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puppy appx 8 wks old has diarreah,with small amt of blood in

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puppy appx 8 wks old has diarreah,with small amt of blood in stool also has bloated abdomen. Puppy is active,playful. Will some type otc anti-diarreal work in this case
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 3 years ago.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and specialist and will do my best to assist you today!

We can see these signs in young puppies as a result of several common causes:

1) Viral infection

2) Bacterial infection

3) Parasites - (LINK HERE), giardia (LINK HERE), and coccidia (LINK HERE).

4) Diet change, new treats, people food - termed dietary indiscretion

If the signs do continue - the best way to tell what is the cause would be to 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 (

How we commonly treat this?

Medications such as Flagyl or Sulfasalazine

Bulk in the diet such as fiber can also help, examples:


Canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)

Other common therapies to consider for a colitis 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.

2) Pedialyte for hydration - LINK HERE

3) Probiotics can also be considered - LINK HERE

4) Pepcid A/C (Famotidine) is also a consideration - dosages and usage information here:

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Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 3 years ago.
Hi Faye,

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


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