|Barked: Sun Jun 24, '12 10:40am PST |
|Olive developed diarrhea on Wednesday morning and has had rocket-butt ever since. It's all liquid. It started just brown... then turned a deep greenish color before turning orange-reddish... at that point, and because it didn't stop and she was having accidents in the house (completely ruined our couch), I called the vet and brought her in yesterday to be looked at.
The vet (not our regular vet, but was a vet we could see on short notice) did a fecal exam - which came back negative, but the vet found some pieces of carpet in her stool, which prompted an x-ray - which showed no blockages, but did show that the intestines were inflammed. $214 later, my dog is diagnosed with irritated bowels and prescribed a bland diet of cooked chicken and rice for the next few days. The vet said the intestines heal quickly (24 hrs) and she should get better soon. (As for the carpet - she chewed a corner off a carpet earlier this week... didn't think anything of it - I hate to say it, but she's gotten into worse -- the vet thinks the intestines are bothered by the carpet material which is reason for the blood in her stool.)
She's had chicken and rice for the past four meals, and the diarrhea doesn't seem to be getting any better, although it has turned yet a different color - more yellowish this time.
A few things:
Olive is NOT vomiting. She is NOT itchy or lethargic, she doesn't have a fever, she is eating and drinking normally -- she doesn't have any other symptoms of illness besides this awful diarrhea.
Olive is fed grain-free dry. She always ate ToTW, ut because ToTW was on recall, we were feeding Wellness CORE (ocean) the past few months -- we just finished that bag and saw ToTW was on the market again so we started ToTW (high prairie) earlier this week. It was a sudden switch and I thought at first that might be reason for the diarrhea, but it should have cleared up by now?
It's been extremely hot here this week (80s-90s) and I also initially thought the dog was having some kind of reaction to the heat. But we've kept the place cool and she has access to plenty of water, and we haven't been exercising her in the heat.
She's otherwise her normal, happy self - I'm just perplexed what's causing this.
What can I do to make this diarrhea stop?????
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