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Old 07-21-2009, 03:38 AM   #1
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Question Puppy Diarrhea!!

A new problem for Charlie. For a few days now he's had diarrhea. Soft pudding-like stools. I've tried taking him off his food and feeding him fish and rice but stools have not firmed up. Should I be worried? He's drinking and playing and seems normal in every other way. Any advice would be appreciated....

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Have you changed foods or could you be overfeeding him? Are the stools normal in color? Could he have gotten into something he shouldn't have?

Check with a phone call to your vet first before following any advice. But If everything else is normal, and he's drinking plenty of fresh water try not feeding him anything for at least 12 hours; 24 would be better, (depending on his age). Then feed him the fish and rice or chicken and rice mixture in very small amounts about every 4 hours for a day or two. You could also add a tablespoon of plain yogurt to the mixture.

If he quits drinking, the loose stools continue or worsen, or he becomes lethargic he should be seen by your vet right away.

Hope it clears up quickly.
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No not changed food at all. He did get into a bag of rubbish when my husband left a door open, that probably didn't help! Don't know what or if he ate anything. He's 13 weeks by the way. Drinking plenty of water, the stools are a soft pudding type consistency and are lightish brown. I tried nat yogurt in with his fish and rice he loved this! If anything he seems constantly hungry...

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Just a word of advice, incase this becomes a bigger problem (hopefully not).

Our spaniel suffered terribly with collitis as a pup, runny all the time and his pooh had mucus in it (it was light brown in colour - his solid ones are dark brown), he sometimes passed just blood. He was never solid.

We spent many trips to the vet and not much helped until we were prescribed treatment for Giardia which is a parasite that dogs can get. We were given pro kolin which helped his collitis and antibiotics and worming stuff for the parasite. It got worse before it got better and at one point I thought he would never improve but he did.

What compounded Stanley's trouble was that he was alergic to chicken (which we didnt realise) so giving him chicken and rice when he was ill didnt fix the problem - it made it worse.

After trial and error we now know the best treatment for Stan when he has the runs is to starve him for 24 hours (not when he was really little though) and put him straight back on his normal food after that when he perks up (small meals). We feed him JWB lamb and rice kibble for info. He also has a prebiotic capsule each morning with his breakfast.

I haven't heard of a dog that is alergic to fish yet so I think you are doing the right thing. I just wanted to warn you about the chicken - Stan is the second spaniel I know who is alergic to chicken and had similar problems to him.

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Thanks very much for that, it does help to be aware of possible problems. He seems to be getting more solid as the day goes on which is good news. I wil monitor him though and if any more problems will contact the vet. Thanks again for the advice I'm grateful to anyone with any input.

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Not sure how this is progressing as I have just seen this post, but for future advice. The vet would immediately advice you starve them...for Puppies its for 12 hours and for Dogs its 24 hours. So I would recommend that if so. It gives their belly a chance to settle if they have an iffy belly. Then when the 12 hours is up, gradually introduce them back onto rice and cooked chicken and then after about 3 days gradually introduce their normal diet.

This is one of the reasons I changed Indi's diet, because he used to get runny poo's. Ready made dog food can be too rich for some dogs.

Also, maybe ask your vet for some Pro-Kolin, its a pro-biotic and in a paste formula.

If you were to the above, starving for 12 hours, then chicken and rice and then introduce their normal diet and the runny poo's persist then take him to the vets. But it isn't necessary to take him on the first instance.
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