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My 8 mon Cardigan corgi will not eat and have loose

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My 8 mon Cardigan...

My 8 mon Cardigan corgi will not eat and have loose diarrhea. This is a dog that love to eat... not even steak.

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

Snickers and she is 8 months

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

Snickers

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

She is scooting on her butt

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

I am sorry to hear that Snickers isn't feeling well, having loose stools and lack of an appetite, and scooting on her bottom.

The scooting is likely due to perianal irritation from the loose stools.

In most cases these symptoms are triggered by eating something they should not, too much table food, too many treats or something they find outdoors.

More serious causes in puppies include viral or bacterial infections, a dietary allergy or sensitivity, congenital internal organ failure (kidney or liver disease), or a full or partial gastrointestinal obstruction.

In a young dog, especially one that hasn't finished her vaccine series, a viral infection such as Parvo virus or a foreign body leading to a partial or full gastrointestinal obstruction would be the most likely cause and both can be deadly. Not all dogs with viral infections run a fever initially, sometimes they are too weak to mount a fever response. Worms can cause loose stools, but rarely cause vomiting and lethargy.

Because she is young, if this has been going on for more than a day, and she is lethargic ideally she would see a veterinarian now. Young puppies dehydrate easily and she needs fluids.

If that isn't possible for whatever reason there are some things we can try at home, but we cannot replace in clinic intravenous fluids and injectable medications so if she isn't responding quickly she should see a veterinarian promptly.

To try and settle her stomach and improve her appetite you can give either:

1) Pepcid ac (famotidine) at a dose of one half of a 10mg tablet per 10 to 20 pounds of body weight every 12 hours

OR

2) Prilosec (omeprazole) at a dose of one quarter of a 20mg tablet per 10 to 20 pounds of body weight every 24 hours

These are acid reducers and may help her feel less nauseous and hopefully improve her appetite. They are quite safe and can be used for several days if necessary.

I would pick up all food for now and water for a couple hours to allow her stomach to settle after the acid reducers.

In a couple hours when you give him water make sure it is in small amounts only. If she drinks too much too quickly that can lead to vomiting. To get some electrolytes in you can also offer her a 50:50 mix of pedialyte and water.

Food fast her for 8-12 hours to quiet intestinal spasms and help with the diarrhea.

In 12 hours offer a bland diet of 1/3 boiled, minced, white skinless chicken or boiled, lean hamburger and 2/3 boiled, white rice mixed with some low salt chicken or beef broth to make it easy to lap up and swallow and get additional fluids into her. If she refuses that, you can offer a little meat baby food. If she refuses both then she needs hands on veterinary care as soon as possible.

But if things go well and she does eat the bland diet and doesn't vomit feed her the bland diet for 3 to 4 days then slowly start to mix back in her regular food, a little more at each meal. It should take about 5 to 7 days to slowly convert her back to her regular diet.

If she continues to not even with the acid reducers, runs a fever (more than 103F rectally), or has a lower than normal temperature (less than 99F), has a tense painful belly, or if her diarrhea worsens or gets bloody she should see a veterinarian for an examination, diagnostics, injectable anti-nausea drugs, intravenous fluids and supportive care.

Well worth checking at least a couple fresh stool samples too as parasites are very common in puppies, and parasite eggs/cysts are shed intermittently so they may be picked up on the second sample or third test even if the first is negative.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

Hello, I wanted to make sure that you didn't have any further questions for me, and I'd like to know how things turned out for your pup. If you could give me an update that would be great, thank you, ***** *****

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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