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My dog has had diarreah for 4 sdays, what can be a solution

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my dog has had diarreah for 4 sdays, what can be a solution for this?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Karing replied 5 months ago.

Hi there,

I'm Dr. Karing and I would be glad to help with your question. Diarrhea in dogs is most commonly related to a diet change or a new treat (i.e. including eating human foods,as treats), stress and parasites. Of course, many other reasons exist for diarrhea but those top three reasons I listed account for 75% or more of cases. When dogs have diarrhea that is NOT BLOODY, and they are not lethargic, have a good appetite and no other symptoms such as vomiting, then they may reasonably be treated at home.

I recommend a bland diet such as white chicken without skin or fat and boiled white rice for a few days (i.e. at least until diarrhea has resolved for 48 hours).

In addition, Metamucil (non-flavored) can be mixed with food at 1/2 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight twice daily.

https://www.amazon.com/Metamucil-Coarse-Original-Texture-Unflavored/dp/B000GFZ1AI/ref=sr_1_3_s_it?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1473442254&sr=1-3&keywords=original+metamucil

Purina Fortiflora Canine probiotic powder mixed in food once daily is also beneficial.

https://www.amazon.com/Purina-Fortiflora-Canine-Nutritional-Supplement/dp/B001650NNW/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1473442197&sr=1-1&keywords=fortiflora

If the diarrhea persists despite these efforts or if other symptoms develop, then it is wise to see your veterinarian for a physical exam and fecal test for parasites. When nothing obvious is evident on examination and the test for parasites is negative, it is common to prescribe a trial of metronidazole which is an antibiotic with antiinflammatory properties and a prescription dog food that is highly digestible. Usually the issue resolves in a few days with this treatment, but if problems persist, then blood work and x-rays may be advised to evaluate for a more elusive underlying cause.

I hope that the information I provided has been helpful. Please remember to select REPLY TO EXPERT if you have more questions or would like additional information. It is my goal to provide you with the most complete information possible prior to you leaving a feedback rating. If you received all the information you needed, then kindly submit a rating as this is the only method by which I am compensated .

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Sincerely,

Dr. Karing