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My dog has diarrhea every couple of hours. It is loose

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Hi, my dog has diarrhea every couple of hours. It is loose liquid, no blood.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with your dog?
Customer: He does not appear to be in pain but does seem very uncomfortable.
JA: What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: His name is ***** ***** is a 9 year old yellow lab
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Carmine?
Customer: some panting, eats anything and everything if i am not able to stop him but i'm not aware of him eating something specific no vomitting
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 month 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.

As long as you don't think Carmine ate something harmful (ie toxins, non-edible items, etc) on this occasion we can try some supportive care for him. But if you think he ate somethign dangerous we'd want him seen urgently to avoid any damage to his gut.

Now further to harmful ingestions, we can see diarrhea in dogs due to bacterial or viral gastroenteritis, pancreatitis, parasites/protozoa infections, and general dietary indiscretion.

With those in mind, we can try some supportive care for your lad. To start, you can plan to try small meals of a light/easily digestible diet. Examples you can use are cooked white rice with boiled chicken, 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. 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 even add fiber (ie canned or boiled pumpkin) to these meals to firm his stools quicker. 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.

Since dehydration is a risk 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, since you mentioned that 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 with Carmine. If you think he ate something harmful, we'd want him see now. Otherwise we can start supportive care to try to settle his stomach. Though if he cannot keep that or water down, 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, 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, fluids, +/- anti-protozoals to settle this for him.

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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