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The first question is if Byron is having diarrhea which is causing excessive straining or constipation? Diarrhea is much more common to cause the excessive straining than constipation. Sometimes you will see evidence of loose stool clinging to the hair around the hind end.
Then he most likely has diarrhea. This can occur for many possible issues. Is he otherwise feeling well (normal attitude, appetite, energetic, drinking well)? Any vomiting?
The car vomiting is probably motion sickness as is quite common (normal) for puppies. Since he seems to be doing well then I do have a few suggestions you could try at home this weekend. If he declines, however, which means he gets worsening of the loose stool especially if there is blood in there, vomiting, lethargic or not eating then he must be seen as an emergency situation. Otherwise, if he was my patient I might recommend you could try the following:
1) Feed a bland diet: Try white rice and boiled chicken breasts (chopped) in about 3 meals per day. If you do not have chicken you could substitute cottage cheese. Feed in several smaller meals (3 to 4 daily).
2) If his appetite declines give famotidine 10mg at ½ tablet every 12 hours for nausea/vomit. You should be able to find this medication at any pharmacy over-the-counter. It has no bad side effects and does a great job to settle stomach acid and reduce nausea.
3) Peptobismol liquid (bismuth sulfate suspension): Give 1 to 2 ml by mouth every 8 hours for diarrhea. This medication must be given 1 hour after any other medication as it will coat the system and can potentially prevent absorption of other medications.
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I always recommend if you are concerned that this is not improving or worsening, then you should have him seen. It sounds like he is stable. The point at which he absolutely must be seen is if he is lethargic, not eating well, has any vomiting, there is profuse diarrhea (to the point of accidents) or you see blood in his stool.
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