My dog has diarrhea. He's had it before and responded to antibiotics and everything was "coming out"
fine, but it started out again, I got antibiotics again from the vet and it's been four days and he still
has loose stools.
Sorry to talk about something so non-pleasant, but I'm resorting to taking him off solid foods as that
is what my dog book suggested. Anybody out there have any good ideas? My vet said he has colitis and
it's awfully hard to stop the cycle. And don't suggest cottage cheese as I'm a non-dairy eater and I
come from the school of thought that dairy encourages diarrhea, so I wouldn't want to give that to my
Try 1 tablespoon Pepto Bismal; our vet says it's safe for dogs. Also with the rice try a little bit of browned hamburger, but make sure to rinse it under some water to rinse off the grease as to not upset the dog's stomach any further. Our vet had us do this with our dog when she got cancer and was unable to eat.
dog food. (05/31/2005)
You should definitely take your dog to see a different vet if the diarrhea does not clear up within 48 hours. There are many causes for diarrhea including, but not limited to: change in diet, stress, disease, illness, and parasites. The diet and stress inducing life changes would only cause temporary diarrhea, but anything longer than 48 hours would more likely be from illness, disease, or parasites. It is crucial that your pet see a vet for these causes, as delaying treatment could allow the dog to become severely dehydrated, or worse. Please consider taking the dog to a different vet, if the one you are currently using doesn't seem to be doing anything helpful. It may not be the most "thrifty" solution, but it may be the safest. (05/31/2005)
Did dog have antibiotics for illness? Maybe like humans, you need to restore good critters to intestines and digestive track with active yogurt. (05/31/2005)
You can give canned pumpkin (not pie filling) just plain with nothing added. You can mix it with hamburger if your dog won't eat it. I would go to another vet, too. (05/31/2005)
By Donna J.
This just happened to us and this solution worked great. Give the dog either Imodium pills or generic equivalent. Be sure to look on the pack for dosage according to weight of the dog. Good luck!
My vet says only use chicken or turkey with the rice. Boil it and then just feed a little at a time, until the diarrhea is gone do not give anything else except Pepto or the like. Yes you need to go to another vet if they don't seem to be concerned.
First coat his bowl with Kaopectate. Then put in scrambled eggs with cream of wheat cereal with a little garlic powder, cranberry sauce, and a tiny bit of bacon fat if you have it. Just a tiny bit, a lot of
animals love it, I know mine do. You don't want to load poochie with grease. Smear it on paws and face if pooch won't eat it at first, he'll have to clean himself.
Gradually add in a bit of regular food, could the food perhaps be causing this? Get another vet if all this one can do is give antibiotics, or are you demanding them when something else
might be better? Yes dairy can give trots to some creatures, human and otherwise, but not all. Some do fine, others react the opposite way.
Never worry about posting "unpleasant " subjects. We are here to help each other and our animal family.
I would suggest actually going back to the same vet, if this is a vet you have used and trusted in the past. "Colitis" is inflammation of the intestinal lining (from any cause), and often is a catch-all
diagnosis when no specific cause is found on the fecal, physical exam or blood work. Because many different things can cause it, there are many different things that might fix it. Meaning, your vet knows what he has already done to try to help your dog, and he very likely has a plan (in his head or written down) for what to do next if the illness persists. If anything has changed at all with your dog's condition, however insignificant it may seem to you, it just might be the one clue the vet needs to figure out just what is causing the colitis and what will fix it.
A new vet is like starting over. He will need to be told about everything that has already happened with your dog and the exact treatments given. Because the new vet may not be sure of the circumstances under which a laboratory test was performed, he might need to do it again, at your expense.
My advice is to give your vet another chance. Have him explain what he wants to do now, and what he plans to do if that doesn't fix it. Sometimes the owner is spared from having a zillion tests done on the first visit for a definite diagnosis for diarrhea, assuming the pet appears otherwise healthy, because most of
the time the first treatment will work. Ask your vet if it is OK to fast your dog for 24-48 hrs (nothing but water, then gradually introduce small amounts of bland food like boiled chicken and rice "no spices or flavor added"). If your dog is healthy enough to go without eating for a day, it might give his poor intestines time to heal. (07/16/2005)
By A vet student
My puppy is almost 6 months old and for the past 2 months he has had diarrhea on and off. We took him to the vet a couple times and they say that nothing is wrong. He just has a sensitive stomach. We put him on RX strength Eukanuba food. It cures the diarrhea, but everytime we try to wean him back to the regular food, he gets diarrhea again. The vet said we will just have to keep him on the RX food for a while. Try
asking about the RX food. It is more expensive, but it might be all you need. It is a low residue food.
I once had a dog with Colitis. The best thing for your dog is an all natural diet or even raw for that matter! Once my dog was diagnosed we went to a raw diet and then went to our local pet food stores and found raw diet dog food. He did very well with this! As far as dealing with the diarrhea, try some bland cooked food such as a mixture of rice, oatmeal, and chicken, it works like a charm! (01/22/2008)
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I know this is going to sound silly, but cater to your dog. Give your dog extra loving and petting. Make sure you don't rile the dog up too much (i.e rough play or fetching) We have found that when our dog gets diarrhea that she is stressed or upset about something. Normally we give her boiled chicken and rice or just plain rice, and then start mixing the rice with her food to get her back into her own food (once the
diarrhea subsides). Try this out with your dog and let me know if it works! Good luck.
If your puppy has had diarrhea, has been vomiting, acting lethargic, and has had a loss in appetite, there is a chance you pup has Parvo disease. It is extremely serious and should be taken to your vet
immediately. The sooner it is caught the better of a chance you dog will survive. Good luck.
In memory of Alfredo. (01/08/2009)
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My dog had watery stools on and off. It could be the diet and I understand that the protein is what they are most sensitive to. So try changing the food to something completely different. A pet store owner also recommended that I add a medallion of freeze dried frozen (Natures Variety) to her food. What an amazing difference! I actually panic if I run out of medallions! She has not had a loose stool since adding freeze dried raw to her diet! (approximately 4 months) (02/17/2009)
My Cavalier King Charles spaniel had loose stool. We went to the vet, he was pretty sure she had colitis, by the description of the stool. He said usually it looked mucusy, it did. He gave her Flagyl for 5 days. It cleared up, but came back a couple of weeks later. No diarrhea, just loose once a day.
Another round of Flagyl, stool sampling for worms, and a 3 day round of wormer. Finally, an abdominal ultrasound for complete diagnosis. Yes, colitis. She was put on Iams Vet Formula, Low Residue dog food, and also one tsp. of canned pumpkin. You can look this up, it's the treatment of choice. She's good, so far normal. It's only a few days, but there's a distinct difference. Remains to be seen. (11/07/2010)
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