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My dog has had diahrrea for 3 days. She is a 7 year old

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My dog has had diahrrea for 3 days. She is a 7 year old Italian Greyhound mix. She seems to be acting pretty normal other than loose stools and going poop all over the house. She is not eating much. I just gave her a bottle of Boost nutritional drink and she drank it down. What should I do?
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 4 months ago.

Hi,I'm Dr Scott. Welcome to JustAnswer, I am working on your question now, you can expect a written reply sometime within the next ten minutes or so.

Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 4 months ago.

Hello again

Sorry to hear Gypsy is unwell, of course this sort of thing is always a gamble so if you want to be 100% sure you are doing the right thing you should have a vet check her over without delay. But that said that there are a number of home remedies for diarrhoea in the dog which some owners try while waiting for their vet's appointment. These can often work well for uncomplicated cases where for example a dog has eaten something she should not have out in the yard, or has had some unaccustomed rich foodstuff, or has somehow acquired a minor tummy bug. Here are some examples.

1. I am aware that some owners use Pepto-Bismol to treat their dogs with gastro-enteritis and report success. Here is a link to a web page which has all the information you might need including dose rates : LINK

2. Some owners try and control the situation with diet alone before they try anything else. This is logical and often works, the basis of this is to give the intestinal tract a complete rest and then bring it back slowly to function, resting the alimentary tract is the critical factor. It would go something like this ...

A. Starve her for 24 hours but make sure she has access to water and is drinking, also consider the likes of Diarolyte.

B. The next day feed her four or five small light meals in the day. These meals should be the likes of chicken, fish, scrambled egg etc. with a little rice.

C. If she picks up on this diet gradually reintroduce her normal diet over the next few days.

3. Live yogurt added to the food can often help. Some gastro-enteritis situations are caused by an imbalance in the bacteria in your dog's gut. Live yogurt is full of " good " bacteria and will seed them into your dog's intestinal tract and restore the balance. A couple of teaspoons twice a day should be fine for a dog of your one's size.

Of course if any of the above does not quickly start to work or if she deteriorates further in any way you should have your vet check her over just to be on the safe side. But in any case I should be available online for you the next four or five hours today so please do not hesitate to get straight back to me if Gypsy's condition changes in any way or you would like to talk things over with me further.

Regards,

Dr Scott
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Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 4 months ago.

Hello again,

I am just checking back in to see how Gypsy is getting on after our recent dialogue concerning her diarrhoea ...

Please get back to me and let me know how things are going.

Regards,

Dr Scott
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Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 4 months ago.
Hi Nancy,

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

Dr Scott Nimmo