Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 11:33 pm Post subject: ever hear of a contagious stomach flu in dogs?
Hi everyone, just wondering if anyone has ever heard of a stomach flu that was contagious between dogs. A couple of weeks ago we switched food (we always use Iams) to Iams Weight Prevention and the pugs *loved* it! But about 5-7 days after getting it Mugsy had very very bad diariha and of course we blamed it on the food and went back to his old kind. However Mable was fine and we continued the Weight Prevention food for her because we had this huge 50 pound bag of it and didn't want to waste it! Anyways for the next few days the diariha filtered out of Mugsy and then everything was fine for a couple of days. But starting last night Mable had very bad gas waking us up many times through the night and she has just been acting very fidgety like she couldn't get comfortable. This morning I take her out and she has the same kind of diariha that Mugsy had, identical. So I stopped giving her the food, but I was just wondering is it possible for the pugs to share viruses? Anyone ever hear of this or is it probably just the food?
Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 11:39 pm Post subject: Re: ever hear of a contagious stomach flu in dogs?
No I never mixed the two foods, just kept Mable on the old food because at that point she was fine and it was just Mugsy that was sick. I just find it odd that if it is the food its taking Mable nearly two weeks after eating it to get sick :S I don't know, just curious if anyone has had similar situations!
Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 12:17 am Post subject: Re: ever hear of a contagious stomach flu in dogs?
Diesel and Makayla had a stomach virus two years ago. It just happened that Makayla swallowed a greenie whole at my in-laws. Two days later, she started vomiting - a lot of vomiting. After probably 6 or 7 times of vomiting, I took her to the vet, expecting an intestinal blockage because I had seen her swallow the greenie. Did barium xrays and there was a spot where the barium stopped moving through system. The vet said 90% of the time, that indicates a blockage and given that I'd seen her swallow the greenie, he recommended opening her up to check for a blockage.
Right after the vet started the surgery, my husband called me at work to tell me that Diesel had started throwing up - continually throwing up. Picked him up and took him to the vet to be checked out. When we got there, the vet came out to tell us that he'd opened Makayla up and there was no blockage, just a pooling of barium.
And given that Diesel was also sick (but had been nowhere near a greenie), $1,000 and a surgery later, we figured it was just a stomach bug that they both had. Figure they picked it up at daycare, since they'd been at daycare earlier that week.
To help clear up the diarrhea, take away all food for 24 hours (keep access to water tho to prevent dehydration), then reintroduce bland diet (boiled hamburger and rice or boiled chicken breast and rice) for several days until stool starts to firm up again. Then slowly switch them back to dog food - by mixing dog food in with the bland diet - gradually increasing the amount of kibble and decreasing the bland food over several days until it's 100% kibble again.
Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 1:04 am Post subject: Re: ever hear of a contagious stomach flu in dogs?
All viruses are transferable. The 'flu' is actually a virus called influenza and it does not affect the stomach, but rather, the respiratory tract.
There are viruses that do affect the stomach though. There are also many bacteria that can affect the stomach.
Viruses are contagious.
I would think that your dogs are suffering from a virus or bacteria. If a virus, then it will not be related in any way to the food. If it is bacteria, then the food could be the culprit.
I would cease feeding the food until all signs of diarrhoea had gone. Then wait at least another 14 days before resuming the food and watch for any signs of illness. If they become ill again then you could assume that it is the food affecting them either through it being contaminated by bacteria, or similar, or by an allergic type reation or similar.
As with any illness, wash all bedding and areas that your dogs regularly come into contact to ensure the dogs are not ebing re-infected.. Keep the dogs well hydrated and put them on a bland diet for 7 days. Rice and chicken are good for this.
Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:09 am Post subject: Re: ever hear of a contagious stomach flu in dogs?
Greenies are bad bad news. They are not good for dogs and they are not digestable. Stay away from them if you can. Same with any rawhide chews. That can knot up in the stomach and cause blockages.
Just from what I've read.
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Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 4:41 pm Post subject: Re: ever hear of a contagious stomach flu in dogs?
We just got over a viral gastritis infection here at our house, that went through all 19 of our dogs. They did not have diarrhea, but vomiting. It only lasted about a day and a half, in each case, but they sure didn't feel well, while they had it. I gave them Reglan for the vomiting, but otherwise, there was nothing else to do, but to let it run it's course. Some of the kids were sicker than others, but they all shook it off pretty fast. I'm sure I brought it home from either a dog show, or from work.
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Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:44 pm Post subject: Re: ever hear of a contagious stomach flu in dogs?
Greenies are dangerous, because a dog can chew off a large hunk, swallow it whole, and instead of it dissolving in the stomach, it keeps it's shape, and can cause a blockage in the intestines that might require surgery to remove. We've had several cases come into the animal hospital where I work, that have required surgery, to remove part of a Greenie. It's just another of the toys that are sold for dogs, that do pose a danger in some cases, just like rawhide, pig's ears, and Gummibones do. These are three other toys along with the Greenies, that should be avoided, if you want to keep your buddy safe.
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