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Ask the Vet About Diarrhea in Dogs and Cats

Diarrhea in Dogs and Cats
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Ask the Vet About Diarrhea in Dogs and Cats
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Apr 22, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: bloody diarrhea

Question:my dog began having diarrhea then bloody mucus. He then projectile vomitted. Just changed his food to Blue Mountain . Concerned for poisoning.

Answer:Changing foods suddenly can upset his stomach but usually not that badly unless he is unusually sensitive or allergic to the new food. Since you are seeing blood and he is vomiting, it is ideal to go see your veterinarian for treatment.

Date: Apr 20, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Intestinal blockage?

Question:My dog ate the netting from a roast 4 days ago. He ate the entire net. He is 9 years old and roughly 40 lbs but overweight by 10 lbs. I took him to the vet as soon as it happened. They induced vomitting but it didn't work. So I was told to just watch him for signs of a blockage like not eating, pain in the abdomen area, not pooping, straining to poop etc. How long would it take for these signs to show? This evening will be the 4th day. So far he is eating normally, drinking, pooping without straining. But his stomach feels "full" is the only way I can describe it. But since his is overweight his abdomen always has a sort of full feeling. He doens't show signs of pain or anything like that when his abdomen is pushed or poked. So I'm not sure if I am just panicing because he swallowed a net. Or if this is something I should be worried about.

Answer:If he is not vomiting and still eating, he shouldn't be blocked. It really depends on a lot of things about how quickly it will go through his gastrointestinal tract. Some things kind of stay in their stomach for really long times, like if it got all wadded up, so keep an eye on him. Also, you are probably already doing this, but check his feces for it passing, then you will know that you don't have to worry.

Date: Mar 27, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vaccine Reaction

Question:My dog, a beabull, was given her annual vaccines this past week. Three year rabies and Lymes was administered on Wednesday at the vet and then on Thursday I administered Spectra 10 and Kenne jec. On Saturday morning she started with the diarrhea and now it's Tuesday and still has it. We tried Imodium, rice and ground beef, and even the well and good brand anti diarrhea liquid and nothing has helped. She has small amounts of blood in her very loose stool which I'm assuming is because of her going so frequently and straining to go. Is there anything else I can do before taking her to the vet.

Answer:If you have already tried Imodium and bland food, it is time to go back to see your veterinarian especially because you are seeing blood in her stool. It may be an easy quick fix with just some metronidazole, but it is ideal for them to do a physical on her +/- some blood work. In the future spread her vaccines out by more than 2 weeks - there are no great studies on this but at a recent conference, a veterinary immunologist recommended spreading them out by really as many weeks as you can, but a minimum of 2 weeks.

Date: Mar 8, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Medication for cat's diarrhea

Question:Dear Dr, i have been taking care of 2 stray cats for the past year. I provide them with dry food on daily basis. i have noticed recently that they have diarrhea, their stool is very liquid and it doesn't seem to change. they have been like this for the past 2 weeks. is there any over the counter medication i can buy to heal them? thank you. Suzane

Answer:There are so many causes of diarrhea in cats, you will often waste more money treating the symptoms of the diarrhea with something like a probiotic like Fortiflora. The most common cause of diarrhea in cats is intestinal parasites so you could deworm them as well but the problem is you don't know which worm they have. Most over-the-counter dewormers just get hookworms and round worms and they could have coccidia, which you would need a prescription for. The good thing about using a probiotic and deworming them with over-the-counter meds is that neither will hurt them, so it's worth a try.

Date: Feb 16, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bloody diarrhea puddles

Question:Her stools smell of iron no matter if it's solid/brown or liquid/bloody. I do have pictures. But sometimes the solid stools have red in them. I've changed dogfood twice thinking that was the source, she doesn't appear to be in pain. It's just puddles of bloody jelly and I don't know what to do

Answer:That is large bowel diarrhea and can be caused by many different things - intestinal parasites and inflammatory bowel disease are just a couple and are treated totally differently. Your veterinarian can run some tests on her to try to get to the bottom of her problem. Bring a relatively large, fresh poop sample in with you if you can. (A larger sample will help them see elusive intestinal parasites like Giardia and it will keep them from having to stick the fecal loop up her, probably sore, rear end)

Date: Jan 29, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: diarrhea and vomiting (parvovirus)

Question:hi i had 4 puppies 3 are already dead because of parvovirus 1 is still struggling not in good condition.not eating having green diarrhea and no help from vet. i want to save last one plz help i am worried sick.

Answer:This pet needs intensive care at local veterinary office including IV fluids, anti diarrheal medications, antibiotics etc to treat secondary bacterial infections to support dog during several day period of parvo virus infection. If dog can be supported through intensive care, then survival chances are increased.

Date: Jan 12, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Frequent soft stools

Question:Hello there. I had previously asked a question about my 14 year old Cocker Spaniel "Maxie" having glaucoma. Found out through a specialist she didn't have it, but we are keeping it monitored due to her age. The question I have today concerns her getting frequent soft stools. Sometimes it leads up to diarrhea, and a lot of times, when I take her to the vet, she has a bacterial infection, which they fix with antibiotics. She will be 15 in May. Is it common for dogs this old to have problems such as this? She has been checked out for other problems such as cancer, and so far, everything seems normal. I feed her rice and chicken most of the time, with Purina "Pro Plan" sensitive skin and stomach. I feed her once in the morning and once in the evening. I also give her fish oil, and cranberry supplements. She takes Enalipril, and Pimobendan for a mild heart murmur. Is there something i am missing, or can get them to check? Blood work comes back fine for everything, she just keeps getting these infections every few months. Thanks

Answer:I would see a vet internist in your area who can review recent workups to see if additional testing like ultrasound, etc is needed to rule out other causes of chronic soft stools. You could also ask vet about hydrolyzed protein prescription diets or novel protein diets to try that they carry, which may help if food hypersensitivity. In these cases sometimes a 3 to 6 day worming with panacure C from 1800petmeds may be worthwhile as hidden worms may still be present that are not apparent on routine stool check. A metronidazole/flagyl trial also may be indicated which you can ask your vet about. I would put dog on digestive support such as fortiflora and naturevet enzymes from 1800petmeds.

Date: Jan 3, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Soft Stool

Question:I Have A 13 Week Old English Bulldog Puppy Who Is Having Soft Stools All The Time Since I Got Him A Month Ago. I Feed Him Merrick Grain Free Lamb And Sweet Potato (high Quality Dog Food) 1 Cup 3 Times A Day. I Also Give Him 1 Nuvet Immune Support Wafer A Day. He Poops Soft Piles Twice After Every Feeding. Had Him To The Vet On Dec 28 For His 2nd Set Of Shots And A Fecal Exam. Came Back Negative For Parasites. Vet Said He Is In Excellent Health. He Is Not Having A Problem Gaining Weight Either. He Has Gained 10 Lbs In The Month Since I Had Him. What Can I Do To Firm Up His Stools? Why Is He Having Them? Thank You.

Answer:I would still worm him for hidden worms and parasites with wormer like panacure C from 1800petmeds for 3 to 6 days, as many worms dont show up on routine stool check. I would also ask vet about prescription antibiotic like flagyl or metronidazole for 10-14 days, as this can help with intestinal inflammation. I would also put him on good probiotic and enzyme such as naturevet enzymes and fortiflora from 1800petmeds for long term gut health

Date: Jan 3, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Loose Bowels

Question:Our Dog Angel Is A 5 Year Old Pit Mix And She Has Had A Problem With Loose Bowels. I Know Food Allergies Could Be A Possible Cause, So We Have Changed Her Diet From Chicken And Beef To Lamb Based Food And It Seems To Have Improved Her Bowel Movements But Not Entirely. What Are Some Of The Other Possible Causes?

Answer:Chronic digestive issues can have many causes including dietary sensitivity/allergy, hidden parasites, metabolic diseases of liver or pancreas, or chronic inflammatory bowel disease, with the latter being an immune mediated disease that requires intestinal biopsy to diagnose. I would possibly worm for hidden worms with 3 to 6 day course of panacure C to treat hidden worms or parasites, as well as ask local vet about 5 to 10 day course of possibly prescription antibiotic like metronidazole

Date: Oct 31, 2009
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Is This Surgery Safe For My Dog

Question:I Was Told That My Dog Has To Have Surgery To Repair A Hernia. My Dog Has A Thinning Of The Wall Where His Poop Comes Out. Sorry But I Don't Know What To Call It. They Say When He Tries To Go Number 2 That It Has Weaken So Much That It Leaks Or Goes Off To The Side Inside Down There. We Put Him On A Diet To Try To Get His Digestive System In Better Shape. He Is Going In To Get Fixed On Monday As His Prostate Is Enlarged. He Is Going On 11 Years Old And I Don't Know If It Is Safe Enough To Put Him Through The Surgery Or Not. I Don't Want Him To Suffer Which I Am Not Sure How Much He Is Not. Is This A Good Idea And What Are The Problems That Could Arrise From All Of This. Thank You For Any Info. He Is A Yorkie/pomeranian Mix And Weighs About 22 Pounds And Is On The Larger Size Dog Scale For Those Breeds.

Answer:Sounds Like What Is Called A Perineal Hernia In Dogs. If They Dont Respond To High Fiber More Wet Low Residue Diets, Including Adding Soluble Fiber Like Vetasyl From 1800petmeds And/or Stool Softeners To Facilitate Bowel Movements, Than Many Do Need Surgery. I Would Ask Your Vet For Referral To Vet Specialist In Your Area Who Does These Surguries Who Can Discuss Pros/cons Of Surgery With You, As Well As Costs(which Can Be Quite High For This One). Many Dogs Do Fine After The Hernia Is Corrected.

Date: Feb 15, 2009
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Eating Stools

Question:Is There A Way To Stop My Dog From Eating Her Stools? I Had Heard They Do It Because Something Is Lacking In Their Diet. Is This True?

Answer:You Can Try Deter Or Forbid From 1800petmeds. This Is Common Problem That Most Of Time We Dont Have Medical Explanation, Although Some Dogs With Digestive Problems Can Do It. I Would Recommend Natural Diet Like Pet Guard Or Wysong Which You Can Find On Line, Or Azmira From 1800petmeds. Add Naturevet Enzymes To Meals From 1800petmeds. I Also Strongly Recommend The Probiotics Mitomax And Mitoboost Which I Have Used For This Problem In Past With Some Success Which You Can Order From Www.petsmaxcity.com

Date: Aug 28, 2008
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Poison: Peanuts/peanut Butter

Question:Is Peanut Butter (super Chunk) Poisonous To My Dog? He Licked About 1 Pound Of Super Chunk Peanut Butter Out Of A Two Pound Jar

Answer:Peanut Butter In Small Amounts Is Often Way I Have Clients Administer Medications Or Pills. Large Amounts Can Cause Digestive Upset And Rarely Neurological Reactions But I Would Monitor Him. If Any Problems Develop See Your Vet Asap

Date: May 16, 2008
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Cat Waste

Question:When Dog Eats Cat Waste From Litter Box They Eat Litter To, Doesn't Litter Hurt Them ?

Answer:Many Dogs Have This Odd Habit Called Pica Of Eating Dirt, Litter, Etc. Many Dont Develop Problems With It But The Litter Can Clog Up Toilet Systems If Flushed And Can Clog Up Some Dogs Digestive Tracts As Well So Do Best To Try And Prevent This Behavior

Date: Jul 17, 2007
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Inappropriate Elimination

Question:We Own A 6 Year Old Cat With Cerebellar Hypoplasia. He Was A Feral Kitten When My Family And I Caught Him (he Is Very Severely Disabled And Could Not Defend Himself Against The Other Wild Animals In The Area). When We Got Him He Was Worm-infested And Had Very Severe Digestive Problems, And I Imagine That Because Of This And Because Of His Disability, He Never Got Used To Using The Litterbox. He Is Now Free Of Digestive Problems And He Has Gained A Fair Level Of Mobility, But He Still He Uses The Litterbox Only Rarely. Is It Possible To Train Him At This Age? The Vets We've Asked Over The Past Few Years Haven't Offered Much Help, And I Fear He Will Become Too Much Of A Hassle For My Parents When I Move To Another Part Of The State Next Month. Please Help!

Answer:I Would Isolate Him With Litter Box Or Two And Try Different Litter Types As Well And Place Him In Box If You See Him Starting To Dig. Also Give Him Lots Of Praise If/when He Starts Using Box. See Book How To Get Your Cat To Do What You Want By Warren Eckstein Www.thepetshow.com Which Is Also Wonderful Training Resource

Date: Dec 25, 2006
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Weight Loss

Question:My 4yr Yorkshire Terrier Was Recently Treated With Drontal Plus. He Seems To Be Hungry All The Time And Regardless Of How Much He Eats He Is Not Gaining Any Weight. He Now Weighs About 2.9lbs. (he Maxed Out At 3.5) I Stopped His Heartgard Medicine Because He Started To Experience Problems After Taking That. Sometimes His Stools Are Soft And Mucousy? I Am Now Feeding Him Science Diet I/p. Also Plan To Take Him To Another Vet After The Holidays. Is There Any Alternatives To Drugs That I Can Give Him To Help. Thanks.

Answer:This Breed Is Very Prone To Digestive Problems As Well As Liver Problems. Should Have Full Blood Workup And Bile Acids Blood Study To Sort Out. I Would Try More Natural Home Made Diet As Described In Book Dr .pitcairns Guide To Natural Health For Dogs And Cats By Richard Pitcairn Dvm, Phd. Add Naturevet Enzymes To Meals As Well As Try Slippery Elm From Health Food Store To Soothe Bowels. I Also Love Probiotics Like Mitomax And Mitoboost Which I Would Buy As Well Www.imagilin.com Which I Have Had Great Success With In Practice On Cases Like This


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