So one week into having our precious Mr. Smudge, I took him out on the town and let him roam around on the public sidewalk. He was having a great time, meeting a few people here and there and exploring safe and non-busy areas. We were only out for an hour, and as soon as we got home he had a bad case of diarrhea. I feel like a horrible person b/c I watched him the whole time and I truly don't know what happened to get him so sick.

I started to worry after he kept going runny poop time after time until it was bed time. Then the next day (yesterday) he pooped out little squirts of diarrhea all day. I was a wreck. We decided to stop feeding him for a few meals to see if it would pass through his system. He has been drinking water the whole time and has appeared just as active and happy as ever.. until this morning.

I woke up to puddles of watery poop with blood in it. I FREAKED out inside, but remained calm on the outside. I called the Emergency Number of the local 24/hr Pet Hospital in our area. (Of course it's Labor Day, so our vet is closed). They recommended that we put him on a rice and chicken diet for a few days and to see what happens after that. They said the blood that I described does not seem serious, rather just some spotting from his bowels and system being tired from the constant diarrhea. I ran to the grocery store and made my baby his get well soon meal. He LOVED it, devoured it, and I fed him a little bit more 4 hours later and he was soo happy and excited to see that I was giving him more. He looks happy and is very playful... doing his normal routine of nipping, running around, and rolling around on his belly. His bowel movements are less watery and look healthier.. no more blood. Thank God!

I just hope my baby is better soon... my plans are shot for the holiday and I am just so glad I was off today to be able to take care of him. I have never in my life talked and thought about poop so much... I just can't wait to see him poop normal.. it will be the highlight of my week!

Please pray for Mr. Smudge as he recovers.


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Comment by Pam & Pugs :0) on September 17, 2009 at 8:21pm
I just read this today, and so glad to see an update. I was wondering if it was Giardia. Never let your pugs drink from a common water bowl, bring your own. So glad Mr. Smudge is on the mend! :0)
Comment by Kat, Jer & Mr. Smudge on September 10, 2009 at 1:11pm
Mr. Smudge is doing much better.. turns out it was a parasite from him being around another dogs poop! (We live in a complex that has TONS of dogs.. and I just sent out a complaint about people not picking up after their pets)

The parasite was called Cocheria (sp?) or Giarda.. I don't remember which one is was. I got medicine for the diarrhea and for the parasite.. I have to go back and get a stool sample in a week to see if he is clear.

Much like Penny- Mr. Smudge is starting to poop almost normal again.. THANK GOD! We were really worried but now I am almost glad we went through that so that now I know what to do if he gets an upset stomach again. I also am being VERY careful to make sure he isn't around the other dog's poop!
Comment by Helena Brown on September 7, 2009 at 11:32pm
I take it that Mr Smudge has had all his shots. This being the case could just be that the change in environment has played a part in this and if things are going back to normal, then don't worry. You have done all the right things, believe me I felt that I was never away from my Vet with my first wee lad, I even phoned him in the middle of the night because he would not settle (when I think of it now). So I am sure that Smudge will be fine, it all just takes time.
Comment by Sharon & Penny on September 7, 2009 at 12:17pm
Penny had a case of the runs a couple of weeks ago. No blood, just runny watery poop. I took her to the vet, they gave me some antibiotics and anti-diarrhea meds. It took a full week before her poop was normal. The vet couldn't figure out what caused it. They said, its just like humans that get a stomach virus. I hope Mr. Smudge gets better soon.

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