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He is 7 weeks...

He is 7 weeks old we just got him he acts normal eats and drinks good but has diarrhea

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

He is 7 weeks old we just got him he acts normal eats and drinks good but has diarrhea

Veterinarian's Assistant: Where does the dog seem to hurt?

He doesn't act like he is hurting anywhere

Veterinarian's Assistant: OK. No obvious pain. What is the dog's name?

Totally normal just diarrhea

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

Beau

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Dog Specialist: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today.

Now if he has diarrhea, we do need to be proactive here as pups are high risk for dehydration, lethargy from nutrient loss, and even growth stunting if this lingers too long. Therefore, we do want to act quickly. Just to note, our main suspects for his diarrhea would be a bacterial or viral gastroenteritis, pancreatitis, parasites/protozoa infections, or dietary indiscretion.

With this all in mind, we can try some home supportive care to try to settle his stomach. To start, try putting him on an easily digestible 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/diarrhea. Fiber (ie canned pumpkin) and OTC probiotics (ie Benebac, Fortiflora) can be added to these meals to firm those loose stools quicker and support digestion. As long as improvement is being seen, I usually advise continuing this until signs are settled, and then weaning slowly back to your normal diet.

As well, if he is very loose and there is no blood in those stools, you can consider trying a pet safe anti-diarrheal. As I am sure you appreciate, these would not be a cure for infectious issues; but it can still be of benefit. It will reduce diarrhea load, allow the body to absorb more water/nutrients, and soothe the upset gut. In regards ***** ***** options, the one we most commonly use is Kaolin/Kaopectate (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/kaolin-and-pectin-kapectolin-k-p)). This is available OTC at most pharmacies. 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 providing support to the delicate good GI bacteria. So, these can be used as a short-term means of soothing his upset GI.

And it goes without saying, if he hasn't been wormed in the past four weeks, we'd want to repeat that now with a good quality wormer. Panacur/Fenbendazole would be ideal as it will cover for worms and some protozoa. Just make sure to have an idea of his weight before purchasing this to make sure you get the right dose.

Finally, as dehydration is a risk here, we need to keep an eye on his hydration. To check that he isn't dehydrated, there are a few things you can test. Further to checking for gum moisture, do make sure he doesn’t have sunken eyes and that he 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 him seen before this becomes an additional issue (especially as it is often dehydration that makes them feel unwell).

Overall, his signs do raise some concerns here. Therefore, we’d want to start supportive care to settle his stomach. If he appears dehydrated already or doesn’t respond to the above within 12-24 hours; then we'd want to get his vet involved. They can assess his hydration, test a stool sample, make sure there is nothing in his stomach that shouldn't be there or any sinister viruses present. Depending on their findings, his vet can treat him with antibiotics +/- fluids to nip this in the bud.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
He acts normal plays eats drinks
Dog Specialist: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

Hello again,

I did see that in your history which was why I was able to narrow down causes to those I listed and why we'd just crack on with the above supportive care to see if we can get him settled before this does take a toll on him.

Best wishes,

Dr. B.

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

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