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The squirts

After one too many treats at Halloween, Shelby had a bout of what Steven and I call "the squirts." I have never been more happy that we have the litter box. She can run to it, and do her business in case of emergency.

Because she was her usual perky self, we figured she had just eaten too many treats, and after some googling, Steven figured out that a chicken and rice diet would be a good idea to clear up her system.

And as you can see, Shelby hates it. :)

Don't bother me. I'm eating..

Coincidentally, about this same time, Shelby pug reader, Lucy, sent us an email about Shelby's horoscope on thepamperedpup.com. Here's Shelby's horoscope (she's a Sagittarious.)

You may find it hard to believe, but the world won’t come to an end if you stay out of circulation for a spell; if you conserve your energy you’ll recover from a recently acquired ailment much faster. Whether it’s a tummy ache from some spoiled food you ate or a passing virus you’ve contracted, it makes sense to rest till you’re feeling up to par. A visit to the vet may be needed, in which case your human companion will attend to getting you an appointment.

Thanks Lucy!

After about a week of Steven's magically healing chicken and rice, Shelby is back to her normal looking poops. No more squirts.

November 15, 2006 | Permalink


I wonder if that's why she was so lethargic? She had a tummyache?

Posted by: Randon | Nov 15, 2006 8:22:02 AM

One of my daughter's little pugs had the same distress; the vet suggested a hard boiled eggs and rice diet until the problem cleared up. I love how you're both so good to Shelby, who is precious and deserving of every accord given her.

Posted by: Kaaren Andrews | Nov 15, 2006 2:00:09 PM

Chicken n' Rice...I'll make a note of that in case Rocco gets another case of the squirts. Last time we foolishly took him to the vet. After a few days and $50 dollars, everything cleared up.

Posted by: Cris | Nov 15, 2006 3:31:21 PM

Speaking of puggy bum-bum's.......Does shelby have her anal glands expressed? My little pug's bum is soooo stinky some times. He will be sitting there and ALL OF A SUDDEN he whips around and starts licking his tush and it STINKS! We call them fish farts. We take him to the vet every few weeks to have him expressed but it still gets on the furniture and carpet AND MY BED!

Any suggestions?

My vet and I talked about removing his glands....

Posted by: Dawn | Nov 16, 2006 6:28:09 AM

Thank God you got rid of those nasty squirts, a chicken and rice diet usually works like a charm.

If the glands keep giving problems (and having to go to the vet every week or so to get them expressed IS a problem I assume), I would also consider removing them. Although -as usual- surgery would be my very last option, because of the 'Pugs and surgery'-issue...

Posted by: Django | Nov 16, 2006 11:40:48 AM

I'm so glad that Shelby is feeling better now. I know what you mean - squirties are the worst but it helps to have the litter box handy.

I love that bowl stand! May I ask where you picked it up?

Dawn: re Anal glands - both our girls have anal gland problems and one suggestion was to add a tsp of pumpkin (the plain kind, not the spiced up pie filling stuff) to thier food and it may harden their poops up enough to express the glands themselves. I also heard that having the glands removed can cause the puggie to lose control of the ability to control their bathroom functions. I think it would be a last resort sort of thing.

Posted by: Amanda | Nov 16, 2006 12:21:48 PM

We bought the feeding stand at Molly's Pup-purree in Danville, CA. Though it took Shelby some getting used to. She hates the sound of clanking metal, and so Steven had to put a rubber band around the edge of the bowl so that it wouldn't bump the iron stand.

As for anal glands. I've expressed them for Shelby once, and it was traumatic for all parties involved. She doesn't get this problem a lot. Certainly not every few weeks.

Posted by: Winnie | Nov 16, 2006 1:29:18 PM

Yup, chicken and rice always does the trick! Plus, I think pugs secretly crave chicken. Mmmmm....chicken...

Posted by: diana | Nov 16, 2006 4:00:51 PM

winnie, i've got to admit, when i saw that the posting was titled, "the squirts" i was afraid to look!!!
Re: anal glands-Even though it was traumatic for Monday expressing them at home, it was less traumatic than having the vet do it! I had my vet give me a hands on lesson and practice does make perfect! Emptying them on a regular basis has pretty much solved the scooting problem.

Posted by: Alicia | Nov 17, 2006 12:37:07 PM

i have a pug named nelly and she has horible anal glands she does go to the vet to get them expressed but not enough. all of a sudden we will be sitting on the couch and shell get up and move and it is this nasty fish smell that will make u sick.It also gets all over my sisters bed since nelly sleeps with her and there is always brown spots on her sheets but secretly i think she likes it! i have read the other comments about giving them pumpkin so i will try that but if there is anyhting else i can do please let me know becuase the smell is horrible

Posted by: brooke | Jan 15, 2007 5:29:07 PM

Hi, Please tell me where I can get some of the pumpkin - what exactly is it called ? Thanks so much p.s. hurry my pug is stinky

Posted by: Kim | May 4, 2007 10:18:08 AM

You can cook it yourself, though it might be a bit hard to find a pumpkin this time of year. Try the baby food section of your local supermarket.

Posted by: Winnie | May 5, 2007 10:22:42 AM

I would suggest Libby's Pumpkin Pie filling. It's usually found in the baking isle next to pie fillings and cake batter. Be sure to get the non-spiced kind. I've had to feed it to my Puggle before when he was constipated and it worked like a charm. I'll try the pumpkin for anal gland problem too, but I'm wondering if it really hardens the stool since it is used to break up constipation??

Posted by: Vivian | Mar 23, 2008 5:09:51 PM

I have a 4 year old pug named Pugslie and it has only been within this past year that she has had anal gland problems. I had to take her to the vet. yesterday to have him empty the glands and I felt so bad for my little girl, but the odor was to much to take. I asked him if there is anything that I can do to help her and he suggested giving her about a 1/4 cup of fiber cereal once a day. It will harden the stool which will help release the anal sacs when she goes potty. I'm going to start her on her new diet this weekend and I hope this will help her because she deserves to be happy and healthy and not uncomfortable and stinky. Good luck to all the pugs out there with the same problem and I hope my vets suggestion helps another pug somewhere.

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