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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

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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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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

Answer:

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

Answer:

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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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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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.

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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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DateJun 17, 2021
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet Typenull
Topicdiarrhea
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I have a 7 month old german shepherd who is normal in everyway- playful, attentive, obedient, etc. but she continues to have very loose stools/diarrhea. I have had her to the vet many times already and none of the medicines seem to work and she has been checked out with stool samples, x-rays and everything is normal. I am thinking maybe I need a new dog food. Currently she is eating pedigree. Do you have any suggestions for food supplement that may help.

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German Shepherds are predisposed to EPI (exocrine pancreatic insufficiency) - have her checked for that if this continues. Try a food for sensitive stomachs - Hill's Science and Purina make good ones.

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DateJun 12, 2021
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet Typenull
TopicSafe to give med
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My boxer puppy ate 5 huge lemon muffins last night, since she has had diarrhea all night now to the point of just water coming out, also vomited once. I have ensorb tablets and was wondering if it would be safe to give to help relieve her of the symptoms due to her poor choices last night.

Answer:

With the vomiting and the amount of diarrhea she has had, I would recommend going ahead and seeing your local veterinarian. She will feel a lot better, much faster because they will have injections for nausea and can give her fluids if she is dehydrated. They can also check to be sure nothing else is going on. Take a wrapper from one of the muffins or be able to show them the exact active ingredients to be sure there was nothing toxic in the muffins.

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DateJun 12, 2021
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet Typenull
TopicKitten vomiting and diareha
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My just weaned kitten meows real loud before she vomits and also meows while pooping. What is going on and can I try something before i go to the vet.

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A variety of causes can cause vomiting and pain defecating - I would need a lot more information to really make recommendations (consistency of stool, what kiind of food she eats, exactly when she was weaned, etc.) I would go ahead and see your veterinarian - it may be as simple as intestinal parasites which are easy to to treat but can progress and be fatal if left untreated. Take a fresh (same day) fecal sample with you - it will give them a larger sample size and save her from having the rod stuck up her rear.

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DateJun 4, 2021
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet Typenull
TopicVomiting and blood raspberry color stool help
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Please help me with my miniature schnauzer she has been bleeding from her stool and vomiting I don't want to lose and all vet clinic are closed

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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 - 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 2, 2021
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet Typenull
TopicConstant Diarreha
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We have a 10 year old dachshund that has a constant runny stool. The dog has good appetite and appears to be feeling well with lots of energy. We have one other dachshund that eats the same food without issue. Suggestions?

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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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DateMay 17, 2021
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet Typenull
Topicpancrea issue.
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Sophie is eating no fat, protein and rice, bread, or noodles. Bland mostly. Some jelly texture transparent and blood comes through, specially at the end. Even when it seems more solid, her waste still soft and not runny. She has great appetite, drinks plenty of water, sleeps well, hardly in pain. Give her what i have bought from you. Probiotics, joint pain syrup, and finished GI paste. Like to get a good tablet? to help her poop be firm enough to not cause her too much effort.

Answer:

Getting her on a prescription diet from your veterinarian, formulated for dogs with pancreatic issues (if that is what you are saying she has) is ideal. It is VERY hard to correctly balance their diets with people food, so I'm supposed to discourage you from trying it. The nutritional experts recommend working directly with a board certified veterinary nutritionist, often found at your local veterinary school. If that isn't an option, the absolute best site to use to balance her diet is balanceit.com. It will have you enter a bunch of information about her and exact ingredients you want to use, etc. and then it will tell you what you need to supplement. I know there are a million options for websites but this one is the gold standard, at least right now - here is a direct link: https://secure.balanceit.com/ez/?rotator=NewEz. The best probiotics are either Fortiflora (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Purina+FortiFlora-prod10376.html) or Proviable (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Proviable-prod12083.html) so try those if you haven't already.

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DateMay 9, 2021
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet Typenull
TopicMedicine
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what cause dogs to get diarrhea.is there a medicine to treat it

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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

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DateMay 1, 2021
CategoryDiarrhea
Pet Typenull
TopicDiarrhea
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What should I do and what can I give him. He is 7years old, and his weight 17lbs. When I take him out side to do his job, his poop comes out loose like water, and than he acts like it wants to come out, but won't. I need help . Thank You Dawn Doehne

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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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