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Fenway is sick, and I just thought I would post as see if anyone has any advice for us.

 

He had some loose stool and a little bit of diarrhea on Wednesday night, which progressed to full diarrhea on Thursday. It wasn't that bad, so we started giving Immodium and switched his food to white rice and hamburger, in small quantities. Our vet was unavailable on Friday, but it looked like Fenway was getting better, so we decided not to page our vet. This morning the diarrhea started getting worse, and around noon he passed a lot of liquid with blood. We paged our vet, and he told us to increase the dosage of Immodium, to also give Pepto, and to keep him updated. We did that, and about 45 minutes later he passed more liquid with blood (I think it was all blood), and then he threw up. I'm not positive, but based on the color of the vomit I think there may have been a little bit of blood in that too...although it could have been the Pepto. We paged our vet again, and he instructed us to give some Kaopectate along with another dosage of Pepto and some Benedryl. He also called in a prescription of Sucralfate for us.

 

I had to run out to get the Kaopectate and the Sucralfate, so we just gave him everything a short while ago. We are waiting to see if he will keep it down. If he is not able to keep it down, we will try again, and then our vet wants us to bring him in for at least tonight.

 

We love our vet (I think I trust him more than my own doctor), but if anyone has any other advice for us, I would be very happy to listen. We've had Fenway for over 2 years, and this is the first time he's really been sick.

 

Thanks very much,

Dave

 

Edit: I just wanted to add that until this afternoon he has been his usual self except for the diarrhea. He's had his usual appetite, he's had water, he's played with his toys, and he hasn't had a temperature. He normally doesn't get into anything while we're gone, and we haven't found any evidence otherwise any time recently. Also, because the yard is really muddy, we've been leash walking him to cut down on the mud...he's been totally supervised outside for the last 2 weeks.

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Sounds like severe gastritis maybe. How is Fenway's water intake? Since this has been going on since Wednesday I'd be very worried about dehydration. Sometimes we never know what starts these events, but a dog can crash quickly if too dehydrated.

 

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I just went through a bout of bloody diarrhea with Alimony last month. Thankfully she didn't have any vomiting. My E-vet said that vomiting in addition to the bloody diarrhea would be more worrisome than "just" bloody diarrhea.

 

Point being, you may want to get an abdominal xray and some bloodwork done.

 

Ultimately for Ali (who again, had no vomiting) what worked was fasting for 24 hours (no food or treats at all, only water) to give her gut a rest, then three full days of bland rice/boiled chicken diet. Then slowly working the rice/chix diet back toward kibble over the course of three more days. She also had a seven-day course of Metronidazole (Flagyl) and famotidine (Pepcid).

 

I hope Fenway feels better fast! :goodluck

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Sounds like severe gastritis maybe. How is Fenway's water intake? Since this has been going on since Wednesday I'd be very worried about dehydration. Sometimes we never know what starts these events, but a dog can crash quickly if too dehydrated.

 

We've been keeping an eye on him, and he seems to be taking in his usual amount of water. He's only had a little bit today, but he usually drinks most of his water in the evening. Today we've added a little unflavored pedalite to his water bowl.

 

I've read about checking his gums...and if you press on his gums the color returns immediately.

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I just went through a bout of bloody diarrhea with Alimony last month. Thankfully she didn't have any vomiting. My E-vet said that vomiting in addition to the bloody diarrhea would be more worrisome than "just" bloody diarrhea.

 

Point being, you may want to get an abdominal xray and some bloodwork done.

 

Ultimately for Ali (who again, had no vomiting) what worked was fasting for 24 hours (no food or treats at all, only water) to give her gut a rest, then three full days of bland rice/boiled chicken diet. Then slowly working the rice/chix diet back toward kibble over the course of three more days. She also had a seven-day course of Metronidazole (Flagyl) and famotidine (Pepcid).

 

I hope Fenway feels better fast! :goodluck

 

Our vet did tell us not to give him anything to eat, now that he vomited, until we see that he's keeping the medicine down for awhile. That's a really good idea about working slowly back to his usual diet once he isn't sick anymore...I didn't think that far ahead yet. :)

 

I'm really hoping the medicine caused him to vomit...of course he really didn't want to take it.

 

Thanks very much!

 

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I've read about checking his gums...and if you press on his gums the color returns immediately.

Well that's a good sign, his blood pressure isin't low. You can do the old skin pull to check to be sure he isin't dehyrated.

Hoping he feels better quickly

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Your vet at no point said, "Bring him in"?

 

How's he doing now?

 

He did say that he wanted us to bring him in tonight if Fenway couldn't keep anything down, but he wanted us to try some medicine first.

 

But yeah...I was sorta expecting him to ask us to bring him in immediately. I guess that's a big part of the reason I'm posting...

 

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I have dealt with bloody diarrhea and vomiting with Chance on 2 different occasions. Both times he had HGE (Hemoragic Gastro Enteritis) The first time I didn't know what to look for and he ended up staying overnight at the vet with IV antibiotics and fluids and went home on oral antibiotics. The second time I caught it right away and they just did sub Q fluids and again antibiotics. This can be very dangerous if not treated right away. By the way, the first time he had it it progressed to vomiting blood along with the bloody diarrhea. They tried sulcralfate the first time but it did nothing for him.

 

I sure hope that Fenway improves with the medications you are trying and that he is better soon.

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Most vets don't use kaopectate anymore because of the aspirin connection. It could also be hard on the stomach.

 

Carafate (sulcrafate) should not make him vomit.

 

Is your vet open at night?

 

He thought that Fenway's vomiting may have been caused by the medicine, so he thought Kaopectate may soothe Fenway's stomach enough to keep the meds down. If he keeps everything down, we are to continue with the Pepto, Immodium, and Sucralfate (not the Kaopectate).

 

Our vet does not have normal hours on evenings or weekends, but he will open as necessary. He charges $25 for phone consultations on evenings/weekends, and $85 for opening the office...and I think that's really just to cut down on people contacting him for minor stuff.

 

He seems to be keeping everything down since the last round of meds. He looks so comfortable, but we're going to get him up and give more Pepto and try to get him to take some water.

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There is still a kaopectate - kao-pec - that is for animals with no asprin-like substance in it. You can usually ifnd it at a farm and feed, a vet, or in some of the dog supply mags. The drug store stuff is way worse for cats, but not so awful for dogs when you are in a pinch. We use the liquid kao-pec for Chase when he flares, and I use the drug store stuff/caps on a limited basis if it is just a one day thing.

 

Did you get instructions for the carafate for later when you are feeding him? There's an interval -- beween meals -- that you need to observe, so the meds have time to coat. At our house carafate is the bomb :)

 

I hope Fenway is better very soon. If he vomits again, I would get him in ASAP.

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Feel better sweet Fenway. We both are sending warm wishes to help you get better right away! These are to brighten you day!

 

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Well, thanks everybody. Fenway got sick again. :( Our vet has facilities at his home, and he'll be caring for him there.

 

We really appreciate the well wishes.

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I have dealt with bloody diarrhea and vomiting with Chance on 2 different occasions. Both times he had HGE (Hemoragic Gastro Enteritis) The first time I didn't know what to look for and he ended up staying overnight at the vet with IV antibiotics and fluids and went home on oral antibiotics. The second time I caught it right away and they just did sub Q fluids and again antibiotics. This can be very dangerous if not treated right away. By the way, the first time he had it it progressed to vomiting blood along with the bloody diarrhea. They tried sulcralfate the first time but it did nothing for him.

 

I sure hope that Fenway improves with the medications you are trying and that he is better soon.

 

Ditto, I went through the same thing with Soul. I put off taking him in and he ended up in ICU on fluids. Once you start seeing the blood it can get very bad, very fast without treatment.

 

Fenway should at least be on Flagyl and a prescription diet for a few days.

 

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Yes my bridge kid Angus had HGE e-vet gave him something to stop the nausea. Did not help I took him to my regular vet and he gave him IV fluids and antibiotics. He is not open on the weekend so he showed me how to give shots and sent us home with loads of meds. Took him back on Monday and the vet was amazed at how well he had done. He sid " Back from the dead old fella" He did fine for a while longer and then lost use of his back legs and was put to sleep at the ripe old age of 13 3/4

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Wow, that was difficult...leaving Fenway...but as much as we'll worry about him, there is some relief now that he's in the care of our vet.

 

Fenway was given an IV and 2 injections. (One was an antibiotic, but I can't remember the names of either now.) Our vet is going to monitor Fenway in the clinic for a few hours, and then Fenway is probably going to stay with him in his house for at least tonight. He'll keep Fenway until he's sure he can keep down medicine and food, and then he'll be put on a prescription diet for awhile.

 

I'm going to go pass out on the sofa now.

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Wow, that was difficult...leaving Fenway...but as much as we'll worry about him, there is some relief now that he's in the care of our vet.

 

Fenway was given an IV and 2 injections. (One was an antibiotic, but I can't remember the names of either now.) Our vet is going to monitor Fenway in the clinic for a few hours, and then Fenway is probably going to stay with him in his house for at least tonight. He'll keep Fenway until he's sure he can keep down medicine and food, and then he'll be put on a prescription diet for awhile.

 

I'm going to go pass out on the sofa now.

 

:grouphug I know how you feel, it was awful for me to have to leave Soul at the E-vet for the night. I'm so glad you have such a caring vet that can keep him at his house to monitor him. Please keep us posted

 

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Gosh, how very scary. Glad to hear he's in good hands. Please keep us posted on Fenway's progress!

 

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