Monday, January 12, 2009

Raw Food Diet, Day 347- Salty Snacks and Zippy Doos

Big Pupi and I did some Naughty Boys! on Friday night. We somehow managed to get our nosey schnozzles and grabby paws up onto the kitchen island (Duh, humans. I'm a tall boy.) and help ourselves to a fully-open, partially-eaten bag of Tostitos chips. By the time our humans came home from some Place of Feasting that the canines were not invited to, they found this:And two boys whose tummies were sad like this:
If you've been reading this blog for a while now, a little alarm should be going off in your heads... it sure as poobles was going off in our stomachs. Those chips are made of corn. Corn is the numero uno no-no in this place, and it only took moments before Big Pupi and I found out why.

Enter the Volcano Duo. Erupting from all ends through all hours of the night.

Dudes. If you're going to vomit, projectile is the only way to go. No joke. And if you're feeling queasy, I highly recommend seeking refuge on the human crate, sofa or upholstered arm chair. Your little bum should feel cushioned as you're blasting the stolen goods across the room from your mouth. I set new records and even I was surprised at my shooting skillz. I sent liquid across the sofa blankie, onto the sofa slip cover, soaking into the actual sofa fabric and into the cusion, then onto the wood floor and into the bed room across the hall. That room is carpeted.

Count: 6 surfaces.

Are you impressed? Mom was. The look of horror on her face said it all when she realized that I had cleared 12 feet to get the goods on the bedroom floor. I'm telling you. It was incredible.

I am incredible.

Big Pupi doesn't have talents equal to yours truly, so he just left piles on the sofa and the floor. That dorkus was polite enough to make a pooble mess out of the freshly fallen snow outside - a stain on the pristine powder so horrible that it sent passerby clamoring over plowed snow banks to get to the sidewalk on the other side. There weren't enough pooble baggies in the world to fix this.

I, The Great Poobler Extraordinaire Stanislaw, saved my bum explosion for the hallway outside our apartment. I walked as I went, often circling back to check on the progress and quality of my work. Excellent. As always. After painting the tile floor in a Pollock-esque masterpiece complete with paw prints (yes, I stepped in it), my people descended and destroyed my work with piles of paper towels and all manners of bleaches and disinfectants. Then I was similarly disinfected and brought back inside. Load after load of laundry was hauled away, and the apartment finally put back together.

At this point I was hungry.
And Big Pupi's tummy grumbled.
And in the cruelest twist of all, we were placed in our crates with nary a feast in sight. Empty bellies and hunger pangs. You'd think I would learn my lesson after my evening snack attack, and I assure you that I did.
Next time I'll go for the dip, too.

Learning valuable lessons,

Big Pupi was happy for breakfast:

Aw man. I was hungersome this morning! I got some boiled meat to soothe an angry tummy. I suppose corn chips should be taken off the menu... but they were so tasty and crunchy! I'm not sure if Stan and I learned any long-standing lessons from this little adventure.

As I'm sure your folks know, any time there is an extended period of vomiting and/or diarrhea there is an increased chance of the patient suffering from dehydration. Dehydration can be a very dangerous thing, and if it gets bad enough it can kill. There are ways to check for hydration levels and to help the body rehydrate, and we'll discuss some of those here.

The skin test: This is the least accurate way of measuring hydration but it's the easiest. Your person should lift the skin between your shoulder blades and let go, watching how quickly it drops back into place. If it snaps right back then you're good to go. If it sinks down slowly then you're in need of some fluids. The slower it moves the worse off you are, and if your skin remains aloft then it's doctor time, pronto.

The gum test: The more accurate option, the gum test is done by lifting your lip and having your human touch your gums. They should be nice and wet, but if you're dehydrated they will be tacky or sticky. A test for capillary refill should also be done, and it's easy - your person should press gently on your gum line, then remove their finger and count the seconds until the pink color comes back to your gums. Two seconds is ideal. Any longer and it's a sign of dehydration.

If you are suffering from tummy problems, your person suspects mild dehydration or if they are not able to get you to the vet right away, there are ways to help your body gain and retain fluids. If they suspect moderate or severe dehydration or if you are suffering from extremely frequent vomiting or diarrhea, then you need to see a doctor ASAP for intravenous fluids and medication to ease your symptoms.

Mixing up an electrolyte beverage is easy to do and can aid in re-hydrating a sick pup. But before we get into recipes we're going to explore why and how these electrolyte things work.

Electrolytes are ions, meaning that they are teeny tiny subatomic particles that carry a charge and are able to to conduct electricity. Regular table salt is an electrolyte. When it dissolves in water, its components split, becoming charged particles.

Sodium Chloride (table salt) = NaCl
When dissolved in water, the molecule separates to become ions:
Na+ (Sodium) and Cl- (Chloride)
The Sodium ion has a positive electric charge and the Chloride ion has a negative charge.

In the body, the 2 most prevalent electrolytes are Sodium (Na+) and Potassium (K+), and that is why these are most commonly included in hydrating drinks for humans. By consuming electrolytes when in need of hydration, we are replacing the fluids necessary to keep our body's cells in working order. The functions in our bodies (nerve impulses, muscle contractions, heart beats) all rely on a steady stream of electric impulses, and it's electrolytes that allow the impulses to pass from one cell to another - they are doing their job conducting electricity. You can see why it is so important to remain hydrated!

Normally the kidneys are responsible for maintaining electrolyte levels in your bloodstream, but diarrhea and vomiting can create havoc with this delicate balance. An irritated bowel not only pulls and eliminates necessary fluids and electrolytes, but it also makes absorption of the water and salts extremely difficult. There are different kinds of transporters in the intestines that are responsible for absorbing salts and fluids. There are other transporters that bring in salts and sugars. This is why there is often glucose included in re-hydration drinks for humans, as it increases the efficiency of electrolyte and water absorption by appealing to the sugar/salt transporters. (Please note that sugar can exacerbate diarrhea, and it is not always necessary to include.)

Okay, so let's come up with a hypothetical situation here... Let's say that you're feeling pretty icky after having snarfeled down a bag of corn chips and the feast is ferociously making its way out of your bum. Your folks want to prevent any dehydration while your body rids itself of the offending food. They know that this is a temporary illness and you do not show any signs of moderate or severe dehydration. It's time to give your body a helping hand (or drink).

Our favorite recipe is super easy-

From the human grocery store, our people buy one can (about 2 cups) of beef broth, the kind with a moderate amount of salt and preferably not too many ingredients beyond "beef" and "water." Once at home, your folks can pour this can into a bowl or pitcher, then fill the can once more with filtered water and dump that in. The solution can be served in very small servings 1-2 times per hour - too much too quickly can really upset the tummy. If you're not in the mood to drink, the solution can be warmed slightly to increase the smell of the meaty tastiness. This solution does not include sugar, so if your tum is especially sensitive this may be the way to go.

If a trip to the store isn't possible, then a solution can be made using stuff your person probably has at home.

1 quart purified water
1 teaspoon salt
2-4 teaspoons sugar or honey

Boil the water and add the salt and sugar, stirring until dissolved. Let cool and give to drink in small portions frequently throughout the day (1-2 times per hour) as needed. This solution is also good for use on humans with sad tummies!

A 1/4 teaspoon baking soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) may be added to act as an antacid, and a slice or two of banana may be fed separately to get some Potassium (K+) in the mix.

If dehydration has become moderate to severe, you must see a vet as soon as possible. ONLY your vet can properly and efficiently treat severe dehydration. These recipes are for ORAL re-hydration only.

Whenever Stan and I are suffering from a mild case of the Sad Tummies, we enjoy a bit of the broth/water mixture added to our breakfast and dinner feasts. We suck it right up! And it's an easy way to get those fluids into us when we aren't drinking quite as much as we should. But, for a healthy dog some fresh, plain water will do just fine, so make sure you have plenty of that around for the slurping.

That's all the learnin' for now, folks!
Big Pupi


Niamh said...

You poor guys! Isn't it a pain that the best tasting stuff is so bad for dogs?

I am very impressed with your projectile pooping Stan. If you are going to make a mess, go big. Hope your tummies are feeling better today and that you will soon be back to your regular feasting. And thanks Big Pupi for your medical lesson. It was very informative as usual.

Your friend,

Amber-Mae said...

Woah! That's one bad case of vomiting!!! We never have this problem when eating "rubbish" because we eat all sorts of stuffs from home-cooked food to kibbles(all types!) to fried chicken backsides to McD burgers to cat kibbles to grass to everything else you can find on the menu here in our lovely home! Hehehe! But we do get explosive diarrhea from eating raw meat. We're just not used to it. It's like you guys! Your stomachs are just not used to corn or I'm sure some other ingredients coz everyday you eat raw meat & then suddenly a foreign thingy comes into your stomach. That's when all HELL breaks loose! Hop you guys gt better okay?

Butt wiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer

Maggie and Mitch said...

What a shame that those tasty corn chips packed such a mean punch!
You are just about the smartest doggie we ever met, Big Pupi! You should be President!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Fenway said...

We howled with glee over your artful poobles. I can hear the auctioneer now..."How much for Composition d' Pupi?"

I run (pun intended) into major trouble when I have the Volcano Tummy. Because of my flowing pants—that's what they call the long fur on my hinders—I carry around a stinky cascade of smelly poo on my "bellbottoms". And then it's bath time...

Thus, Fenway is a Behaved Boy about purloining junk food. You would be wise to do the same!

Eric said...

First up I read part 2 of the therapist, had me sobbing. Then the poobles, Boy Oh Boy had rolling with laughter. Wagging shame your leggededs cleaned up the 6 surfaces. Those Jackson Pollock rip offs are fetching the monies. Then the Hydration lessons.Think my brain has expanded with all that extra knowledge?

Wiry wags, ERic xx

Mason Dixie said...

Wow that is quite the story. You guys had better stay away from the corn chips. Wow, that is all I can really say. Wow. well thanks for stopping by. Wow.

Lorenza said...

Hi, Stan!
I hope you two are feeling much better now!
Now I know what Tostitos can cause! I let my mom eat them all!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Auntie LuLu said...

Stan and Pupi: Yeah for you getting the corn for the tummy upsets !!! I got hold of a bag of Pita chips a few weeks ago. They were yummy but salty. No tummy problems here, but I drank water for days (then had to pee every hour). Humans should know not to trust tricky cockers !!!
older and wiser and still quick when I need to be:

Bae Bae said...

Well your hooman got some great receipe for you.

~ Bae

MJ's doghouse said... two had quite an adventure...i have been pretty lucky all my life...the only thing that really bothers my tummy at all is cooked chicken...go figure...i guess we mutts have stronger tummies...but my mom says to thank you for all the information it will surely be very helpful some day...

Biggie-Z said...

OMD, boyz, you sure have been giving your humans a lot of headaches and noseaches!

That's some quite impressive explosions, and out of both ends at the same time?? I've never heard of that. All I could manage was some vomiting of unexplained origin on my humans' brand new flokati.