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My dog ate some canned cat food from outside , now she has

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my dog ate some canned cat food from outside , now she has diarrhea with alittle blood it has been a couple of days this has done her this way before , but the blood does not seem to be IN stool so I think it's due to excessive bowel , which are soft but formed . Can I give her Imodium?
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 8 months ago.
Hello, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help you today. I'm sorry that Diamondique is having loose stools issues which could certainly be secondary to the cat food she ate...although there are other reasons why a dog might develop this problem which range from internal parasites to IBD to viral/bacterial infections to name a few examples.But, regardless, the blood most likely reflect an irritated colon and not much more than this so I wouldn't be too concerned about it. Loperamine or Imodium can be given to dogs but I tend to avoid it's use for a number of reasons.I've seen a number of dogs develop side effects such as constipation, bloat, and sedation with other, potentially, more serious adverse effects also possible: paralytic ileus, toxic megacolon, pancreatitis, and central nervous system signs.In addition, collies, shepherds, related breeds, or other dogs who have a defective MDR-1 gene mutation may be overly sensitive to loperamide and it's use should be avoided.But, the dose would be 0.08 – 0.1 mgs per kilogram up to three times daily. If used, I typically only recommend 2-3 doses as most. I tend to suggest Pepto Bismol as long as the patient isn't vomiting nor taking any steroids or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. The dose would be 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight twice a day.Pepto bismol should not be given to vomiting dogs since it contains salicylates (the active ingredient in Aspirin) which can irritate the stomach.2. I'd also start her on a good quality, canine probiotic such as Forti Flora or Resources Protegrity GI. These products can be extremely useful for gastrointestinal issues (and to help strengthen the immune system as well). They may be available at local pet/grain stores or can be purchased online.3. And, a bland diet of boiled, skinless, boneless chicken breast and 20-minute white rice can often help with this problem. Feed several smaller meals through the day. I hope this helps. Deb
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 8 months ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Diamondique. How is everything going?

Dr. Deb