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  1. Managing Diarrhea

The following article / information is not a substitute for visiting the vet if your dog or cat has diarrhea. There are many things that can cause diarrhea in dogs and cats and some of them are fatal.

Get To the Vet If:

  1. Dog is depressed
  2. Blood from either end
  3. Dog has no appetite
  4. Belly is distended or tight
  5. Fever

Sometime, diarrhea means the pet is in the process of dying. So staying home with Loperamide is sometimes a “grave” mistake, pardon the pun.

If your dog has any of the “bad signs” with diarrhea – GET IN MAH OFFICE!!!

Diarrhea of consequence can be: Hemorrhagic Enteritis, a symptom of pancreatitis, a symptom of kidney failure, an undervaccinated enteric virus, poisoning. That’s why I always hesitate to recommend anything “over the phone” So….

To start this conversation: If your dog or cat is depressed, or appetite and drinking is compromised: “Get. On. My. Table!”


Sometimes your healthy-aged dog is happily bouncing around with diarrhea after a trip to the parent’s house where they gave some table scraps. Or, some workers came to the house and stressed her out so she’s got some “stress bowel” or maybe a trip to the kennel which can also set up “stress bowel”

What’s Diarrhea from “Stress Bowel”?

So  a dog gets stressed and the stomach starts churning, and churning out more acid than normal. And that acid overflows the stomach and gets all the way into the intestines and burns the intestines. Stress Bowel.

Sometimes the dog just ate something out of the ordinary and some ‘bad’ bacteria grew up, disrupting normal gut function and biology. Diarrhea results.

When Can You Consider Waiting or Managing Diarrhea?

  1. Dog is eating
  2. Dog is drinking
  3. Dog acts normal (so important)
  4. Dog’s not vomiting
  5. Dog’s not bloating
  6. There’s no bloody poop or vomit

So, if your dog doesn’t have ANY of the above signalment for a trip to the vet you can TRY some of the following.

Loperamide 2mg – That’s one caplet of “Immodium” but make sure it’s “Active Ingredient Loperamide 2mg” and NOTHING extra. And the dose [dogs only] is 1 caplet per twenty pounds, once or twice a day. So if the dog was forty pounds it would get two caplets. And if you saw diarrhea within 12 hours of that dose, go ahead and re-dose.

Hard cheese. If you can break the cheese, it’s a hard cheese. If it can crumble or be cracked, broken instead of bending or stretching, it’s the “right cheese” and a dog would get a bit, about the size of a pat of butter per ten pounds once or twice a day. You’d think a bit of cheese would push a lactose button but it actually binds.

No food, or bland food. For diarrhea I really like Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup on a piece of white bread. All that’s super light on the intestine and requires no “work”,

First 12-24 hours: No food, except yogurt, pumpkin, ice.

Second 12-24 hours: White bread or white rice, and small amounts of diced chicken.

Third 12-24 hours: Their regular DRY food, except waterlogged with broth or water.

Fourth phase: Back to regular food.

After a serious bout of diarrhea, the BEST food I’ve seen is a little bag of Low Fat i/D diet – just get through the bag and then segue back to the regular food. MOST of the time that’s overkill, but when you REALLY want the diarrhea gone, it’s an extra step that always helps.

  1. Yogurt. A decent quality yogurt with “live yogurt cultures” is just okay and I say “Sure, why not.” It used to be the best we had to offer and it’s okay. That’d be a tablespoon per twenty pounds twice a day to help keep the GI tract beneficial bacteria ‘in power’ while bad bacteria are being fought off.
  2. Pumpkin. Soluble fiber can help move a hard stool back to limber, but also a loose stool back to formed. The dose is 1 kitchen measuring cup per sixty pounds.  So to dose a thirty pound dog you’d give 1/2 kitchen cup, and so on. You can offer Pumpkin twice a day. It’s plain, canned pumpkin, like Libby’s.

Other stuff I really like to use for diarrhea BUT which you can’t get over the counter is Metronidazole and Propectalin.

Pepto Bismol is of limited benefit to diarrhea in dogs and cats and can cause more trouble than help.

So this is all well-and-good but diarrhea can be VERY serious, so take me seriously when I say that diarrhea that lasts days, or is accompanied by a loss of appetite, depression, not-drinking, or blood in the vomit or diarrhea, swollen belly – are all serious. It can be something other than a little upset stomach or stress bowel. It may be WAYYYYY beyond the above management.

So what ELSE could it be?

  • Giardia (Common)
  • Bacterial gastroenteritis (Common)
  • Worms (Common)
  • Kidney failure (Over 10)
  • Liver failure (Over 10)
  • Pancreatitis (Common)
  • Poisoning
  • Salmonellosis (rare)
  • Coccidia
  • Addison’s Disease (rare)
  • Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis (You’d see blood)

Oxyfresh has been around a VERY long time and still hasn't been surpassed. I love the water additive. I recommend it's made fresh daily with distilled water, and for bad mouths - double strength. Always safe. this will NOT dissolve tartar but it will kill germs, reduce pus and infection and keep teeth from getting "bad" if they're not already. Kit includes gel and brushes.

Oxyfresh complete dental kit.

BABYLTRL Dog Cone Collar for After Surgery, Soft Pet Recovery Collar for Dogs and Cats, Adjustable Cone Collar Protective Collar for Small Medium Large Dogs Wound Healing

Anymore these days companies are NOT making cones that are long enough to protect feet, OR stop head shaking. You really just need a cone. And this is the most important part - YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO FIX IT TO THE COLLAR because NO CONE is tight enough to resist a back foot pushing on it. And they'll do it! (Buy The Right One on Amazon)

Something else I found for my dog "Ajax" that's cool:

Sporn Dog Halter STOPS "pulling and tugging" NOW. (Link)

This is what I use now, with my dog Ajax. I used to use the Gentle Leader, but I didn't like including his face in the thing. Now, this just goes around his chest and he DOES NOT PULL ANY MORE. It's great! Amazon.com has it.

Dog Canine K9 Knee Stifle Brace Wrap

Labra Dog Canine K9 Knee Stifle Brace Wrap Metal Hinged Flexible Support Treat ACL CCL Luxating Patella Cruciate Ligament Sprain Strain Tear Injuries

I couldn't get behind these until this one came out. It has a strap that keeps the thing from sliding down. THAT strap has a strap that keeps the thing from rolling down off the dog's rump. And the whole thing does NOT wrap around his weiner area (which would have been fine for a female dog of course) so this one has THREE key engineering points.

Buy the proper knee brace and put it on tight! 

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