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What you have described sounds like colitis (Click
here for info). This is inflammation and irritation of the lower intestines that then causes diarrhea. Sometimes there can be vomiting associated with this and often they are quieter or flatter than usually.
When the colon is inflamed or irritated, blood and mucous may be seen in the diarrhea too.
Common therapies to consider for a colitis include:
1) One option would be a veterinary prescription bland diet e.g. Hill's I/D (Click
here) or Hill's W/D (Click here
The second option would be home-cooked bland food e.g. boiled chicken and white rice - 2/3 rice and 1/3 chicken.
If the diet is tolerated, and once clinical improvement is seen, then SLOWLY transition back to the normal diet. E.g. 3/4 of chicken and rice and 1/4 regular food then ½ and ½ etc.. This may have been where you went wrong in introducing the original diet too quickly. If you introduce the new diet SLOWLY and the diarrhea continues then you will need to change to a different brand of food and see if that helps things to settle.
2) Antacids for stomach and intestinal upset (often one of 3 choices below):
- Famotidine (Pepcid A/C) - Click here
(Dose is 0.25 to 0.5 mg per pound (0.5 to 1.0 mg/kg) every 12 to 24 hours.)
- Prilosec OTC (Omeprazole) - Click here
(Dose is 0.25 to 0.5 mg per pound (0.5 to 1.0 mg/kg), every 24 hours or once daily.)
- Rantididine (Zantac) - Click here
(Dose is 0.25 to 1 mg per pound (0.5 to 2 mg/kg), every 8 to 12 hours.)
3) Pedialyte for electrolyte replenishment - Click here
4) Probiotics are also helpful - Click here
If this continues, or worsens - OR there is vomiting - going to your vet or local ER would be ideal.
I hope this answers your question
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