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Hi everyone, thanks in advance for advice. We have a nearly 7 month old lab puppy who hasn't been well for nearly a week. Started with diarrhoea, then passing blood when pooing with some vomiting. We went to the vet who started antibiotics and anti-parasite and probiotic. All vaccinations up to date. There was initial improvement and then a few days ago was sick again. So we went back to the vets and he had bloods and an abdominal x-ray to make sure no blockage. They looked ok. Advice was to carry on with bland diet and see how he goes. They gave us some of the special digestion food. He had a couple of small episodes of diarrhoea last night and is completely disinterested in any food today. Managed a little walk, quite tired. Has had a little drink. Am I expecting him to improve too quickly? I'm just very worried!! Thanks
 

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So sorry to hear this. Sickness and diarrhoea can be very serious in the old and young. This sounds very much like what my Amy had a year or so ago, and at 13 years old at the time it took a good 2 weeks to clear her system. Chloe also caught it, but at 3 years old she threw it off in a couple of days. Certainly it could be around for well over 2 weeks.

The problem with the very young and very old is that they need their food, and without it they can go down hill fast! Boiled rice and chicken makes a good bland diet. Your vet has obviously considered such things as Salmonella, Campylobacter and the like by the anti parasite treatment. Personally I would not take him for a walk, 1/ he probably does not feel like it. Lets face it, we don't when we are feeling poorly. And 2/ there could be a risk of spreading it to any other dogs in the area.

It's likely that the best you can do is palliative care. Try to keep a little food in him. The problem is that the food may not stay inside him. Certainly bland food such as chicken and rice is most likely to stay down. There is an injection which your vet can give that helps settle stomachs, which might help the food to stay down.

John :)
 
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