My 9 year old doxie's diarrea got gradually worse from loose BM to pure liquid. Foul odor accompanies it, too. He is still playful and no shivering. I can't tell if he has a fever. He vomitted once. Can I wait until Monday to take him to his regular vet? Thank you.
First, and very important question: Has he had his innoculations (that means the current annual boosters?) -on time? And did they contain the vaccine for Parvo Virus?
If so, I don't think it can be Parvo. But if he has lapsed with his boosters, there is a strong chance it might be.
Parvo needs urgent treatment. It can be a deadly virus for dogs. If you know he hasn't had his innoculations, then please take him right now, to a vet, or emergency vet.
Diarrhea usually doesn't smell very nice, but Parvo is notorious for very very foul-smelling stools. The reason for this is because the virus so severely attacks the lining of the intestine that it causes it to die, and slough off, so the foul smell is dead tissue.
My advice is do take your dog to the vet as soon as possible. There is a stool test for Parvo which can tell quite quickly, if it is this virus or not.
Parvo does usually present with a fever, lethargy, vomiting, and very watery diarrhea usually with blood . But even though your dog doesn't seem too bad otherwise, there is no harm in being certain. If it IS just a very badly upset belly, well, you will have erred on the safe side.
Thank you for the reply. He is on schedule with his vaccines but I don't know what he gets innoculated against. I take him once a year in November. One thing I noticed is he is sneezing a lot also rubbing his ears a little on the rug. He vomitted once this morning. As far as I know that's the only time. How can I tell if he has a fever?
I'm so sorry I didn't reply to you quickly (it was night where I live, and I had to go to bed.
How are things this morning?
Diarrhea and vomiting, at the very least, can cause dehydration. Even sometimes if the dog is drinking, as sometimes fluids can't be replaced at the same rate they are lost. But do make sure he is drinking plenty. To help to avoid more vomiting, give small doses of water quite frequently, as a lot of water at once can often be vomited back up.
To take his temperature, you will need an old-style mercury thermometer. moisten the end well with vaseline, and insert the end gently into his rectum. You will need someone to hold him still while you do this, as many times a dog will wriggle, and the last thing you need is to break the thermometer. Hold the thermometer in for about a minute. A dog's normal temperature is usually around the 101F- 101.5F mark. If he's running a fever above 102 I would certainly get him straight to the vet, as this may signify infection of some kind.
Mnay times, with diarrhea, dogs have a little blood, especially after the straining which is typical with diarrhea. And especially at the 'end' of the bowel movement. This can be nothing to worry TOO much about, but again, it CAN signify something serious. Blood in the stools is always a bit of a dilemma.
The best plan is to observe his general condition. Withhold ALL food (that means even the smallest treat as well) for a few hours, and see if there is any improvement. Often there is, as the gut gets chance to heal from any inflammation. But it's important to keep a close eye on him, because if this is a simple upset tummy, withholding food for say-24 hours will usually cure things....but if this is a serious problem, he will worsen.
I think it's best to take his temperature, and let this guide you to a certain extent.
To be sure he doesn't get dehydrated, make sure he drinks. Pedialyte is a good drink for a sick dog, as it replaces lost electrolytes.
Thank you for the advise. His temperature is good. I just took him out for a walk. His BM has improved. It's still soft but nothing like last night when it was as if he turned on a water hose. I panicked. I won't feed him for a little longer. thank you.
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