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Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian
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My 2 year shipoo old has been eating goose poop. Today she

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my 2 year shipoo old has been eating goose poop. Today she is acting lethargic , has little appetite, has had diarrhea (very strange color) and threw up (yellowish liquid)? Thoughts?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 2 years ago.
Hello and thanks for requesting me, Just to let you know that I am locked on to your question and am working on it now.My name is***** and I am a small animal vet with many years experience and rest assured I will do my best to answer your question to your satisfaction today. You can expect a written reply sometime within the next fifteen minutes or so.We also have the option to talk things over by telephone or via an internet service such as Skype. Please get back to me if this is more convenient for you. { There is a small extra charge for phone calls }Regards,Dr Scott
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thanks Doctor. Her name is*****'ll wait for your response.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I'm Sheila
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 2 years ago.
Hello again Sheila and thanks for waiting.I have worked out an answer for you below ...It sounds to me very possible that Lucy has contracted a gastroenteritis from eating the goose poop, this sort of incident is very common in dogs but usually not too serious. However be aware that this sort of thing is always a gamble, if you want to be 100% sure you are doing the right thing you should have a vet check her over without delay.That said that there are a number of home remedies for vomiting in the dog, these work well for uncomplicated cases where for example a dog has eaten something she should not have out in the yard { as in your case } , or had some unaccustomed rich foodstuff, or has otherwise somehow acquired a minor tummy bug of some sort. Here are some examples.1. I am aware that some owners use Pepto-Bismol to treat their dogs with gastro-enteritis and report success. Here is a link to a web page which has all the information you might need including dose rates : LINK2. Some owners try and control the situation with diet alone before they try anything else. This is logical and often works, the basis of this is to give the intestinal tract a complete rest and then bring it back slowly to function, resting the alimentary tract is the critical factor. It would go something like this ...A. Starve her for 24 hours but make sure she has access to water.B. The next day feed her four or five small light meals in the day. These meals should be the likes of chicken, fish, scrambled egg etc. with a little rice.C. If she picks up on this diet gradually reintroduce her normal diet over the next few days.3. Live yogurt added to the food can often help. Some gastro-enteritis situations are caused by an imbalance in the bacteria in your dog's gut. Live yogurt is full of " good " bacteria and will seed them into your dog's intestinal tract and restore the balance. A couple of teaspoons twice a day will be enough for the average Shipoo Of course if any of the above does not quickly start to work or if Lucy deteriorates further in any way you should have your vet check her over just to be on the safe side. I hope I have covered your question fully enough but if you would like further clarification or to talk things over a bit more then I will be on-line for the next hour or so and I will be more than pleased to continue working with you.Regards, ***** be kind enough to rate my service to you after we have concluded our dialogue, such feedback helps me maintain the quality of my answers.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thanks Dr Scott, before I heard back from you, I gave her a little plain turkey. It was well received. I like your idea of yogurt and pepto Bismo. I'll keep her diet bland. I usually mix WD with fresh meat. Hopefully the vomiting has stopped for now.
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 2 years ago.
That sounds a good plan ... I hope she soon picks up, but I should be available online today for at least the next three or four hours so please do not hesitate get straight back to me if Lucy 's condition changes or you would like to talk things over further. Kindest regards, *****
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 2 years ago.
Hello again,
I am just checking back in to see how your dog is getting on after our recent dialogue concerning the goose poop incident.
How are things going?
Dr Scott
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