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When did this start?
Was there a diet change?
Change in treats?
Hi, thank you for your help. This started early this morning (around 4 or 5 am). We have changed treats and Charlie had been groomed yesterday as well. We also gave him part of a bully stick yesterday. His food has remained the same. While he is eating and drinking like normal, he is acting very needy.
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Using history alone it is difficult to rule-out other causes, but the history would support a colitis or gastroenteritis.
In this case - treats, diet change and even stress (a stress colitis from the grooming are possible.
Other causes include infections including intestinal parasites (LINK HERE), giardia (LINK HERE), and coccidia (LINK HERE).
While supportive care alone may help - if it does continue...you should have your veterinarian do an examination and perform some tests, initially looking at the feces, testing for some of these infectious causes like parasites and protozoa (LINK HERE).
If there is no cause and this is a non-specific colitis seen with stress or food changes, your veterinarian may prescribe an antibiotic called Metronidazole (LINK HERE) which is a great medication for non specific cases of colitis similar to this.
Other common therapies to consider include:
1) One option would be a veterinary prescription bland diet called Hill’s I/D (LINK HERE) or Hill’s W/D (LINK HERE) which is higher in fiber.The second option would be a home-cooked bland diet. A common bland diet is boiled white rice and either boiled white meat chicken or boiled hamburger. Whichever protein source is chosen (chicken or hamburger) it is recommended to offer a mixture of 2/3 rice and 1/3 of the protein source.If the diet is tolerated, and once clinical improvement is seen, it is recommended to SLOWLY transition back to the normal diet.When you start to transition to the normal diet, you can initially offer a food mixture with the majority being the boiled rice and meat and have a small amount of normal dog food mixed in.Each day you can gradually decrease the amount of rice and meat and gradually increase the amount of normal dog food in the mixture.We recommend a slow transition over 3-5 days to reduce possible stomach upset.
2) Famotidine (Pepcid A/C) - LINK HERE3) Probiotics can also be considered - LINK HERE or LINK HERE
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