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I just bought a 12 week old French Bulldog yesterday. She has diarrhea and won't eat except for the broth and she's not interested in drinking water.

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

Coco

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

She seems to be active but she's just not eating. She's a little thin as well

Submitted: 1 month 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.

What does the diarrhea look like?Any blood?

Any retching, gagging, lip licking, drooling, or vomiting?

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

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

Could she have eaten anything harmful (ie bones, toys, plants, chemicals, human medications/drugs, etc)?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Diarrhea is semi clear, orange in color. Doesn't appear bloody. Very strong odor.No retching, no vomiting, etc.Gums pink, and moist.No belly pain.Just got her yesterday.Won't eat and will barely drink water
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

Hello again,

First, we do need to be proactive here if Coco isn't keen to eat. This is because not only is she high risk for dehydration/lethargy secondary to the diarrhea but also her appetite and thirst loss (likely from nausea even without vomiting which could be due to her intestines being inflamed) puts her at risk of a blood sugar drop which can make them weak and lead to collapse. With regards ***** ***** causes here, we'd be wary of a bacterial or viral gastroenteritis, pancreatitis, parasites/protozoa infections, dietary indiscretions, or ingestion of harmful items (hopefully less likely).

With this all in mind, we can try some home supportive care to try to settle her stomach. To start, to counter nausea and see if we can get her eating, you can consider treating her with an OTC pet safe antacid. [ie Pepcid (More Info/Dose @http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid), Tagamet (More Info/Dose Here @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/cimetidine-hcl-tagamet)]. Whichever you choose, we’d give this 20 minutes before food to allow absorption. Of course, do double check with your vet if she has a known health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned.

While we let that kick in, if Coco seem weak and lethargic at all then I want you to try boosting her blood sugar by rubbing a sugary syrup (ie glucose syrup, honey, karo syrup, pancake syrup, or even non-grape jam) onto the gums. This will get some sugar into your wee one and hopefully perk her up for us. Afterwards we can then try a light 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. Therefore, it should get more nutrients in and result in less GI upset and the diarrhea too. And if she cannot be tempted, since she isn't vomiting, we can also offer or syringe feed watered down canned food, Hill's A/D, Royal Canin Recovery, or Clinicare Canine/Feline Liquid Diet. All of these are critical care diets that are calorically dense, so a little goes a long way nutrition-wise and will just get some nutrient into her. Whichever we use we can also add fiber (ie canned pumpkin) and OTC probiotics (ie Benebac, Fortiflora) to firm those loose stools quicker and support digestion. Or if she is very loose, over the counter Kaolin/Kaopectate (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/kaolin-and-pectin-kapectolin-k-p)) would also be an option. 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 probiotics added in. So, these can be used as a short-term means of soothing her upset GI.

Since dehydration is a risk with diarrhea in puppies, we need to keep an eye on her hydration. Further to checking for gum moisture, do make sure she doesn’t have sunken eyes and that she 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, then that would be our cue to have her seen before this becomes an additional issue for her (especially as it is often dehydration that makes them feel unwell).

Overall, Coco's signs do raise a few concerns here. Therefore, we’d want to start supportive care to settle her stomach. If she doesn’t respond to the above within 12-24 hours; then we'd want to get her vet involved to make sure we nip this in the bud. They can assess her hydration, rule out fever, make sure there is nothing in her stomach that shouldn't be there or any sinister viruses present. Depending on their findings, her vet can treat her with fluids +/- antibiotics to nip this in the bud.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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