Springer Spaniel with stomach upset

by Yvonne
(UK)

My springer has been unwell for almost 2 weeks. I have taken her to the vets on several occasions, she has had 3 courses of antibiotics and endured an overnight stay with the vet for hydration, due to her being sick.


To top it all off she is again unwell and being sick, with very loose stools. I cant encourage her to eat and her drinking is down to a minimum. She is very lathargic and not interested in anything.

Has anyone any suggestions to assist me in getting Rosie to eat as I feel that she will improve if I can get something into her.
The vet said that she may have had gastroenteristis, but was unsure.

Next step a scan but dont want to put her through that if we can turn this corner.
Please come back asap as I am a very worried mummy.

From Anna@love-springer-spaniels.com
I am so sorry you are having a horrid time. She is under the vets care which is the main thing, one thing that has worked for me when George has had a dodgy tummy is plain rice


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Apr 30, 2017
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Mushy poo NEW
by: Anonymous

I have a 16weeks old, male
Have a problem my pup has soft poo very smelly wind,
He was on dry food when we got him so we stayed with that
To get that dry food we had to drive miles to get it so
We thought it be easier to get another brand closer
So we change to bakers dry food not good had very loose bowels bad wind, took him to the vets they said it's the bakers
Not good! So we change he's food again to wainwright
Still got mushy poo and very bad wind, me and my hubby forgot to mix it with the old one grudgingly what shall we do



Jan 14, 2017
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Grain Free NEW
by: Anonymous

My 9 year old springer had intermittent stomach problems (for a few years) which presented as a gurgling/popping/squeaking noise coming from her stomach and a refusal to eat. To cut a long story short, following numerous inconclusive test results, we changed her to a grain free diet and touch wood, all appears to be fine. Might be worth a try if it flares up in the future.

Apr 21, 2012
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Stomach upset NEW
by: Michele

Great news! I just want to say that although Purina is a food that has been around for years it isn't a great dog food. I don't feed commercial dog food, but if I did I would buy a better grade. Blue Buffalo is good food. Also, I believe Anna has some food listed on this site which are a better. They do tend to be a little more expensive, but also help curb things like stomach upset and allergies.

Apr 19, 2012
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Sick puppy NEW
by: Anonymous

Thank for the advice. Tried the potatoe and all back to normal :0). Now back to eating his beta purina fine. Can I just say this site is a godsend. Used some of the training tips, particularly liked the heel walking tips. Thank you. Xx

Apr 15, 2012
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Stomach upset NEW
by: Michele

Obviously I am not good at math! In my previous post I should have written; feed 1/4 cup 4 times a day if you normally feed 1 cup per day. Split what you normally feed into 4 portions!

Apr 14, 2012
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by: Michele

First, I wonder how long you've had the 5 month old pup....if you've just recently, meaning in the past week or so, gotten her then the stomach might be as simple as the change in environment. If you've had her for a couple of months or more and the stomach problems are just starting then it probably isn't that. Has he/she been to the vet? There are lots of reasons for stomach upset; a change in diet, worms, eating something they shouldn't. If you haven't had the pup to the vet for this problem then I'd made an appointment.

I would also stop the dog food for a couple of days and feed boiled chicken or hamburger and sweet potato. If you've tried the hamburger and didn't have a lot of success, try the chicken. Since you tried the rice I'd eliminate that this time. Remove the skin either before or after cooking. Boil a sweet potato and remove the skin after boiling. About 3/4 potato and 1/4 chicken. Feed a smaller portion at each meal than you would normally feed. So, if you feed 1 cup twice a day, feed 1/2 cup four times a day. After a few days of this meal I'd start introducing the dog food a little at a time.

Apr 14, 2012
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Sick dog NEW
by: Anonymous

My 5 month old springer has the same but isn't unwel, eating and drinking fine. Lively. Tried the rice and chicken thing, which worked of a day, any other suggestions ..

Mar 01, 2011
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Rosie
by: Michele

I'm glad to know you've discovered the problem. Now you'll learn how to make life better for Rosie and everyone will feel better!

Good luck -

Mar 01, 2011
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Rosie a bit better
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Thanks Michelle,
I did do that and got a second opinion. It turned out that Rosie had Addisons and was in crisis. We earnly lost her but thanks to the other vet she pulled round and is now all but back to normal. She will have to take tablets for the rest of her life but at least I still have her.

Feb 28, 2011
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Sick Dog
by: Michele

If your dog has been sick for 2 weeks with loose stools, isn't eating and / or drinking well and is lethargic and your Vet hasn't diagnosed the problem yet, you need another vet! These symptoms allowed to continue could cause your dog a lot of problems, which may not be reversible.

Until you can get an appointment with another Vet (which you should do immediately) you can give her a little boiled rice and lean hamburger (also boiled) in lieu of dog food. More rice than hamburger. About half of what you would normally feed and split this up into 3-4 feedings per day. This should help settle her stomach and lessen the loose stools. You need to be sure she is staying hydrated by drinking water or giving ice cubes.

Please get a 2nd opinion and let us know how that worked out for you.

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