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She's had diarrhea since yesterday. Still eating and

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She's had diarrhea since yesterday. Still eating and drinking. Seems under the weather but not vomiting, drooling, etc.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the dog eat anything unusual?
Customer: She's been eating a lot of grass and mint leaves. She's on Venylatic P for allergies since May.
JA: What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Rosie, she's a boxer. Her age is unknown but probably 3 years old.
JA: What is the Boxer's name?
Customer: Rosie
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Rosie?
Customer: Just that she has been ravenously hungry since she started the allergy pills. Eating a lot of crab grass.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 2 months ago.

Hello, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help with this concern about Rosie.

There could be any number of possible explanations for her behavior which range from dietary indiscretion to internal parasites to IBD to a viral/bacterial infection....just to name a few possibilities. But, regardless, the following is what I'd suggest:

1. Feed a bland diet of 1 part boiled, skinless, boneless chicken breast (or boiled lean hamburg) to 4 parts 20-minute white rice. Feed only a smal lamount of one time, 3-4 times through the day. I would not feed any regular dog food. And, you don't have to withhold food for any period of time like you would if she were vomiting (in case you were wondering).

Once the stools start to firm up (if they do, of course), then slowly transition over to the food you normally feed: 25% bland and 75% kibble for 3-4 days, then 50/50 for a few days and then 75/25 for a few days and then 100% dry kibble.

2. If she is not currently taking any nsaid or steroid medication and is not vomiting ,then you can give Regular Strength Pepto Bismol. The dose would be 1 teaspoon per 5 lbs of body weight twice a day.

It may change the stool color to a gray-black or greenish color though so this shouldn't concern you if it happens.

Pepto bismol should not be given to vomiting dogs since it contains salicylates (the active ingredient in Aspirin) which can irritate the stomach.

Note: I'm not familiar with Venylactic P and couldn't find it listed; I suspect it contains steroids, though, which would mean that Pepto Bismol shouldn't be given if this is the case; you'd basically be doubledosing her with medications which might cause gastric ulceration.

3. I'd start her on a good quality, canine probiotic such as Forti Flora or Resources Protegrity GI. These products can be extremely useful for gastrointestinal issues (and to help strengthen the immune system as well). They may be available at local pet/grain stores or can be purchased online.

4. Increase water consumption to help prevent dehydration. You can offer Pedialyte (although some dogs don't like the taste of it) which can help to replace electrolytes lost in the diarrhea.

If the stools don't start to firm up and/or she worsens in any way, then a vet visit may be wise; it's possible that she'll need anti-diarrhea medication from your vet before improvement is seen.

I hope this helps, Deb

Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 2 months ago.

Hello again,

I'm just following up on Rosie. How are things going with her? Deb