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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: Jul 18, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My dog has diaria

Question:Is there any vet that has financial because right now my chihuahua is very sick I'm very worried, even in human society they don't have help in case of an emergency

Answer:Every veterinarian is different with their payment plans, so you will just have to call around and find which payment plan, at what veterinarian, works best for you.

Date: Jul 11, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Digestive/diarrhea

Question:Any special food or attention needed to bring her back up in weight ?? Does not appear tobe sick

Answer:First you need to figure out why she has diarrhea. There are many causes and almost all are treated differently: everything from intestinal parasites (take your veterinarian multiple fecal samples to fully rule these out), food intolerance/allergies, metabolic disease (diabetes mellitus, hyperthyroidism, etc), liver disease, pancreatic issues (rare in a cat), inflammatory bowel disease, etc. So work with your veterinarian to find that underlying cause.

Date: Jul 8, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: medication

Question:My dog has been having diarrhea for three days now, he has been drinking plenty of water and acting like himself. I have been feeding him boiled chicken and white rice it has slowed down but still no solid stools. He has not had water from puddles or any other form of standing water so I am not sure what the underlying issue is. I have been told it maybe be Girard but I can not afford an extremely high vet bill right now. I was wondering if you could give me advice on what to do

Answer:If you haven't already, you can try a probiotic, but if it continues, definitely consult your veterinarian - here are links to 2 of our products: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Purina+FortiFlora-prod10376.html and https://www.1800petmeds.com/Fast+Balance+G.I.-prod10905.html

Date: Jul 7, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bravecto

Question:Just gave my dog bravecto ( 9 yr old mixed dog ) and am worried abt kidney and liver failure after reading horror stories. What will indicate these failures in time to fix them? Should I run tests and if so how long after administering it?

Answer:Actual problems with Bravecto are very rare - the internet and the media can be misleading. If your dog is 9 years old, consider having bloodwork run now just to give you a baseline, then again in about a month to check for any trends.

Date: Jun 27, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diarrhea

Question:I have a 13 year old 8 and a half pound toy poodle named Zoey. My vet put her on Incurin for incontinence 3 days ago and she vomited 2 times about 3 hours after the first dose and I didn't give her any more. Later she developed diahrea. I took her back to the vet along with a stool sample and the stool sample was fine. He gave her Propectalin Diar. This is her second day on it and her diahrea has not improved any. She acts normal and even drinks. My question is how long does it take for the medicine to stop the diahrea?

Answer:It kind of depends on how severe her diarrhea was/is - it may take another day or 2 for her stomach to go back to normal. She should steadily improve though - if she worsens at any point, call your veterinarian for stronger medication.

Date: Jun 26, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: colitis

Question:Hi my dog was recently diagnosed with colitis. She just got over an episode of hookworm which may have caused it, but also may have been due to stress or diet change since it occurred shortly after we adopted her about 2 weeks ago. we have recently changed her diet to a bland diet and she is on tylan (2 pills twice a day) and a probiotic (propectalin- 1 pill twice a day) to treat the colitis. my question is, how long will she have to be on the tylan? is it a lifetime of meds? The vet seemed to imply that but that sounds very expensive and I am wondering if the diet and possibly probiotics alone, once the diarrhea is under control, will be enough to keep the colitis in check.

Answer:It entirely depends on the severity of the colitis - since you just got her and she had hookworms, once she settles in and gets rid of the hookworms, she may never have another bout of it. Then some dogs have bouts of colitis in times of stress a few times a year. Then some dogs (a very small percentage) have life-long problems.

Date: Jun 9, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Threw up

Question:What make my 2month old boxer keep threw up and diarrhea is there anything I give him

Answer:There are many things that can do that : parvo, other viral infections, dietary indiscretion, intestinal parasites, foreign body, toxins, etc etc. The biggest concern is parvovirus at that age so you need to have him checked by your veterinarian as soon as you can.

Date: Jun 4, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: How can I help her diarrhea

Question:My dog recently broke her paw the other night and I took her to an urgent care. They splinted it and put her on meloxicam and buprenorphine for pain. We took her to her usual vet 2 days later in follow up and while there he also gave her a rabies shot. A day after she began having diarrhea. It is a small amount about 3-4 times a day for the past 1.5 days. In addition she has had two small bilious emesis. Drinking is poor but getting fluids in with a dropper and tolerating well. She is eating chicken and rice and still playing and looks alert and bright eyed. She is a 6 lb Maltese who is 8 yo. Could it be a reaction to the rabies shot? Can I give her pepto or Imodium?

Answer:It may be a reaction to the medications she is on, so your veterinarian may want to decrease them or change them - don't do this without contacting them though because I didn't see her fracture or how bad it is, and I don't want her to be in pain.

Date: May 31, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog lost for 7 days and found!

Question:Hello, my dog was lost for 7 days on the street and we found her on the 7th day!!! We cannot believe it! She is a Chihuahua, what can we do to help get her healthy and back to "normal" or where she should be?

Answer:Ideally take her to your veterinarian and get a good physical exam done on her - looking for cuts, ticks, burned paw pads, intestinal parasites like Giardia, etc. They can also prescribe bland foods and medication to help the diarrhea. Being home and relaxed and on the food that her stomach is used to will help as well.

Date: May 18, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Others
Topic: signs of serious sickness

Question:my bird had a procedure tues evening. he was egg bound. the egg was too big to pass normally so the vet instead of surgery collapsed egg, removed contents and said the outer shell will pass like after birth in a few days - is that correct, also her droppings are runny which is to be expected she was under anthesthia and I am giving her medicine but how long - should I wait before it return to normal color and consistency

Answer:I only treat dogs and cats, so I can't help you with this. Try calling a veterinary school near you and ask for their exotics department - most are willing to answer questions.

Date: May 15, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diarrhea

Question:Help plz I've tried pepto and Imodium and I dont get why the diarrhea continues. All 3 dogs are the same with loose stools and I initially ran out of food and mother in law switched from atta boy to pedigree and that was initial upset of tummies. But they have been put back on puppy chow since my female has 4 pups and still can't get the diarrhea to stop. They are drinking water and hydrated. I can't figure it out. And can't afford to go to vet.

Answer:At this point, you really should start with a fecal exam. It shouldn't be very expensive, in fact, if you already have taken them or the mother to see a vet recently, you may want to call them and see if you can bring them a fecal sample, saving you an office visit.

Date: May 15, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diarrhea

Question:Help plz I've tried pepto and Imodium and I dont get why the diarrhea continues. All 3 dogs are the same with loose stools and I initially ran out of food and mother in law switched from atta boy to pedigree and that was initial upset of tummies. But they have been put back on puppy chow since my female has 4 pups and still can't get the diarrhea to stop. They are drinking water and hydrated. I can't figure it out. And can't afford to go to vet.

Answer:You probably didn't get my earlier reply - try calling your veterinarian and seeing if you can drop off a fecal sample for analysis - it shouldn't be very expensive.

Date: May 11, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: puppy watery stools

Question:3month old lab pup. tried antibiotics and digestive food. Cleaned back yard for anything she could eat. ( treatment 2 weeks of antibiotics) On wildblue puppy food.

Answer:Be sure your veterinarian ran multiple fecals - they shed intestinal parasites intermittently so if you only ran one, call and ask if you can drop off some more poo for them to run another. If it is negative you may have to change to a food that is less rich.

Date: Apr 24, 2017
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Health

Question:What should I do if my dog is loosing weight, vomiting, has diarrhea, and not eating

Answer:Many things can cause this, so you need a diagnosis first from your veterinarian. It may be as simple as a severe intestinal parasite infestation that can be quickly and easily treated.

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.


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