Ask the Vet About Diarrhea in Dogs and Cats

Ask the Vet About Diarrhea in Dogs and Cats
Dr. MichaelDym
Dr. Michael Dym

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 18, 2021
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: my Cat's stool is soft and Mushy
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Question:my cat Pookie is 10 years old she began getting what I call mushy poops after a respiratory infection after she was give 1 oral antibiotic and two injectable different antibiotics. She drinks a lot of water they ran a complete Metabolic panel on herand everything was normal. Is this normal because she drinks soo much water? Thank You

Answer:No, it is not normal. If it is because of the diarrhea secondary to the antibiotics, a good probiotic may help like Proviable: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Proviable-prod12083.html If not, repeat the blood work.

Date: Apr 12, 2021
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: treatment
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Question: What can I give my dog for diarrhea?

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 11, 2021
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: diarrhea
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Question: what can you give your dog for diarrhea. what cause diarrhea.

Answer:There are many causes. 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 11, 2021
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Abcde
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Question:My dog has had diarrhea for about a week. He is now not eating or drinking. When he goes out to go potty, just liquids comes out of his rectum. He’s a 4 pound Chihuahua.

Answer:As small as he is, I would definitely go ahead and have your local veterinarian check him out, because I worry about dehydration. Determining the underlying cause of the diarrhea is ideal. 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: Mar 28, 2021
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medication
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Question:I have Flagyl 500 mg from the last time my dog had diarrhea. Can I give it to her

Answer:Probably but consult the veterinarian that prescribed it for the best advice because it depends on many variables: how old your dog is, underlying medical conditions, other medication taking, how last blood work looked as far as liver function, etc., how long ago the last course of metronidazole was, etc. Other considerations: check the expiration date and be sure you have enough for at least 5-7 days because it is an antibiotic.

Date: Mar 28, 2021
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Puppy sick
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Question:My 10 month old hound mix of about 55 lbs has had diarrhea for two days and also threw up her food once yesterday. We have a large yard and I was thinking she might have eaten something? What can I feed her to help her diarrhea?

Answer:With the vomiting and diarrhea, it 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 Also rest her stomach for a good 12 hours then start back with multiple SMALL amounts of bland food like boiled chicken and white rice.

Date: Mar 6, 2021
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bowel movements
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Question:My 8 mo old English bull dog has problems with his poop. Most of his stools are mushy. Especially the ones right after meal. Plays and acts fine. Once in awhile it is really watery diarhea. Is this normal? Tried bland diet and and med for loose stools from ver but the situation continues to happen.

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 A good probiotic like this one may help: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Purina+FortiFlora-prod10376.html A broad spectrum dewormer that covers Giardia and whipworms, which are hard to find on fecal samples, is also a good idea, like this product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Panacur+C+Canine+Dewormer-prod10674.html

Date: Mar 5, 2021
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Poop sticks to butt and scooting
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Question:I have an 8-year-old obese cat that always has smeary poop stuck to her butt after she uses the litter box. Her stool seems soft. This started about 2 years ago. She scoots on the carpet to clean her butt. There are skid marks all over the place. What could be causing this? This isn’t a joke.

Answer:Determining the underlying cause of the soft stool is ideal. Start by having your veterinarian analyze multiple different fecal samples looking for intestinal parasites and run some blood work. 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: Feb 26, 2021
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Explozive Diarrhea
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Question:My pet started having very watery stool last night and it has carried over into this morning along with one episode of explosive diarrhea. She is fasting on her own and not drinking a lot of water, other than that she seems completely normal. Is this something I should see a vet ASAP for? Or is monitoring her for 24-48 hours a better option?

Answer:With the inappetance & the severity ("explosive"), it 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 paste 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

Date: Feb 13, 2021
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: weird symptoms
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Question:Hello, what could cause a dog to have black stool for 24 hours then be normal for a week and now back to black stool and diarrhea? My senior Chihuahua is on Levetiracetam and Gabapentin for 3 years due to seizures. She acts normal some times and then tired/depressed. She may be drinking more water and licks her lips. She also sounds like she may have a little wheezing or high pitch coming from her nose. She had a blood test which was normal and no masses could be felt, she is 14 though. Nothing new has occurred except I bought her food from someone else and it is smaller than normal and her Gabapentin looks different since it is from a different manufacture. The doctor gave her carafate the first time. She yelped out the 2 days before this episode she was laying on her stomach and she peed herself so we aren't for sure if it was her heart murmur, knees, seizure or something else. I know this could be anything due to her age and other health issues but any ideas? I am going to have to take her back and possibly get a xray.

Answer:Black stool is usually digested blood. Yes, an x-ray with and without contrast medium to look for a cause of bleeding in her upper GI tract (ulcers, cancer, etc.) sounds like a good next step.

Date: Feb 9, 2021
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: 
Topic: 
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Question:Can you prescribed an medicine please

Answer:In veterinary medicaine a face-to-face meeting with a veterinarian must occur to be able to prescribe prescription medication.

Date: Feb 3, 2021
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diarrhea
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Question:Can the dog biscuits i bought from 1800 cause diarrhea

Answer:Any kind of a sudden diet change can potentially cause diarrhea. Stop the treats for now, try a good probiotic like this one (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Proviable-prod12083.html) then try very slowly reintroducing the treats in a few days when the stomach is totally settled.

Date: Jan 28, 2021
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: 
Topic: Cat has loose stool and leaves loose stool on rug outside litter box
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Question:I have an eight-year-old cat that is eating and drinking normally but as a loose stool in his litter box and sometimes I will find it on the rug outside the litter box. I was feeding him Purina one dry food sensitive stomach and fancy feast wet food. I changed him over to halo sensitive stomach wet and dry food. He does not do it in the daytime only at night. Any suggestions on What might be going on. Call

Answer:There are MANY causes of diarrhea, so see your veterinarian for a definitive diagnosis and more targeted treatment if it continues. Things to try: switch back to Purina (in general I see less upset stomachs on that food he used to be on) & try a good probiotic like Proviable: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Proviable-prod12083.html

Date: Jan 18, 2021
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Loose stools
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Question:One of my three 4 month old kittens has very loose stools several times a day The other 2 kittens are fine. What might be causing this?

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: Jan 16, 2021
Category: Diarrhea
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Loose stools
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Question:I keep having recurring loose stool with one of my breeding females. She is fine during pregnancy and when she don’t have puppies. She starts getting loose stools when the puppies are almost 2 weeks. The puppies usually get loose stools to that smell strong sulfur smell. I’ve took the moms and puppies stools in for fecal checks and they never find anything. I always take puppies in for exams and fecals before going home. Everything is always good. The vet has gave Albon before just in case it was coccidia. They gave amoxicillin once because it smelled like a infection. Her first litter had greenish mucus diarrhea that came and go. One puppy still had loose stools after treating with Albon and giving safeguard 5 days in a roll .20cc per pound. The owner finally found out after several stool checked it was Giardia. I’m not having mucus green poops with our current litter. The did have yellow poop that was getting all over each other and their bedding. I’ve treated all the dogs and puppies in the house again like they have Giardia and coccidia. I disinfected everything they came in contact with and cleaned all the poop in the yard than sprayed bleach in their dog run. I bathed them all with chlor 4 shampoo let it set 5 mins. All our dogs has normal stools expect the one problem mother that keeps getting soft stools. It’s yellow mush. I’ve bought the liquid probiotics to add in their water with no difference. I’ve been adding 100% canned pumpkin to the moms food with no change. I’ve been feeding her separate from the others just in case she’s over eating. I thought that was helping but now she’s starting to have loose stools again. Her puppies poop is fine. She does eat fast like she’s starving when she has puppies and will eat everything she can get to. So I’ve been not allowing her to eat all day. I feed her a cup twice a day. I feed canidae all life chicken and rice. She’s a mini schnauzer. What could be the problem?

Answer:It sounds like she may need a referral to a GI specialist who will do many more tests (TLI, intestinal biopsies, ultrasound, etc.) to see exactly what is going on. A good probiotic like this one may help: 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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