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    What Can I Do To Stop My Springer Spaniel Scavenging On Walks?

    My Springer Spaniel keeps scavenging out on walks and gets an upset stomach. Is there anything I can do to make her stop? And are there any home remedies for vomiting or loose stools? – Victoria

    Oh Victoria, I know your dilemma. I also have a Springer Spaniel, and she is an absolute hoover. It’s impossible to stop her snatching disgusting things off the floor during walks. The only remedy would be to put her on a lead to ensure you have full control during a walk, but in reality, I wouldn’t do that with my dog on a walk, so I wouldn’t expect you to do it with your dog.

    So, if she ends up with vomiting or loose stools from snuffling up something rotten, then there are a few things that you can try at home before rushing to the vets. With that being said, there are some important circumstances where a vet visit is needed. Look out for the following symptoms:

    • Blood in the stools or the vomit
    • Vomiting or diarrhoea which is not improving with home remedies after 3 days
    • Extreme lethargy
    • Not being able to keep down water
    • Vomiting excessively with no stools being produced
    • Vomiting or diarrhoea in puppies

    But if your girl is still happy and bouncy, and has an appetite, then you can try to get her through the episode at home by following these steps:

    1. Starve her for 24 hours. This will give her guts a complete rest from having to work.
    2. After starving, introduce a bland food for 5 days. This should ideally be a ‘gastrointestinal’ food, available from your vets, but if you wish to home cook something, boiled chicken and rice is a suitable alternative.
    3. If your dog hasn’t had a dewormer in the last month, be sure to give one that covers both tapeworms and roundworms.
    4. Introduce a probiotic. You can buy sachets or pastes over the counter at your vet practice. If she is struggling with diarrhoea, you can buy probiotic pastes which also include kaolin, which helps to bind up the stools and reduce inflammation in the guts.

    I hope this has helped. If you are concerned at all, it is always best to take your dog to the vets for a check over, but for a simple gastrointestinal upset, most cases can be dealt with effectively at home. Just remember to ensure she is fully vaccinated and dewormed regularly.

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    Jo De Klerk

    Jo is a graduate of the Royal Veterinary College, London. She has a Masters degree in Tropical Animal Health, and has spent most of her career working in mixed veterinary practice.

    Recently, she has become involved in one of the UK’s fastest growing veterinary telemedicine services for dogs and cats.

    She is a published author of several books, and enjoys working as a freelance veterinary writer around her clinical work.

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