Puppy tummies are just gorgeous when they’re working properly. Naked, warm, round and just asking for raspberries to be blown on them. I mean, look at this, who can resist?!
However, sometimes they’re not quite so pleasant. This Little Doggy has an upset tummy. This isn’t unusual with brand new pups; they’ve had a big upheaval leaving everything they’ve ever known. But my little Squidge has been rock-solid up until now. She has the constitution of an ox. Assuming that ox has a good constitution. I’ve seen cow pats, they’re not something I have any desire to be trying to coax into a little black baggy.
On her first night, she was a pooing machine. If memory serves correctly, there were seven poos overnight. SEVEN! But, all perfectly formed. So, at nearly eighteen weeks of age, I think I can count myself lucky that this is her first bout of squishy-bum.
It’s nothing to worry about if it’s a one-off, but it’s important to keep an eye on it because puppies can get dehydrated and go downhill really quickly, so it will be off to the vet if it’s not cleared up really quickly, to get fluids in her and to rule out any nasties, such as giardia and colitis.
Of course, it also makes toilet training a bit more fraught, because she can’t hold anything in at all, poor little love. So, I’m on high alert – even more so than normal – to any signs of sniffing or twirling which indicates the squat is imminent, and will see me grabbing her and legging it to the door to get her outside in time.
I also need to make sure that I clean up properly after her. Any trace smells could indicate to her that where she’s done her business previously is a suitable place to use in the future. Regular domestic cleaners may work for our rubbish human noses, but they generally don’t clean up well enough to remove all scents for a doggy nose, and some may even mimic the subtle smell which triggers their instincts to use that area! So, it’s important to use an enzymatic cleaner. My cleaner of choice is Simple Solution, which eliminates all smells and stains. It also has a pleasant odour, which is a bonus, and in marked contrast to the odour it is eliminating!
I learnt about the wonder of this stuff when I first had Willow and Shadow, and used it for pretty much everything. So, this time round, I’ve bought the spray bottle and also the huge 4 litre bottle to top up as and when the small bottle is finished. I know that, over the next few months, it will definitely get used. It’s even great for cleaning up muddy paw prints from the floor, drool puddles, vomit and all the other disgusting things you have to deal with as a “puppy mum”!
I’m also giving This Little Doggy some help to settle her tummy in the form of Pro-Kolin, which is a prebiotic that helps to soothe the tummy and resume normal service! Fingers crossed that this will be very soon. Until then, I’ll be on high alert to that signal that an explosion of epic proportions is imminent!