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Daisy’s “Garbagitis” – A Scary Weekend Story

on November 7, 2011

WARNING: Don’t read this if you gross out easily!

We had a fun-packed weekend planned. Friday night was a a great start to the weekend UNTIL…

“Mom, Daisy has diarrhea!”

DD discovered Daisy’s “Hershey squirts” that evening, but we figured it was just one of those “Havachon things”. Soft stools occasionally come with our pup’s sensitive tummy.

But then it happened again.

And again.

And again.

And it became much worse than just “soft stools”.

To the internet I flew for information. “Diarrhea in dogs” is what I googled. All the medical sites were the same: “every dog gets it, stop feeding the dog for 24 hours, it usually passes in two days’ time. Call the vet immediately if you see blood.”

Whew, we collectively sighed. No blood. Nothing major to worry about.

Until 11:30 that night, that is, when Daisy began whining urgently and I discovered bloody diarrhea in her crate.

I picked her up; she was trembling. Which made me start trembling. “Blood!” I called out, sounding the medical emergency alarm.

This was not our happy little girl.

I brought Daisy into the family room and covered the entire floor with multiple layers of old sheets we save for painting. We had wee-wee pads out too, but I wasn’t taking any chances. I wanted all the bases covered, so to speak.

Thank goodness for foresight. Poor little Daisy tried to limit herself to the wee-wee pads, but she just couldn’t make it there every time. I stayed up all night with her, cleaning up her explosions and cleaning blood off her little pink bottom after every bout she had.

By 2:oo AM splatters of wet blood had replaced diarrhea, for the most part. Why do these things ALWAYS have to happen in the middle of the night???

It was happening about every 1-1/2 hours. In between bouts, Daisy napped on and off, but I couldn’t. I kept the “Mother’s Vigil” going, making sure she was breathing and not showing any other signs of distress. I really wanted her to be treated by our own vet because after that terrible experience with Bad Vet who almost killed her when she was only 2 months old, I didn’t want to take her to the 24-hour emergency hospital unless it was absolutely necessary. I decided the tipping point would be if blood ran from her backside or if she started going more frequently.

Fortunately, neither of those happened. All night I tried to think of what she could have ingested that could be tearing up her intestines.

I called the vet the minute they opened at 9:00 Saturday morning. They squeezed us in at 10:45, which felt like an eternity, but I certainly appreciated getting the appointment on his busiest day of the week. After a thorough examination and loads of questions, our wonderful vet diagnosed her with “Garbagitis”, a term vets apparently use when a dog has ingested bacteria that causes diarrhea. He said it could come from anything she may have licked, inside or outside. And apparently some small dogs’  insides bleed easily, and that’s all it was – nothing was tearing her up, it was just a reaction to the bacterial irritant.

He gave her a shot to calm her intestines, which also had a calming effect on her. Two prescriptions later, and we were headed home with hope in our hearts.

Daisy slept all of Saturday and all of Saturday night, except for a few more bouts of bloody diarrhea, which the vet said to expect. They came much, much farther apart, though.

On Sunday, Daisy started taking an interest in her toys again and wanted to play like her old self! It was like someone flipped a switch and brought our Daisy back to us. We were thrilled!

I’m happy to report that as of this morning (Monday), Daisy has been “garbagitis-free” for an entire day (or, as DD says, she’s a “poopless puppy” LOL). No problems Sunday and none as of this morning. She couldn’t be given any food until Sunday night (48 hours without a bite, but she didn’t care), only a little water. Now she’s on a diet of 1/2 jar of beef baby food and 1/2 jar of rice. We slowly start adding a tablespoon of her dog food to that mixture tomorrow and keep giving her the pills. By the end of this week, she should be back to her normal diet and finished with the pills.

I'm all better now! Let's play!!

Needless to say, our fun-filled weekend didn’t quite go the way we had expected. But that doesn’t matter as long as our little one is back to her normal, silly little self! 😀

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21 responses to “Daisy’s “Garbagitis” – A Scary Weekend Story

  1. Judy says:

    Wow, what a scary event for you and your family. We are relieved to hear that Daisy is feeling better and back to her usual self once again. She is a very fortunate dog to have such outstanding pet parents like you.

  2. The Hook says:

    Get well soon, Daisy! WordPress wouldn’t be the same without your wild and wacky tales!

  3. Oh Daisy,

    You poor little thing!! I was all worried as I read this and couldn’t wait to get to the happy ending and know you were ok!! 🙂

    Good idea to put a warning at the top, my Dad couldn’t have read this post, Mum’s the poop scooper in our house!! 🙂

    I hope you have a fun day today playing with your toys,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

  4. raisingdaisy says:

    I’m making up for lost play time today – no toy or slipper is safe with me! 😀

  5. barb19 says:

    Such a scary weekend for all of you – Daisy included; she must have been wondering what what going on with her rear end! I’m relieved it turned out to be nothing more serious than “garbagitis” (love the expression from your vet!), and Daisy is now on the mend.
    As a precaution, I would be washing all her bedding and all of her toys – just to be on the safe side. You don’t want to go through that again in a hurry!
    Get lots of sleep Daisy, and your mom too!

  6. Kas says:

    Oh my goodness — what a scary story!! Glad everything turned out ok and glad to hear that Miss Daisy is feeling better after that ordeal. And Evee has a sensitive tummy too … She has bouts where she’ll vomit and have diarrhea or constipation for a couple days — she never goes a couple of months without one of these little sick bouts. Thankfully it never lasts too long or is as bad as poor Daisy’s night, but I felt your pain in this post!!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      I wonder if strong “intestinal reactions” are typical for Bichons? I’ll have to see if I can dig any information up about that. Poor Miss Evee, though – it’s bad enough to go through something like this occasionally, but to go through it regularly must be awful for both you and Evee. Poor little girl!

  7. Chancy, Mumsy and Crew says:

    Oh, sweet Daisy we are so sorry you had such a sicky weekend. That was scary and we are sure happy it was nothing more serious. We hope you and our mom got lots of good rest after you began getting better. Keep feeling better and better okay, sweet girl? Hugs and nose kisses

  8. I’m so glad you that you’re sharing the story of Daisy’ poopy episodes. I find it extremely helpful to stay informed, through the experience of others, about some of the common ailments encountered by our domesticated dogs.

    These past few days Maple hadn’t been feeling too well either—she was regurgitating food, vomiting, and retching. She had us so worried that we made a trip to our vet. All is well now, but we certainly had our share of sleepness nights… although, I’m sure our pupsters were just as exhausted having gone through the ordeal!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Oh my goodness, poor little Miss Maple! What did the vet say caused it?

      • Our vet wasn’t able to pinpoint the cause of Maple’s upset tummy, but I managed to figure it out through a process of elimination. I was trying out a new can of dog food and mixing it together with Maple’s regular kibbles for about one week prior to Maple’s ailment. Sure enough, after removing the canned food from Maple’s diet, she stopped vomiting immediately!

      • raisingdaisy says:

        I’m so glad you were able to figure out the cause of little Maple’s upset tummy!

  9. 2browndawgs says:

    Poor Daisy. I bet she was miserable. Poor you….I bet you were worried. Did you ask if you could give an over the counter medication should this happen again? I can imagine the dosing for a small dog would be difficult.

    I also read your post about the bad vet. I am surprised he would vaccinate a potentially sick dog. Whenever we take our dogs in for shots they have a hands on exam and the vet even checks lymph nodes. Our vet also sends out stool samples to a lab because in house won’t always show all parasites. We have a sample checked annually even if there are no issues.

  10. granny1947 says:

    Oh Gosh RD…I can just imagine how scared you were.
    Am SO pleased she is back to her cute self.

  11. Dawn says:

    Thank goodness she is okay! I bet that was very scary. I’m glad it was something treatable and that things are better now. Did the vet have any suggestions to prevent this from happening again?

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thanks Dawn! Actually, he said that a dog can pick up bacteria that can cause this any time, just from licking things outside or inside. Even though we keep our home clean, we can track unseen bacteria in on our shoes, and if that bacteria makes its way into Daisy….garbagitis! He said it’s very common. Daisy has a sensitive tummy, so her bout could have been worse than another dog’s, who may only have had a day or two of diarrhea.

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