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10 week old puppy has diarrhea. No blood, no mucus no

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10 week old puppy has diarrhea. No blood, no mucus no vomiting. His stools have been loose for a couple days but was eating and drinking good and had good energy level but today not so.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the puppy eat anything unusual?

Yes there was a multiple messes today. He hasn't eaten anything unusual that I am aware of

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the dog's name?

Myron

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

I have only had him about 2 weeks

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today.

Now that is a very thorough history but I do have to warn you that if he is showing a decline in energy this means that diarrhea is taking a toll on his body. Therefore, given how young Myron is, we need to be proactive here. Especially as diarrhea at his age often is due to bacterial or viral gastroenteritis, parasites/protozoa infections, dietary indiscretion, or when they eat something they should not have (hopefully less likely here).

With this all in mind, we can try some home supportive care to reduce the diarrhea and to try to get more nutrients into him. To start, you can try 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. 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. Therefore, it should get more nutrients in and result in less GI upset. 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, do make sure he is up to date on worming. At this age, it should be monthly and if he is due consider using Panacur/Fenbendazole as that will counter worms and some protozoa too. Otherwise, if his stools are very loose, we can also use 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 in these situations, do keep an eye on his hydration. To check that, there are a few things you can look for. Besides gum moisture, make sure his eyes aren't sunken and that he doesn’t have a "skin tent" when you lift the skin. To see how to check those dehydration signs, here is a good video ( http://www.ehow.com/video_12232503_dog-dehydrated.html ) to look at. If you do see any signs of dehydration already, that's our cue to have him seen before this becomes an additional issue (especially as it is often dehydration that makes them feel unwell).

Overall, Myron's history and signs do raise some concerns here. Therefore, we’d want to start the above supportive care now. 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, test a stool sample and start, rule out fever, make antibiotics +/- anti-protozoals if needed to nip this in the bud.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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