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Old 03-28-2012, 08:01 PM
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Cricket was spayed 10 days ago. She was having completely normal stools up until this morning. This morning I woke up to pee by my bedroom door and mushy stool on my indoor plant stand. I'm not sure why Cricket didn't try to wake me up like she usually does if she has to potty.

Anyways, I fed her breakfast but then an hour later she was crying to come out of her crate. That's not normal behavior for her either. I took her straight outside and she has explosive diarhea. It's lightish brown and watery and afterwards she stayed there for about another 5 minutes dropping stringy looking D here and there. This happened a few other times today.

Since she is having D I opted to not feed her dinner. I've had her crated all day long with water available at all times to keep her hydrated. She is still acting normal outside of the D except for the crying in her crate to go potty constantly.

My question... Could the D be related at all to her spay or is there a good chance its not since she had normal stools for ten days already post spay? Tomorrow I'm taking her to work and crating her in a separate room away from the other dogs so I can take her potty every couple hours. I don't want her to get stuck having D in her crate if I leave her home.

Should I give her anything small to eat in the morning or should I hold out until she isn't passing liquid stools at all? I was debating on adding some pedialyte to her water dish tomorrow to help get some electrolytes back in her. How much pedialyte should I give a 30lb dog?

Also, when I start to give her food again I was thinking a little rice with some scrambled eggs and just giving her a tiny bit periodically throughout the day to see how she does. Would a little cottage cheese or yogurt help? Any suggestions?

At this point I'm holding off on calling the vet since outside of having D she has been fine all day. Of course if it keeps up I will call my vet, but right now I'm keeping an eye on her.

I just checked her stitches and she seems to be healing fine. She is mostly just a little scabby on the incision site, but nothing appears to be infected. She did decide to zoomie yesterday since she has been cooped up on crate rest and it took a couple minutes to get her to come back and go back in her crate. Could her running around like a wild banshee when she is still healing have anything to do with her possibly having loose stools?
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:14 PM
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Stress can cause an upset tummy - I know Maggie would get stress colitis after 7 days at the kennel, so 10 days of crate rest could be triggering similar issues for Cricket.

Snipe apparently dairy intolerant, which I discovered after she started with diarrhea 4 hours after eating cheese as a treat. Once I noticed the issue, I fed a reduced meal, but when it continued, I fasted her for about 24 hours, then gave just pumpkin, and when she didn't have diarrhea after that I gradually reintroduced her normal ration (honest kitchen, then kibble).
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:18 PM
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I'd say since it's been 10 days, it's probably not due to the spay directly, but like Erin said, could be because of stress of crate rest or whatever.

I'd fast her and then give rice and beef and/or pumpkin then build up to kibble
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:00 PM
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I'd say since it's been 10 days, it's probably not due to the spay directly, but like Erin said, could be because of stress of crate rest or whatever.

I'd fast her and then give rice and beef and/or pumpkin then build up to kibble
^^^This.

Have you had her literally only in her crate (besides short potty breaks outside) for the 10 days? (It seems people have different definitions of "crate rest.") If so it's extremely likely she's just having diarrhea from the stress of being couped up, and especially from not getting exercise.

Did the vet tell you to have her on crate rest for 10 days (or more)? Because - it's been a while since I've had to deal with a dog being spayed but - I thought they just had to have crate rest for a day or two, and then restricted exercise (no running or jumping) for something like 10-14 days. Am I wrong?
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:30 PM
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The vet said no running and jumping for ten days. She has had some time outside of the crate not including walks, but only on leash because otherwise she will run and jump. She's definitely not named Cricket for being green lol. She's been having more and more time out of the crate, but when she is out then Bamm has to be crated since they like to rough house. I've been keeping her mostly on crate rest for the full ten day healing period moreso to prevent any possibility of the stitch area breaking open or the incision site getting dirty since they said to make sure it doesn't get dirty. In addition her walks have been longer so she can stretch out her legs a bit. She would have been able to have the entire day today out of her crate since I was off work and its been ten days, but since she is having D I didn't want her roaming around the apartment.
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What does her incision look like?

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Old 04-03-2012, 01:21 PM
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Pepto Bismol can be given to dogs as well. The vet has prescribed this for my dogs many of times. He tells me to mix 2 parts Pepto, with 2 parts water, for my dogs. This is for dogs ranging from 15 lbs all the way to 110 lbs. I made white rice and chicken and mixed about 3 tps in it. To start. Then 1 tsp eack runny stool threrafter.

Dogs metabolize Pepto differently then humans. The Pepto can stop the diarrhea, but not clog them up for a long time.
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