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5 month old female golden retriever having diarrhea. Woke up

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5 month old female golden retriever having diarrhea. Woke up whining at 2am and 5am - loose stools both times. She hasn’t shown other symptoms other than unexplained vomit Saturday (diarrhea started in the early hours of Tuesday). Should I bring her into our veterinarian?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the dog eat anything unusual?
Customer: Not that I know of, but she finds/eats every little thing she can get her paws on!
JA: OK. The Expert will know what to do. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Rylee. 5 months old.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Rylee?
Customer: She is up to date on all of her vaccines. Has a history of worms a few months ago but was treated via
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  jadedangel57 replied 8 months ago.

Hi JaCustomer,

Welcome to Just Answer. My name is Jane. I have been involved professionally with dogs in the healthcare and behavioral fields for over 20 years. I’ve worked as a Vet Assistant and Behaviorist and have extensive experience in dog reproduction, as a breeder, for even longer than that.. Canine behavioral issues and training are also my specialties. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.

Diarrhea can be caused by a large number of things including an unusual treat, irritable bowel syndrome, disease, bacteria or protozoan infection. If your dog is eating and drinking normally, Kaopectate might be able to be used depending on the formulation. Read about this here:

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=26+1303&aid=1431

http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/bismuth-subsalicylate-pepto-bismol-kaopectate

Imodium at 1 mg per 15 pounds one or two times a day can be given for diarrhea for SOME breeds. Read dosage information here that states Loperamide is also dosed at 1 capsule (2 mg) per 50 pounds (25 kg) if over 20 pounds (10 kg).

http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/loperamide-imodium

Some herding breeds like collies can have an adverse reaction to imodium so avoid using in collies and similar breeds.

http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/depts-VCPL/drugs.aspx

Canned pumpkin (not pie filling) will also absorb excess fluid in the bowel with just a spoonful added to the dog’s food. Some experts will recommend a bland diet for a few days of boiled chicken and rice. If the diarrhea continues, have your dog tested for parasites such as worms or a protozoan infection such as coccidia or giardia. `

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Expert:  jadedangel57 replied 8 months ago.

Hi Again,
I just thought I'd check in to see how things are going for you and your dog. I strive to provide the best answer possible. Did you find my answer helpful. If so I hope you will take the opportunity to let me know if this was helpful to you.