So I got home from work yesterday and the minute I opened my bedroom door, the smell of poo was overpowering. It seems that Liyah had severe diarrhea in her crate - covered everything inside (including in her water bucket - weird), as well as the floor around it. There was only diarrhea in her crate, no vomit that I could find (not a spot on her except on the bottom of one paw).
So I did the big cleanup and was trying to figure out what could have caused it and couldn't come up with anything really - maybe she ate something in the yard, but I was with her the night before and that morning and don't remember seeing her put anything in her mouth - not even grass. I only remember her chasing some toads in the yard.
I skipped her dinner last night and gave her a couple tablespoons of Oikos organic yogurt. About an hour later I took her out and she had an explosion of water diarrhea. I took her up to bed around 9pm (left water for her and heard her drink quite a bit) - she slept thru the whole night and no more diarrhea.
This morning her poo is back to normal (not much, but it is formed and firm). I gave her half her breakfast and left a kong with the other half (hopefully I don't regret it).
So I was talking with someone about it here at work (he's from Florida originally) and he told me it reminded him of someone he knows in Florida whose dog licked a toad and had terrible diarrhea as a result. I hadn't told him about Liyah chasing toads - she is always chasing them in the pen (Ruby and Brando seem a little afraid of them :D:D:D). Now I don't think she ate one (although I've thought for a while now it is only a matter of time) - but I wouldn't rule out her licking one - I've seen her push them along with her nose so that they jump and she chases them so they jump thru the chainlink to the other side of the fence.
I've never been too concerned about the toads (tiny to 3" in size - there is an occasional frog as well) I just don't want to see them eat one. I live in Maine, did a search and came up with nothing for Maine/NewEngland about poisonous or toxic toads/frogs or dogs getting sick in this area as a result of toads.
It could just be some freak 24hr thing, but it is so weird that someone would mention toads unprompted by me. Knowing the Forum folk have encountered everything, I figured I put it out there. Anyone think the toads could have been the problem?