My dog gave birth to 5 puppies and now the dog has loose stool. What should I do?
By ddaz1265 from Glendale, AZ
Our vet had us give our dog a combination of plain hamburger and plain rice mixed together. Do not add any seasonings and drain as much grease as you can from the burger. Do not let your dog have any other dog food or treats for a couple of days. We had to do this for 5 days one time until our dog got better.
I don't know much about dogs, but this will at least be worth a try. My Horse had diarrhea for over a year. This happened after worming him (he was old & had many problems). We had 3 vets for horses come out to see him & none could find the cause or cure him. Finally I decided to buy a bottle of liquid Acidophilus from the health food store. I poured the whole bottle down his throat & after 2 days his diarrhea went away. I was THRILLED!
Since then, when my cat has had a loose stool, I give him a bit of plain yogurt (about a teaspoon for a cat) daily until he's back to normal. This started when my cat was on antibiotics or after worming, but now, I give him a tiny bit of plain yogurt every day (about half a teaspoon). It might not work for your dog, & if her system is off from having the puppies, it surely won't hurt. Just put about a Tablespoon of plain yogurt into her food twice a day or whenever you feed her. The natural pro-biotics of plain yogurt might help regulate her again. It might take about 3 days to start working.
* Be sure the yogurt says "contains live cultures"!
I belong to some dog sledding groups that swear by canned pumpkin, not the spiced kind, for both diarrhea and constipation. I have had some success with it, but I think going the Acidophilus route is good. There are combinations that have Acidophilus plus other enzymes that are even better. But please remember, since she's a new mom feeding a litter, she will dehydrate very quickly. Move fast on this and get her to the vet if it doesn't resolve shortly.
The tip that Hiddenvalley gave is a good one, except for the fact that your dog is nursing puppies. She has to eat her dog food for the nutrition to get to the pups.
I have always used Pepto Bismol on my dogs. The dosage depends of course on her size. But I've used it on dogs whether they were nursing or not and never once had a problem.
Actually tho, your best bet would be to talk to your vet. Ask about the Pepto, and also ask about the method that Hiddenvalley suggested. It's better to be safe than sorry. Hopefully you can get your answers from him over the phone.
I just recently experienced the exact same issue with my pooch. She has 12 puppies. My Vet suggested Pepto and cottage cheese to help restore the natural balance of bacteria. I gave mine pepto tablets. Good luck.
If the Mom hasn't been seen by the vet since giving birth--it's time for a post-whelp checkup. Loose stool can be the result of a lot of minor things, but major problems, as well.
Just like a human mother needs that once-over after having a baby to ensure everything is back to where it needs to be--so does your dog.
Canned plain pumpkin will help. I got this tip here long ago and then the other day. Martha Stewart had vet Dr. Marty on and he said it works. Also add plain white rice to her food. It will help too.
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My dog is a 9 month old miniature Aussie. She started a couple of days ago with loose stool and still has it. Her mood or eating habits haven't changed. She still is her usual self, playing and running through the house. Should I be worried?
Cindy in Virginia
Anything lasting more than 24 hours should be checked by a vet. It could be worms or anything. If she's acting OK otherwise it's probably not serious. But being a long time dog parent it's better to be safe than sorry. Make sure she's being fed a good food that doesn't have fillers, bad preservatives, meal etc.
Try boiling some hamburger and mix it with boiled rice. It worked for my dog while we were on vacation. (07/14/2005)
My son and daughter in law have a beagle, Judy is 5 and the vet told them to give her Pepto Bismol tablet. Try one and if the doesn't work, try one more. Stop there, but "for sure" I would call the vet. We just adopted an Aussie, 4 years and he's big Bear. I would love to get a mini Aussie, hope this helps. Good luck. (07/14/2005)
Make sure she doesn't get dehydrated. Feed her boiled rice, boiled in broth and just a little plain boiled chicken or turkey. You can add some bran to that which should do the trick. If not, take to the vet. She could have parasites. (07/14/2005)
Cottage cheese helps in firming up the stool. My vet told me of this. Just a small spoon on their food every now and then. It works. (07/17/2005)