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Hi. Welcome to Just Answer. My name is***** and I've been a veterinarian for 15 years. Thank you for your question about Ivy. Do you feel that she's still acting / behaving normal today despite the diarrhea? Has she had any vomiting?
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I am sorry to hear about Ivy's diarrhea. Is Ivy current on her parvo vaccinations, fecal testings and dewormings?
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Yes, you can. So the deworming process itself would not cause the diarrhea. The diarrhea would occur due to GI parasites present that the deworming medication is treating. In the process of treating worms or parasites, the worms die and this can change the consistency of the stool. Not all parasite eggs are found in one given fecal sample at a time so that is why routine deworming of puppies is important. If your dog was exposed to water or other dogs, testing for giardia is also important. This is not detectable on routine fecal testing and is a parasite that causes watery diarrhea and can be passed to humans. The parasite is so small you cannot see it in the feces without a specific test.
There can be diarrhea after a spay but it would be due to anesthesia and would show up sooner than 3 weeks post spay. If there was an infection inside the body due to poor surgery technique, she would also be showing signs of vomiting and pain when her belly is touched. Does she have any of those signs?
Diarrhea can be caused by many different things but one of those is a change in diet or treats. If the diet was not switched from old to new over a gradual time period, it can cause the stomach and intestines to be inflamed. This inflammation can cause diarrhea as well as blood in the diarrhea. The same type of bloody diarrhea can occur from stress. We call this stress colitis.
This condition is managed with bland diet and medication. The bland diet can be cooked at home with bland, white chicken breast with NO SEASONING or lean cooked ground beef NO SEASONING and plain white rice. You can also use a prescription bland diet such and I/D, W/D or Royal canin gastrointestinal formula. I recommend small, frequent meals, to get the GI tract back on track. Do not continue to feed more food too quickly as this can cause a setback. Once the diarrhea is resolved, you can slowly mix in more of the dog food and mix out some of the rice mixture. This transition needs to be over a few days so we can watch for diarrhea to return.
Sometimes diet is enough to help but other times pets need a medication called metronidazole or metronidazole and amoxicillin to stop the bloody diarrhea. This needs to be prescribe from a veterinarian.
If further signs develop such as vomiting, decreased energy level or no appetite, further tests need to be completed to be sure something more severe is not going on, such as pancreatitis, something foreign stuck in the GI tract, etc.
My best recommendation then is to have a giardia test completed and if negative, have the puppy started on Metronidazole which your vet will need to prescribe. We cannot prescribe through the website.
Do you think you would be able to have that done?
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