As someone who has lived with dogs most of his life, I am used to the occasional bouts of bowel bedlam and tummy tumult that visit themselves upon my dogs from time to time. However, dealing with 4 unhappy gastrointestinal tracts at one time is new to me.
Unfortunately, we have only ourselves to blame. Either the dogs got bad raw bones the day before or the more likely culprit was a chicken breast past its prime. In any event I arrived home late Friday afternoon to find the caa caa carnage.
At first it thought it was just Annie that was sick, but the sheer scale of the milieu suggested a quartet over a soloist. A suspicion soon confirmed when I ushered everyone outside where they quickly each took to their own corner of the yard.
After I checked them out to make sure there was no signs of serious injury. I went back inside to do battle. Armed with towels, scrub brushes, and a carpet cleaner, I battled though while managing not too gag. A neat trick considering that I’d spent most of the previous week doing exactly that.
With the mess somewhat abated, I turned my attention back to the dogs and what to do for them next. I knew that I needed to keep them off food for about 24 hours and that I would start them back with some rice and a small bit of boiled chicken; but what should I do to help alleviate their symptoms for the mean time? Should I supplement their water with little electrolytes because of the fluid loss?
Because of where I live coupled with the start of the July 4th holiday weekend, calling any of my local vets was not an option. So, I checked some references in books and on the net along with a few solicitous tweets for advice and decided on Pepto & Pedialyte therapy.
All dogs seem on the mend now, but I’m afraid Tosha may have injured a ligament in her right rear leg from straining while doing so many squats. We will have to wait until after the holiday to find out.
My question is what have you done when you found yourselves in similar situations? What kind of home remedies have you used when supporting your dogs through non-emergency situations? Do you know of a good compendium of home remedies for life’s little upsets?
Once again here’s hoping this week brings as little upset as possible into all our lives.
Kevin, Jackie, Gavin, Elbee, Annie, Tosha