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Two sick dogs, one appointment - who to take?

As you know, I have a vet appointment in two hours for Riley (see this thread: http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...-thoughts.html (Vet visit for Riley - thoughts?)).

But this morning I woke up to Winston, who does not have accidents in his crate normally, having had diarrhea in his crate and then slept in it (so I've had a lovely morning of giving a dog covered in poop a bath, cleaning the tub, and cleaning the crate).

The diarrhea was pretty soft but not pure liquid and it was brown but it did have a really weird smell. Winston is eating and drinking and playing normally.

So who to take to the vet?
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I would take both, if you can.
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I just want to add,that i have a major poop eater,I HATE THAT, it does sometimes give them loose poops.
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pumpkin for the diarrhea
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Take both. I would probably discuss it with the vet when you get there vs having them check the pup out and get a fecal on him. But my vet only charges for the visit, not per dog.

I don't really think I would be concerned about 1 bowel movement with the pups who may have gotten something he shouldn't have yesterday... but I would take him with anyway just in case the dogs are sharing some kind of bug. Besides... I call it moral support for the other dog.
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We've done double appointments when one dog had an appointment and something concerning popped up with the other. It's busier in the exam room but our vet sees both. I've offered to pay a double consult fee since doing two dogs in one appointment causes her to run later with her following appointments, but so far it hasn't happened. I think they know (after almost 20 years) we'll be back with more business. I also am not bothered when our regular appointments run late due to another client's emergencies.
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Well the appointment time is nearer and I think Winston is just fine. He has a little bit of diarrhea but I gave him rice and pumpkin and he has more energy this morning than I have ever seen him have before. I took his temperature and that was normal as well. I am leaning towards just taking Riley and if Winston isn't feeling better in a day or so having him seen then.
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Can Winston stay in the car when you go & ask the vet what he/she thinks?They may say bring him in & take a quick look.When I take both & leave one in the car I give the receptionist my cell phone # & they call me when they're ready to see us.That way one doesn't stay in the car by itself too long.
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I would take both, if you can.
I agree, call the clinic ahead of time if possible.Let them know what is going on with Winston, the Clinic will decide whether or not he needs to be seen. If he does need to be seen, they will probably have you bring him in with Riley.
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How hard is it to get another appointment if you need it for Winston, later? If it is hard, I would take him, but if it is realatively easy, and he now seems to be doing well, then I would leave him. Like Megora's vet, ours only charges for the office visit, not the number of dogs. If I am going to bring an extra dog, I try to call ahead and let the office know.
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