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I had a 7 month old golden retriever yesterday who gulped a

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I had a 7 month old golden retriever yesterday who gulped a mouse she found...behavior and activity have been normal but now her stools are loose.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 years ago.
Welcome! My name is***** am a UC Davis graduate, and currently, a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.
I am sorry to hear about this concern. It is actually possible for a mouse to even cause an obstruction in the intestinal tract, so I would advise against waiting too long on a vet visit. Many times, I think an abdominal x-ray is well worthwhile, to see if the mouse is passing through the digestive tract or not.
Otherwise, you don't really want to give immodium, which will just slow down the intestinal tract and really cover up the problem.
In addition, not so sure your vet would want you giving pepto bismol either.
You can feed a bland diet, but if diarrhea persists, the vet will want to start some other medication for diarrhea and consider those abdominal x-rays.
Here is a bland diet recommendation:
Boiled boneless, skinless chicken breast OR low-fat cottage cheese
Cooked white rice
*Never add on salt, pepper, oils, butter to any of the above
*Ideally, give 1/3 chicken or cottage cheese, and 2/3 white rice
Veterinarians will often prescribe some prescription bland diets as an easy alternative including Science Diet I/D formula.
Also, if Roxanne at any point looses her appetite or tries to vomit, then my concern is greater for obstruction.
Good Luck!
Dr. Andy
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Two vets consulted yesterday: Vet one asked about if any mouse/rat poison was used on is not. Indicated it would either come up or out. Vet two said to watch stool for next few weeks for any signs of worms.
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 years ago.
1. Vet one. Well, the amount of rat bait that would have been consumed by 1 mouse would likely be so minimal, it has no impact on your pet.
2. The second vet. Watching stool for next few weeks is a long time. If their only concern is worms, why not just give a good broad-spectrum dewormer instead of waiting for complication.
3. Vet three is me. Stools are already loose so its having an impact on your pet. Therefore, why wait several days for supportive care. I feel that getting some supportive treatment sooner might be the better course of action.
Otherwise, my fear is infection or obstruction. So, if an issue were to develop, it will definitely be within the next few days.
Hope that clarification helps.
Dr. Andy
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hi Doctor,Would you expect the soft stools she is encountering now as she is trying to pass the mouse?
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 years ago.
Yes or digestive upset from her stomach acid breaking down the mouse.
Dr. Andy
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Is it best to just monitor or run out to emergency vet for xray?
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 years ago.
That's a tough question.
If close and money not too much of an issue, I kind of vote for the vet visit now.
If there were no symptoms at all, I would be a bit less worried. But, from this side of a computer screen and that diarrhea has started, I vote for a trip sooner than later.
But, if you do wait, here are some extra guidelines about needing an ER visit:
If you observe any of the following, you'll want to get into a ER veterinarian for better supportive care:
- persistent vomiting or trying to vomit
- bad diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
- poor appetite that persists
- excessive panting to suggest nausea or pain
- bloated belly appearance or a tense belly
Dr. Andy
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 years ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about Roxanne. How is everything going?

Dr. Andy