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I am sorry to hear your dog is having this problem. I will need a bit more information to help you better.
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It sounds like he might just have a bit of upset stomach (gastroenteritis). This could have been due to the rawhide ingestion (i see this quite frequently as a cause of upset stomach, especially if they swallow a big chunk) as this can cause irritation in the stomach and intestines. I would try to stay away from the rawhides for a couple weeks to let the GI tract get back to normal. Giardia is indeed a possibility as are other intestinal parasites. Heart worm medication prevents most of the major intestinal parasites, but does not cover giardia. If the diarrhea comes back in full force, a stool sample check by your vet is recommended. In the short term, you can give famotidine (pepcid AC) at 1/4 of a 10 mg tablet every 12 hours to try to help with nausea and upset stomach. You can give this medication longer term if needed, but I usually have you start with about 3-5 days and go from there. As far as diarrhea is concerned, a teaspoon of pepto bismol every 12 hours for 1-2 days may be helpful. Continue with the chicken and rice until everything is back to normal. If there is not a big improvement by Monday, I recommend seeing your regular vet. If there is any blood in the stool or in the vomit, you should see your vet as soon possible.
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Anal gland issues can be allergy related, diet related, and for many toy breeds it is breed related. They may or may not be playing a role here. Loose stool can sometimes cause anal gland issues and full anal glands can sometimes cause straining to defecate and disrrhea. The vomiting and diarrhea are most likely related to the same problem. Typically with a bad enough upset stomach we see them both together. This is very common.
If there is excessive licking at the anal glands and excessive scooting, there may be an anal gland abscess forming, however it does not sound like that is the case.
I would just continue monitoring the anal glands for now.
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