my 12 week old Old English Mastiff has very soft stool; i'm holding food for 12 hours but plenty of water and crate rest -- concerned; taking her to vet tomorrow but there has been a massive parvo outbreak in our area, she has only had the first 2 rounds of shots. No vomiting or blood in stool that is noticable to the eye. Should i be overly concerned for the overnight? I get up to take her out ever 2 1/2 hours so she will be checked alot and my other two adult dogs (especially female white shepherd) fawn over her constantly so she is helping me a vigil eye. Thoughts?
Type of Animal: Old English Mastiff
Age: 12 weeks
nothing -- did 10 days of antibotics for coccdia 3 weeks ago but soft stool persists. Has had coccdia recheck (last Tuesday) and was negative.
Hello. It doesn't sound like Parvo at this point. It's more likely just a stress induced colitis (inflammation in the colon) or an intestinal parasite. I would not with hold food/ water with diarrhea. We do that for upper GI signs like vomiting. For diarrhea, I would continue to feed her. The other thing you can do is add fiber to her diet. The fiber helps to promote normal colon motility and helps to firm up the stool. Fiber sources are: canned pumpkin, sweet potato baby food, Metamucil. You can give 1 tablespoon 3-4 times daily. They'll likely do a fecal test and probably a parvo test just to be sure. Treatment will often be a round of antibiotics like Metronidazole assuming nothing shows up on the tests. I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.
i was going to give her plain chicken and rice for her evening meal; she eats Kirkland's dog food which was part of the diamond recall but our "lot" and "product" number was not affected with samonella -- should i bring anything else to the vets attention tomorrow? Other two dogs are perfectly fine.
I would just feed the regular puppy food and then add some rice and pumpkin (fiber) to it. It doesn't sound too serious here, and the signs should resolve nicely.
DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)