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Hi everyone,

We've now had Belle for a week. Last night at 3am she was whining extensively in her crate. I got up and took her outside. She had a huge bout of diarrhea. About 10 minutes ago, she just vomited a yellowish liquid. Any suggestions on why? I'll give you a run down on what has happened in the last week~~~

She was on Iams (green bag) from her owner. I want to eventually switch her to Sensible Choice, so I added a little bit of it to her Iams on her first day here. This mixture has been consistent for the last week. She has had normal stools until last night. On Thursday she wouldn't eat anything from her bowl, but did eat the treats we were using to train her on the electric fence. She also ate one larger treat on Thursday. Yesterday we took her to the vet for a check up. Her stool (which was normal yesterday morning) was negative at the vet. We did have her micro-chipped yesterday at the vet as well. She has been eating a little grass all week (we've had her on a leash, so I know she hasn't had a lot). I don't think the owners gave her any treats at all, so I'm not sure if the treats are causing her tummy to be upset or not. She is very punk today and just laying around. I can't get her to drink any water either. We have well water as well, not sure if that is a problem. She has been doing fine for 7 days with the same food/water, etc. Could the stress of the microchip caused her to be sick? She has had no table food, and she doesn't chew things other than her rawhide! Okay, any thougths would be great! She was in good spirits yesterday, although she didn't eat much. Thanks again,

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Hi Kim,
First, let me reassure you that puppies often get upset tummies and the yellow foamy vomit is a sign of acid, and nothing too serious...unless it continues over a couple of days.
Same with the diarrhea, changing foods and stress can cause problems like that.
Now, that being said, if she is refusing water, that concerns me more than refusing foods (doods are known to be picky eaters.)
Since she chews on rawhide she may have swallowed a larger piece that can cause a problem. I don't believe she has a blockage because she is pooping, meaning that things are getting through her system.
She could have Girarrdia (sp?) which she can pick up very easily from eating excriment of infected dogs or by drinking from standing water...and other ways. She could have worms, another thing easy to pick up. Her stool sample was good at the vet, but worms and Girarrdia don't pass through every time so sometimes it takes more than one test.
I would keep an eye on her, make sure that she is drinking and that she is eliminating. If the symptoms seem frightening to you, take her to your vet, even an emergency vet visit is worth the money if you can be reassured that your pup is okay.
The most dangerous part of her symptoms is that she can get dehydrated. Be sure that if she is not taking in water, you offer her things like ice cubes, even pedia-lite (for babies) if she will take it.
If you have any way to take her temp, that would help the vet to know what it is.
Please let us know how she is feeling...and if she IS able to eat or keep anything down, try a little canned pumpkin (not pie mix, just plain pumpkin) maybe about a teaspoon (more if she is larger)...it won't hurt her and often helps ease stomach upset in dogs/puppies.
I have also given my dogs and pups PeptoBismol in very small doses, using a syringe.
Good luck!
 

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Jac,

Thanks for the reply. Is it okay if she drinks out of hose? I might be able to convince her to drink if I have the hose going! She just went out to go to the bathroom and she had alot of gas and diarrhea again. She still hasn't drank anything. She likes ice, so I'll try that too. She looks so pitiful :( . I will keep you updated. Thanks,

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Yes, the hose will be okay unless it is not drinking water...is it from a water source that you would not drink? If so, that may be what is causing the problem...but if it is from the same source as your drinking water, she can drink from it.
Kim, she is going through a lot, and I know you are worried...I am like that too...my emergency vet bill is enormous! But I'd rather be safe than sorry...
How big is Belle now? The smaller/younger she is the more troublesome this can be...again, push the fluids and if she won't take them, I would contact the vet.
I'll be thinking of you and wishing you and Belle a healthful day!
 

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Jac,

She weighs 47 pounds, about 22inches tall (feet to back standing). She is just over 1 year old. I know this week has been pretty stressful for her. Leaving the only home she ever knew, new house, new commands, learning the electric fence, the microchipping, etc., I'm sure is weighing in on her. I will keep trying to get her to drink. She is just laying around, but still is perky enough to notice people walking by and wagging her tail. I'll keep you posted. If she has worms would I see them in her poop? Would the vet have noticed them with the stool sample? Thanks again,

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Hi Kim, I feel better now that I recall that Belle is not a tiny puppy...it is so much more worrisome for tiny pups, but bigger dogs are really good at handling things like this.
No, you probably wouldn't see worms, although you can...if you see what appears to be white grains of rice...they are worms.
Normally, though, you just need to take fresh samples in to the vet to have tested right away. They have little containers that they can give you for this, or you can just use a clean container...even a sandwich bag!
Does Belle eat or chew on a lot of things, like rocks, shoes, household items? She could have swallowed something. Often they try to throw it up.
Watch her for unusual signs, dog generally hide or find some place to be left alone when they are really sick. If she is going under bushes, beds, behind sofas, even spending too much crate time...I'd say a vet visit is in order.
And, of course, if you are too concerned, seeing a vet can reassure you and get Belle feeling better soon.
It is probably stress...but I don't want you to rule out anything until she is either better or has seen her vet...for her sake and yours!
Poor little Belle...
 

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Jac,

Belle only chews on rawhide. I checked the rawhide she has and it's still intact. She only chews every once in a while. My husband said he saw he drinking some standing water on the kids playgym a couple of days ago. He stopped her as soon as he saw her, he thinks she took a couple of slurps only. The hose is straight from our well. We don't drink from it, but I think it might be okay- just straight from the well untreated. My hubby said she drank from the hose two days ago as well. Would the diarrhea come right away from getting some sort of bacteria? Like food poisoning in an adult? I say that, because she had normal stools up until early this am. She ate two ice cubes on the deck, but let the other ones melt. Her nose is still wet and cool. I'll keep an eye on her and if it gets worse I'll call the emergency vet, it not I'll call our vet in the morning. I hope its just stress. Do you think she might be missing her first family enough to make her ill? Thanks Jac.

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Belle is getting better!! She started taking ice chips a few hours ago. I gave her the pumpkin stuff about 2 hours ago and about 1 hour ago she started eating her food again!! YEAH! She had two more small bouts of diarrhea earlier in the day, but nothing this evening! She is playing with her tennis balls and has a much happier disposition. I hope she continues feeling better! Jac, thanks for all the great advice and for being a sounding board. I just don't want to miss something important in her health. Thanks again, have a great night!

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Wow! I am so happy for Belle! And for you!!! I know how worried you were and how important our babies are to us...we hurt when they hurt, sometimes more because they depend on us to get them through.
I am so glad that the pumpkin worked, it usually does...somehow it coats the dog's stomach, I don't know how it works, only that it does!
I am glad that the two of you will have a comfortable night. Sleep well...so glad you have good news!
 

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I just read your post and did not go down the list because I am in a hurry. The yellow is bile and comes up instead of going to the stomach just like when we puke.
It sounds like she had a stressful day with the microchipping and all. If not better in morning you should return to vet for a parvo test-diarhea and vomiting together scare me--dehydration is the real killer in many of the puppy illnesses. If she jumps around, eats and drinks, then all is fine and sounds like a temporary stomach and bowel upset, but if it persists longer than a few hours you must go to the vet ASAP.
 
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