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Diarrhea (, pudding consistency), acts normal no vomiting.

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diarrhea (brown, pudding consistency), acts normal no vomiting. 16 week old puppy
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the dog eat anything unusual?
Customer: it started yesterday and i gave him cooked chicken with pumpkin and it bulked up some last night but today it started getting messy again and tonight it's back to pudding consistency
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: Bee
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Bee?
Customer: he likes to nose around outside and eat dirt, which i've been trying to get him to quit that ok
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 3 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.

Poor Bee!

Now we have to tread with care if Bee has diarrhea since pups tend to be high risk for secondary dehydration. So, we want to be proactive here. In regards ***** ***** causes, we'd be most wary of a bacterial or viral gastroenteritis, pancreatitis, parasites/protozoa infections, general dietary indiscretions, and ingestion of harmful items (ie toxins, plants, non-edible items).

To start, you were perfect to use the light diet and pumpkin and we'd want to keep that up. Other possible light diet options would bne add rice to that or you can also use boiled white fish, or scrambled eggs, or meat baby food (garlic/onion free only) There are also OTC vet diets (ie Hill’s I/D or Royal Canin’s sensitivity) that can be used too. As long as improvement is being seen, I usually advise continuing this until the signs are settled, and then weaning slowly back to what you normally feed.

As well, since diarrhea is very commonly seen with worms and protozoa in pups this age, we'd need to make sure he is up to date with worming. This should be monthly at this point, I he isn't up to date, you could use Fenbendazole (Panacur) as it will help against worms and some protozoal concerns.

Since dehydration is a risk for pups with diarrhea, we need to keep an eye on his hydration. To check this and make sure dehydration isn’t an issue, there are a few parameters you can test. Further to checking for gum moisture, you will want to make sure his eyes are not looking sunken and that he doesn’t have a "skin tent" when you lift the skin. To see how to check these, you can find a good video HERE (http://www.ehow.com/video_12232503_dog-dehydrated.html). If you do see any of these signs already, then that would be our cue to have him seen before this becomes an additional issue (especially since its often dehydration that makes them feel unwell).

Finally, as long as there is no blood in those 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 OTC Kaolin/Kaopectate (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/kaolin-and-pectin-kapectolin-k-p)). Otherwise, Propectalin, Canikur, Fast Balance, and Protexin Pro-Fiber (which is available 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, a wide range of agents could trigger the signs we are seeing and we need to be careful with Bee being so young. Therefore, we’d want to start supportive care to try to settle his stomach. Though if he appears dehydrated already, 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, rule out fever, test a stool sample, ensure nothing in his stomach that shouldn't be, or any sinister viruses present. Depending on their findings, his vet can treat with injectable antibiotics +/- anti-parasitics to settle this and get him back feeling like himself.

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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