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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.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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: May 24, 2020
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Recent dx. of giardia

Question:My 6 year old Pointer Mix had a dx. of Giardia last month, was treated with Panacur for 6 days. She recovered but now is experiencing diarrhea again. Could it be another course of Giardia? The RX was very expensive, so is there a med less expensive? Thank you.

Answer:Ask your veterinarian that diagnosed your dog with Giardia for some metronidazole - it works better for a lot of dogs.

Date: May 22, 2020
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: DAPP & 4dx in house vaccines

Question:My goldendoodle has has diarrhea after his vaccines. The morning poop is normal. But the afternoon/ evening Are liquid. He acts normal and playful. Just concerned that the cause of this is due to vaccination since it started directly after. It has been 3 days now and still not normal. Is there anything besides boiled chicken and rice to help treat this?

Answer:Call and inform your veterinarian that this has happened even if he is normal tomorrow am - this is an adverse reaction to the vaccine and they will need to note it in his chart. If he still has diarrhea in the am, I would also get some prescription medication from your veterinarian. Until then, you can try a good over-the-counter probiotic like Fortiflora - here is a link to read about it, with the price: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Purina+FortiFlora-prod10376.html

Date: May 19, 2020
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Concern

Question:My dog just had her rabbies shot. She just now starting vomit and have diarrhea is this normal?

Answer:No, that is an adeverse reaction to the vaccine. Have your veterinarian recheck her. If she has improved already on her own, be sure you let her veterinarian know so they can consider this when giving her vaccines in the future.

Date: May 19, 2020
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Kitten food or something else

Question:She is 6 wks 1.7 lb laat tues when i took her to vet. She said test cameback no parasites but shes always hungry so i got royal canine kitten wet and started to give 50/50 to her nixed with royal canine mother and kitten which is what she was originally on, she wont take diarrhea med and has had diarrhea in tray and on my floors for two days i have gone back to just giving mother and kitten tiday and introducing dry food do you think it will help? Not sure what to do she is always hungry and vet said to get dry food but i thiught kitten formula was a step up from mother and kitten thank you

Answer:If the diarrhea persists, I would have your veterinarian recheck her stools again fo rparasites - some are shed intermittently so one negative fecal may not be enough to diagnose them. Dry food will give her more calories - wet food is ~80% water. Maybe try a blander food like Purina Kitten Chow. (Kitten and mother & kitten should be very similar formulas)

Date: May 18, 2020
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Kitten with loose stools

Question:I have a kitten that is approximately 8 weeks old. She is using her litter box, eating and playing. I noticed some loose stools in her litter box. Is this normal for a small kitten? Thank you!

Answer:No, that is not normal. Determining the underlying cause of the diarrhea is ideal. Start by having your veterinarian analyze multiple different fecal samples looking for intestinal parasites. There are so many causes, I will attach a link to our article about diarrhea that goes over many of those causes and discusses various treatments, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/diarrhea-dog-cat-30.htm

Date: May 13, 2020
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: s. My boxer 8 months old

Question:I think my 8 month old boxer may have parvo. If I force feed her with a dropper n she keeps puking should I keep giving her pedialyte

Answer:At home treatment is not recommended unless treatment at your vet is simply not an option at all. Here is a link to our article about treating parvo virus, with a section about at-home care: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/parvovirus-treatment-dogs-30.htm

Date: May 11, 2020
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vomiting & diarrhea, over salivation

Question:My 10 yrs German shepherd male have a symptoms of bleedy diarrhea & vomiting, over salivation since 2-3 days. But there are no signs of dehydration. I had done deworming 5 months back. I m worried about him.

Answer:If the diarrhea is bloody, definitely go ahead and have your veterinarian check him out. Bring a fresh fecal sample with you for them to analyze.

Date: May 10, 2020
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: NEW KITTEN SYMPTOMS

Question:I have a 5 wk ferel kitten. I was told shebwas given pyrantel wed. They also said she had a distemper shot but i am not surenif she did. Wed she had diarrhea and her stool is borderline every time she goes. She had a dead round worm in stool thur. I have not seen anymore. She acts STARVING every meal i am mixing royal canin mother baby food with a little water and feed her throughout the day a 5 oz can. I dont know why shes starving and dont know if all parasites are out she is clean otherwise. She also SNEEZES about 10 times a day. No drainage just wet spray. Should i get meds to harden her stool a little? What else can you help me with? Im desperate and no vet appt for 10 days

Answer:The pyrantel helps with hook worms and round worms, so it was good that she got that but she may have other intestinal parasites, so have your veterinarian runa fecal sample to see which ones she has and get her dewormed for them. If the diarrhea continues, don't wait 10 days. The sneezing is probably an upper respiratory infection which may need medication from your veterinarian, but only if she worsens (stops eating, acts mopey, yellow/green ocular/nasal discharge). She may need more calories if she acts starving - feed her more calories in small meals throughout the day. Transition her to dry kitten food when her stomach settles because it is a lot more calorie dense.

Date: May 6, 2020
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Constipation

Question:My senior Chihuahua mix has developed this & am wondering if its because I give his daily meds in peanut butter and how to resolve this naturally, ie: prunes?🤔 Thank you!😊

Answer:Possibly, but I would need to know a lot more about him - there is usually an underlying cause to diarrhea and constipation - also they are treated entirely differently so see your veterinarian if it continues or worsens to try to determine the underlying cause so you can specifically treat it.

Date: May 4, 2020
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: constipation

Question:Our dog seems to be constipated. She has not had a solid poop since Thursday. She crouches down many times a day and night like she is trying to go, but either nothing comes out or just very liquid diarrhea. She doesn't seem to be in pain. She is eating an drinking.

Answer:Determining the underlying cause of the diarrhea is ideal. Start by having your veterinarian analyze multiple different fecal samples looking for intestinal parasites. There are so many causes, I will attach a link to our article about diarrhea that goes over many of those causes and discusses various treatments, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/diarrhea-dog-cat-30.htm

Date: Apr 30, 2020
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medication

Question:We have a long car ride on the way home. Gizmo had diarrhea on the way to SC so bad there was blood drops and it was uncontrollable. He is used to short car rides. Is there something I can give him for the way back to prevent the diarrhea? He tends to have anxiety, so that might be what a causing it.

Answer:Benadryl dosead at 1mg per pound given orally ~ 30 minutes before travel may help. Also, Some animals do fine with over-the-counter things like Composure (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Composure+Bite+Sized+Chews-prod11251.html) or Solliquin (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Solliquin-prod12093.html) and/or the Thundershirt (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Thundershirt-prod11310-11310.html) but others need prescription medication from their veterinarian.

Date: Apr 30, 2020
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Is it serious at this point

Question:He drank vet little one time all day today n I could only get him to eat a hot dog and slice of cheese hes refusing the rice even the beef broth...my vet was to have meds ready for him today I called 3 times n never got them around for me to get. Im worried about him n not sure the vet is understand how bad he is

Answer:I can't really tell what is going on with him - like the underlying cause of his issues. If he ate and held down the hot dog and cheese, it may be able to wait until tomorrow but those medications are probably ideal to go ahead and probably get into him.

Date: Apr 29, 2020
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bloody stool and lethargic

Question:I got him Sunday. Gave him the 6 way shot from tractor supply. He was fine Monday, he had diarrhea and layed around. Tuesday, was fine. Today, bloody diarrhea, lethargic, not eating or drinking

Answer:You should definitely have your veterinarian check him out. It may just be really bad intestinal parasites (ones that over-the-counter dewormers may not cover) that are really easy to treat but we always worry that it may be parvovirus or something else.

Date: Apr 29, 2020
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: senior pets diarrhea

Question:Hello, My pet has has diarrhea for two weeks now. Both of my dogs had it from I guess eating bad treats, the one is doing better but the second one, still is going diahreeah. It is usually real watery, but it occurs mainly over night. There could be several piles that she left. I have tried the Proviable but it didn't work. The stool samples, came back negative. She acts normal just the diahreeah issue. I have her on boiled hamburger and rice and her Purina HA diet. Should we do more testing or try certain drugs?

Answer:Determining the underlying cause of the diarrhea is ideal. Start by having your veterinarian analyze multiple different fecal samples looking for intestinal parasites because they are shed intermittently. There are so many causes, I will attach a link to our article about diarrhea that goes over many of those causes and discusses various treatments, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/diarrhea-dog-cat-30.htm

Date: Apr 23, 2020
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: stool samples

Question:I have to bring a stool sample of my Chihuahua's stool. She has had diarrhea for a week. How much is needed since she goes small amounts of diarrhea. Does it all need to be from one small amount or since she goes multiple times, would I need to collect from multiple piles since it would be in tiny amounts? Lastly, do I use a spoon to collect since it is watery and keep the spoon in the ziploc or just collect and put it in a bag. I haven't had to collect diarrhea before.

Answer:More is better, because you increase the odds of seeing an intestinal parasite, but we can run a fecal with very small samples. It needs to be a fresh sample (same day) - with or without the spoon doesn't really matter - it's however you can get most of the poop into the ziploc baggie. (Wear gloves - we can get some of their intestinal parasites)


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