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Old 12-18-2012, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Artie had diarrhea -- like water -- on Sunday evening. Yesterday (Monday) morning, he had a solid poop first thing in the morning, but the rest of the day, it was like water. He went many, many, many times. I lost count. Keep in mind that he usually only poops once per day... maybe twice. On one of those diarrhea occasions yesterday, it was just mucus. There was nothing that I could do about going to the vet because of the ice storm and I'd call in the morning (Tuesday).

This morning, I heard him leave the bedroom at 5:15. Thinking that he just wanted a change of atmosphere, I figured that he went into my office (on the futon) or into the living room (on the couch). I got out of bed at about 6. I went into my office -- no Artie. Living room? No Artie. Downstairs guest room bed? Nope, no Artie. I went to the downstairs back door, where I always let him into the yard, and he was sitting in front of the door, staring at it. (I'm guessing he'd been there for 45 minutes, from since I heard him leave the room. I wonder why he didn't nuzzle me to get me up.) I opened the door, he zoomed out, went straight to the back of the yard, and... huge pile of diarrhea.

I called the vet. They suggested a bland diet -- boiled chicken and rice -- as the first solution. I explained that he's very likely grain intolerant, so I didn't want to do that, and any dietary change makes his stomach wonky anyway. She said that after a bland diet, their next course of action would be antibiotics (Flagyl), so she'd ask the doctor to write up the prescription and I could pick it up in about an hour.

1. I went to pick it up. I didn't look at the number of pills but, once home, I noticed that it was only 10. He needs two per day. Is a 5-day course of Flagyl long enough?

2. Since I'm not 100% certain that he's grain intolerant because he's never had clinical tests, I boiled up some Jasmine rice. (I didn't have white rice.) Is Jasmine rice OK to give him, do you think? And do you think that I'm making a huge mistake giving it to him if he is, in fact, grain intolerant?

Thanks!
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:22 PM
 
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Trust me it's more than enough. My dogs vet prescribed the same medication (It's written metronidazole on the bottle) and believe me even couple of pills will be enough. My pup gets better after the first pill immediately.
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:34 PM
 
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Trust me it's more than enough. My dogs vet prescribed the same medication (It's written metronidazole on the bottle) and believe me even couple of pills will be enough. My pup gets better after the first pill immediately.
Thank you! You read my mind -- that's EXACTLY what I wanted to hear!
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:38 PM
 
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Thank you! You read my mind -- that's EXACTLY what I wanted to hear!
you're welcome. hope he feels better as soon as possible.
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:30 PM
 
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I hope Artie feels better soon. When Willie was on Flagyl we had to do two 5 day treatments. But then he was a very little puppy at the time. I wonder what got Artie so sick?? I will be thinking of him.
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:35 PM
 
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you're welcome. hope he feels better as soon as possible.
Thanks again!

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I hope Artie feels better soon. When Willie was on Flagyl we had to do two 5 day treatments. But then he was a very little puppy at the time. I wonder what got Artie so sick?? I will be thinking of him.
Honestly, I have *no* idea what happened. Nothing's changed. Not a thing. It's just so weird.

Thank you for the good wishes.
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:01 PM
 
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One dose in (I had to stick it in a piece of hot dog for him to take it).

As for the rice, I gave it to him. His dinner was a half-order of of kibble (which he left over anyway), a scrambled egg, some Jasmine rice (which, evidently, he loved... gosh, I hope that doesn't come back to bite me in the grain-intolerant butt), and some boiled chicken.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:12 PM
 
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I am so sorry to here what a lousy day Artie had! I know how awful it makes me feel to have a bad tummy...and I don' t have to go outside in bad weather. Glad to hear he is doing better. Do you think it might have been a case of nerves over the near debut of his biography?...
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:17 PM
 
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I am so sorry to here what a lousy day Artie had! I know how awful it makes me feel to have a bad tummy...and I don' t have to go outside in bad weather. Glad to hear he is doing better. Do you think it might have been a case of nerves over the near debut of his biography?...
Bahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I never thought of that! That's hilarious!!!

He's lying on the couch, under a blankie, and hasn't gone to the back door (no pun intended) in a few hours, so I'm taking that last part as a sign that he's feeling a bit better.
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:57 AM
 
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Update:

Artie hasn't pooped (diarrhea or otherwise) since returning from the vet with the Flagyl yesterday. Hmmmm. Nothing yesterday afternoon, nothing yesterday evening, nothing this morning, and it's now almost 2:00 PM.

I gave him a dose and some rice (grain intolerance be damned!) with his dinner last night.
This morning, I gave him another dose and more rice.

So... either:

1. He's like me and getting the pills (not even taking one!) gets him almost healthy again. Not likely but it happens to me sometimes. Placebos would work VERY well for me. Clearly.
2. One dose of Flagyl did the trick.
3. I totally blocked him up with the rice and he's good and constipated now. Oy.

What do you guys think?

A. Should I give him more rice with his dinner tonight?
B. Once I get a good solid poop out of him, should I stop giving him the Flagyl?
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