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Lexi's Sick

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Lexi started barking this morning at 6AM. She wouldn't stop so I went out to her crate to take her out to go potty. I noticed her pillow in her crate covered in brown stuff. I got her out of the crate and she started to act like she had to go potty so I took her out. She went poop but it was really, really soft. Almost to soft to pick up. When we got back inside she throw up a brown liquid. I offered her some dog food (didn't have any hamburger or rice for the bland diet) and she wouldn't eat it. We went outside one more time before I went to work and again the poop was really, really soft.

I called the vet and they said to give her a bland diet (boiled hamburger and boiled rice) for 24 hrs. After that if she is better I can give her her dog food again. If she isn't better I'm supposed to bring her in.
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Originally posted by tlunn@Jul 27 2005, 08:04 AM
It does make you wonder what she got into..

Any ideas?
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I really have no idea. She was fine last night. It was only around 70 last night (after about 4 weeks of 90+ degree weather) so we went for a long walk (around 3 miles). She was fine and walked about 3/4 of the way. She was fine when she went to bed, no diarrhea then. She did bark in the middle of the night but after a few minutes she calmed down. When I was cleaning out her crate I found a turd. Lexi has never been a poop eater but I'm wondering if she ate some. The puke was the color of poop. YUCK!!!

She had been laying in the stuff (not sure if it is puke or poop) on her bed. Her face had the stuff all over. I had to wash her face and comb it out. My poor baby! Made me feel like a bad mom for not getting up when she barked in the middle of the night.
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She is used to the walk. We usually walk about 2.5miles. We did go about 3 blocks farther then we usually go. But she was fine. When she gets tired she will jump up and lets me know she wants to get picked up. I don't think she would have had heat sickness because it was cold enough that I wore a jacket on our walk.

She could have picked something up on the walk I guess. Not sure when she would have thoug. We didn't really stop long enough for her to get something.

I have no idea what is wrong with her.
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Originally posted by nataliecmu@Jul 27 2005, 09:04 AM
A few months ago Tini threw up some brown stuff-- the vet said it was poop.
I hope for your sake it is something as simple as poop 

Hope Lexi is feeling better soon 

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Yeah that is what I'm thinking it was.

I really, really don't think it was heatstroke. It was actually chilly when we went for the walk. Plus we got back to the apartment at 7:30 and didn't go to sleep until almost 11. If it was heatstroke I think she would have had some symptoms before this morning. Plus she is used to the walk. Normally it is a 2.5 mile walk and Lexi walks about 2miles of it. This time it was closer to 3 miles and she walked about 2.25 miles. If it was heatstroke she probably not have been able to walk as far. After the walk Lexi and Nikki played together until bed. I don't think she would have been playing for 3.5hrs if it was heatstroke.
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Also, didn't you say that Nikki is a poop eater? If so, then maybe Lexi saw her eating it and thought she'd give it a try, too ??
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Like it is the "cool thing to do"

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Yeah Nikki is the poop eater. Lexi has never shown any sign of possibly eating poop (that I've seen). But there was that turd in her crate this morning and the puke was the color of poop. I guess the brown color could also be from her dog poop.

I don't know! I can't wait for lunch so I can go home and check on her.
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Lexi seems to be feeling a lot better. She was playing with Nikki while I was making the rice and chicken, finished it just before the electricity went out. Good thing it is only in the upper 60s today! I made up a mixture of 1/3 cup shredded chicken and 2/3 cup of rice. She ate about 1/3 of a cup. She would have kept eating but I didn't want to give her too much the first time.
I tried to get some Pediolite but Target only had the flavored ones. I did get a syringe (sp bad) from the pharmasist but for some reason when i got home it wasn't in my bag. I don't think she drank any water when I was home.
I didn't realize it until I got back to work. So tonight I going to work on getting some liquids into her.
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I'm going to try to get her to drink some water tonight. If not I can run to the walmart down the street and see if they have it.
Yeah she had me scared. She has never really been sick. She hasn't had an accident in her crate since she was 12 weeks old.
She seems to be back to normal. She ate supper (rice and chicken). Her poop is almost back to normal, it is just slightly soft still. She is playing with Nikki like normal.
She is doing great! Completely back to normal. I'm going to give her the chicken and rice for another day or so (made way to much of it). Her poop is back to normal and she is playing with Nikki a lot. She ate about 3/4 cup of the chicken and rice this morning.
Lexi just had MAJOR diarreha! It was like a 3-4" circle about 1/2 high. It was like pudding like. Poor baby!! She is still acting fine. She ate fine at breakfast and lunch. She hasn't eaten anything tonight. I think she drank some water at lunch but she hasn't drank anything while I was home. I'm going to try and get some more water into her tonight. If she isn't better by tomorrow I'm going to take her to the vet.
I talked to one of my neighbors and his dog had the same thing a few days ago. On the third day he took him to the vet and he is a lot better now.
I just talked to LadyMontava and she said to try giving her some canned pumpkin a few times a day for the next few days. She said if she isn't better by next week (mid week) to take her to the vet. So I'm going to try that. I also got a medicine dropper so I'm "forcing" water into Lexi.
Well I went to the store and got a couple cans of pumpkin and a baf of frozen green beans. Nikki loves the pumpkin but Lexi didn't really like it. So I had to do tough love and rumb finger fulls along the roof of her mouth.

They liked playing with the green beans but wouldn't eat them.
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Guess what?

I think Nikki has what ever Lexi has. Either that or the pumpkin (she stole some of Lexi's) gave her diarreha.
I'm really hoping it is just the pumpkin that gave Nikki diarreha! Poor girls. They are both acting normally though. I might call the vet in the morning and ask what they say. It is the same vet that my neighbor goes to so they might know what it is since they treated my neighbor's dog.
I'm taking Lexi to the vet at 10:30. She is not acting normal this morning. She normally starts playing with Nikki as soon as I open the crate doors. But this morning she wasn't interested in playing and she didn't eat anything. I still haven't seen her drink anything so I'm giving her a full baby medicine dropper of water every 45-60min. So far she hasn't thrown up since Tuesday morning.
Originally posted by LadysMom@Jul 29 2005, 08:17 AM
Pumpkin is high fiber so I'm not surprised Lexi's diarrhea got worse, not better. I think most often we give it to help them go if they are constipated.
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I found this on a website:
Tip 75 - Pumpkin for cats - pumpkin for dogs - Pumpkin for diarrhea or constipation

If your dog or cat is having the occasional case of constipation or diarrhea, one of the things that might help is canned pumpkin. Yes canned pumpkin in its pureed form (NOT pumpkin pie filling) is a fantastic stool softener which makes it a good natural remedy for constipation. It often helps with upset stomach or indigestion for both cats and dogs. It is very rich in fibre and adding just one or two teaspoonfuls to your pet's food often gets the system moving in no time. Dogs will occasionally want to eat it directly and that's fine too. Sometimes though, finicky cats and dogs won't touch it no matter what you do.

On the opposite end of things is diarrhea. Since the dietary fibre in canned pumpkin absorbs water, it can be a great help to a cat or dog that has diarrhea. Some pet owners report that it firms up their pet's loose stools or diarrhea within a few hours. Again one to two teaspoonfuls is all that is needed.

N.B. It should be noted that both diarrhea and constipation can both be very serious and require immediate veterinary care depending on the cause. Whatever the cause, diarrhea or constipation lasting more than 24-36 hours requires vet care. Click the following links for more general information on diarrhea,constipation and intestinal disorders.[/B]
I gave Lexi a tablespoon of it last night so I think I might have over done it. Oops! This also explains why Nikki got diarreha.
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Originally posted by TuckersMom@Jul 29 2005, 09:41 AM
Hope your babies are all better real soon.  I was told to use canned pumpkin for constipation also.  I didn't know that it could help with diarrhea as well.  I will have to remember that in case Tucker ever has it.  Also I was told you could freeze any left over and keep for later.  Best wishes to you and your little ones.  If you're like me, you are probably more upset over their ailments than they are.
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Yeah I froze it in ice cube trays.
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