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Callie’s Gastro Issues and Acupuncture?

It’s been more than two weeks since we had a visit to the emergency vet with Callie’s second bout of gastroenteritis. Of course, she got sick on Labor Day when no regular vet was open – that’s just the way of the world, right?

Callie sick towel
Callie on her towel, in case she throws up again ☹️

It was not as bad as the first time, partly because we caught it so much earlier and partly because, when I didn’t feed her, she kept throwing up and threw up blood. No horrific crime scene in the house or outside this time.

It’s been more than two weeks that she has been on a bland diet of strictly boiled ground beef, a small amount of rice, and (after the first day or two) pumpkin to keep everything settled.

During this time I haven’t been allowed to give her treats. Try not giving a Cavalier treats for two weeks, see how well that goes for you. Especially when you are still house-training a puppy, because, like any good older sister, Callie expects a treat everytime Charlie gets one for going outside. And like the well-trained owners we are, we give it to her.

Solution? Treats = small piece of boiled beef, for both of them.

The other day I thought perhaps now I can start giving her treats again to see how she does. She replied with diarrhea before I even got the chance.

Next week I have scheduled an acupuncture and holistic medicine appointment for Callie with a different local vet. I’m lucky – in a rural area, I found an even more rural vet prided on their knowledge of both Eastern and Western medicine for dogs, on their holistic care model, and on their ability to provide other services such as acupuncture.

A cavpack friend from Twitter got me thinking about acupuncture. She uses it for her dog who suffers from acute back pain and kidney issues, I believe. I’ve used acupuncture for my fibromyalgia, for stress and anxiety, and also for a strange period of time when I couldn’t stop sweating and getting red in the face as soon as I got warm.

In eliminating possible causes for her back-to-back cases of gastroenteritis, I feel like it’s probably not bacterial/parasitic as it has been hit by antibiotics so much. I don’t think something around here is making her sick, Charlie would be sick too, as the one who eats EVERYTHING. It could be an allergen, but, honestly, my best guess for Callie is stress and anxiety. She has gone through of significant changes to her rather quiet life a lot since we brought Charlie home.

She appears to have good days and less good days. She hasn’t had another spell, thank goodness, but it’s clear that her gastro system is not happy. I’m pumping her full of probiotics now to help, but I am mostly drumming my fingers, waiting for this upcoming appointment and hoping that this vet, by looking at her diet/lifestyle/charts, etc., will be able to help. Perhaps with some Eastern medicine and acupuncture, we can bring her stress levels down again.

Callie's smile
Callie smiling when she’s feeling good.

Her first “gotcha day” is next month and I want to be able to feed her silly cake and know she might have slightly gross poop from it, but not worry because everything else will be alright.



4 thoughts on “Callie’s Gastro Issues and Acupuncture?”

  1. Ray was put on anxiety meds at the Humane Society because he was showing typical GSD traits of spinning etc when in his adoption pen. While we were planning to wean him off them, he was becoming more dependent on us to the extent that he developed a serious separation issue. We are now working on that, but he stays on his anxiety meds ** until such time that we can de-stress his life! So many people question giving a dog meds for anxiety reasons but, for us (and for him), they are well worth it!

    **Fluoxetine 20mg @ 2 per day

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    1. My parent’s Cairn terrier was on anxiety meds for most of his life. My mom always made jokes about his “doggie prozac” but it was absolutely worth it for him.
      Before he would stare at my mom intensely all the time, he would follow her every single move, (they had a second dog close in age too) near constant barking despite every possible training method out there at the time and he developed severe separation anxiety.
      It helped. It didn’t fix everything, but it helped a lot. If we have medications for it, why shouldn’t animals? We’ve created a life very much like ours for them.
      Hopefully, there are other steps I can take with Callie first, but if we get there, we get there.


      1. Totally agree with you. Whether human or animal health, there are a number of options which should be tried but, if all else fails, it really does make so much sense to use the available medications…. for everybody’s peace of mind.

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