Torso Boy’s sick again.

Kept us both up all night shitting liquid. I doubt it’s his diet this time, though I do note that he just came off his bland boiled chicken & rice less than a week ago when I ran out of chicken to boil*.

He’ll be fasting today, and then we’ll see if he eats kibble. Last October I was in a position to do the “$500 for a blood test, please” veterinarian but not this time – but I wonder what would happen if I crushed up one of these little Loperamide Hydrochloride pills and fed it to him? They’ve been known to dry my ass right up.


*Ironically that would make TB an indirect victim of the Kung Flu panic, since he’s been eating out of those 10-pound bags of frozen chicken breast parts no longer to be found at Wal-Mart.

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10 Responses to Torso Boy’s sick again.

  1. bill says:

    from google (loperamide is also immodium)…

    Imodium Multi-Symptom Relief has 2 mg of loperamide, but it also contains simethicone. This drug is usually safe for dogs, and they should get one pill for every 25 to 50 pounds of weight, as well. Dogs can overdose on Imodium, and dogs under 20 pounds are especially at risk.

    If the diarrhea is very severe, you may want to also give your dog some loperamide (Imodium AD™), which can help to reduce fluid loss until the rice-water fast, white rice and acidophilus, and the dog’s own healing system can overcome the diarrhea.

    At-Home Treatment for Acute Diarrhea in Dogs
    Encourage your dog to drink. If needed, offer dilute, low-sodium chicken or beef broth or Pedialyte in addition to the water. Give your dog a small meal of boiled, white-meat chicken (no bones or skin) and white rice—you can also use sweet potato or pumpkin instead of rice.

  2. czechsix says:

    If he’s drinking water, and still eating, try a spoonful or two of canned pumpkin in his food. Not the stuff with cinnamon or any additives, just straight pumpkin. If it’s really bad diarrhea and he’s still taking in water, he can go without food for at least a day. Next day, small portion of boiled white rice, and skinless white meat chicken. Possibility is he’s having pancreatitis, and any fats will kick it off again. Gradually up the meal quantity over the next three days or so, and monitor him before adding in the kibble again. Might also be a problem with the kibble being too fatty and rich. Could also be parasites.

    Having had a Corgi myself, I’m gonna go with pancreatitis as the issue.

    So let him fast, but don’t introduce the kibble, do the rice/lean chicken. Doesn’t hurt to add a tablespoon or so of the pumpkin either, it works both to firm up loose stools, and make hard stools easier to pass.

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  4. My experience has been that when this happens it is often a case of the dog getting some viral bug in his guy. Pumpkin to help dry things up, and then some metronidazole/Flagyll to get rid of the gut bug.

  5. czechsix says:

    Flagyl might help, it’s pretty mild, best to do a stool check first though. Doesn’t do a thing to viruses, it’s specifically designed as an anthelmintic. If he’s gotten into some raccoon, cat, possum, etc crap, or hung out in areas where they’ve previously been and dropped dueces, he might well have a worm or other issue.

  6. terrapod says:

    I have been using canned white meat chicken that is a bit past date with my old dog. Right out of my emergency stores. Open can and wash in warm water to get rid of fat and any excess salt, then mix a bit with rice or some other starchy stuff like over boiled pasta.

    It may not be pancreatitis, he could have eaten something out there like rabbit scat, constant battle with mine as we live in critter wonderland and they crap all over my back yard and ravine.

    Won’t hurt to just go the bland way with lots of water as mentioned above.

  7. RCPete says:

    For the liquid immodium, our 50 pound girls get 3 to 5 cc, depending on the looseness of the shit.

  8. Q says:

    Diarrhea is not always a process you want to stop right away. There’s a reason the body develops diarrhea.

    There should be no table scraps for a dog, period. As one of the others said, pancreatitis is a real problem in many breeds. They cannot handle the fat.

    I know you mean well, but no beef broth or chicken broth should be given, sodium or no.
    Boiled chicken and white rice with no seasoning only, for now. Once recovered, the dog should be fed a regular kibble diet that does not change, and fed for its ideal weight, not its current weight. One almost never sees a dog that is a healthy weight in America, especially Corgis and Australian shepherds.

    In the diarrhea interim, small amounts of plain boiled chicken and plain white rice. Only two tablespoons every two hours. If he begins vomiting or becomes lethargic, seek veterinary assistance.

  9. Beans says:

    Weird question, but is he interested in eating bugs? He might have gotten a grasshopper or some other flying pestilence-carrier in his mouth.

    Not that the bugs are bad themselves, but they tend to carry various worms, worm eggs and worm larvae. Which are killed by cooking the bugs (coincidentally also killing the bugs.) Wormish transmission via uncooked bugs is a real thing, and something that makes me laugh Schadenfreudistically when watching various survival shows or blog-podcasts. They’ll pay out one end or another.

    And that may actually be part of the problem. Wlorms. Hopefully you have TB on a good general dewormer/worm prevention pill or tablet. Dogs don’t always drag their butts when subject to a bad case of worms, only when the worms are crawling out. But a minor case of worms can cause liquid stools and a host of other issues that are puzzling as all get out to figure out. Checking for worms is one of the things vets first do.

  10. Joel says:

    He doesn’t seem interested in eating bugs, and in fact doesn’t have much opportunity to eat anything outside because he’s never unsupervised; he wouldn’t be safe running around alone here.

    In hindsight I think it’s something I fed him that I shouldn’t.

To the stake with the heretic!