go out. I was super tired, and told him to just go to sleep. I thought he'd already gotten it out of his system.... served me right when I woke up at 2 am to find diarrhea all over my bedroom floor. He never, ever soils the floor, so that told me how bad the diarrhea was. He literally couldn't hold it in!

I've taken away his food and tried to keep him hydrated, but he just now threw up his water. Should I be doing something else? He's really not enjoying it; what can I do to make it easier for him? It's been about 19 hours since his first incident, and he seems to feel a bit better. I'm still taking him out every 3 hours, and he still has the worst diarrhea he's ever had. :/ I don't know why! Advice would be appreciated, thanks!
 

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He needs the vet. It really could be anything, I do know that around where I live there's a stomach virus going around that at least 2 of the dogs I know have gotten. So it could be something as simple as that or something worse.

Until you can get him in keep him hydrated, withhold food 12 to 24 hours, 24 being best, and then try feeding him a little bit of plain boiled chicken and white rice. Boil the chicken, then once it's cooked remove it from the pot and cook the rice in the water that the chicken was cooked in. Remove and discard the skin and bones from the chicken and feed half chicken and half rice. You can also try a bit of plain canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) Zody is 8 1/2 lbs and he'd get 1 tsp.

With as bad as you say he is he should really be seen by the vet. If he isn't better by tomorrow get him in, or if he gets worse during the night call the emergency vet and ask what you should do. The call will be free.
 
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Our pup sometimes has "Explosive Diarrhea" we call it that because you can hear it as its coming out..we have noticed knock on wood since we have taken out the water from the food we give him he doesnt do it anymore..I think your pup might have pancreatitis, the symptoms sound unfortunately familiar..please take your pup to the Vet to be checked out and have a blood test for pancreatitis, he might need to go on Serenia for a while, its anti nausea it will help..praying for your pup!
 

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He hasn't had any diarrhea in 4 hours, which is a record for him so far. We're going to try feeding him a bit of chicken and rice, like you suggested. If he gets worse, I will call a vet, but hopefully he's on the mend now!
 

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Sounds like a gastro virus of some sort. Have to watch him, they can quickly become seriously dehydrated, which can lead to major organ failure. If he is not drinking, get him to a Vet so they can pump fluids into him. If he is hungry, you are on the right track with chicken and rice, but small quantities. If he eats and is drinking, and his diarrhea is better, you may be out of the woods with him, but watch him closely for the next 24 hours.
 

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He hasn't had any diarrhea in 4 hours, which is a record for him so far. We're going to try feeding him a bit of chicken and rice, like you suggested. If he gets worse, I will call a vet, but hopefully he's on the mend now!
That is good news..just gotta give him food that will make the poop more bulky..and rice will help..
 

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He went for almost 6 hours without diarrhea, and his final round wasn't as bad. He actually peed well tonight, and he didn't poop at all. I think that both of those are good signs. If he makes it through the night without having to be let out, I think we'll be safe. But if he keeps having diarrhea, I'll call a vet. I'm praying that he sleeps through the night peacefully.

He felt like crud all day today, and he hated the fact that he soiled the carpet. He drank small amounts of water three times throughout the morning, and I syringed some water into his mouth this afternoon (he wouldn't drink). He drank lots of water this evening, though, since I mixed it with a bit of chicken and rice. He was very hungry. Thank you everyone for your suggestions and well wishes! I'll post how he's doing tomorrow!
 
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No sooner did I type this, than he had to go out again. More diarrhea. I tried feeding him more chicken and rice, in hopes that that would firn his stool up. He showed no discomfort, he didn't whine to go out, and yet he soiled my room again at 3:30 this morning. He also went out at 8, which is just 15 minutes ago, and his diarrhea was bright yellow and chock full of the rice I fed him. It didn't firm his stool, I just ended up being shot right out of him.

He doesn't want to drink water. I'll probably have to force-feed him some, but I did call a vet. There are no emergency vets within an hour of me, but my local vet office has a doctor on call. They couldn't connect me to the doctor, but said he'd call me back.

I might sound selfish, but I really don't want to have to pay unnecessary vet bills! Money is only money, and I'm glad to spend it to help Biscuit get better. But if the vet runs a bunch of tests and finds nothing, I'll be pretty disappointed in myself for causing a false (and expensive!) alarm.

Wish us luck!
 

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Thanks for nothing, local vet. Your "on call doctor" isn't on call? Well, that's helpful. :/ I'm not committed enough to this to drive Biscuit out over an hour one way to an emergency vet. I don't think he's in THAT bad of a state. I'll call our local vet when they're open tomorrow, I guess. Drat.
 

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With the continued diarrhea and zero liquid intake he is danger of becoming seriously dehydrated. He needs to be seen by a Vet to get liquids into him. Force feeding small quantities of water will not keep him hydrated, especially with the continued diarrhea.
 

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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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