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Old 9th February 2007, 02:35 AM
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Our dog Lizzy has had diarrhea for the last day and a half. She is about 11 years old (she was a rescue dog we got her and she was six months old). Her appetite is good and she seams mostly like herself. Right now she has been straining so hard it is bloody. Another of our dogs had this same thing about a week ago and I gave him mercurius solubis (this was the best thing I could figure out for him). Lizzy's diarrhea is about the consistancy of a thin cake batter and an orangey color, tinged with the blood. Also she has alot of gas with it and the smell is horrible!

Personality wise she is the alpha dog but is very shy. When she has gone in the house she goes as far away as possible like she is hiding it. She is not very good about letting you know she wants out!

Any help with a remedy would be so much appreciated!

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Hi Cathy,

I am going to ask a couple questions for further clarification on her symptoms.

Have you changed her diet recently?
Does she have a temp at all?
Does she seem to have a sore tummy if you palpitate it?
Is there anything else going on with her like nose or eyes running?
Is she eating food at all?
Is she drinking water?
Is she whining at all like in pain?
Is she just hiding after accidents or is she hiding all the time?
Is there anything else that is different about her now that wasn't happening or there before?

Ok, that will get you started for when Wim shows up. He should be around in a few hours. He is in the Netherlands and on a different time zone obviously. He will help you out with your pup.

Just answer the questions I asked and fill in anything you think is different about her right now and why it is different.

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Hi Julie,
Thanks for getting back to me so quickly!

I have not changed her diet too recently. Although, about two weeks ago I tried a different food (duck) but I did not think they liked it so I changed back to a chicken formula. Since she has been sick I have been encouraging her to eat some white rice with homemade chicken broth.

I do not think she has a fever, her nose is a little bit warm though.

Her tummy seems normal, no pain.

When she has been outside her nose seems to be drippy.

She is eating and drinking.

I figured she "caught" this from our other dog that was sick last week. He was sick for about four days.

Lizzy does not hide, she hides where she has the accident. After that she is back with us. Actually she is a very clingy dog. She is definately attatched to me. She is always putting her head on my knee.

She does like to be covered for warmth. When she lays down I put a towel over her. Also I have space heater to warm up our pets. Even though the dogs are indoor pets I feel our house is definately cool inside.

I hope I have given you the information you need to help our Lizzy. Please let me know if there is anymore info needed.

I have great confidence in Wim. He has helped me before on another forum.

Thanks for your help!
Cathy
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Hi Cathy,


Nice to meet you again on this forum !

First try for Lizzy : Nux vomica 6c, 12x, or 6k (second choice would be the 12c or 12k or 30c or 30k), 3 times daily for a few days (3-5) and taper down if you see a distinct improvement.

If necessary please feel free to ask additional advice !

(Thanks Julie !)

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Hello Wim,

Thank you for the advice. I have given her two doses of the 6c today. For the most part she seems like herself. She strains though, so much that she is having blood at the tailend of every movement.

She is hungry and I have been feeding her. Would I be better off witholding her food?

If you have any other thoughts please let me know.

Thank you again!
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Kathy, might I suggest that you feed something else besides chicken to her? I feed my animals raw meat/organs and bones. Or a raw diet. Even cooked chicken can cause loose stools in animals. I would recommend feeding your girl some nice raw ground beef until she straightens out. There is plenty of vitamins and minerals in that for her.
What kind of dog is she and how much does she weigh? You should feed approximately 2% of her total weight a day. You can split that into 2 or 3 meals if she is really hungry. When a dog has diareahh the food is not staying in them very long so hunger is constant because they are not getting the nutrition that they need.

An old vet that I used many many years ago told me to feed the raw beef to our St. Bernard who had severe diareahh. It worked very well and I have done that anytime one of my dogs has had problems. It is easy to digest for them and tends to stay in their system longer and will help to heal the digestive track.

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Hello Cathy,

I agree with the good advice given by Julie. No harm in trying this anyway !

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Hello to Wim and Julie,

Just wanted to say thanks again for your input on how to help my little Lizzy.

She is much improved and I am so happy!

Besides the suggestions I got from you both I also tried a cooked, mashed sweet potato and some cooked pumpkin and this seamed to help as well.

Again, Thanks to you both!
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Hi Cathy,

Great to hear this !

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