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My dog has diarrhea it is reddish - brown in color and is ...

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My dog has diarrhea it is reddish - brown in color and is seem a bit watery. He was vomiting earlier this week, but not lately. He has no real appetite for anything and he seems a little depressed. Will he eventually get over this, or should we give him something?

I have a dauschund
Submitted: 10 years ago via
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 10 years ago.

It's possible he has parasites such as worms, or coccidia or giardia. The most common worms found in dogs are:
Roundworms, Hookworms, Tapeworms, and Whipworms and Heartworms

In some cases these worms are passed from the mother to the puppy, in other cases such as tapeworms, they are contracted by other methods such as ingesting an infected flea. Most over the counter medicine will only kill one or two types of worms, so your best bet is to take a fecal sample to your vet to determine the type of worms your dog may have and then decide on treatment. Dogs should be checked for worms periodically even if they appear healthy. This is so if your pet does become ill, you are not fighting a worm infestation along with a more serious problem.

For additional information about worms, see this site

Panacur is a prescription product so you need to obtain it from your Vet and works on roundworms and whipworms. Wormers labeled as Pyrantel Pamoate are the best over the counter medication for roundworms. Drontal plus is also a prescrition product and is used for the treatment of Tapeworms. . Revolution and Interceptor as well as other heartworm medications also control whipworms and roundworms. Another reason to keep your dog on Heartworm medication.

Information on coccidia
Symptoms are diarrhea which could be mild or severe depending on how infected they are. If severe there may be blood and mucous along with vomiting, loss of appetite leading to dehydration.
Information on giardia
Symptoms of giardia are diarrhea with possible terrible smell, mucousy stool and sometimes bouts of vomiting.

If your dog becomes dehydrated. You can tell by pulling up the skin between his shoulder blades and seeing if it flows back down normally. If it stays tented or is slow to return to normal, your dog is dehydrated and needs fluids immediately and should see a vet as soon as possible.

If these symptoms are present your dog needs to see the Vet immediately.

If gums and tongue become pale and not a normal pink color.

If rectal temperature is over 103F (101-102F is normal)

If your pup becomes lethargic and non responsive

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