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Hello my name is***** and I am a licensed veterinarian with over 9 years of experience. I am hoping to help you with your pet today. Since I can’t physically exam your pet, I may need to respond with several follow up questions so I can best help you. Remember there is no limit on how many questions you can ask to in order to clarify any information I have provided regarding your pet. I just have a few initial questions to ask to gather some more information if you don’t mind? Do you still require assistance with this problem? It is true that the Pepto Bismol is what likely causing the black tarry stools. This can be confirmed if you stop giving the medication and the stool return to normal.
But if the diarrhea still persistent than Whitcomb may need further medications and you may need to ask your veterinarian about changing antibiotics as well since those are also a common cause of diarrhea as well.
Okay thanks for the additional information. What diet is she on right now? If she is not on a bland diet or an hypoallergenic diet currently, she may need to be placed on one to see if that helps. Also she may need to be put on a medication called Metronidazole which is commonly used for dogs that have diarrhea. Has she had a fecal exam recently? Is she on heartworm prevention?
That seems like a great diet for skin allergies possible related for food. But you may want to make sure she doesn't have a sensitivity to that particular diet as a rule out for the cause of her chronic diarrhea. I usually put dogs on a bland prescription diet for no longer than 3-5 days, then gradually return them to their normal diet. If the diarrhea improves on the prescription diet then worsens again when they are transitioning then that would be one way to confirm a sensitivity. Otherwise if there is no change then it is not the diet. What diets has she been on in the past.?