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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: Jan 16, 2018
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diarrhea Won't Stop

Question:A month ago, Pearls started having diarrhea. Just watery with a bit of solid. She became very bloated also. I took her to the vet, and with blood work, they found she was 1.5 Albumen, less than half what she should be. Everything else looked fine. Even had an xray and no mass or anything.She gave her Steroid and an antibiotic. She seemed to get better until the antibiotic ran out. Her bloating is gone since, but diarrhea persists. We are giving her a different food, Pedigree before, Now chicken and rice and some beef. Please let me know what you think. We already paid over $500. and am suppose to go back again. Can this be avoided?

Answer:Chronic diarrhea can be really frustrating. Sometimes you can find a food that is highly digestable (like Science Diet I/D) and that helps. Other times you continue to have to run tests (biopsies, more bloodwork looking for strange things, etc) to get to the bottom of it. A probiotic might help, like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Purina+FortiFlora-prod10376.html

Date: Jan 8, 2018
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic:  frenchie diarrhea for few months

Question:my vet did regular tests and allwas found ok. H gave pills metroziale 2 round s of it the only change my dog had is color It was yellow and now its brown. the vet says bring him in for a test they have to send away to lab Giardia test He doestn't have any other symptoms so I truly don't believe that this $225 test is the right course can you offer me any advice

Answer:If the test is $225, it should be testing for a lot more than just Giardia and if he has had diarrhea for that long, that is probably a good next step (to send to an outside lab to test for many different things).

Date: Jan 2, 2018
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Mucus in Vomit and Stool

Question:My 2 year old Siberian Husky went to the bathroom a few times this morning. The first stool was normal, the second was looser, and the last few were a yellow mucus. She seems to be OK other than that, but I can hear her stomach rumbling. Last night she threw up some undigested food once and threw up clear mucus-type liquid this afternoon. She drank some but has not eaten anything today. Any advice?

Answer:You can try liquid pepto bismol (1 tablespoon) and rest her stomach (no food) until later today, then multiple small amounts of very bland food (like white rice with boiled chicken). If she vomits again or acts mopey/lethargic, you will want to see your veterinarian.

Date: Dec 28, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog diarrhea

Question:What is the best thing used to treat diarrhea? My dog seems to have it a lot now. And I don¿t know why. Some days she has normal stool and some days it is liquid. But there seems to be no change in the way my dog acts.

Answer:Figuring out why she has diarrhea and then treating the cause is ideal. If she is loaded with intestinal parasites and you just change to a bland diet, it will help for a little while, then the diarrhea will recur. A probiotic, like Fortiflora, will help in the short run as well. Here is a link if you want to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Purina+FortiFlora-prod10376.html

Date: Dec 25, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: not parvo

Question:Wondering what could be happening tomet dogs. We have lost 2 dogs and have one sick now. All show symptoms similar to parvo even though they are vaccinated.General weakness, vomiting, bloody diarrhea. The 2 we lost died within minutes of being given fluids, and within hours of the first signs of illness. Giving live dog the medication left from vet 3 weeks ago hopping it will keep him alive till morning when we can reach the vet.

Answer:It's really hard for me to say without seeing them and running a lot of tests on them. A toxin is a possibility - blood work will be helpful in determining if they came into contact with a toxin of some kind. Having a necropsy (autopsy) done on your last one if he passes away might tell you what's going on. I'm sorry you are going through this.

Date: Dec 18, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bloody stools

Question:What would you reccommed for a dog (yorkiepoo) that has had a bloody diarrhea for 3 days ? Can¿t afford to take him to the vet until next week

Answer:Since you are seeing blood, it is definitely ideal to see your veterinarian this week instead of next. They will check for underlying causes (intestinal parasites, etc). Until then, resting his stomach (no food for a few hours) then feeding multiple small amounts of really bland food (white rice with chicken broth or a his regular food that you know doesn't upset his stomach) - small is like a teaspoon every couple hours if he is really tiny. I am reluctant to recommend anything like pepto or immodium because they can make viral or bacterial causes of bloody diarrhea worse. A probiotic may help as well. Here is a link to one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Purina+FortiFlora-prod10376.html

Date: Dec 17, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Clavaseptin 62.5 mg

Question:My dog is 5 lbs and his nail split which caused bleeding. The vet gave sadated him to cut the nail and gave him an antibiotic shot, a pain killer shot and an antibiotic shot during that visit. He also gave him Clavaseptin 62.5 mg 1/2 tablet twice a day. After the second day of the antibiotics, he had two puddles of black diarrhea. I called the vet and he said stop the Pills. My dog refused to eat and bowed all day as if he had pains. I gave him cooked chicken late that night and he threw up. The next day he seemed a lot better and ate the chicken. He did poo a reg poo but was sticky black tar consistency still. Can this drug be the cause of tar like poo and vomit?Should I be concerned?

Answer:That antibiotic can upset stomachs but once you stop it, he should very steadily improve. The black tar worries me a little though because sometimes that will sometimes be bleeding into his GI tract (like from an ulcer). If that doesn't steadily resolve, along with the vomiting and his appetite should return - see your veterinarian immediately.

Date: Dec 12, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Soft poop

Question:How do u get rid of soft poop I have English bulldog 9 months who poop was fine untill I got a new puppy who 3 months n the both have the poops it way to soft how do I make it back to normal thanks

Answer:You have to find the underlying cause to start treatment. Ruling out intestinal parasites (like coccidia, hookworms, whipworms, giardia, etc) would be at the top of my list. To find out if they have them and which one(s) your veterinarian will want to do a fecal analysis on a relatively large sample - if it is negative, do another (they shed intestinal parasites intermittently). There are other causes of diarrhea but you will want to start here.

Date: Dec 8, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diahrea

Question:Hi today is Friday the 7 on Monday night my 13 week old golden ret had diahreea and vomiting we just started taking her outside to train but putting everything in her mouth she all up to date with vaccines I put her her on a boiled chicken and rice with some pumpkin and pedilyte mixed with water for 36 hrs she had normal stool then i gave her dog food all at once then next morn diarrhea again maybe I shouldn't of gave her dog food all at once but she's drinking and acting normal

Answer:Yeah, having her checked out by your veterinarian and having multiple fecals run on her is ideal, but if you can't get her in, go back to the bland food she was doing well on and then gradually mix in her puppy food. If she vomits or acts lethargic (mopey) at any point, have your veterinarian check her.

Date: Dec 4, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Sick pup

Question:We boarded my dog a few weeks ago at a place that required her to eat their food and ever since we brought her home she¿s been sick. We¿ve tried pumpkin and also chicken and rice but there¿s no change and seems be getting worse. Help!

Answer:That's really odd for her to stay sick for weeks because of a diet change. If she has gone back to her normal diet and is still sick, it's time to look for another cause - like she may have picked up Giardia or something else contagious. Have your veterinarian check her out - bring a good, fresh poop sample for them so they can analyze it - they get a bigger, better, more representative sample that way and don't have to use the uncomfortable, dreaded fecal rod on her.

Date: Dec 1, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Prevent runny stools

Question:I have a 3 month old pitbull puppy who is having issues with having diarrhea when she eats. I was wondering what i can order her to help make her stool firmer. Shes been on the same food since she started solids so im not sure why shes hacing such bad diarrhea. Please help.

Answer:If she hasn't had multiple fecals run, do that first, for sure. Intestinal parasites are more common than digestive issues at this age. Even if she has been dewormed multiple times with routine dewormers they won't get all intestinal parasites like coccidia, giardia, etc. A probiotic like this one may help until you can get multiple fecals run on her: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Purina+FortiFlora-prod10376.html

Date: Nov 27, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Fortiflora

Question:Can fortiflora for canine be use for feline? The animal hospital recommended it for my kittens who were vomiting and had diarrhea.

Answer:I would use the feline formula for cats - it's a little different and will probably work better. Here is a link if you want to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Purina+FortiFlora-prod10376.html?Ntt=fortiflora+for+cats

Date: Nov 24, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Chronic Feline Diarrhea

Question:Hello. My cat has suffered from chronic diarrhea for years. I've changed her food multiple times, from sensitive system, to no chicken, to no grain, et cetera. Nothing helped. I even changed to an all-natural, clay-free cat litter made from walnut shells. Still nothing has helped. She's been checked out by the vet and is parasite-free. Probiotics did not help. She strains and whimpers a bit when she has a bowel movement, and her stool is very runny and somewhat explosive. She has had no weight loss and no change in appetite. She is not lethargic at all. She rarely vomits (1x/mo). She does not go outside of the box. I'm at my wit's end. Please help!

Answer:These chronic diarrhea cases can be frustrating. Seeing a veterinary gastroenterologist is ideal - usually at Universities. I'm sure your veterinarian has run blood work and checked for underlying diseases like Diabetes, hyperthyroidism, pancreatitis, etc. - if not, do that. I have had the most success with the prescription diets formulated for cats with sensitive digestion like Purina Proplan Gastroenteric, Hill's I/D, Royal Canin has one, and Blue Buffalo has one called GI Gastrointestinal Support.

Date: Nov 23, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diarrhea & Black spot in mouth

Question:We have a puppy that we bought from an online add, we believe the people we bought him from lied about his age. We believe him to only be 4 weeks when we were told he was about 6 1/2. Hes had diarrhea the past three days and while playing with him we noticed this black bump kind of thing that takes up most of this side of his mouth and around some of his teeth. it also has these yellowish holes in it. we are concerned about it & just want some answer if we should take him in to see a vet.

Answer:Diarrhea can be serious in puppies - they can get dehydrated pretty quickly. I have no idea what the thing in his mouth is that you are describing - warts/papillomas can look kind of like that or some kind of foreign body or abscess - any of those would need to be checked out by your veterinarian. So, for both of those reasons, I would see your veterinarian as soon as you can.

Date: Nov 18, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Concern

Question:My 9 month old cat just started having diarrhea & before she has an accident she meows excessively like she¿s in pain . I don¿t recall her eating or drinking today either. Should I visit the vet or should I just wait for the diarrhea to pass ? I just don¿t know what it could be .

Answer:If she isn't eating or drinking and crying like she is in pain, that is unusual, and I would go ahead and have your veterinarian check her out.


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