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My three year male has had diarrhea for two days have tried rice and hamburger. Now tonight his back legs have become weak and can't bare weight.
Submitted: 5 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Three days ago he ate lots of cat food. W
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 5 months ago
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Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.

Again I do apologize that my colleagues could not aid you sooner, but can you tell me:

What color has the diarrhea been? Any blood?

Are his gums pink or white/pale? Moist or sticky?

If you press on his belly, any tensing, tenderness, discomfort, or pain?

Could he have eaten anything harmful (ie bones, toys, plants, chemicals, human meds, etc)?

How much is a lot of cat food?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Diarrhea is mustard yellow. Gums are pink and moist. Did not eat anything harmful that I know of. Cat food was about eight cups.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 5 months ago

Hello again,

Now that is quite a bit of cat food he has had and that could certainly cause a few days of diarrhea. Furthermore, dry food will absorb water from the GI and affect electrolytes which could lead to weakness. So, if he isn't favouring a particular leg, these issues could be linked. Of course, we can also see diarrhea with GI infections, pancreatitis, parasites/protozoa infections and lameness of a leg can be seen with other issues (ie trauma, strains, tendon damage, nerve damage, etc) as well.

With this all in mind, we can try some home supportive care to try to settle his gut. To start, the light diet you noted is fine but make sure the hamburger is lean and boiled since too much fat will continue the diarrhea. Otherwise, you could swap that for 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.

Furthermore, if he is very loose, then 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.

Finally, as dehydration is a risk and concern for the weakness, we need to keep an eye on his hydration. To check that he isn't dehydrated, there are a few things you can test. Further to checking for gum moisture, do make sure he doesn’t have sunken eyes and that he doesn’t have a "skin tent" when you lift the skin. To see how to check these parameters for dehydration, you can find a good video HERE (http://www.ehow.com/video_12232503_dog-dehydrated.html). If you are seeing any signs of dehydration already or he is really weak, then that would be our cue to have him seen for fluids. Otherwise you can try giving Pedialyte (48ml per kg of his weight daily) to help replenish those and see if we can help that weakness.

Overall, his signs do raise some concerns here. Therefore, we’d want to start supportive care to settle his stomach. If he cannot keep that or water down at any point, appears dehydrated already, or doesn’t respond to the above within 12-24 hours; then we'd want to get his vet involved. They can assess him and start fluids +/- antibiotics to settle his stomach, and get him back feeling like himself.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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