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I have a 70lb. 1.5 year old whoodle. He spent last weekend

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I have a 70lb. 1.5 year old whoodle. He spent last weekend at the kennel while we were away. Two days after we returned and he returned home he has had green liquid stool and is a little lethargic. We put him on a rice and chicken diet three days ago. Today he has started vomiting. Do you think this is something he picked up while at the kennel. Should we take him to the vet? Thank you.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Yes, kennel-induced diarrhea is common. Both bacterial pathogens - Clostridium, Campylobacteria, and Salmonella mainly - and viruses (circovirus) are easily spread in a kennel environment. Even normally well-tolerated bacteria such as E. coli can offend if their phenotype is different from that carried normally by your whoodle - a type of "traveler's diarrhea". I'm willing to give these dogs 72 hours to remiss. Because it's now been 72 hours and he's begun to vomit, it would be prudent to have his vet take a look at him. Conservative care in the form of an antiemetic such as maropitant (Cerenia), antacid such as famotidine (Pepcid), and antiinflammatory antibiotic such as metronidazole might be prescribed by his vet. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
We will take him to the vet. Thank you.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
I'm pleased to hear this. I can't set a follow-up in this venue and so would appreciate your returning to our conversation with an update - even after rating - at a time of your choosing.