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My 5-year old Golden has seemed fine all day, ate s kibble

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My 5-year old Golden has seemed fine all day, ate his kibble about 6 and then was in the backyard for a couple of hours. I just took him out to go to the bathroom before bedtime and he had a very loose stool and is drooling - wouldn't eat his treat. Anything to worry about? I've been with him all day - only weird thing he may have eaten is cat poop, but unfortunately that is not unusual for him.
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
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Hello and welcome,

This is just a quick note to let you know that I am locked on to your question and am working on it now.

My name is***** and I am a small animal vet with many years experience and rest assured I will do my best to answer your question to your satisfaction today. You can expect a written reply sometime within the next five to ten minutes or so.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

Hello again and thanks for waiting.

I have worked out an answer for you ...

I have to start of by saying that this sort of thing is always a gamble so if you want to be 100% sure you are doing the right thing you should have a vet check him over without delay.

That said that there are a number of home remedies for diarrhoea in the dog, these can often work well for uncomplicated cases where for example a dog has eaten something he should not have out in the yard, or has had some unaccustomed rich foodstuff, or has somehow acquired a minor tummy bug of some kind. Here are some examples.

1. I am aware that some owners use Pepto-Bismol to treat their dogs with gastro-enteritis and report success. Here is a link to a web page which has all the information you might need including dose rates : LINK

2. Some owners try and control the situation with diet alone before they try anything else. This is logical and often works, the basis of this is to give the intestinal tract a complete rest and then bring it back slowly to function, resting the alimentary tract is the critical factor. It would go something like this ...

A. Starve him for 24 hours but make sure he has access to water.

B. The next day feed him four or five small light meals in the day. These meals should be the likes of chicken, fish, scrambled egg etc. with a little rice.

C. If he picks up on this diet gradually reintroduce his normal diet over the next few days.

3. Live yogurt added to the food can often help. Some gastro-enteritis situations are caused by an imbalance in the bacteria in your dog's gut. Live yogurt is full of " good " bacteria and will seed them into your dog's intestinal tract and restore the balance. A couple of tablespoons twice a day would be fine for a dog of your one's size.

Of course if any of the above does not quickly start to work or if he deteriorates further in any way you should have your vet check him over just to be on the safe side.

I hope I have covered your question fully enough but if you would like further clarification or to talk things over a bit more then I will be on-line for the next hour or so and I will be more than pleased to continue working with you.

Regards,

Dr Scott

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

Hello again,

I am just checking back in to see how your dog is getting on after our recent dialogue concerning the diarrhoea ...

How are things going?

Regards,

Dr Scott

Please be kind enough to rate my service to you { Using the site rating system }, such feedback really helps me maintain the quality of my answers.

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