Warning, this is a little graphic.
So the last 2 days when I've come home from work, Ruby has had diarrhea while in her crate…based on TuckerVA's thread, Ruby is definitely a spinner :eek: when she has diarrhea. Last night (day 1 of the diarrhea), like a fool I fed her her dinner to keep her occupied while I did the big cleanup. Then I logged on here and realized I should have skipped it. Things seemed not too bad last night, (other than my 3 hours of laundry, rug shampooing and Ruby's bath), one gassy poop (kind of watery) before bed and she slept fine thru the night. I didn't let her have her bully stick after dinner like normal.
When she pooped this morning it was formed (a little soft). Anyway, I thought I was in the clear. To be safe I didn't leave her kong (usually I put a tiny bit of peanut butter and her a small amount of her old kibble) or a bully stick. I came home from work at noon today and she had had another bout. This time there was a cow pattie and in case she missed a wall or part of the rug yesterday, she made up for that today. I brought her outside, she tried to produce, but nothing came out. I gave her a couple tablespoons of pumpkin and I called the vet. They told me to skip her dinner tonight (or else give her a bland diet) and if she isn't better by Friday, bring her in.
I'm planning on skipping her dinner tonight.
The weird thing is that she acts totally normal, usual bouncy self, trails everyone around, runs around outside, drinks plenty of water. As well, I've taken her out a couple of times today since I've been home and she's only peed...hasn't tried to poop (even when I give her the command).
I know that Tucker's issue in the other thread was because of rawhide. Could Bully Sticks do it? She has had those more than usual last week as she is still in heat and the walks and outside time have been minimal and needs all the entertainment she can get.
The other thing, I had been using her new food in her kong (and switched to her old food this week), could the small amount in the kong cause something like this to happen?
One more thought, she has always had a small bit of sep. anxiety but she had been getting tons of exercise and her kong prior to me leaving. Because she's in heat, like I said before, her exercise is much, much less right now. So she gets her kong in the crate, but I doubt she's tired. Could she be getting diarrhea because she's upset for being left alone?
I'm working from home tomorrow to keep an eye on her, but in the meantime I thought I'd ask you experts.
Thanks in advance for any thought you might have on this. Kim