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Old 12-27-2012, 09:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Harry has runny tummy. Remedies?

It's around 2am. Bleary eyed.

I gave Harry two small pieces of chilli crisps last nite. Was working in principle he would not like them, walk away , then I can eat in peace. Not really. Gobbled and waited for more. Anyway gave no more. During the evening he had some whiffs farts!

During the nite he began whimpering went to check. Stinky runny tummy mess! Was surprised he was not barking for attention. Anyway a bit of a clean up of him, crate, the floor and ...then me. He is still a bit stinky but cannot bath and blow dry him in middle of the night. Noise restrictions in my building. Will have to do in the morning.

Question. What home remedy can I give him for his tummy? Should I skip his breakfast tomorrow? He looks ok at the moment


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How big/old is Harry? If he is a toy or a young puppy I would skip one meal. If he is bigger, I would skip meals for 24 hours. Make sure he has access to water. Meanwhile simmer some chicken breast or minced beef in water with no salt to make a dilute stock, and use the stock to cook white (ideally short grain) rice until it is very soft. For the first meal give him just the rice, then gradually add a little of the meat to subsequent meals.

If he is vomitting, or if there is blood in his faeces, or if he still has serious diarrhoea after 48 hours, or if he seems lethargic, or if you are worried for any other reason, do call your vet. But usually 12 - 24 hours fast with just water, then a very bland diet for a day or two, will put things right.
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I normally fast them for 24 hours, then bring them back up with a bland meal of boiled hamburger and white rice. You can also give raw pumpkin.
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I think Harry and Cali must be in cahoots! Cali woke me up at 4 AM on Wednesday morning, crying in her crate. She, too, had had diarrhea in it though she managed to back herself right up to her door, poop mostly through the door and then hide herself in the back so most of it missed her. I put her outside, where she pooped again. I have a spare crate, so gave the floor a quick clean, put the dirty crate outside to clean later and put her into the spare.

I think I caused this with too much pumpkin! I've been sick the last week and my head was feeling a little fuzzy when I made up her weekly batch of food. I usually put in a bit of pumpkin for fiber but for whatever reason, I put in double what I usually do! Duh! Her poops immediately got a little loose but I didn't want to throw out the batch of food and figured she'd be fine. Nope.

I didn't give her any breakfast on Wednesday morning and gave her a small meal of boiled rice and well-rinsed, cooked hamburger (no pumpkin! LOL) in the afternoon. She still had some diarrhea, so I didn't give her another meal. She woke me up at 4:30 AM this morning, throwing up bile because her stomach was empty. Luckily all that entailed was a quick change of towel in the crate.

Today, I'm feeding small meals 4 times a day and she hasn't pooped at all so I'm hoping the worst is over for her and I'll get some sleep tonight!
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Thanks for the advice. Harry is 7 months. There was some more mess during the rest of the nite but not too much. During our morning walk he expelled more plus vomited foamy slivia. Could see no blood anywhere.

On the plus side he is still waggy tail and bouncy but can see from his eyes that he is a bit confused with his body. After the vomiting will definitely hold back breakfast. Will make some stock for him tonight and boil some rice for dinner if he looks bright. However I think he can cope without food for 24hrs

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Oh dear. Hope Cali is fine. They must have doggy radio. LOL

Sadly Harry not so bright with the expelling of waste in a small crate so ther was mess on both ends plus his fur slightly matted. Bath after work tonight


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A lot of people say that pumpkin will fix tummy issues. Pumpkin is a lot of fiber. It really firms up the feces, helps to relieve constipation but that's about it. Or so I've found.

I find plain old white rice to really help with most stomach issues, especially loose stools. It's very bland and absorbant.

But for really bad tummy aches, I keep a bottle of pet store pectin on hand. You can find it at most pet stores. There's so much debate amongst vets where aspirin is okay for dogs or not, so I wouldn't chance Pepto Bismal, just pet pectin.

And sometimes I give Pepcid. Best to ask your vet for the dosage.
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I find that pumpkin or sweet potatoe to do the trick -- especially for loose stools. It always worked for my dogs. The fiber "balances" so it supposedly works for constipation or runny stools -- either way.
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