View Full Version : Apso: Shakes non stop... and dark tarry stool

04-28-2007, 02:13 PM
HELP me... I think I will die of anxiety myself.

My Apso is 8 years old... recently I noticed she was a lil slow and trembling.

When she is sleeping and lies "she shakes... i mean her whole body trembles"

And just a while ago, when she went out... i followed and she did her toilet... and it was "Black, Tarry Stool" (not solid... )

I will take her to VET tomorrow... anything i should do or ask in particular ?

Help... i live in Nepal / Asia


04-28-2007, 02:23 PM
Can you take her today? Black, tarry stools are not normal. The black color could mean internal bleeding in her digestive track. See if she will take water. Can you cook her some white rice? It is easy on her digestion and may help until you find out what is wrong. Is the stool just dark, or is it black all the way through?

"Dark, black, tarry stool, indicates digestion of blood, and a possible blood loss in the small intestines. "

The quote above is from an article found here:


Good luck. Let us know.

04-28-2007, 02:30 PM
well i again went and analyzed the stool more closely (god what i wouldn't do for my... sweety)

Anyways it's not BLACK (as in color black)

What I meant was Dark... and it looks a lil Brown/ Dark Olive type... and it's not solid !!!


04-28-2007, 02:49 PM
Ok, that is probably better. The darkness is not necessarily a sign of illness, but if it is very unusual for her, then something could be wrong, so keep your vet appointment.

Is the dog still shaking? If not, maybe something she ate made her sick and she will be ok.

Our dog had stools like the ones you are describing and when we got her on a food which agreed with her, the stools became a great consistency.

At this point I am more concerned about the shaking.

04-28-2007, 02:57 PM
damn... it's like 3 AM in the morning... and I cannot SLEEP at all. :(

But thanks to Internet and you "rita" I'm feeling a lot better.

Well she is sleeping near me... and right now she is not shaking / trembling

it's almost like... periodic thing. (happens in every 20 or 30 mins)

I shall rush to VET tomorrow... scared here !!!

04-28-2007, 03:04 PM
Definitely take her to vet...but if she is shaking less than before, it could turn out to be something she ate, or symptoms of a treatable illness.

Just be sure to give as much detail as possible to the vet.

Good luck. She will probably be ok, just keep her close so she can relax and not shake so much.

P.S. Be sure the vet checks the temperature. Infection/temperature could cause the shaking.

04-29-2007, 11:02 AM
Well I took her to VET... and turns out she has a very "HIGH FEVER" ... something like 104.8

No wonder she was shaking and eating was off... the VET gave her a SHOT, injection... and now her body is much more cooler "i felt her stomach area"

As for the stool... he said wait till tomorrow, if she is very runny... then only give Anti biotic (3 day course).

Anyways, now she is running and even BARKING (her loud voice never sounded so musical to me ears... he he he)

But she did drink loads of water... and ate Carrots, cucumber and water melon.

Thanks... Gsoul

04-29-2007, 12:50 PM
I am so glad she is doing better. Did the vet say the source of the infection?
Glad you could get her into the vet in time. You are very welcomed. I did nothing but maybe help you keep your sanity, but that is important when our doggies are ill.

We are here for this reason, so don't be a stranger to the forum.

04-30-2007, 11:16 AM
I think my doggie is lil better... it must have been something she ate + the high fever.

well she is kinda greedy :)... so whenever i open a plastic bag or rustle some wrappers... she would come running.

And after 4 days of lying around... she has finally started her "rituals" he he he

By the way she hasn't done any of those "stools" lately.


04-30-2007, 11:31 AM
Glad she is continuing to feel better. Happy stools makes a happy dog.

05-01-2007, 02:29 AM
glad your little dog is all better now :)

05-02-2007, 10:55 AM
Now... a lil question (again...)

Well although she has stopped shaking & trembling... no such runny stool.

"Softy" (that's her name :) ) is not eating properly.

and not sleeping... i mean she is sitting up in that "Sphinx" pose.

You know... as if she has "insomnia" or something.

Is that because she is weak? Though she responds to calls and barks.

05-02-2007, 04:51 PM
Did the vet say why she was sick when you took her in?

What does your dog usually eat? Before you mentioned fruits and vegetables, but does she get plenty of meat as well? If she will not eat meat,
then I would be concerned.

Were you able to take her for a follow-up visit to the vet after her illness?

I don't know why she would not be sleeping. That does not sound right.
Maybe someone else can post and help you with that.

05-03-2007, 02:04 AM
i would echo rita on this - we really need to know what the vet said as any advice here could make things worse for her.

05-03-2007, 12:33 PM
Well... apparently she is suffering from "stomach infection"

He came today and gave her 2 shots... (i was not at home, so my sister was telling me... vet will come tomorrow, for round check up)

Softy is very stubborn and won't even take pills... first it's hard to pry her mouth open and impossible for her to sallow the medicine.

hmmm... well, she is weak... that's for sure!!!

She has been eating little... what can we do ?

05-03-2007, 02:13 PM
I guess a stomach infection could cause her to be uncomfortable enough to not sleep and be very still.

At this point, I think you just have to go by what the vet says.

Make sure she is offered some foods that will tempt her. I think she needs some meat based food. So far, all you have mentioned are fruits and vegetables. Does she usually get meat in her diet?

If she won't eat, maybe her stomach is still bothering her, cook her some white rice and add some cooked meat into it(chopped small) to tempt her and offer her small amounts. What does the vet say you should do? I don't think you should do anything contrary to the vets advice.

05-04-2007, 01:13 PM
well... she got the second shot of antibiotic today.

It's a 3 day course

Apart form that he also gave her a shot to induce hunger

Well she did eat "chicken liver" (boiled and mashed with rice... just a lil)
Apparently other meat product have FAT, which should be avoided so... chicken liver is good.

Well like i said... she is not all flat.
She still responds to her name (fast)... barks and she did eat couple of Glucose Biscuits tonight.

According to VET tomorrow, if she's still too weak and not eating anything... than we'll have to minister "Saline Water"

I hope she will get well soon... :(

Thanks all you wonderful people for helping and support... woof woof

PS: by the way I 'm so pissed at my neighbor... he said things to my mom like "Apso don't live beyond 8 years, and it's point less to keep old dogs... Do the mercy killing, it'll cost you less and be good for the dog's inner peace or some crap "
My mom was literally traumatized :(... In fact he revealed he had his dog killed 2 weeks ago... apparently he was very... very OLD !!! (that's what he says... and I know that dog was not even 9 years old)

Swear some people need to be bitten by Rabid DOG!!! swear... :x

05-05-2007, 01:55 AM
fingers crossed for softy

as to your mums neighbour - tell him that lhasa apso actually have a life expectancy of 13 years.

05-05-2007, 09:32 AM
We are rooting for Softy. Hope all turns out ok. I am glad the vet is so attentive.
Your family will know if it is time to help your pet over the bridge. Your neighbor will not be in a position to make that decision.

Best wishes for your pets recovery.

05-05-2007, 10:51 AM
Well... she had her last dose of Antibiotic shot.

:( but she had fever today :(... so doctor couldn't give her Saline Water

I don't know what to do... she won't eat.

Now i shall pull up my socks and Force feed her (but that's the problem... "Softy" is not at all Soft and pliable :x ... I wish :roll: )

05-05-2007, 11:56 AM
no dont force feed her. when my lot feel unwell they get scrambled eggs or brown rice. try to tempt her with little and often and make sure she keeps up her fluids.

05-05-2007, 12:11 PM
What would i do without internet... thanks all for your support.

Yes... I did give her some scrambled egg and rice... she also had some meat.
Drinking loads of water.

Anyways I'm not good (or creative enough) at making pages or anything... This lil scrap of an album has my doggies pictures too:


Thanks... woof woof :)

05-06-2007, 04:48 AM
sod the dog your the cute one :lol:

have you tried her on little bits of grilled chicken? just one tiny little cut up piece a day may help encourage her to nibble.

05-06-2007, 10:07 AM
Hey...the dogs are cute, too!

05-06-2007, 10:50 AM
Hey Rita n smiffy...

The doctor came today and took temperature.
She is normal... yesterday had a slight fever.

Anyways today i had to do something... so bought a syringe and forced a bowl or so of "energy drink + milk"

Amazingly she didn't resist... she drank the whole lot :).
Doctor has prescribed some tonic for her... and right now she looks quite fine.

Had some pieces of grilled chicken too (thanks smiffy)

Looks a lot better... not trembling or shaking :)

But not so good news for my fren... her dog is 11 years of age, and apparently she has something wrong with her "uterus"... it's bleeding with yellow puss... kind of septic :shock:

The VET has given pain killer and they don't want to operate... she is a small breed "Pomeranian". (Mercy killing is the only option...)

I was scared... what could be the reason ? infection ?

05-06-2007, 10:59 AM
your friends dog has pyometra. this is another very good reason why spay is such a good idea. i'm sorry for your friends girly, the only real way to deal with this is a spay depending on how far gone the infection is but given the dogs age i would think the surgeon would be reluctant.

i had an old girly staying with me as she was so old no-one wanted to adopt her. she had loads of medical problems and it got to the stage it was kinder to pts but before we did we took her to her favourite place.

she loved a little harbour we visit and she liked to sit on the bench and just watch the boats so thats what we did, then we got chips for us and an extra large sausage for her :lol:

it was a lovely day and left us with a very fond memory of her. we now have a 'time capsule' for her buried under a garden slab and a statue thats about her size (patterdale terrier)

05-06-2007, 11:44 AM
Smiffy posted:
i had an old girly staying with me as she was so old no-one wanted to adopt her. she had loads of medical problems and it got to the stage it was kinder to pts but before we did we took her to her favourite place.

she loved a little harbour we visit and she liked to sit on the bench and just watch the boats so thats what we did, then we got chips for us and an extra large sausage for her

Oh my... so touchy.

WOW I think I love you already "smiffy"... that's so cute... and what a sweet thing to do "take her to her Favorite place... "

Awww... touched me heart : :) mmm I'm sure I would like to be born as a DOG in one of you "dog lovers" home. 8)

Take care...

05-06-2007, 11:59 AM
Glad Softy is gaining on the battle. Sounds like she will be ok.

Smiffy's story made me all weepy.

Sorry for your friend and her ill dog. Hugs to them.

05-08-2007, 12:57 PM
Well softy started eating a lil... she has started to play a lil.

I'm so much relieved and relaxed now... thanks a million again.

Love and hugs to you all dog lovers...