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Unread 08-01-2007, 01:45 PM   #1
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I was babysitting today and one of the kids had just adopted a male black lab pup from the pound. (The pup is soooo adorable!!)

Sometime while I was babysitting the little boy came up to me and said that the puppy's stomach was making weird noises. So I went to see and the pup's stomach was making loud squishing and squeaking noises. I was standing about 5-7 ft away from the dog and I could hear the sounds clearly.

Then the boy informs me that Zeke (the dog) was refusing food. (He hadn't eaten that day)

That freaked me out so I called the little boys mom and told her what happened. She said when she got home she would deworm the dog because that's what she thought was causing it..

What do you guys think? I surely hope it isn't serious because they don't seem like the kind of family to invest in costly procedures or meds or to even spend the time helping the pup recover.

Tomorrow when I babysit again I'll ask about how the pup's doing..
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Unread 08-01-2007, 01:50 PM   #2
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There is such a thing as a "prophylactic deworming treatment" (Zircie got one recently) but I don't think it is a good idea for the woman to be guessing and giving meds.
Frankly if a dog doesn't eat for a day it doesn't worry me as long as it is drinking and otherwise in good spirits. If you start listening to your dog's digestive system you might hear all kinds of strange noises that you were not aware of!
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I doubt that worms are the problem. I suppose they could be but I tend to doubt that.

There are so many possible causes for gastrointestinal issues in a dog, I'd be hard pressed to make any judgments without a vet's opinion. Poor quality dog food, diets high in wheat, soy, sugar, junk foods, etc. can cause excess gas.

If I had to guess, excess gas would likely be the cause of the sounds. It could also be a result of fast, ravenous eating (gorging on food).

If there are any other symptoms like weight loss, improper weight gain, or significant decrease in appetite, a vet visit is definitely in order. I wouldn't consider missing one meal (especially in summer or a brand new rescue) to be cause to believe there is decrease in appetite.

How long have they had this dog? What does he eat? How old is he?
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I guess it could be worms, but I'd probably just think it was his stomach grumbling because he was hungry. Colbi sometimes doesn't eat for a day and her stomach will start making noises like that.
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Katz, they only got the pup yesterday so what y'all are saying makes sense. It probably was just gas or something.

I'm not sure the brand they're feeding him. It's one of that crappy Wal-Mart brands or something. The reason I got worried about the pup so quick was because that family doesn't strike me as good owners and I was worried if something was wrong they probably wouldn't do much to see about him.. Frankly, I don't like how they treat their kids much less their pets.

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OK, I'm rather sensitive about the idea of shelter dogs right now so please take my questions & implications in this post with a grain of salt.

You said you were babysitting. Are you babysitting kids & dog? In your home or theirs? I'd keep the new shelter dog isolated from your dogs & consider the possibility that there may be reasons for you to use particular caution with their new dog (for your safety & the safety of your own pets).

I wouldn't worry too much about the stomach sounds at this point. Or, the fact the dog has missed a meal. Adjustment to a new home is a common reason for a dog to miss meals & those sounds could be a sign of a hungry dog. Try not to worry.

Keep in mind that you can't convince people to be good parents or good pet owners but your suggestions on good quality foods might be appreciated by them.
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OK, I'm rather sensitive about the idea of shelter dogs right now so please take my questions & implications in this post with a grain of salt.

You said you were babysitting. Are you babysitting kids & dog? In your home or theirs? I'd keep the new shelter dog isolated from your dogs & consider the possibility that there may be reasons for you to use particular caution with their new dog (for your safety & the safety of your own pets).

I wouldn't worry too much about the stomach sounds at this point. Or, the fact the dog has missed a meal. Adjustment to a new home is a common reason for a dog to miss meals & those sounds could be a sign of a hungry dog. Try not to worry.

Keep in mind that you can't convince people to be good parents or good pet owners but your suggestions on good quality foods might be appreciated by them.
I was babysitting at their home. I might mention something about getting a higher quality food but I doubt they'd listen. They have another dog (a mutt) and they barely even feed her. When they do it's just scraps. When I asked them about it they said "Oh, she eats with the horses and she catches mice". It really made me wanna cry. But there's nothing I can do..
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If they just got the pup then it is probably stress causing it not to eat. You could offer steak and the pup wouldn't eat it.

Another possibility is that the dog is used to what it got in the shelter. Shelters often feed the cheap stuff because of necessity. I am not going to throw stones - our local shelter has an agreement with a large pet food company that now gives them dry food. If it means they can save funds to add on to the building or buy more meds then in my book it is ok. So anyway they may want to try feeding whatever the shelter feeds.

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I'd still try not to worry too much. It is probably just an adjustment period & the dog is likely fine.
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Alrighty. I'm not so worried about the stomach anymore. I can't help worrying about Sandy (the mutt) though.
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