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I am sorry Laddy is not feeling well. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian and I will be assisting you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.
1- How long has this been going on?
2- Any vomiting?
3- Any pre existing medical conditions?
4- Any other symptoms?
1- Any pre existing medical conditions?
2- Is he on any medications?
3- Can you take a look at his gums and see if they are pink or pale?
4- Can you take his rectal temperature?
Thank you for answering my questions. Please give me 5-10 minutes to type your answer.
I am sorry Laddy is lethargic and has diarrhea. In response to your question, diarrhea and lethargy can be caused by either disorder affecting the gastrointestinal tract or secondary to a systemic disease. The fact that Laddy is an older dog it is important to rule out a systemic disease. Common causes are kidney or liver disease, infections, ingestion of a foreign body, etc. to name a few causes. Unfortunately, we are very limited as to what you can do at home, I am sorry. To determine the exact underlying cause he will need a hands-on examination and some testing by a veterinarian. Treatment will be based on exam and test results. In the meantime, continue feeding him a bland diet of rice with boiled boneless chicken. In addition, Pepto Bismol 1 teaspoon every 8 hours for 1-2 days. Follow up with your family veterinarian; if cost is a concern look into your local ASPCA or Shelter where they often offer veterinary services at a lower cost.
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