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My cocker spaniel is trying to open his bowels this evening,

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My cocker spaniel is trying to open his bowels this evening, keep running around , sniffing and not able to distract him. He opened his bowels 2 times today that looked normal but this morning he vomited smelling of feaces. He lso vomited the same 3 days ago, bu has been eating normal including today and open his bowels 3 or more times a day. His tummy is not distended but mild discomfort when pressed low. What do I need to do?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 2 years ago.
Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am happy to answer your question today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- Did he have diarrhea?
2- Is he straining to defecate?
3- Did he get into anything?
4- Any blood in the stool?

There may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies as I type out a thorough reply for you.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
No diarrhea today or yesterday. He had diarrhea last week twice
He is straining I think but not yelping or making any sound just running in circles, sniffing
He does get into things but not anything specific that I saw
No blood
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 2 years ago.
To make sure I got this right, he is going around sniffing the floor but he is not squatting to defecate, correct?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
No he is not squatting . He last opened his bowels around 3pm today
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 2 years ago.
What are you seeing that is indicating that he is trying to have a bowel movement?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
He is now sleeping in his cage but 30 minutes ago when we took him outside he could not stop sniffing , wouldnt play and wouldnt come in. He occasionally seem like he was about to squat but then ran off again all over the 1 acre plot sniffing. This is not his usual behaviour
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 2 years ago.
1- How much does he weigh?
2- Did he get into anything or eat something out of the ordinary?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I am not sure of his exact weight but under 10 kg, possibly around 8
The children gave him pieces of banana occasionally, not sure if this can cause problems
I didnt see him eat something tht could cause an obstruction per say
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 2 years ago.
Yvette, it is possible that he was going around in circles as a sign of gastrointestinal discomfort. The fact that he vomited earlier today further supports the possibility of gastrointestinal discomfort. In a puppy common causes are: Dietary indiscretion, ingestion of a foreign body, infections, parasites, etc. to name a few causes. This is what you can do:

1- Do not give things like Pepto Bismol or imodium.
2- No food or water for 6-8 hours. Need to give his gastrointestinal tract time to rest.
3- After 6-8 hours offer a small amount of water. Wait half hour, if no vomiting, offer small amount of rice (50%) and boiled boneless chicken or ground beef (50%) 4-6 times a day. Keep on this diet for several days then wean into regular diet.
4- If he continues to vomit or going around in circles after doing the above he will need to be seen by your family veterinarian for a hands on examination.

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