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My border collies poo is normally OK. occasionally about once a year we get runny stool for a period. we give her bismutrh tablets which appear to work. areb we doing the correct ting. peter

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is the dog's name and age?

Meghan and she is 8 yeras old

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

No her yearly check ups are all good.

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2/26/2018
Dr. G.
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I am sorry to hear your dog is having this problem.

Does this seem to be associated with anything specific: certain foods, being kenneled, going on holiday/vacation, etc?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
no everything is normal. Peter
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
whats next? peter
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
please send me an E-mail. I have paid for this and expect an answer,. peter

I apologize for the delay, you did not respond for a little while.

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There are a few things that can be done depending on what your veterinarian has done already. These include the following:
1) fecal/stool test to rule out any Gi parasites. These are unlikely if this happens only once a year.

2) Make sure to feed the same diet long term to avoid GI upset: it sounds like you are doing this already.

3) Have bloodwork checked by your vet to rule out any issue with absorption in the GI tract. This is a simple blood draw and the tests typically take a few days to get back.

4) add a probiotic powder such as fortiflora to the diet. This can be done long term or given 2 weeks at a time. Here is a link: http://amzn.to/2CJm3SZ

5) Add fiber powder to the diet. This can also be done long term or given as needed for 7 days. Typically you want to add about 1 tablespoon twice daily to the diet. You can purchase over the counter fiber powder which works well. This is the one we use: http://amzn.to/2HPGrW6

I generally recommend avoiding pepto bismol as it can sometimes cause issues due to the NSAIDs that are in the medication. Some dogs can have GI upset from it or can have damage to their stomach from the medication.

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Most loose stool is very responsive to fiber, so that +/- the probiotics is usually going to be the best way to go.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
thank you. peter

You are very welcome.

I wish you both the best.

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