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I have a Husky mix that is 7 months old. He came down with a…

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I have a Husky mix that is 7 months old. He came down with a case of DIARRHEA yesterday. He acts fine but goes a lot. I made chicken and rice for him last night (RECOMMENDED) and he seems better today but still has diarrhea but not as extreme. What should I do?

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

Harley

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Harley?

No, he's up to date on all shots, microchiped, etc. he's not acting weird, just going a lot. He goes for regular visit to the clinic. He's always been in good health.

Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 10 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 10 months ago

Of course anyone would be concerned about loose stools that persist beyond one day. The important factor in all of this is how your fellow Harley feels otherwise. Since he feels himself otherwise and remains active with a good appetite then those are good signs.

There is a condition in dogs called hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. These dogs have profuse dark, jelly-clot like, bloody diarrhea. They are very sick dogs and get dehydrated quickly so they need immediate care. Thus if he seems lethargic, has profuse bloody diarrhea, and/or begins vomiting an emergency veterinary visit is best.

But diarrhea can be due to stress (perhaps travel or changes in routine), a change in diet, eating something we are unaware of, parasites, a viral or bacterial infection, inflammatory bowel disease, internal organ compromise, or even a food allergy. Rarely a mass in the gastrointestinal tract can be the cause.

A raw, irritated intestine can take a few days to heal, but you should see improvement with treatment over the next 2 to 3 days with some help. If not he should be checked by his regular veterinarian.

Well worth checking at least a couple fresh stool samples too even if he improves as parasite eggs/cysts are shed intermittently, they commonly cause loose stools in dogs, and they may be picked up on the second sample or third test even if the first is negative.

Since he still feels well now though we can try some things before veterinary visit.

If his appetite is off and his stomach is gurgling he may have some stomach upset and reflux that can go along with loose stools.

To try and settle his stomach today you can give either:

1) Pepcid-ac (famotidine) at dose of one 10mg tablet per 20 to 40 pounds of body weight every 12 hours.

OR

2) Prilosec (omeprazole) at a dose of one 20mg tablet per 40 to 80 pounds of body weight every 24 hours.

These will reduce stomach acid and should help if this is related to simple nausea and gastrointestinal irritation. They can be given for several days. This step can be skipped if his appetite is normal now & he shows no signs of nausea.

I would not feed him any food for 12 hours. This should help stop gut spasms and restore normal gut motility. Small amounts of water or ice cubes given frequently are fine as he needs fluids after all that he has lost with loose stools. You can give him pedialyte to replace electrolytes too but Gatorade is much too high in sugar which can make intestinal irritation worse.

Today even with the fast you can start Kao-pectate at 1/2ml per pound or 1/2 tablespoon per 15 pounds of body weight every 8 hours. This will coat his irritated gi tract as well as absorbing bacterial toxins.

If he has a tense painful abdomen, continues to have diarrhea with no improvement after being on kao pectate for 24 hours, becomes very lethargic, begins vomiting or runs a fever greater than 103.5F then she really must be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. Make sure to take a fresh stool sample with you when you go.

After his food fast start a bland diet of 1/3 boiled, lean hamburger (or boiled, white skinless chicken), all fats and juices drained off he meat, mixed with 2/3 boiled, plain white rice. Feed several small meals a day. You might wish to add 2 tablespoons of canned pumpkin (not pie filling, just pumpkin) to each meal if you are seeing any mucous or blood as fiber helps soothe an irritated colon.

I recommend adding probiotics like Fortiflora, Proviable or Benebac to his meals daily to re-establish normal gut bacteria levels too.

Once he feels better (no diarrhea for 48 hours) start mixing in his regular dog food very slowly. Less bland more regular with each day. It should take a week or so to convert him back.

If your pup begins vomiting and feeling poorly though it would be best that he see a veterinarian as anything you give orally will just come back up worsening his dehydration.

Best of luck with your pup, please let me know if you have any further questions

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 10 months ago

Hello, I wanted to make sure that you didn't have any further questions for me, and I'd like to know how things turned out for your pup. If you could give me an update that would be great, thank you, ***** *****

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