Monday, December 5, 2011

Giardia

Dog Dad was worried about Essex this weekend.  She barked four times Thursday night-Friday morning to let her outside.  When he came home after work she had thrown up twice and he noted some dark liquid stool on the floor.  She wasn't hungry Friday night but Dog Dad doesn't get excited if she doesn't eat her food.  She does that now and again.  When she didn't eat Saturday and Sunday but she still seemed to be in good shape running around Angel Paws Dog Park.  Dog Dad was concerned and confused, but he knew he was going to the vet.  
Essex not feeling well
Dr. Wadell looked at Essex.  She looked in good shape and Doc took a stool sample.  Essex didn't like getting the probe stuck in her rear end.  Doc looked at the smear and noticed this parasite called giardia.  The giardia bug causes an upset  tummy and diarrhea.  It can come from drinking contaminated water or from animal feces.  We got some medicine for Essex.  Sherman is taking the medicine as a preventative measure.  Dog Dad decided that Essex won't be visiting Angel Paws for several days as he doesn't want to spread the parasite to other pups.  Sherman, that lucky pup, will able to go though.  The best news is Essex will be fine. 
Sherman the white nosed collie
A nice white nose
Here's barking at you
Sherman in the meanwhile had fun around the yard.  He was digging in the sand where the pool used to be.  Dad had to take some pictures of Sherman with his sandy white nose.

Dog Speed,

Essex & Sherman

11 comments:

Bailey said...

Sorry you are not feeling well Essex. Get better soon.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Glad Essex will be okay!

Jake of Florida said...

We're so sorry to hear that Essex isn't feeling well. It's so easy for us doggers to pick up something yucky on our walks or in parks, etc.

Wirey woofs,

Jake and Just Harry

Shane Kent Louis said...

Sending you our sweet prayers and I hope you will be fine soon!


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Dianne SS said...

Aww, poor Essex. Giardia is no fun at all!! But we are happy to hear that she's got some medicine that will make her feel better really soon. Thinking of you Essex!!

Duffy and Dianne

Sam said...

Poor Essex - we wish her a speedy recovery!

Sam

Reilly / Denny Cowspotdogs said...

That can be a nasty bug to treat and please tell Dad dog that sometimes you can get re-occurances of it as sadly it is now in your yard. We wish Essex and speedy recovery and my Sherman - what a handsome young dog you are turning into.

Dawn said...

Glad Essex will be feeling better soon. And we thought that white stuff on Sherman's nose was SNOW!

Ricky the Sheltie said...

Poor Essex - that is nasty stuff. Hope she is still doing better all the time. Sherman is adorable with his white nose!

Moondance Huskies said...

Glad to hear that you found out what was bothering Essex and that she is now on the mend! Good think you have such a good DogDad!
Wow! did I do a double take when I saw the white nose on Sherman...I thought it was SNOW too!!! and then I shook my head and thought--it CAN'T be snow--they live in FLORIDA! BOL!
Essex, feel better soon and Sherman, you are just TOOO cute!!
Hugs & Howls,
Skye

Shikota said...

Goodness Essex!! We were sad to hear you weren't doing well. Hope you are back to your beautiful self soon! That's a really good idea that Sherman took some medicine too, just in case. Those vets are some brilliant people! I'm glad they take care of us when we don't feel well so we can get back to the important stuff........running, sniffing, eating and sleeping! xoxo - Shiloh
p.s. - Dakota says hi too.