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My dog has diarrhea a week (just soft, not watery) and now

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My dog has diarrhea for about a week (just soft, not watery) and now her tail is straight down.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Bits and she's 8
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Bits?
Customer: She is still wagging her tail, it's just pointed down to the floor (not tucked in between her legs). She's eating normal, drinking normal, no changes to her sitting or laying down.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

I am so sorry to hear that your Bits has loose stools

I can give you some basic suggestions but if there is no change please consider a veterinary exam and fecal evaluation to ensure there is nothing more serious going on with her digestive tract but diarrhea can also be an early indicator of other problems that may require attention to prevent progression to weight loss, vomiting, decreased appetite

- White rice and lean boiled meat such chicken
- Pepcid (famotidine) 0.5 mg/ kg every 12 hours to help settle her stomach. If you have omeprazole that is also an option for settling the stomach at 1 mg/kg daily
- Canned pumpkin 1 tbsp twice daily can also help firm up stools

If there is any blood or mucus in the stools as well please consider a veterinary exam sooner rather than later to ensure that we treat more aggressively for these symptoms. In addition, monitor for signs of nausea (licking lips, increased salivation, eating grass) as well.

As for the tail being down, that can simply be an indicator that her gi upset has progressed from diarrhea to possibly cramping and intestinal hyper motility as well. She just doesn't feel well more than an issue directly related to her tail...

Please let me know how else I can assist you both today. I hope your pet is feeling better soon!

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier

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