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Is this a free service? Miniature poodle, He drank some

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Hi. Is this a free service?
JA: Hi there. What type of animal are we talking about?
Customer: Miniature poodle
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Can you tell me a little more about the Poodle's situation? How long has this been a concern?
Customer: He drank some stale water around a month ago and has had the runs. However he has hardly put any weight on at all. His tail is always down, when lying down he moans. His bark has also gone quiter. He hasn't really picked up. He also banged his leg getting up on the bed but isn't limping.
JA: How much did the Poodle drink?
Customer: Around a very small cup full.
JA: Has he thrown up since this happened?
Customer: No he wasn't
JA: What's the Poodle's name and age?
Customer: Matty and he is 6
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: No
Submitted: 11 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.
Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet.
I'm sorry to hear Matty is not himself.The main risk with stagnant water would be a bacterial infection, but this would typically only last a few days.
We would also consider a parasite infection; when was he last treated for worms and and was used?When was he last seen by a vet and has he had a blood test or stool exam?
Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Hi. None of the above apply. Its how he is now also his bark going quiter and groaning when he's lying down
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

I'm not sure what you mean - that he has not been wormed and has not been to a vet recently?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Sorry. He hasn't got worms and hasn't been to a vet as yet. Just asking a bit of advice as we are worried
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

Ok, sure. I understand.

If he has not been treated for worms in the last 3 months and has had ongoing diarrhoea and weight loss I would strongly recommend worming him with something like Panacur.

With regards ***** *****; this could be due to e.g. laryngitis, over-use (if barking more than usual) or an infection.

Groaning typically denotes pain which can be caused by e.g. joint disease (a dislocating knee cap or sore hip would be common in his breed.

As it has been going on for so long and he has several signs, I do think a vet visit is sensible.

They will examine him and may run some tests such as a blood test.

It may be he requires a course of medicine such as antibiotics or anti-inflammatories.

Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

I would also consider blocked anal glands; a common issue in smaller dogs after runny stool. They can cause groaning during position changes and are easily rectified by a vet expressing them.

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Would you have any idea as to why his bark is quiet as well? We will take him to the vets
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

As I say, a hoarse bark can have a few causes including 


  • Laryngitis (inflammation of the voice box)

  • Overuse (if he has ben barking more than usual)

  • An infection

  • A foreign body that has lodged 

  • etc

The vet will feel the throat and listen to the breath sounds. If concerned about a foreign body, they may also sedate Matty to have a good look at the larynx/throat.

A tsp of honey twice daily may be appreciated and do ensure the air is well ventilated and free of dust and smoke. We should also check he is up to date with lungworm prevention.

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Thank you so much for your help.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

No problem at all.

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Take care!