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I have a 10 yr old chinese crested who has had very watery

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I have a 10 yr old chinese crested who has had very watery diarrhea since saturday morning...he hasn't gotten into anything that i know of. Eats fine and acts fine. Is there anything that i can give him that may help?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Connor
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Connor?
Customer: No, never has had any health problems, has all of his teeth and still wants to run and play. Just watery diarrhea
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Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 3 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian & I would like to help you with your wee one today.

Now based on the signs we are seeing, we do have a few concerns. Common causes for watery diarrhea include bacterial or viral gastroenteritis, pancreatitis, parasites/protozoa infections, IBD, general dietary indiscretions, and ingestion of harmful items (ie toxins, plants, non-edible items).

Now in regards ***** ***** question, since he is otherwise well there are some supportive care options you can try. To start, you can consider starting him on a light/easily digestible diet. Examples you can use are cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, cottage cheese, or scrambled eggs (made with water and not milk). There are also OTC vet diets that can be used (ie Hill’s I/D or Royal Canin’s sensitivity) too. The aim of these diets is that they will be better tolerated/absorbed by the compromised gut. Therefore, it should get more nutrients in and result in less GI upset and less diarrhea. You can also add fiber (ie canned pumpkin, all bran) to these meals to bulk up his stool quicker. As long as improvement is being seen, I usually advise continuing this until the signs are settled, and then weaning him slowly back to his normal diet.

Furthermore, as long as there is no blood in Connor's stools, you can consider trying a pet safe anti-diarrheal. As I am sure you appreciate, these would not be a cure for infectious issues; but it can still be of benefit. It will reduce diarrhea load, allow the body to absorb more water/nutrients, and soothe the upset gut. In regards ***** ***** options, the one we most commonly use is Kaolin/Kaopectate (More Info/Dose @ This is available OTC at most pharmacies. Otherwise, Propectalin, Canikur, Fast Balance, and Protexin Pro-Fiber (all OTC at vets, pet stores, and even Amazon) would be another option. All will slow diarrhea and those last ones have the added bonus of providing support to the delicate good GI bacteria. So, these can be used as a short-term means of soothing his upset GI.

Overall, there are a wide range of agents could trigger this diarrhea we are seeing. Therefore, we’d want to start supportive care to settle this for him. If he appears dehydrated at any stage, feels unwell, or doesn’t respond to the above within 12-24 hours; then we'd want to get his vet involved. They can assess his hydration, test a stool sample, make sure there is nothing in his stomach that shouldn't be there or any sinister viruses present. Depending on their findings, his vet can treat him with injectable antibiotics and further symptomatic treatment as needed to settle this and get him back feeling like himself.

Please take care,

Dr. B.


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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 3 months ago.

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


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