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My 6 month old puppy has had diarrhea and frequent urination every couple of hours for about 10 hours. She also vomited this evening. She may have eaten something while tied up on a walk (there were just leaves nearby but maybe something hidden in them). She’s chipper and energetic though aside from the one vomiting episode.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. The Expert will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name?

Winnie

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Winnie?

She was spayed on Monday and had her check up on Thurs. vet says all good but to keep cone on because she’s still trying to lick at her paw IV spot. Runny stools are semi normal for her with certain treats which we then avoid.

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please let me know if you still need help. May I have an update on Winnie, please?

You're correct to incriminate a dietary indiscretion - the most common cause of gastrointestinal disturbances in a dog of her age.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Her bathroom intervals are seeming a bit more normal now but we took her out every two hours ish overnight because she was up and whining (and she would pee and poo each time). Slowed down between the 4am and 7:30am outing. Not much came out when we took her at 7:30 but it was a bit bloody and still liquid. I could hear her poor tummy rumbling all night too.Fed her small chicken and rice meal this morning which she ate enthusiastically.Also forgot to mention she had an edible bone for the first time yesterday before this started so maybe too much of that?Haven’t heard too much whimpering or tummy rumbling since she ate.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

Thank you for the additional information. Yes, any new food/treat can cause GI distress. I'm concerned about the hematochezia/melena (blood in the stool), however. This is more consistent with intestinal parasitism (Giardia, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, coccidia) than a dietary indiscretion. I would presumptively worm Winnie with an over the counter product containing either pyrantel or fenbendazole. If you didn't see a positive change in her stool within a couple of days of worming, her vet will need to perform a Giardia ELISA test and fecal ova and parasite exam looking for both Giardia and coccidia...neither of which will respond to those wormers.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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