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My puppy has diarrhea and she won't eat or drink and she is…

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My puppy has diarrhea...

My puppy has diarrhea and she won't eat or drink and she is not active

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?

Princess

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

1- How old is Princess?

2- Any vomiting?

3- Any blood in the stool?

4- Did she get into anything?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
She's 2. No vomiting no blood in her stool. I don't think she got into anything.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

1- How much does she weigh?

2- Any other symptoms?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
She weighs about 12lbs. No other symptoms.
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
She hasn't ate or drank anything today.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

Please give me 5-10 minutes to type your answer. No need to accept the phone request. Thank you.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Oh I gave her a half a teaspoon of pepto
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

Friend, diarrhea can be caused by many different medical conditions. I will not be able to determine the exact underlying cause without a hands-on examination and some testing, I am sorry. But, common causes are dietary indiscretion, ingestion of a foreign body, infections, parasites or even part of a systemic disease to name a few causes.

In this case, I would recommend a hands-on examination with your vet, x-rays and fecal analysis as an initial screening test to determine the exact underlying cause. Treatment will be based on exam and test results. In the meantime, this is what you can do:

1- Pepto Bismol 1/2 teaspoon every 8 hours for 1-2 days.

2- Feed her a diet of rice (75%) and boiled boneless chicken or ground beef (25%) until the stool is back to normal then wean her back into her regular diet.

3- Supplement with a probiotic, these are friendly bacterias that help with regularity. You can buy this over the counter in any pet store.

4- Follow up with your family veterinarian. If she is not willing to eat the rice with meat and is very lethargic I would have her checked by ER veterinarian.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service. If you have any follow-up questions don't hesitate to ask. If finished, please take a moment to rate my service. See you again soon!

Dr. Peter

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Could this be a life or death situation?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

It depends on the underlying cause. For example, if the diarrhea is being caused by a foreign body the perforates the intestinal tract then yes it could be a life threatening condition.

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