Maggie's doing much better! I took her to the vet yesterday and the vet said that she looks good!
Her temp was normal and she isn't dehydrated. She hasn't vomited since she's been on the bland diet. She does still have diarrhea though, but every subsequent poop is getting less and less liquid-like. The stool sample showed no parasites, but the vet gave her Drontal, just in case (it was really hard to get a good sample with her poop being so loose). They also put her on Metronidazole twice a day for a week to stablize the bacteria in her gut. She is still going to be on a bland diet until she starts producing solid poop.
The only bad thing is that she is going to need a dental. The rescue group had one done on her when they got her, and that was only in April and my vet says she needs another, est. cost $325-365 (ouch!). Now, normally they don't need another dental that soon, so I don't know why she needs it so bad. I don't have all her medical file from when she saw the other vet (they keep all the vet records for the rescue in one master file), but the rescue group leader gave me permission for my vet to contact her vet to get ALL the related medical info. The reason for this is that she just had all the blood tests, etc, and that would eliminate that from the bill when I bring her in for her dental.
Other than that, there was one last funny thing. In my file that I got from the rescue group, she had paperwork saying that she had been microchipped when she and her sister were picked up by the shelter (they were found together wandering the streets). So, my vet decides to pull out her scanner to make sure the microchip was there. Well, it was, however, the number that popped up on the scanner didn't match the one on my paperwork! So, of course I call the rescue group and sure enough Maggie's paperwork went with her sister Lila (who recently got adopted as well) and I had Lila's! Good thing I hadn't sent in the registration yet! So, I have all that in the mail going back to the rescue group and they have the correct paperwork in the mail to me.
Ok, sorry for the long winded post. I guess I go into too much detail sometimes! For those of you who stuck it out until the end, here's your reward... more pics!
I think that you should probably start her on her regular diet now, while she has the medication in her system to help it go down easier.. becuase think about it.. just when you are going to be taking her off the medication, you want to start her regular diet, which will upset her stomach again? That to me doesn't make sense. Not to mention she'll probably turn up her nose after eating chicken for so long.
IMHO you should definitely start her on whatever her permanent diet is going to be right now.
Yeah, I see your point. The vet recommended putting her on a prescription bland diet. So, she is currently eating the Eukanuba Low-residue prescription diet. The vet recommended putting her on that I guess because the chicken and rice lacks some of the minerals and vitamins that she needs, plus it has beet pulp in it that the vet says will help bind her stools. She of course loves it. Should i try mixing in some of her kibble with that in her evening meal? I already fed her this morning.
I love the second picture, she looks so superior with the TP computer screen in the background lol. Glad to hear she's healthy, you should be getting her off of that diet soon though so she doesn't become spoilt with human food. :)
According to the vet, she should get 1 full can a day of the prescription diet (I split it up into 3 meals a day). When she was on regular food (in foster care) she was getting 3/4 cup twice a day. I'll start adding a little of her kibble into her midday meal and see how she does with that. If she tolerates it well, i'll add a larger amount to her evening meal.
Thanks for all your help!
Sienna: I know, I love that pic too! She never misses the opportunity to steal my computer chair whenever I get up! It's kind of fitting that TP was up in the background since I hardly ever log out of it anymore.. lol. Honestly, I hadn't even noticed that in the pic, but it's pretty funny. You have a sharp eye!
I'm pretty sure that she will have to get a dental done, however. Her top teeth seem ok, but her bottom ones look like they are full of tartar. I just think it's strange that she would need one so soon after just having one in April. How long do they usually have to go between dentals? She had a few teeth pulled at her last one and she had really swollen/sore gums before that according to her foster mom. Keep in mind that she is not a young dog. She is likely between 6-8 years old according to the vet.
some dogs just have bad teeth, is the problem. Sadly its more of a problem in small breeds than it is in large ones. Bowen is almost 8 years old and still has the teeth of a puppy.. in fact I took him to a kennel club meeting once and they were like, How old is he, 6 months?" I was like.. try 6 years? "But his teeth are so white!"
I dont feed raw meaty bones personally. I feed dry kibble and little else, very very few treats... and I"m a horrible slacker when it comes to brushign their teeth :P
Ok, but don't the hard bones/kibble/dental chews just prevent the tartar build up? If the tartar is already there (and it is), wont she need a dental to remove it, and then I can worry about preventing it?
Yeah, I realize that! lol... but, she doesn't like to chew on the hard treats. I had gotten her some of the all-natural Newman's Own premium dog treats (they are hard!) and some greenies, but she is not interested in them at all! My last dog would have devoured these without hesitation!
You know, I was reading your post and was wondering what they said she had that made her loose stools?
"They also put her on Metronidazole twice a day for a week to stablize the bacteria in her gut. She is still going to be on a bland diet until she starts producing solid poop. "
I know this is going to be gross but I have to say it. In January I was put in the hospital for the something similar. Really loose stool like water. They run a stool sample and such and bloodwork, etc. And I was put on something similar to the metronidazole. I was diagnosed with having cryptosporidiosis. And during my stay I was on bland foods. Couldn't keep anything in. Eat and within a half hour it was gone. Cryptosporidiosis is the bacteria in waters or wells and is commonly known for people who are traveling in foreign countries to get (that is why you are warned to not drink the water) Animals can also get it and usually a person can get it from an animal (be sure you are washing your hands) The prescription I was on was to stabilize the natural bacteria in my system.
You know, that's a good question! The vet didn't give me an actual diagnosis of anything. I guess they are going with "possible cause". In any case, what they are giving her won't hurt her, and he poop is getting more solid (like toothpaste consistency now). She still hasn't vomited either, so I assume her stomach is settling down. She said it could have just been the change of environment that triggered it.
Lol, yeah, she likes to keep my seat warm when I get up (which isn't often these days, thanks to this addictive forum!)
I am relieved that my Vet was on the ball enough to check her microchip! Could you imagine... I get a call from them saying that they found my dog, and I'd be like, um... she's right here at my feet! LOL... Thank god the mistake was caught before we registered her.