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Advice Please - Augie is Sick

When others post questions when their pups are ill, I usually know what I would do if it were my pup. However, here I am, Augie is sick and I wonder if it is an emergency that I need to be hauling him to the ER vet an hour away since this is a holiday weekend.....of course. It isn't so easy for me to see the thing to do when I am involved in the middle of the situation.

Yesterday, when DH brought him back in from his first potty of the day, he said 'Augie needs a butt bath'. He required two more butt baths that morning, one in the afternoon, and nothing again until his 10 p.m. outing before bed. That one was worrisome as there was blood in it, not huge amounts but enough to run down his hind end fur. He ate nothing during the day, but drink water a few times. Mostly laid on the couch. He did try to hump Finn in the evening, and he trotted outside for his potty breaks with his usual bouncy gait. He was more quiet during the night - he usually roams between couch, chair, his crate, but last night he was parked on the couch the whole night. His nose and foot pads not too warm so I don't think a fever. Had he had another bloody diarrhea episode last night, I was prepared to haul him to the ER vet. I had taken a bath and was ready to go!

This morning on his potty trip outside, he had diarrhea again down his fur, I did not see the red blood, although there could have been some in it. More mucus-like than before I think. He has had no accidents in the house where this has been like a diarrhea that couldn't wait. I am not seeing a deterioration is his behavior, but he isn't improving either.

He did have his Rabies vacc. on May 16. I have read where reactions can occur 2-3 weeks later and even up to 45 days later. He has been doing really well, full of energy and spunk. I hate seeing him down like this.

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I am sorry that Augie is not feeling well. Lizzie used to get mucus diarrhea with flecks/streaks of blood in it and our vet told us that small amounts of blood in the diarrhea is not an emergency. The intestinal tract is irritated. If it is all blood than it is. I would watch him and maybe fast him (which it sounds like he is doing himself) to let his tummy settle. Write down his symptoms and times of his diarrhea so you remember.

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Both of mine had this in April. It was awful. A trip to the vet and some flagyl totally fixed it. He said it was inconclusive as to what it was.

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Does diarhea have fo smell? It could be giardia or coccoidosi which is usually springtime thing. Vet shod do fecal sample. Roki had giardia and we kied nasty guys with Panacur

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another day like this and I'd take him in. These are sold in a lot of stores. http://www.chewy.com/dog/plato-eos-t...reats/dp/43878

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It's not a lot of blood (bright red is most likely hemorrhoids/lower GI tract irritation; coffee ground like dark blood is upper GI/stomach) so I wouldn't go with an emergency. He's still drinking water, which is critical. If he wasn't, I'd be much more concerned about getting him IV fluids. Also, he's not completely lethargic and is up and going on walks which is also reassuring. I think you can wait until morning. Go first thing to get, most likely, antibiotics. Try to get him to eat very bland food and keep him hydrated. Poor guy. Hope he feels better
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Thanks all, for your responses. The poo wasn't particularly smelly yesterday. The one this morning was worse, however, as far as smelly. But I didn't see the bright red blood, and he has only gone once today. Still not peppy, but will jump up onto the chair to sit on my lap. And when I look at him in his face and eyes, he doesn't look 'sick' to me. We do live along a 'slough' - it is for drainage in this valley. Lots of wildlife in it and along it, although we always take them out on leash and I haven't caught him eating anything, but something could have gotten on his feet and he licked it off. Before this diarrhea started, he had a couple of days of itching, and I have been combing a lot of hair out of him, so attributed the itching to spring blowing of coat? But I am still wondering about the recent Rabies vacc. Maybe never know unless the diarrhea continues and it tests positive for one of the conditions mentioned above. Just trying to keep him quiet, and Finn away so he doesn't bug him. I hope we don't get to go through it with Finn too. Ugh.

I do appreciate your responses. I will look for those treat thingies, Dave. I did try to give him a little pumpkin yesterday. He wasn't having it! Augie may be pretty mellow and laid back, but he also can be very stubborn. He hasn't acted as if he is in pain. It has been raining here all weekend. Dark and gloomy. He has been acting how this weather is making me feel. No zip!

Again, thank you!

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I hope he feels better soon

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No constructive suggestions or advice to give, but just want to say I hope Augie is feeling better soon.

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I cooked him some white rice....and he is eating it. Don't want to give him too much until I see how he tolerates it. But this is so good to see him interested in eating!

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