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I could really use some guidance!
I need some advice and after spending almost two years reading here on the forum, I'm confident you guys will be an incredible help. My Havanese, Bentley, will be two years old in November and weighs 8 lbs. He became ill on Tuesday...wouldn't eat anything, had an episode of diarrhea with some mucus in it, some trembling and even whimpered a couple of times. After the trembling and whimpering I loaded him in the car and took him to the vet. The vet said he had colitis from something he ate and gave him metronidazole and told me to feed him chicken and rice. He also did bloodwork which came back normal. He started feeling better and stools firmed up but now his last two stools have been very, very soft. I may have caused this because I started to mix in a little bit of his normal kibble with the chicken and rice yesterday and even increased it a little more this morning. I thought since he was doing better it would be ok but I guess I should have given him more time on the chicken/rice diet. What would the ratio of chicken/rice be and how much per day for an 8lb. dog? My vet said to use my best judgment (ridiculous!). I had been feeding more rice than chicken but I called the vet's office today and asked again and the girl that answered the phone said 1/2 cup chicken and a handful of rice twice a day. She sounded like she was kind of guessing so I wanted to check with you all. As a sidenote, I am switching vets for numerous reasons, but the vet I want to go to is out of town for two weeks. I really hope you all can help me-I feel like a mom with a newborn when there is something wrong with Bentley!
Thanks so much! ~Stacy