You are very welcome,
First, as I am sure you can appreciate, we can see diarrhea triggered by a range of reasons. This can include bacterial or viral infections, parasites (worms but also protozoa), dietary indiscretions (eating something that didn't agree with her, toxins, or non-edible items), and sometimes even stress (which could be an issue if she did just lost a friend).
With all this in mind, we can try to settle this for her with some supportive care just now. First, you can consider offering a light/easily digestible diet options. Examples of an easily digestible diet include cooked white rice with boiled chicken
, boiled white fish, scrambled egg, or meat baby food (as long as its free from garlic or onion powder. Otherwise, we do have some easily digestible veterinary prescription diets like Hill’s I/D or Royal Canin’s sensitivity that could also help. These can be useful for dogs with diarrhea since they are better tolerated and absorbed by the compromised gut. This means more nutrients in and result in less diarrhea. As well, whichever you choose you can add a spoonful of tinned pumpkin, all bran, or even a 1/4 teaspoon of unflavored Metamucil. All of these are rich fiber sources and can help bulk up feces to slow diarrhea. Also do make sure to feed this as small frequent meals to further decrease the volume of diarrhea she is producing.
Otherwise, since diarrhea can quickly dehydrate an small dog (and if her gums are a little sticky), then we need to keep an eye
on her hydration. Especially as dehydration is commonly what makes them feel poorly with GI bugs. To check her hydration status to make sure they are not becoming dehydrated there are a few things we can test. One is whether the eyes appear sunken, if the gums are tacky instead of wet/moist, and whether she has a "skin tent" when you lift the skin. To see how to check these parameters for dehydration, you can find a wee video on this HERE (http://www.ehow.com/video_12232503_dog-dehydrated.html). If you are seeing any signs of dehydration already, since she is small, then you do want to have her seen by the vet before this becomes an additional issue for her.
If you are concerned that she is becoming dehydrated, you can try and encourage her to drink but offering fresh water or even low-sodium chicken broth. Furthermore, you can offer rehydration solutions like Pedialyte. Pedialyte is nice (though aim for a flavorless one) because it will get some of those lost electrolytes back into her as well. A typical maintenance rate for hydration in an animal is 48mls per kilogram of weight a day. Of course, her requirement will be higher since we'd have to also consider how much fluid is being lost in her diarrhea. So, if she is drinking then you don't need to syringe her fluids. Still, this baseline will give you an idea to whether she is meeting this target plus matching her own losses.
Finally, since you reported no blood, there are some anti-diarrheals that can be used in dogs to slow things down for their gut. As I am sure you appreciate, these would not be a cure (since cures would depend on the culprit and might include antibiotics or anti-parasitics, etc.) but would slow the diarrhea to aid the body potentially absorb more water/nutrients then it would have if the diarrhea were unchecked. Furthermore, these treatments will coat the GI and could just settle this upset that is likely triggering her reduced appetite/thirst. In regards ***** ***** options for your wee one, the ones we most commonly use in dogs are:
* PeptoBismol (More Info/Dose@ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/bismuth-subsalicylate-pepto-bismol-kaopectate#.VDp9WBZYxaQ ) --as you noted
* Kaolin/Kaopectate (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/kaolin-and-pectin-kapectolin-k-p )
Both are available from your local pharmacy if needed. Furthermore, Propectalin or Protexin Pro-Fiber (which is available OTC at vet practices, pet stores, even Amazon) would be another option. All will slow diarrhea but those last 2 have bonus of providing support to the delicate good bacteria of the GI.
Overall, when we see diarrhea in our dogs, we do have a range of potential triggers to consider. Therefore, I would advise using the above supportive care. If you do so over the next 24-48 hours and she doesn't settle (or looks dehydrated already), then we would need to consider getting her vet involved. They can examine her, assess her hydration and diarrhea to help you pinpoint a cause for this. Depending on the exam +/- fecal test findings, you will then be in a position to know if she needs anything prescribed (ie antibiotics, wormers, etc) and if so what she needs to clear this for her.
Please take care,