12-17-2016, 04:48 PM
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Definitely time to be seen by the vet if the diarrhea has gone on for more than 3 days or gotten worse from when you originally noticed it. Continual or severe diarrhea causes dehydration which only leads to further health issues.
When you called initially and got the recommendation to give Pepto, what questions did the vet office ask you? And did you speak directly with the vet or was the recommendation made by someone else in the office?
Unfortunately diarrhea is one of those generic symptoms that can be caused by a multitude of different health problems. Without a detailed history from pet owners or a conclusive test result, it can be very difficult to pinpoint the exact cause which is just as frustrate ain't for the veterinary staff as it is for a pet owner.
At my work the main reasons why we see diarrhea in pets is an obstruction of the GI tract, dietary indiscretions, pancreatitis, intestinal parasites, food allergies, or stress. Depending on the pets history our standard test protocol includes xrays, bloodwork with a lipase and cPL SNAP(this test for pancreatitis), and routine fecal test with Giardia check. With that protocol our vets are usually able to pin down a diagnosis in about 90% of our patients. For that other 10% we either end up doing further testing, like diarrhea panels or food allergy testing, and are able to make a diagnosis or the owners elect to just treat the symptoms due to cost and leave it as an open diagnosis.
Last edited by animalcraker; 12-17-2016 at 04:54 PM.