Would you go to vet with this?

(9 Posts)
firstposts Tue 08-Jul-14 15:17:29

3 year old lab <Daisy> was at home boarding place thurs to Sunday and took part in lots of swimming in dirty pond smile

Off colour since we returned on Sunday. Vomited once <yesterday> diarrhoea
during day and over night each night. Just ate her food but that's first meal shes eaten since we returned hmm

I only hesitate because she may be on mend? Found solid poo in garden and she had eaten. Think she's drinking but generally still not herself ..

What would you do?

Galaxy84 Tue 08-Jul-14 15:38:11

Was she eating different food at the boarding kennel? Maybe her tummy was unsettled, and she was stressed from staying away?

I'm a worry wart so would probably make a trip to the vet to have a check over just in case.

moosemama Tue 08-Jul-14 16:17:10

I would take her. There have been a lot of nasty d&v illnesses around in dogs this year and dirty water is one of the prime suspects.

If she's on the mend, the most it will cost you is a consultation fee in return for peace of mind.

firstposts Tue 08-Jul-14 18:32:51

Thanks guys smile

I know the vets have magic doors so she will bounce in receive a bonio and cost me £100.

Still, better that than not take her when she needed to go.

firstposts Tue 08-Jul-14 21:35:09

One final question !

Would you be walking a dog with these symptoms? I haven't but feeling guilty as she always has at least an hour a day.

Yes, walk her and no, I wouldn't be taking her to the vet yet.

Put a dollop of pro biotic in her meals, and wait another 24 hours. Obv, if she deteriorates in that time, definitely straight to the vet, but it is more likely, as she's eaten today and it's still inside her, she is improving.

I'd give her a couple of gentle walks a day, half portions of food with a pro biotic added and see what happens.

I also suspect she is just plain tired which will be contributing to it - being away from home and lots of racing about is bound to make her a bit flat and knackered now she's back - especially if she's not been eating/foods been flying through her.

I'd give her a bit more time before rushing to line the vets pockets!

moosemama Wed 09-Jul-14 23:07:57

I would say you have to consider where you live daisy. For example, if you live around Stratford-upon-Avon, vets are advising bringing in any dogs with these symptoms following a spate of dogs deteriorating after being walked in a particular area, with the main suspect for a cause being dirty/standing water.

I'm usually with you on watching and waiting and trying some probiotics with stomach/d&v stuff, but am being a lot more cautious recently, after a spate of nasty illnesses doing the rounds. Better safe than sorry and I'd rather give the vet a few quid for nothing than leave it too late and regret it.

GobblersKnob Thu 10-Jul-14 08:30:20

I'm with moosemama, some things like cuts and grazes, limps etc, I do home first aid and watch and wait as much as possible. But there have been some horrible illnesses lately, I would take an off colour/very out of sorts dog to the vets quite swiftly.

ender Thu 10-Jul-14 09:29:15

If my lab was off his food - its never happened yet - I'd be seriously worried.
Interesting about the D&V bugs this year, both my dogs have got diarrhoea, but not the usual tummy upset that's over in a few days, its been a week on and off. Weird explosive morning poos that take dogs by surprise, we've had poomagaden in the utility room a couple of mornings shock. Once they've fully evacuated themselves they're fine for the rest of the day and don't do any more. Still v active and enthusiastic about food. Never taken them to vet with tummy upsets before but will be going tomorrow and bringing poo specimens.

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