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My dog has diarrhea and is shaking after going. What should

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My dog has diarrhea and is shaking after going. What should I do?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 5 years ago.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I would be happy to assist you. I am a 2003 graduate from UC Davis and a Medical Director of a veterinarian practice.

Hello,
If you are observing shaking or tremoring, you must get Hayley into a vet for supportive care!

My primary concerns for diarrhea with or without blood include:
- Dietary indiscretion (eating something you do not know about)
- Stomach or intestinal foreign body
- Something that was given to them (new food, new treat, human food)
- Intestinal parasitism (not just the worms, but the microscopic bugs like Giardia and Coccidia). They can cause vomiting also.
- Toxin exposure would be less likely, unless you have reason to suspect exposure to a chemical.
- Less commonly, endocrine diseases.
- Generally, in older pets, I am also concerned about organ disease (liver, kidneys) and cancer.

Pepto-Bismol or Kaopectate
You can give it every 8 hours. The average dose is 1ml per pound of body weight, and that is the TOTAL dose for the day. So, if a pet weighs 30 pounds, they would get a total of 30ml a day or 10ml every 8 hours. This is dosing for regular strength Pepto-Bismol. If you use maximum strength liquid, give half as much.

Although a veterinary examination is always going to be recommended, especially with vomiting episodes and/or diarrhea, here is a bland diet recommendation:
Boiled boneless, skinless chicken breast OR low-fat cottage cheese
And
Cooked white rice
*Never add on salt, pepper, oils, butter to any of the above
*Ideally, give 1/3 chicken or cottage cheese, and 2/3 white rice
Veterinarians will often prescribe some prescription bland diets as an easy alternative including
Science Diet I/D
*It is important to remember that if improving on a bland diet or prescription food like I/D, when you transition back to the old diet, do so gradually over 3-5 days.

Despite the above suggestions, this does not replace a more immediate vet visit if she is shaking when going. That really suggests bad nausea or pain.

Hope that info helps
Dr. Andy

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
She only shakes for about 2 mintues afterwards, is it because we yell at her usually when she goes in the house. She is fine now.
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 5 years ago.
Understood.
Not much else I can add to my answer at this time.
I still am concerned because she has diarrhea.

I am happy to hear the shaking doesn't persist.

Dr. Andy

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