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DateMay 5, 2022
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeDog
TopicNew problems w/digestion
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Question:

My dog has recently acquired a digestion issue. He has done well with his kibble over 4 years. Now, he is struggling. The vet has ruled out worms, parasites, etc. New batch of kibble is not fairing any better...I checked the lot #'s. He is an otherwise very healthy border collie/lab mix, 6 years old. I am looking for a recommended kibble that is NOT prescription. Recommendations appreciated. Thank you. Diane

Answer:

I would recommend either Science Diet for sensitive stomach (https://www.hillspet.com/dog-food/sd-canine-adult-sensitive-stomach-and-skin-dry) or ProPlan for sensitive stomach (https://www.purina.com/dogs/dog-food/sensitive-skin-stomach).

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DateMay 3, 2022
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeDog
TopicIS MEDICINE STILL GOOD AFTER EXPIRATION DATE OR JUST LESS POTENT?
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IS MEDICINE FOR DIARRHEA STILL GOOD AFTER EXPIRATION DATE OR JUST LESS POTENT? EXP. 7/19/20 ENDOSORB

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This far after the expiration date for something liquid or chewable may potentially have bacteria and make any kind of gastrointestinal issue you may be treating worse, so I wouldn't use it.

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DateApr 24, 2022
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeCat
TopicDiarrhea
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My 1 year old long hair cat had 3 small liquid stools yesterday and 1 today. She ate a little dry food yesterday and drank as usual. Today she hasn’t eaten or drank. She is a little lethargic. I wonder if she can wait til tomorrow to see her regular vet or should I find an emergency vet? Is there anything I should watch for?

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Because there are so many potential underlying causes, most treated differently, it is ideal to see your local veterinarian for a definitive diagnosis and more targeted treatment. If that isn't immediately an option, an over-the-counter paste like this one may help: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Fast+Balance+GI+Paste-prod10905.html or a good probiotic like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Proviable-prod12083.html

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DateApr 12, 2022
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeOther
Topicmeds for cocssidiosis
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is there an alternative to ponazuril, cheaper? This was prescribed for goats but very expensive.

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I am solely a small animal (just dogs and cats) veterinarian so contact a veterinarian that specializes in large animals for help with your goat. You can often find them at your local veterinary school or on websites like Justanswer.com.

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DateApr 9, 2022
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeCat
TopicOur cat has had diarrhea for a month and a half and lost a lot of weight
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Our cat Fuzzy is about 12 years old. He is big with long gray fur white feet, etc. I believe he is neutered. He weighs 9.2 lbs but used to weigh 15 lbs, his healthy weight, not overweight. Last year he had a similar problem with constant diarrhea but was also throwing up a lot too and it was eventually solved by switching to a Hill’s cat food for cats with allergies. But his poo has still not been super solid like other cats. His poo is always yellowy too. We give him Pancreatabs from the vet twice daily for this as the vet said that might be pancreas related. About a month and a half ago he started having just constant diarrhea. Really liquidy. He also was losing a lot of weight. We took him to the vet and has his poo checked for any worms or anything but none. They prescribed an antibiotic Metronidazole 50 mg twice daily for 10 days. But it didn’t help so then we had to give PrednisoLone 5 mg to stop the diarrhea twice daily for 3 days, then once a day 5 days, then half once daily. But it said to give him a whole one if his diarrhea came back. It never stopped so we had to keep giving him whole ones once a day rather than halves. But still didn’t stop so we did Metronidazole again and I think with more Preds at the same time again. They also sent a sample of his poo away to Cornell to be analyzed for another parasite. None of it helped. The vet had us get a new kind of cat food Hill’s Gastrointestinal Biome. It seemed to be helping a bit for like a week, his poo was a tiny bit more solid but still liquidyish. But it now has become even more liquid than before, just pure liquid with tiny pieces in it. We gave him some flea stuff to put on the skin between his shoulder blades. The vet said it gets rid of fleas and worms, but not tape worms. We gave him a vitamin B12 shot the vet gave us too. He has lost so much weight, he’s like skin and bones. We brought him in again, tested his poo again and they gave us Hill’s cat food Digestive Care to mix in with his Biome one. They said the one test we sent away was negative. The new food mixed in hasn’t seemed to do anything yet for his diarrhea. The vet suggested possibly lymphoma though doesn’t seem to know for sure. I read online they can still have worms sometimes even if nothing appears in the poo but the vet didn’t think he had any. All this time my cat has still been eating and drinking fine.

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I'm sorry you are going through this with Fuzzy - chronic diarrhea in cats can be tough to diagnose and treat sometimes. Further testing is needed at this point (blood work to rule out things like diabetes, hyperthyroidism, liver problems, etc.) and x-rays and ultrasound and possibly biopsies looking primarily for cancers like the lymphoma that you mentioned. A referral to a veterinary internal medicine specialist is an option as well.

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DateMar 28, 2022
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeDog
TopicDiarrhea
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My puppy is having diarrhea what can I give her

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Because there are so many potential causes, it really is ideal to go ahead and see your veterinarian for a definitive diagnosis and more targeted treatment. If that isn't immediately an option, a good probiotic like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Fast+Balance+GI+Paste-prod10905.html And a broad spectrum dewormer is another good idea - even if she was properly dewormed as a pup - one that covers whipworms & Giardia is often helpful and won't hurt, like this one - be sure the active ingredient is fenbendazole: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Safe+Guard+Canine+Dewormer-prod12324.html

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DateMar 17, 2022
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeDog
TopicBloody stool
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Dogs stool today is complete thick blood today after eating chicken and rice for 2 days. He has been vomiting (occasionally) and has diarrhea about 6 times a day (for 2 days ) He just turned 12 and is a maltipoo. I plan on taking to vets but I’m out of town until tomorrow. How much of an emergency is this or what could it be?

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Because there are so many potential underlying causes, especially with the vomiting and blood, it really is ideal to go ahead and see your veterinarian for a definitive diagnosis and more targeted treatment. If that isn't immediately an option, a good probiotic like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Fast+Balance+GI+Paste-prod10905.html And a broad spectrum dewormer is another good idea - one that covers whipworms & Giardia is often helpful and won't hurt, like this one - be sure the active ingredient is fenbendazole: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Safe+Guard+Canine+Dewormer-prod12324.html

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DateMar 17, 2022
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeDog
TopicLoose stool everyday & weird behavior
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My GSD 16 months came from ga to fl 2 wks ago and every day diarehea. I gave her rice and a little food but back on reg with rice sometimes. Shes never had loose stool this long but she is drinking/eating fine? Only other change is she keeps licking the tile floor and smacking her mouth as though its dry when laying down?? Any idea what I should do? Apart from wait for vet appt

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Since there are so many potential underlying causes, it really is ideal to go ahead and see your veterinarian for a definitive diagnosis and more targeted treatment. If that isn't immediately an option, a good probiotic like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Fast+Balance+GI+Paste-prod10905.html And a broad spectrum dewormer is another good idea - even if she was properly dewormed as a pup - one that covers whipworms & Giardia is often helpful and won't hurt, like this one - be sure the active ingredient is fenbendazole: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Safe+Guard+Canine+Dewormer-prod12324.html

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DateFeb 13, 2022
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeDog
TopicSecond poop was runny
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Today My puppy ate more than the usual,and had some boiled chicken and rice ,with a little carrot ,4am she pooped normal them right after she pooped runny...

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Sometimes just resting their stomach by skipping a meal and then starting back with multiple small amounts is all they need. A good probiotic, like this one with the kaolin paste, may help as well: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Proviable-prod12083.html

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DateFeb 9, 2022
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeDog
TopicIs there a medicine I can buy over the counter for diarrhea?
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If do you have it in stock

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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

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DateJan 23, 2022
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeDog
TopicDiarrhea
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Question:

My dog have e diarrhea and been shaking

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Since there are so many potential causes, it is ideal to see your veterinarian for a diagnosis and specific treatment. If that isn't immediately an option, bland food for sensitive stomachs, a good probiotic (like this one that comes with a kaolin/pectin pasted paste: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Proviable-prod12083.html) and a broad spectrum dewormer with fenbendazole (like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Safe+Guard+Canine+Dewormer-prod12324.html) may help.

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DateJan 14, 2022
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeDog
Topicsolution for upset stomach and diarrhea
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What food and medicine would you suggest we try to feed her?

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I need to know a LOT more about your dog's situation to really help you (how old, how long has this been going on, any vomiting, any underlying medical conditions, does s/he take any medications, etc.). Feel free to resubmit another questions with all of that information (and more). In general though, this is a good probiotic that comes with a kaolin/pectin based paste that helps a lot of dogs: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Proviable-prod12083.html

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DateDec 20, 2021
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeDog
TopicGarbage gut
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Question:

I think he ate something bad he knocked over my trash can his eyes are red he had diarreah one day but not anymore

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If it is just mild digestive upset, he may respond to resting his stomach, then bland food and a good probiotic like this one called Proviable: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Proviable-prod12083.html

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DateDec 14, 2021
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeDog
TopicGiardia and needing my Metronidazole order approved & shipped out immediately or ASAP
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Hello! My name is Bryan Ervin.. I recently placed an order just a few minutes ago around midnight on January 14, 2021 for 100 250mg tablets of Metronidazole and 100 500 mg tablets of Metronidazole for two of my Siberian Huskies. I ordered the large quantities because I want to keep it in stock because I have 9 adult Siberian Huskies & I know that Giardia is contagious. I am a 42 year old Licensed Practical Nurse & I am sure Nakita & Kieko have Giardia. I myself have had it six times in my life. My regular Vet is Dr. Lisa Lloyd or Dr. Knotts at the Audubon Animal Clinic in Philippi WV, 26416. Their phone number is 1-304-457-3512. Is there anyway your Vet on Staff there can go ahead and approve my order and get it shipped out to me immediately? My order number is 065172341. I paid through PayPal using my Discover Credit Card.

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Legally, in veterinary medicine, a veterinarian that has met your dog face-to-face must approve the prescription. Provide that information when you check out - here is the link to Metronidazole: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Metronidazole-prod10098.html

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DateDec 13, 2021
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeCat
TopicDiarrhea
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My 19 year old cat has soft stools with occasional diarrhea for a year now. He started losing weight a year before the diarrhea even started. He plays, eats, acts fine. He has some level of kidney disease and is on tapazol for hyperthyroidism. No diabetes. My vet wants to use steroids in case it's IBD. Any advice and are steroids dangerous for a 19 year old cat? I tried Forti flora but it didn't work too well.

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It's always a balancing act in older cats - be sure your veterinarian has ruled out other causes (diabetes, liver disease, poorly regulated hyperthyroidism, etc.) before starting a really low dosage.

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