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Puppy with weekly bouts of a gurgly stomach and a little diarrhea or vomiting
eehamilt posted:
Hi! We have a 7 month old mix (Jack Russell, Tibetan Terrier) who we adopted from a shelter 6 weeks ago. We were told that when he was a baby he had a serious infection and was hospitalized for awhile. The doctors weren't sure what the infection was but thought it was a parvo-virus. His sister had the same thing and died.
Since we've gotten him, roughly once a week, he wakes up in the morning with a loud gurgly stomach. The gurgles last for several hours and he refuses to eat or drink anything. But otherwise he seems normal. Usually the gurgles go away, but he continues to refuse food/water until 4-5pm. Usually by then he either vomits up some bile or has a little diarrhea. Then after 5pm, he suddenly is fine, eats a bunch of food and is back to normal until the next episode (usually one week later).

I am trying to track his schedule - eating/eliminating - in order to see if there is a trend in what precedes these episodes, but would love to hear if anyone else has had this problem. I found one other conversation about this, but it didn't sound exactly the same. I have brought him to the vet roughly once a week (although have never managed to bring him in when he's having the gurgles) and he has suggested that it is normal in puppies to have an irregular digestive system initially - particularly a shelter puppy who is dealing with so much change. However, I am wondering if this could be something beyond stress/adaptation. Particularly if this could be a byproduct of having a paro-like virus in infancy. Any ideas?
We live in Spain and unfortunately my Spanish is weak, so it'd be great be able to look up some possible conditions in English and then to bring these to the vet to discuss as possibilities. Thanks in advance for any advice or insights!


Bernadine D. Cruz, DVM, is an associate veterinarian at Laguna Hills Animal Hospital, Laguna Hills, Calif. She specializes in companion animal medicin...More

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