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Old 10-22-2007, 08:30 AM   #1
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Default Puppy ate poo - Should I be worried?

Nellie managed to chew and swallow a lump of rather elderly dog poo yesterday - we were on a long car journey and I'd taken her over to a large patch of grass at a service station.

She is fully vaccinated but she's still a week away from being 100% protected, so I took care to take her well away from the most used patch of grass and went to an un-used spot....but she still managed to find some old poo (I'd say it was several weeks old by the aroma ), chew it and swallow some before I could hook the rest out of her mouth.

I'm hoping that the risk will be minimal - the population of un-vaccinated dogs and strays in the UK is very low - but if she's going to go down with something nasty from "oral ingestion of faeces", can anyone tell me what early signs to watch for over the next 4-5 days?

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She'll be fine.

Diarreah should be watched for, but many things cause that... vomiting is an obvious indicator of illness, but not always a vet worthy thing... and lethargy. If LETHARGY is combined with any of the other two I'd call a vet.

I don't like to see a lethargic puppy, y'know? Not a good sign.

But again... your dog will quite likely be fine... as we speak, some dog someplace in your nieghbourhood is chowing down on a crusty turd. It's more common than dirt.

Er... the EATING of turds.... not the turds themselves. Well, actually the turds are more common than the eating of them... uhm... so yeah

(a.d.d. boy strikes again.)

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Hahaha, thank you! I think I get your drift.

Certainly her appetite and turd production is quite satisfactory today, I've had a read up on distemper and parvo (as us neurotic owners will) and will try not to invent symptoms in the meantime.

She has slept more today than she does usually, but when she's awake she's her normal bouncy self....the temp has dropped a little over here today, I think she's feeling it so she's rather keen to curl up beside the radiator today, that's all.

One of her ears is sticking up permanently though, it no longer flops over as it should. OMG, its a muscle spasm......


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Hahaha, thank you! I think I get your drift.

Certainly her appetite and turd production is quite satisfactory today, I've had a read up on distemper and parvo (as us neurotic owners will) and will try not to invent symptoms in the meantime.

She has slept more today than she does usually, but when she's awake she's her normal bouncy self....the temp has dropped a little over here today, I think she's feeling it so she's rather keen to curl up beside the radiator today, that's all.

One of her ears is sticking up permanently though, it no longer flops over as it should. OMG, its a muscle spasm......


OMG! The dreaded ear spasm! Generally followed by the awful bum wiggle, the ear spasm can be the most psycologically damaging weapon in the cute dogs arsenal!!

Seek help/shelter before she activates the terrible 'head tilt'!!!

Yaerrrrghh!!! run for your lives!!!!

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Thank goodness her demented gremlin persona prevents a full on descent into disgusting cutesyness........
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LMAO, M8

demented gremlin. rawful!

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I took her into bed with me over the weekend (a heinous crime I know) because I had a terrible migraine.....I thought her little warm furry body would be a comfort.

Pah. She pulled my hair, swung off my eyebrows and earlobes before attempting to remove an eyelid.

It didn't make me feel any better I can tell you.

Why is she cuteness personified with total strangers and a savage little devil with me, the hand that feeds?

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Because she trusts you.

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Really? Wow. I'd be dead chuffed if that were true!

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After "Wood" (for wodden-head) my dogs generally get the nick name 'Murphy'. After the Mr. Murphy of law fame.

The main reason your dog is a wonder around guests and a deamon to you is that it's merely obeying Murhpy's law. This is the main law governing dogs.

Laws of gravity and thermodynamics and conservation of matter and such don't apply to dogs as well as they should. Somehow, no one put a good undercoat on dogs before trying to apply these laws, and Murphy's law, (being very sticky, indeed) is the only one that really took hold.

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