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I have a puppy a american pitbull 10 weeks old im feeding

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I have a puppy a american pitbull 10 weeks old im feeding him purina puppy chow tender and crunching and he been having diarrhea for 4 days what can i do
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the Pitbull's name?
Customer: Kilo
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the Pitbull?
Customer: No when i got him on wed aug 2nd i dewormd him with the dog food with a lil wet puppy food for 3 days while he was on the medicine the i stop giving him wet food after the medicine was gone and just dry dog food and he still running
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today.

Poor Kilo,

Now if he has been having diarrhea for a few days, we do need to tread with care. Worms sound less likely but we could have a bacterial or viral gastroenteritis, pancreatitis, protozoa infection, or dietary indiscretion. With this all in mind, we can try some home supportive care to try to settle his gut. To start, consider putting him on an easily digestible diet like cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, cottage cheese, scrambled eggs, or meat baby food (as long as its garlic/onion free). There are also OTC vet diets that can be used (ie Hill’s I/D or Royal Canin’s sensitivity) too. The aim of these diets is that they will be better tolerated/absorbed by the compromised gut. Therefore, it should get more nutrients in and result in less GI upset/diarrhea. Fiber (ie canned pumpkin) and OTC probiotics (ie Benebac, Fortiflora) can be added to these meals to firm those loose stools quicker and support digestion. As long as improvement is being seen, I usually advise continuing this until signs are settled, and then weaning slowly back to your normal diet.

Furthermore, as long as there is no blood in those stools, you can consider trying a pet safe anti-diarrheal. As I am sure you appreciate, these would not be a cure for infectious issues; but it can still be of benefit. It will reduce diarrhea load, allow the body to absorb more water/nutrients, and soothe the upset gut. In regards ***** ***** options, the one we most commonly use is Kaolin/Kaopectate (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/kaolin-and-pectin-kapectolin-k-p)). This is available OTC at most pharmacies. Otherwise, Propectalin, Canikur, Fast Balance, and Protexin Pro-Fiber (all OTC at vets, pet stores, and even Amazon) would be another option. All will slow diarrhea and those last ones have the added bonus of providing support to the delicate good GI bacteria. So, these can be used as a short-term means of soothing his upset GI.

Overall, Kilo's signs do raise some concerns here. Therefore, we’d want to start supportive care to settle this. If he doesn’t respond to the above within 12-24 hours; then we'd want to get his vet involved. They can assess his hydration, test a stool sample, make sure there is nothing in his stomach that shouldn't be there or any sinister viruses present. Depending on their findings, his vet can treat him with antibiotics +/- anti-protozoal medication if needed to get him back feeling like himself.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 months ago.
Hi,

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

Dr. B.