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Dog sick, could it be the water?

Postby IHikeLikeAGirl » Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:21 am

Over the course of a year, I have taken my dog up Longs Ranch Rd (Manitou Springs) to Barr Camp and back down Barr Trail (11-14 mi depending on route), 4 times. Each time she has gotten some sort of ailment.

Twice, she thew up (a lot) at the end of the hike, but was fine after that.

Once, she rubbed her butt on the grass at the end of the hike, but was fine after that.

Yesterday, she got what appears to be hemorrhoids and is pretty miserable today, taking her into the vet now.

She's been on many, similar length, hikes and drank from various water sources and has been fine. I bring the same food/treats I always do. Is it possible that something is in the water, making her ill?

Has anyone else taken their dog up Longs Ranch Rd and they've been fine or had issues? The few other people I've seen up there, have not had dogs with them.
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Re: Dog sick, could it be the water?

Postby mtgirl » Mon Nov 28, 2011 1:40 pm

Hi Valerie. You might want to ask Matt Carpenter's Incline Club, who trains regularly on Longs Ranch Road along with several other trails in the area. They have a message board on their website.....or you could email Matt directly to see if he's heard of anything similar.

http://www.inclineclub.com/home.htm
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Re: Dog sick, could it be the water?

Postby IHikeLikeAGirl » Mon Nov 28, 2011 3:54 pm

That's where I learned the route from. #-o I should have thought of that. Thanks for the great suggestion.

However, the vet did a thorough exam and gave me my answer. It's not the water. Lily was exhibiting a "stage 3 allergic reaction" to something along that route. Just need to dope her up with some Benadryl before our next trip up LRR and she should be good to go. The only drawback is that she may get drowsy and may not be able to go as far (which I find doubtful, this dog NEVER tires :shock: ).

Regardless, I'll do a few out and backs to see what her limit is with the drugs.
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Re: Dog sick, could it be the water?

Postby Jim Davies » Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:02 pm

The Ute trail goes right by a water treatment plant; maybe there's some chemical in the air that's bothering her.
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Re: Dog sick, could it be the water?

Postby Mel McKinney » Wed Nov 30, 2011 10:43 am

I often watch a dog with allergies that I give Benadryl. A friend also has a chart based on weight to determine safe amounts to give to dogs. PM me if it's something you would like to have too.

I usually give this dog, an approx. 90 lb. Lab, 3 or 4 and she continues to play and run. She's getting older so she tires fast than she did several years ago. I usually notice her mellowing out once she's done hiking, chasing the ball, etc... Once she lies down it's nap time. The Benedryl has helped but doesn't completely dope her up.
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Re: Dog sick, could it be the water?

Postby caseygries » Wed Nov 30, 2011 1:52 pm

My 3 yr old dog developed allergies to some type of weed or grass this summer as well. He scratched at his belly (where the allergen was in contact) for days, developed multiple small Staphylococcus sp. infections, so finally we took him in to the vet to get a cortisone shot and antibiotics. This helped alot due to the fact that the steroid remains in their body for up to 3 months. Within days he was better for the remainder of the summer/fall. We plan on taking him in to get another shot in the spring then probably 2-3 months after that for the remainder of allergy season.

Additionally, unlike Benadryl which may (but not likely :) ) cause drowsiness, cortisone can actually have side effects of hyperactivity (perfect for hikes!) but also dehydration (important to keep then hydrated).

So this may be something to bring up to your vet for the future because allergies typically don't go away, if not get worse.

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