My dog has diarea and is nat eatting as much as usual. nHisw energy is fine and his nose is cool and moist.
Type of Animal: Cocker 5 years old
Name of Animal: Cowboy
I am feeding him boiled hamburger, rice, yogourt,pumpkin and a little Pepto Bismal. I have 4 dogs so I gave him a little corn to make sure it was him that is having problem. Where I live it is very hot now 105 degrees could that be the problem?
Thank you for your question.The corn was a good 'test' to determine that it was Cowboy.How long has he had diarrhea now?Any vomiting?How long have you been treating him?Can you describe the diarrhea he is passing? Color?(ie watery, with mucus, blood, cranberry jelly material, etc)
He has had the diarea for about 4 nights. No vomiting. Treating him for 2 days, It is mostly runny with no hunks of anything and it appears to be grainy. No blood in it. It seems to be getting better. Again it only hapens at night. There is no evidence of diarea or soft stool in the yard. Darnded thing I have ever seen. It is very hot here for the season. Could he be affected by the 105 tempature outside?
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Thank you for the additional information.The increased heat can make them be a bit lethargic and eat less, but it usually doesn't have a bearing on diarrhea (otherwise we might see them all with diarrhea in the heat). Rather it is possible that the stress of it could compromise his immune system enough to allow a secondary agent (ie bacterial, possibly viral or parasitic) was able to upset his GI and cause the diarrhea.The diarrhea at night isn't really suggestive of anything in particular. It may be that he is outside more at that point, or its about the gut transit time from when he had his last meal (normally 24hr but can be shorted with sick guts). As well, if he is perhaps more relaxed at night, he is more prone to needing to go then. That all said, there isn't any disease that would manifest in that way.Your supportive cares measures there are good, as the easily digestible diet will help ensure the compromised gut is able to get nutrients in (rather then losing it all to diarrhea). And the pepto does slow down the diarrhea so that again he gets better re-uptake of food/water and hopefully prevents the risk of dehydration (big concern here with this weather you are having). You haven't mentioned the dose, but Pepto is usually given at a rate of 0.5 to 1.5 ml per pound of body weigh daily (LINK). Now I would say you do want to monitor his drinking as well. All too often, they will drink but not enough to balance the water loss in the diarrhea. And that potential for dehydration coupled with the hot weather, makes this all the more serious. Signs of dehydration can include a skin tent (when you pull the skin up on the back of neck, it should snap right back. You can compare it to your own skin elasticity or the other dogs), tacky/dry gums or sunken eyes (late stage). So, I would keep a close eye and consider supplementing him as well.If you are concerned that he is become dehydrated, you can offer or even syringe feed him pedialyte (which will replace electrolytes and not just water). A typical maintenance rate for hydration in an animal is 48 milliliters per kilogram of body weight per day. This value will give you the total he needs for the day (though doesn’t take into account diarrhea losses) and is a good starting point to give you an idea of his daily requirement. You can also add the equivalent fluid loss in the diarrhea to balance him further. If he vomits when you given pedialyte, I would discontinue this as a therapy. (since we don’t want him vomiting more because of our intervention).You have mentioned it is appearing to settle down and he is otherwise well in himself. Of course, if it isn't settling or he deteriorates/becomes dehydrated, then he will need to be seen by his vet for treatment (ie antibiotics).Otherwise, in this case, then you can continue treatment for the week to see if it does completely settle. If it doesn't and is still lingering, then consider submitting a fresh fecal sample to your vet for bacterial culture/sensitivity. They will send it to the lab, who will grow the bacteria present, identify it, and tell you antibiotic will clear it.
I hope this information is helpful. Please do let me know if you have any further questions. If you have no further questions, feedback is always appreciated.
All the best,
PS- It does take a wee bit of time, once you answer the questions, for me to type you a full answer. I could be more brief perhaps but wanted to give you all my thoughts about what is going on with Cowboy.
General practice veterinary surgeon with a special interest in cats & fish.