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My 10 year old black lab has black diarrhea last couple of

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My 10 year old black lab has black diarrhea last couple of days
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Doc Sara replied 4 months ago.

Hi there, I'm Dr. Sara. I'm a licensed veterinarian who works exclusively with dogs and cats. I'm sorry to hear that Ralph has had diarrhea - I will do my best to help.

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~Dr. Sara

Expert:  Doc Sara replied 4 months ago.

Thank you for your patience!

Diarrhea can be caused by a wide variety of issues ranging from dietary changes or indiscretions, infectious agents (viral or bacterial), parasitic diseases, and internal organ disease like kidney failure, liver disease, or diabetes. In general, if a pet is feeling fine and eating well but having diarrhea, may vets would suggest a bland diet of three parts boiled white rice mixed with one part boiled chicken breast. This is an easily digestible bland diet to help firm up the stools. A probiotic product like Purina’s FortiFlora can also help - this is available through your vet or online. If the pet is acting ill in addition to the diarrhea, such as having vomiting, lethargy, or other signs of illness, then it’s a good idea to call your veterinarian for guidance. Many dogs with minor GI upsets will recover on their own, however some will require diagnostics and treatments at the vet.

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