Thanks MOM - boring boiled rice and chicken
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  • Yesterday while at the vet for an inflammed ear, Kipawa FIRED some diarrhea across the examining room floor. Darn, had I have been thinking I would have kept a little of it to be tested. However, Kipawa was shaking like a leaf at the vet, even when in my arms. This is the first time I have seen him like this.

    Then on the same day, my sis invited us over for burgers. She let Kipawa into the house for the first time. I'm imagining the smells were overwhelming to him, as she has a chow and a cat. He was scampering around sniffing everywhere, and after about a couple of minutes, he had another watery poop. On the off white rug. :( But I cleaned it up to a point where you couldn't tell anything happened.

    Kipawa was outside while I cleaned it up. Then he had another blast of diarrhea outside while he was playing with Beatrice the chow. His poop is firmer today, but not 100% perfect. He got boiled rice and chicken last night and again this morning. I haven't used any pumpkin yet. He hasn't poohed yet today. I am following him around when he goes outside because I want to bag some for the vet. His energy level is the same as what it always is. So is his character. He is drinking water in his usual amounts and is not appearing unwell at all.

    My question - could the stress/excitement have done this?

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  • I think the short answer is "yes". Stress and excitement definitely can have that effect. When I take my guy for a walk in the regional forest, if we haven't been there recently he gets excited and although he starts off with normal poops, by the time our walk is over he is pooping liquid! (same thing happens to horses that are "revved up" for whatever reason). :)

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  • Stress can cause loose stools, but I would have to guess that he has a bit of a tummy upset, then add some stress on top of that.

    Good to keep him on the boiled rice and chicken a few days. And because it has little to no fat, cuts way down on the bowels overworking

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  • Yep keep him on the chicken and rice til the stools are back firm, then SLOWLY start introducing reg food (about 1/4 increase at a time)

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    Fran, did he recently get off the pain pills? That could have caused some upsets..
    Just a thought.

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  • @sharronhurlbut:

    Fran, did he recently get off the pain pills? That could have caused some upsets..
    Just a thought.

    Sharron, good thought. Yes, it's important to remember coming off meds can cause instabilities just like going on meds can. Kipawa has been off of them for quite awhile now. He only took them from Aug. 15 - 18, just long enough to get him over the worst pain. The dose was not that high, so no real need to titrate down, which is what I usually do for meds taken over a longer period of time.

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    Ok, it was just a thought. He is such a well socialized boy, just thinking the meds might have been the issue. Hopefully, this will be over quickly. Hugs to you all.

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  • Good news! Kipawa's seems to be back to normal - solid poops on his walk this afternoon. Hooray.

    However, with the reason probably being anxiety/over stimulation, I still need to work with him on this. I am going to contact my vet and ask if I can bring him there daily, let them take him into the back and bring him out quickly, then increase the time he is in the back. They are only about 4 - 5 minutes away by car, so this will be very manageable.

    Hmmmmm…. just thought of something. Could doing this make Kipawa not want to go into the car (because the car always takes him to THAT place)? I guess the solution for that, if it happens, is to take him to his favourite parks each day.

    What do you all think?

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    Sure, take him to petsmart and give him a cookie, take him to the park, etc. Only good things…

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  • @tanza:

    Stress can cause loose stools, but I would have to guess that he has a bit of a tummy upset, then add some stress on top of that.

    Good to keep him on the boiled rice and chicken a few days. And because it has little to no fat, cuts way down on the bowels overworking

    Thanks Pat and Debra - I'm sticking to boiled rice w/chicken for another day or so, then as suggested, will add back his TOTW Bison kibble slowly. Then will slowly add back the veggies he gets with his kibble. Even though the problem was not due to 'bug critters' or an infection, his stomach still did experience a trauma. Best to play it safe.

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  • @Kipawa:

    Hmmmmm…. just thought of something. Could doing this make Kipawa not want to go into the car (because the car always takes him to THAT place)? I guess the solution for that, if it happens, is to take him to his favourite parks each day.

    What do you all think?

    My guy knows what direction the veterinarian's office is in…...and gets upset if we go that way, even after he hasn't been there for a year! OTOH, he also knows which way the regional forest is, and gets excited (definitely a different emotion!) when we head in that direction. He must have a compass in his head! :)

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    When I have to take those of mine that are phased by vet visits I also make sure I include an interesting walk near the surgery. In that way they know that the visit is just a stop on the way to the walk.

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    PS. Good to know Kipawa is recovered again.

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    @Kipawa:

    … Kipawa FIRED some diarrhea across the examining room floor. Darn, had I have been thinking I would have kept a little of it to be tested.

    My, what colorful descriptions. And only a dog mother could follow something up like that with a thought like 'Hmm, maybe I should've held onto some of it!' ;)

    Bowpi's poops get runny super quickly when we have to go to the vet. Sensitive stool, I guess. Stress definitely has something to do with it, though she's good enough to hold it until appropriate spots.

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  • @curlytails:

    My, what colorful descriptions. And only a dog mother could follow something up like that with a thought like 'Hmm, maybe I should've held onto some of it!' ;)

    What's stranger is I am now carrying a tiny spoon and zip lock bag in my purse. Like the boy scout motto, 'be prepared'.

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  • @Patty:

    When I have to take those of mine that are phased by vet visits I also make sure I include an interesting walk near the surgery. In that way they know that the visit is just a stop on the way to the walk.

    Oh what a great idea! I'll definitely use this. Thanks! :)

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