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    Well we've had a hard week too. Last fri night (a week ago) Abe (10 month old mastiff cross) got a dose of the runs after dinner. Nothing too terrible so I just kept an eye on him. Sat night all hell broke loose and I woke to find diarrhoea from one end of the back room to the other , all over my boy, and sal on her bed not game to move. What a pleasant morning that was before my first coffee. Poor boy was in terrible trouble that day - it was either exploding out of him or running out of him and starting to show some blood in it - he was very distressed. I rang the vets emergency number, was told to fast him and bring him in mon morn. My vet took it very seriously, he had an anti-inflammatory injection, 2 different antibiotics and a steroid to come home with. Boiled chicken and rice for a week, easing him onto his normal diet after that.

    So....we've finished one antibiotic, nearly finished the other, down to a quarter of a pill of the steroid a day. I've never been so interested in my dogs poos before - he's now doing normal ones YAY!!!

    Poor boy is so hungry, he's lost about 3 or 4 kgs, and we still don't know what happened. I've had regular phone contact with our vet this week, he's concerned it might be a food intolerance of some sort but im not convinced, I've started him back on the natures goodness grain free+ (vet said to take him off puppy formula) and he is doing well so far so hopefully it was a gastro bug of some sort. Otherwise we start on the elimination diet until we figure it out. I feel for all you folk out there with sick pups, it's awful being so worried about them...

    Just an aside - my neighbour took her dog to the vet fri as after his morning walk her dog went all weird and couldnt walk straight - she freaked out thinking it was what abe had - turns out he'd picked up some marijuana spiked food on the walk and was stoned off his face ALL DAY. Just a little story illustrating a good reason not to let your dog eat anything you havent given it....
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    Glad to hear Abe is getting better. I hope he doesn't have it reoccur.

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    So glad Abe is okay now. How worrying for you! Meika had really bad diarrhoea on Boxing Day and for a week afterwards, we had no idea why... Turns out when we were visiting my family on Christnas day, my brother scaled a fish in the backyard and Meika ate all the 'yucky bits'. So a week on probiotics and she was fine, but it was awful!!

    I had to laugh at that story about you neighbors dog!!!! Poor thing

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    Jeez, back when i was a toker, id not of given it away free. Guess youth are richer these days.

    Vets point of view: food intolerance = loadsa visits, mega bucks. Gastro = 24hr starve by owner for free and elimination diet for free by owner.
    mmmmm

    And a food intolerance at 10months of the same food? er. Not the 1st likely scientific diagnosis id of leapt to. But a bloomin profitable one for a vet to come to perhaps?
    Glad your pup is back on track.

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    Thanks guys. Bernie - that's exactly why I have my doubts, why would it just suddenly start out of the blue if he's been on the same diet since I got him?

    And I have a feeling that the youth may have been too out of it themselves to know what they'd left behind - apparently at the end of the day ben vomitted up a whole rissole patty with green flecks right through it - he'd been sussing out the bbq area at the local footy field. Now mull cookies I've heard of, even brownies, but hamburgers?!?!

    Poor dog was goosestepping when he tried to walk and his head wouldn't stop wobbling...hehe...I know it's not funny, but....

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    You can't help laughing now you know the poor dog will be ok.

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    turns out he'd picked up some marijuana spiked food
    Several dogs got very sick at one of our nearby shared dog club and football oval clubs (football oval one side, dog club on the other)... And it was put down to drug poisoning. I don't know why they'd want to eat the stuff.

    My guess was that some local sellers were making their trade under one of the park benches or something (where dogs pee and look for lunch crumbs), ie You leave you money here, and we leave a stash in it's place - that way nobody sees anyone hand anything to anyone and "I just found it here". It's a high risk scenario given how many off lead dogs frequent the area and eat what they find.

    My dog is a shocker for patrolling the car park and playground looking for food debris - and there is plenty of it. She spends a lot more time on lead now.

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    We have a similar issue in the sand dunes during summer. I have heard of dogs sniffing up stashes. I always keep Maggie out of the dunes for that reason. She has an expensive history of scoffing anything.

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    ‘dhru’ – your poor thing ! Pups are a worry aren't they when they are sick. It is at these times - only - that I really wish that could speak !

    Heaps to you and Abe ! Really pleased to read that he is on the mend !

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    we got snakes in our dunes in summer. Also a good reason to keep dog out. She's in more danger from fish bait or crab bait with the hooks still in it. Or dead puffer fish. Fortunately for me, she's not been that interested in eating dead puffer fish. Dead snapper - that's a different story - argh.

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