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My dog has diarrhea and urinates a lot but, his food has been

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My dog has diarrhea and urinates a lot but, his food has been changed for a while and he drinks a lot of water all the time. He isn't lethargic and doesn't act sick.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Matt replied 2 years ago.
Hello - I am Dr. Matt - I would be glad to help you with your question.

How long has Semper had diarrhea?

Has your vet checked a fecal test yet?

Has Semper been given a dewormer yet?

What food is he currently eating?

Is he vomiting?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
he has had diarrhea for a while and recently it has been back and forth between solid and diarrhea. he has a vet appointment tomorrow to get all shots and everything of the such but being so young the only thing he has had is one dewormer 3 weeks ago. He is eating the Blue Buffalo puppy food, chicken and brown rice formula. The last time he vomitted was a couple weeks ago. He randomly spiked a fever was vomiting and very lethargic for about 6 hours and then was completely fine
Expert:  Dr. Matt replied 2 years ago.
Thanks for the additional information.

Diarrhea in puppies is most often due to one of three problems:

- Intestinal parasites
- Dietary indiscretion or eating something from the house or yard that does not sit well in their stomach or intestines or something that is stuck inside of the intestines
- Intolerance to the ingredients in the food

There are other more rare conditions such as Addison's disease, which is a low cortisone level in the body or pancreatic enzyme deficiencies though these are usually only suspected if the above three are completely ruled out.

I am glad that you are taking him to the vet. I would definitely have them check a fecal sample to rule out parasites as the cause. If the vet does not see any parasites I would still recommend treating him with a dewormer just in case one of the parasites was missed on the fecal test which can happen very easily.

If the deworming and the fecal test do not give any answers, then I would consider a different diet for him. Blue Buffalo is not a bad food at all, but I have seen many young puppies that do not digest the ingredients very well and simply by switching to a different food you may see all of his problems resolves.

I had one of my patients that was a doberman puppy on the Blue Buffalo and we decided to switch him over to Royal Canin puppy and within a few days he was normal therefore I would recommend using one of the core food companies like Royal Canin, Science Diet, Nutro Max, or Eukanuba. These diets are all well researched and are very healthy for your puppy.

The drinking excessively may be because he is losing extra fluids from having softer stool therefore should resolve once his stools are better.

Hope this helps -please reply if you have any other questions.
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