Hello, My name is XXXXX XXXXX I have been a veterinary nurse for 26 years.Thank you for allowing me to assist you today.I am sorry to hear your sisters dog is having some trouble I just have a few questions so I can better assist you.Do you know when she last passed stool and if it was normal?Has she had any vomiting?Did the vet do x rays to look at the abdomen?Was a fecal sample done or did they just try deworming?
Is she spayed?
Please do not be offended, but I clicked and put payment through for a vet. Also, you do not seem to have read my question carefully. Please make my question available again. Thank you.
I am not offended at all and I will be happy to find a vet for you. I just wanted you to know that I did read your question thoroughly and I know you mentioned the diarrhea but I needed to be sure that this was still a problem which is why I asked about the stool.Please do not reply back or it will keep a vet from responding to you. I hope she gets better soon.
Thanks and I will respond further after you reply. There may be a slight delay while I formulate and type a thorough response.
Thanks for responding. I'm checking with my sister about the details. I can tell you that she is not vomiting. Also, I believe this is quite sudden (in the last two weeks) and not a gradual thing. I'm still waiting to hear from my sister, but earlier this evening she wrote the following to me:
"hex wouldn't eat dinner either. But had a total of about 20 milkbones today (only gave when realized not going to eat so not spoiling meals), lapped up the rest of my milk and cereal, and there was quite a lot. Thrust glob of peanut butter with pills down her maw and (ick, but worried) thrust big glob of dog food the same way. Finally, tossed tiny chicken chips from can (she didn't get many, so this was hardly anything) and she lapped some chicken water from can. So got a TINY bit of protein in her in addition to MBs."
I will update you if/when I hear from my sister.
Hello Dr. Z. Below is what my sister wrote. As you can see, I was way off on the age. (All of my sister's dogs a rescues, I thought this one was older when she came.)
From my sister:
She's 2. She's eating 20 milkbones a day, so a lot. Here is progression.For 2 weeks now, disrrhea, no vomiting.Monday 6/24. Will not eat. Has diarrhea. No vomiting. Vet comes. Concludes she ate something nasty and will get over it and start eating again.Weds. Still will not eat meals, though will eat milkbone. Given metronidazole and hydrated by vet.Thurs-Mon: eats regularly, stools loose.Mon. 7/1. Stops eating. Call vet and as if metronidazole is upsetting stomach. He says try stopping.Tues 7/2-Wed7/3 still won't eat. Call vet. We worm her on Weds. Diarrhea. No vomiting. New anti-diarrhea med.Fri. 7/5. HASN"T EATEN ANYTHING BY WAY OF REGULAR MEAL. ONLY MILKBONES. NOW WILL NOT EVEN EAT MILKBONES. Panic. Drage her in for X-Ray (dog afraid of cars, hideous trauma)Hex is, according to medical tests, not sick. Blood work is fine. X-Ray is fine. Tick panel is negative. She was wormed weds. in case of whip worm. But she won't eat her regular meals, and she has pretty continual diarrhea when she goes at all.The vet thinks she could have some tick borne thing that the tick panel doesn't test for, so he'd like her to stay on the tick disease meds (since these have been known to help dogs w/such symptoms who tested negative on the panel). She's also on prednisone to help appetite (fat lot of good it's doing) and 3x a day diarrhea pills.ALL SHE WILL EAT VOLUNTARILY IS MILKBONES. For all I know these are exacerbating the digestive distress that's making her not eat anything else. Vet unhelpful, except in saying she's pretty much healthy and not in danger.Here's the icky thing I've started doing when she won't eat regular food. I take a can of the non-lumpy canned food and do with it what I do with the penut butter to get the pills down her. She hides in the kneehole of the desk in the laundry roon. I can usually get the pills down her in one go (this is AFTER she has rejected dinner) and then I get a can of dogfood or so down her glob by glob. Nobody likes this. Only doing it because desperate.
ADDING CURRENT MEDS:
doxycycline (in case has tick thing not caught by tick panel)loperamide for diarrheaprednisone for appetite
She HAS has the fecal screening and it's normal. She had the bloodwork done twice. She did get a B12 shot. That's where she voluntarily ate the one half meal after it.
Hello Dr. Z.
This is from the original poster - not the dog owner.
My question is this. If she originally had diarrhea from a nonserious cause, and then had a diet of practically nothing but milkbones for an extended period of time, could this cause digestive problems? I don't know what milkbones consist of. Could eating large amounts of them with little else possibly cause diarrhea?