From your history - it certainly sounds like there may be a gastroenteritis or colitis
. This can be from many different causes including eating something abnormal and even certain types of infections
including intestinal parasites, giardia, and coccidia.The best way to tell what is the cause would be to have your veterinarian do an examination and perform some tests including evaluation fo the feces for parasites and protozoa.
Here is a great link that talks about colitis. http://www.VeterinaryPartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=677
Here is a great link that talks about gastroenteritis. http://www.petplace.com/dogs/gastroenteritis-in-dogs/page1.aspx
If you would like to try conservative management at home, you can try to offer a bland diet
. A common bland diet is boiled chicken
and rice (2/3 rice and 1/3 chicken). I would try this for about 1 week, hoping that he improves over this time.
You can also consider giving 2.5mg of Pepcid A/C (famotidine
) by mouth every 24 hours for 5 days for stomach
upset. You can purchase this over the counter.
Hopefully with a little food change / bland diet, everything will be better in a few days, but it may be a good idea for veterinary evaluation.
Certainly if he becomes more lethargic, begins to vomit, or has other concerning signs such as worsening blood in the stool, I would recommend a veterinary visit sooner!
I hope this information helps! _____________________________________________________________________
Please click "ACCEPT" if the information I have provided has been of help so I receive credit for my work. Bonuses are always welcome and appreciated. Thank you.The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.