After a lot of thought I have come to the conclusion that on March 6 someone poached a deer and left the guts. My dogs then got into them. My first indication was that Willy threw up a huge amount of fresh, bloody meat the color of kidneys with what I thought were worms - big worms. I rushed him to the vet. Before we started the spendy de-worming of all the dogs the vet checked the sample I brought. Not worms - intestines. The new grad vet wanted to take another look. I got a call later - intestines and a penis.
Because they have not passed any hair or bone, I don't think it was an animal kill or that they killed the deer. Based on the amount of vomiting and days of diarrhea, the vet thinks that what they did not throw up colonized in thier guts. Thursday, the 15th McKenzie was noodle legs and could not get up. Back to the vet with her and for more antbiotics for everyone. They have been on (and loving) boiled chicken or venison and white rice diet. This morning was their first real dog food.
We are not over the bug yet. I have about an inch of new snow but the dogs don't even want to be out in it. I hope they are well and strong enough for the Mush Without Slush and maybe some spring sledding at Ray Benson.