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She's had a bout of diarrhea and she's just started

She's had a long bout...
She's had a long bout of diarrhea and she's just started antibiotics and probioticsz now she's panting heavily and hiding under the bed
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Strange behavior is often perplexing. I'm sure the Veterinarian can help you. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Kirra she's 12
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Kirra?
Customer: She has a heart murmur
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I am very sorry to see that no one has reached out to you before now. How is your companion at this time?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
She is about the same. The panting stopped after I gave her a bath. But her diarrhea is still the same.

Did the diarrhea begin before or after the antibiotics?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Before. I took her to the vet Wednesday night because it was getting worse.

Have there been any changes to the diet? New food, including a change of flavors or protein source within the same brand? New treats? Bones? Has any human food been fed such as milk, bacon, etc.? Torn up toys or trash? Stressful changes to the environment?

Did your vet perform a fecal analysis to rule out the presence of intestinal parasites?

Are you seeing improvements with the medications thus far?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
The vet didn’t perform any tests. ����‍♀️ I haven’t changed her food or treats she’s very picky about that but she does have a habit of eating stuff outside, I’ve caught her many times. I don’t know if she got a hold of anything. The diarrhea is not as frequent as it was, she slept through the night so I guess that is some improvement. The living situation is stressful for me (problems with upstairs neighbor) but I don’t know if that would affect her.

If the diarrhea persists in spite of the antibiotics, I would certainly have diagnostics like a fecal analysis performed to be sure there are no parasites. Eating things that should not be eaten can most certainly cause diarrhea.

I can give you directions on a bland, high-fiber diet that can be used to help not only resolve the diarrhea but can also help move things through the GI tract that may have been consumed. To make this, you’ll combine white or brown rice, boneless, skinless chicken breast and sufficient water for cooking in a stock pot. Boil on medium until it turns to mush and the breast is easily flaked. If your companion requires a more palatable food, try adding in pureed baby food in chicken, turkey and similar flavors. Avoid those that contain onion or garlic in the ingredient panel. Work up to feeding exclusively until at least 3 days following the resolution of symptoms. After this, work on slowly switching back to the regular food that your companion typically eats over 10 days. My recommendation is a 10% switch every day. Day 1: 10% new food, 90% old food; Day 2: 20% new food, 80% old food; Day 3: 30% new food, 70% old food, etc. This slow switch process should minimize any risk of GI upset from changing food.

If you see any worsening of symptoms such as bloody stool, etc. you'll want to have your companion rechecked.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Thank you very much for the advice. I have been feeding her boiled chicken breast and rice but did know the rice should be cooked until it’s mushy. I will do that. I really appreciate the advice and I will let you know how she progresses.
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