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DateSep 14, 2022
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeDog
Topiccombining medicines
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Question:

MY 14 YEAR OLD PM/CHIHUAHUA IS CURRENTLY TAKING TEMERIL-P, IS IT OK 2 GIVE HIM METRONIDAZOLE 250 MG 2 WARD OFF HIS OCCASIONAL DIARRHEA??

Answer:

We don't use metronidazole as a preventative, but whether he should take it with the temaril-p depends on many things like his bloodwork so consult your veterinarian for the best advice.

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DateSep 3, 2022
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeDog
TopicHelp
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Question:

Our 2lab puppies are having diarrhea what can I do

Answer:

Because there are so many potential underlying causes, 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 they were properly dewormed as pups - 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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DateAug 27, 2022
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeDog
Topicmedicine
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Question:

My vet gave me an antibiotic in capsule form can i open it and mix it in her food

Answer:

For most that is fine but it depends on the antibiotic, so I would want to know the name of the antibiotic and the manufacturer or compounding pharmacy to say for sure - call your prescribing veterinarian for the best advice.

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DateAug 24, 2022
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeDog
TopicPersistent diarrhea
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Question:

My dog has digestive issues with persistent diarrhea. She sometimes refuses to eat her dog food. What brand of dog food or medication do you recommend?

Answer:

With these types of digestive issues, 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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DateAug 21, 2022
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeDog
TopicMedications, Treatments, Food
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Question:

What can I give my dog when he has diarrhea from either being sick or if you’re eating something because I don’t know as being a new dog parent what medication to give how much food to give and it’s killing me to not get any help or where to go what to get etc.?

Answer:

Because there are so many potential underlying causes, 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 s/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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DateAug 20, 2022
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeDog
TopicDiarrhea
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7month old Mini Poodle, 10 lbs. w/diarrhea X36 hrs. My Vet unavailable till Mon. What to do until Mon? Feed rice? HELP!

Answer:

Since there are so many potential underlying causes, it's always ideal to go ahead and see your veterinarian for a definitive diagnosis and more targeted treatment. If that isn't immediately an option (and it sounds like it's not), rest the stomach for ~12 hours, then give multiple SMALL amounts of bland food (boiled chicken and white rice) and 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 s/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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DateAug 12, 2022
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeCat
TopicAcute D.
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MN ~10 yo cat with symptoms of D. after starting initial dosing of Semintra. Shall I d/c the Semintra? Pt. has no other symptoms Thank you

Answer:

Contact your veterinarian that prescribed the Semintra for teh best advice: it really depends on many factors (severity of underlying condition being treated based on bloodwork, severity of D., etc.)

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DateAug 11, 2022
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeDog
TopicHeartworm Preventative / Diarrhea
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Hi I have a Miniature American Shepherd. I have tried Interceptor Plus, Simparica Trio and Sentinel for Heartworm Preventative. All have resulted in diarrhea within 8-12 hours resulting in a mess in her kennel. I am looking for a solution to this. Any ideas?

Answer:

Maybe try Heartgard next - they make unflavored tablets as well if the chewables cause diarrhea. Here is a link if you would like to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/dog+heartgard+chewables-prod368151.html

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DateAug 8, 2022
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeCat
TopicDiarrhea
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Question:

She's acting like a kitten should at 6 weeks old we found her outside but she has diarrhea should I deworm her and go from there?

Answer:

Yes, most kittens have worms so we routinely deworm them for hookworms and roundworms at 6 weeks of age. They can potentially have many other intestinal parasites (like coccidia) that aren't covered by over-the-counter dewormers, so bring a fresh fecal sample to your veterinarian for analysis if the diarrhea continues.

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DateJul 16, 2022
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeDog
TopicDrug interactions
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Question:

I gave my dog Simplicef this morning as prescribed, following a growth removal. He has loose BM's, can I give him his Flagyl that was prescribed for that issue?

Answer:

Your veterinarian is the best one to consult about that. There is no adverse interaction between the two, but it depends on his dosage of both and his kidney and liver function (based on bloodwork your vet will have) - like they may want to decrease the dosage of simplicef if it is a little high and/or if he has any organ issues.

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DateJun 21, 2022
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeDog
Topic8 week old golden retriever with diarrhea
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We picked up our puppy from the breeder Saturday. The breeder gave us purina proplan puppy chicken and rice. He had wouldn’t eat so I put chicken broth on it.., he drank the broth and ate only a few pieces of kibble. The next morning he didn’t eat the kibble so I sprinkled a little cheese on it. Now he has diarrhea. I can’t get into my vet for a week? How long do I wait to see if it resolves itself before I take him to the expensive emergency vet clinic? Should I offer rice?

Answer:

A puppy that young shouldn't be inappetant to the point where you have to add people food so I'm more concerned with why he wasn't eating to begin with along with the diarrhea, so yes, I would go ahead and take him in because puppies that small can get dehydrated fairly easily. Take a fresh (within a few hours) fecal sample with you - this will give them a better sample and save him from the rod.

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DateJun 8, 2022
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeCat
TopicDiarrhoea
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Question:

My kitten is 6 months old he has Diarrhoea what can I give him to help his bowls go back to normal he hasn’t had Diarrhoea until now. Kind Regards Jennifer.

Answer:

Kittens that age will often have intestinal parasites so be sure he has been dewormed with a product like this: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal+for+Cats-prod10073.html, BUT some intestinal parasites are not covered by routine dewormers so have your veterinarian analyze a fecal sample to check for those if it continues.

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DateJun 6, 2022
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet TypeDog
TopicDiarrhea
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Question:

My dog has diarrhea all the time what can I do for her

Answer:

Since there ar eso many potential underlying causes, 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 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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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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Question:

IS MEDICINE FOR DIARRHEA STILL GOOD AFTER EXPIRATION DATE OR JUST LESS POTENT? EXP. 7/19/20 ENDOSORB

Answer:

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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