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dvflyer
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PostSubject: Diarrhea and why we should secure the food container   Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:28 pm

Hi all,

Figured I'd share our current battle with diarrhea (misery loves company and all...) and an epiphany about securing the dog food container.

For no apparent reason, the huskies got diarrhea.

Thought it might be the food we just purchased, but we've used that food many times before and Ginger, the Aussie, had no issues. Since they all eat the same food, we ruled that out.   Probably ate something weird during a walk.  I have to get better at watching them more closely and preventing them from eating horse poop, bugs etc.

From my research, as long as the dog is otherwise fine, diarrhea is just one of those things that has to run it's course.  It's also generally suggested to not feed your dog for 12-24 hours to give their system a break.  Boiled, boneless chicken and cooked rice makes a good bland diet to start to feed after that fasting period, so that is what we did.  Also added some canned pumpkin (NOT the pie filling.  Be sure to use 100% pure pumpkin).

After a day or so, Mika was starting to get better.  Max was getting worse.  Was even vomiting off and on.  He was also drinking a ton of water.  Started to get a bit worried but he seemed ok otherwise.  Slept with the dogs in our office and was up every hour taking him out. Hmmm...  something wasn't working.  Then I remembered seeing him by the food container in the garage.

The night before I had forgot to lock his crate - realizing this when he came to greet me by the door in the garage.  Didn't think too much of it.  He then went over to the dog food container, popped up the lid and started eating.  Goofy dog...

It was at that point a light bulb went on in my head and I checked our security cameras.  Turns out, when he got out of his crate, he walked around the garage and then straight to the dog food and popped open the lid.

Using the time counter on the camera, he had his face in that dog food for 5 straight minutes !! Shocked  affraid   Figure he eats a cup of food in about 20 seconds, I can only imagine how much food he ate.  No wonder he couldn't stop pooping!!

Anyhoo... didn't feed him anything after breakfast yesterday and he stayed asleep all night (phew...).

More chicken, rice and pumpkin this morning and so far so good.  Although they haven't pooped yet, there also is no diarrhea.  I'll take what I can get for now.
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PostSubject: Re: Diarrhea and why we should secure the food container   Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:55 pm

You are lucky! Way back when I was a teenager (as in, oh, 50 years ago Rolling Eyes ), my Mom raised Old English Sheepdogs for show. One guy got out of his kennel, ate a whole bunch of Eukanuba (an excellent food at the time.) He was dead in the morning. My physician dad at the time thought kidney failure from too much protein. Don't know if he really believed that or was just trying to protect my Mom from the reality that it was much more likely bloat (OES are susceptible to bloat).

I know on the very rare occasion when Ami gets into the can while I'm handing out the food dishes, he slowly savors his stash rather than snarfs it down. Weird as he snarfs down his dinner unless its in the slow feed bowl.

Good luck with the diarrhea.
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PostSubject: Re: Diarrhea and why we should secure the food container   Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:19 pm

Mine would have eaten until they died or the bag was empty. I keep our food in the garage where the dogs can't go so it's safe. Just hoping they never learn how to open the cabinets in the kitchen. Their treats are on a lower cabinet. I don't keep too many in the house at a time though so they couldn't pork out too hard at least. Glad nothing worse than the diarrhea happened.

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PostSubject: Re: Diarrhea and why we should secure the food container   Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:29 pm

Scary!  Had no idea it could be THAT serious.  Sounds like we dodged a bullet.  I would have been crushed if he died simply because I forgot to lock his crate.
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