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DateOct 22, 2021
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeDog
TopicMedication question
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Question:

My dog has diarrhea and the vet did a fecal exam which was negative for worms. The vet prescribed 125 mg metronidazole every 12 hours for 7 days for the 18 pound puppy. I am worried about giving metronidazole to my puppy who is only 9 weeks old and wanted to know if this is a standard/normal practice.

Answer:

Yes, that is normal standard practice.

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DateOct 17, 2021
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeOther
TopicGuinea Pig
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Question:

What can I give my guinea pig to aid her digestive system? She tends to have diarrhea very frequently, to the point she's managed to get poop on her face...

Answer:

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

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DateOct 17, 2021
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeDog
TopicOTC meds
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Question:

Can I give my dog Imodium that contains Simethicone to treat diarrhea?

Answer:

I'm not a big fan of Imodium: it can stop diarrhea but it can do it too abruptly and cause them to absorb more of whatever is causing the diarrhea (bacteria, virus, toxin, etc.) and then they revert back to having diarrhea when it wears off. Finding and treating the underlying cause is always more ideal and/or using a gentler product like this probiotic with a kaolin/pectin paste: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Proviable-prod12083.html

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DateAug 31, 2021
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeDog
TopicMelena
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Question:

Is melena contagious to other dogs ?

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It depends on the cause of the melena (and there are many) - some are contagious but most aren't.

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DateAug 18, 2021
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeDog
TopicWon’t eat and diarrhea
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I have a black lab and for the last few days he has had diarrhea and will not eat anything what can I do to stop the diarrhea and get him to start eating

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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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DateAug 14, 2021
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeCat
Topicover the counter medicine
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Question:

What is an easy-to-administer over-the-counter med for cat diarrhea?

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Try the Proviable kit: the kaolin/pectin paste + the probiotics helps many cats. Here is a link to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Proviable-prod12083.html See your veterinarian if it continues, because there are many potential causes that may need to be addressed directly.

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DateAug 9, 2021
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeDog
Topic2 days diarreas and vomits
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Question:

My puppy is 6 month old, has vomited twice since yesterday and has been having diarrhea, she still pretty active and playful.

Answer:

Determining the underlying cause of the diarrhea is ideal. Start by having your veterinarian analyze multiple different fecal samples looking for intestinal parasites. At her age, parvo is a serious concern too. 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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DateAug 4, 2021
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeCat
TopicMeds for adult cats and kittens for diarrhea
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Having your veterinarian do a fecal and check for intestinal parasites, like coccidia, is ideal. If that isn't immediately an option, try a broad spectrum dewormer like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal+for+Cats-prod10073.html and a good probiotic like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Proviable-prod12083.html

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DateJul 24, 2021
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet Typenull
TopicOTC diarrhea treatment
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Question:

I have an 8lb chihuahua that is 16.5 years old. She is on Vetmedin 1.25mg twice a day, and furosemide 5mg/0.5cc. She has severe diarrhea today, most likely from a change in food and a new treat. Can I give her Immodium AD liquid and how much? The bottle is 1mg/7.5mL

Answer:

I can't advise doing that - Imodium can stop the motility a little too abruptly and cause them to potentially absorb more of whatever is causing the problem (bacteria, virus, toxin, etc.). As old and tiny as she is I would go ahead and have your veterinarian check her out.

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DateJul 9, 2021
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet Typenull
TopicFlea prevention
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Question:

Just recently I noticed when I give my dog NexGard for fleas and ticks he gets diarrhea what is another alternative of a flea chew that I can give him

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The only 3 that are working very well right now are Nexgard, Bravecto and Simparica so maybe try one of the other 2.

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DateJul 5, 2021
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet Typenull
TopicCronic diarrhea
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Question:

My cat had a diarrhea for over a month and no medication worked, I just got her fecal test results and wants a vet opinion about them

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You can transcribe them into another question and I'll be happy to try to help. I would need her bloodwork results as well. Chronic diarrhea in cats can be frustrating to treat.

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DateJul 4, 2021
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet Typenull
Topicthrowing up,runs
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dob 02/05/21 bully mix throwing up ,has the runs does ok after i give him low dose aspirin but still not eating or drinking

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At his age, parvo is a major concern, so 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 he 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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DateJul 4, 2021
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet Typenull
TopicChronic diarrhea
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My 6 year-old male neutered cat keeps getting diarrhea. The vet treats it with antibiotics and it goes away for a few weeks but comes back. They have run a fecal check for different types of bacteria, worms, etc. and it came back with nothing. They have not suggested any special food or probiotic or anything really. They want to run what they called a diarrhea panel which cost $250. I don't like my cat In pain but I think they could have been doing something else as well. He is an indoor/outdoor cat so yes, he is a hunter. Any advice is appreciated

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Chronic diarrhea in cats can be frustrating. That panel is probably a good next step. Until then, a diet for cats with sensitive stomachs (like Hill's Science Diet Adult Sensitive Stomach & Skin cat food) and a good probiotic like Proviable may help. Proviable is over-the-counter - here is a link to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Proviable-prod12083.html

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DateJun 21, 2021
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet Typenull
TopicBlood in her stool
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Question:

Hi I’m really concerned and confused as to why my dog has blood in her stool. Its the second day she’s had it, and I was wondering if there’s anything that I can do to help treat it?

Answer:

When you start seeing 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 - 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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DateJun 18, 2021
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet Typenull
TopicBloody Diarrhea
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Question:

My dog has had bloody diarrhea twice today. It's fully liquid and light brown. Usually, it's just one streak of blood. But I've also noticed the past couple of weeks, she does the "praying position" too and I've heard that means they're in pain or discomfort. And just now I was trying to get her to lay down. She usually always complies immediately. But this time she would squat and get back up like it was hurting. She has finally laid down though. She is about 9 years old and she's an American Akita. We have recently changed her food, but looking to switch back since we think this new food gave her diarrhea.

Answer:

With the blood and disconfort, 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 may help. 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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