dog had dirreaha in his crate. we romoved him from crate, took him outdoors and he seemed to stop. however, he seems to de drooling excessively & refuses water or fav treat.he is a 12 year old husky/sheperd mix. wgt 48 lbs. taking atopica for allegies, md that prescribed the drug is not available until wed
Type of Animal: German Shepherd Dog
Name of Dog: CLYDE
Hi, I'm Dr. Deb. I will do my best to assist you today.
I'm sorry to hear about Clyde's problems.
Diarrhea can be caused by any number of things in a dog....he got into the garbage and ate something he shouldn't have, he ate something outside he shouldn't have, worms (parasites), bacterial/viral disease, inflammatory bowel disease,...the list goes on and on. But what concerns me most about Clyde is that he sounds really nauseous (the drooling) and doesn't want to eat. For a 12-year old dog to behave this way, I worry that something more serious could be going on. He still could have gotten into something like toxins, or possibly drugs (if someone in the house in on medication), he could have eaten something like a bone that is lodged or stuck in his stomach or intestines, food poisoning or even something could be going on with his liver, kidneys, or pancreas. If he is lethargic as well, then clearly he is not feeling well at all.
And, not to alarm you, but older dogs can also get cancer and it could come on very suddenly.
Older dogs don't have the reserves that younger dogs do and they can go downhill pretty quickly.
since i wrote he has taken water. and wants more. i gave him the treat, he accepted it, then spit it out
Has he actually vomited at all?
I wouldn't let him have as much water as he wants...just small amounts.
Would he normally eat the treat? or is he sometimes a fussy eater?
hes walking around climbing on his chair
Is there anything that you think he could have gotten into?
no, he was in the crate & no one here is takin meds
OK,....So, he doesn't sound lethargic then, right?
he seems more alert
Is he still drooling?
Then it may be safe to just treat the diarrhea for now and if things change you might want to have him seen tonight.
he's taking apotica for allergies
OK, I don't think that has anything to do with this unless he has never taken it before and you just started him on it.
meal> & should he skip tonights dose?
You could give him 1 tsp of pepto bismol every 12 hours to help with the diarrhea.
I might not give him the atopica tonight; missing it won't hurt.
I have feeding instructions, so wait...
.I would feed him a bland diet of boiled skinless chicken breast and 20-minute white rice (1 part chicken to 4 parts rice) in very small meals every 2-3 hours. The diet and pepto may not be enough to resolve the diarrhea--he may need stronger anti-diarrheal drugs from your vet. If he starts to vomit or acts lethargic then have him seen sooner rather than later. If you end up taking him to your vet for the diarrhea, be sure to take a sample with you so they can check it for parasites/worms.
I have been a small animal veterinarian for 25 years .